25 Delicious Lettuce-Free Summer Salads

25 Delicious Lettuce-Free Summer Salads

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Sheela Prakash
May 31, 2017

I have nothing against lettuce. Lettuce is great! But come summertime, when there's such an abundance of produce, I find myself steering away from my usual green bowl. I want something a bit more colorful and it's hard not to fill salads with tomatoes, eggplant, corn, zucchini, and more when they are at their freshest.

Here are 25 salads with not a leaf of romaine or mesclun in sight.

Mixed Summer Vegetable (and Fruit) Salads

Make summer vegetables your base — or reach for fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe. Combining these not-too-sweet fruits with savory ingredients can result in a great summer salad.

Tomato Salads

When tomatoes are in season, we just want to eat as many of them as possible. These salads feature what is possibly our favorite vegetable (okay, it's a fruit!) of summer.

Protein-Packed Salads

Toss a little chicken or tuna, or meatless protein like tofu or beans, in the mix and you've got a summer salad that's satisfying enough to be the main course.

(Image credit: Lauren Volo)

Pasta, Potato, and Grain Salads

A potluck, cookout, or picnic wouldn't be the same without some sort of pasta, potato, or grain salad.

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