25 Delicious Lettuce-Free Summer Salads

(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

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 Salad with Red Onion(Image credit: Faith Durand)

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.

Tofu and Broccoli Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing(Image credit: Christine Han)

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.

Feta & Eggplant Pasta Salad(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.