25 Delicious Lettuce-Free Summer Salads
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.
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.
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.
Pasta, Potato, and Grain Salads
A potluck, cookout, or picnic wouldn’t be the same without some sort of pasta, potato, or grain salad.