21 Simple Salads That Are So Good You Won’t Even Miss Romaine Lettuce

published Nov 21, 2018
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Yesterday the CDC issued a stern warning to the country: Do not, under any circumstances, eat romaine lettuce. An E.Coli outbreak may have contaminated all types of romaine. If you bought any heads or hearts of romaine, go into your kitchen right now and throw it out. Same goes for any boxed salad mixes. In fact, you better stay in there and disinfect your refrigerator. Better to play it safe.

Now you might be panicking because you had plans to make luscious, crunchy salads for lunch all week or maybe you finally committed to eating vegetarian once a week. Never fear! Here, we’ve gathered 21 salad recipes that contain not even a hint of romaine. These salads get their flavor from healthy ingredients like beans, quinoa, and pasta. You won’t even notice that the romaine is missing.

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Kale Salads

Kale is popular for a reason: It pairs well with fruit, and it’s hearty enough to impress even the most staunch salad skeptics.

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Bean Salads

Filling and satisfying bean salads are the perfect choice for a light, healthy dinner.

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Grain Salads

Add a grain like the superfood quinoa, which is high in fiber and protein, to your salad for a healthy boost.

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Pasta Salad

Combine healthy greens with our favorite comfort food — pasta — to create a salad that will make you forget you’re eating salad.