Lettuce: the most overused salad filler out there. Nothing against it though, it’s pretty versatile, but why use lettuce when there are so many other great vegetables out there? The more colourful your plate is, the more micronutrients it contains – and that’s really good news for your overall health!

So whether you’re tired of lettuce or just looking to add some quality vitamins and minerals to your meals, the 3 following recipes are perfect for days when you want to make a salad without the leafy stuff!

Note: the quantity of ingredients varies a lot depending on the number of people you’re feeding and personal taste, so they weren’t added to this article. Just add as little or as much of everything as you like! It’s really hard to mess up these salads anyway.

Taco Salad

Tacos are fun and easy to make, but they’re a bit messy. When you eat them in salad form, though, you reduce the number of carbs you’re ingesting (because you don’t need the taco shells) and you also reduce the number of napkins required to clean your hands in the process. Win win!

To make taco salad, you need:

  • Red onion
  • Corn
  • Red bell pepper
  • Tomato
  • Black beans
  • Salsa (mango salsa was used in this picture)
  • Lime juice
  • Optional: cilantro and/or guacamole as toppings


Shredded Carrot and Raisin Salad

This is a super fun salad for when you’re tired of eating green things, or when you want to impress people at a barbecue. All the ingredients seem super weird together but don’t worry, it’s actually really good!

To make shredded carrot and raisin salad:

  • Shredded carrots (julienne style or sliced thinner)
  • Golden raisins
  • Olive oil (go easy, you only need a few spoonfuls)
  • Lemon juice
  • Maple syrup
  • Ground cinnamon and ginger
  • Optional: green onions as toppings


Greek Salad

Why reinvent the wheel when there’s a tried and true favourite that works perfectly? Greek salad is the perfect no-lettuce alternative: simple, delicious and you can find it anywhere! I bought the dressing for this salad but you can definitely also make your own with some olive oil, balsamic vinegar and spices.

To make Greek salad, you need:

  • Cucumbers
  • Green peppers
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Sliced black olives
  • Red onion
  • Store bought or homemade Greek or balsamic dressing
  • Feta cheese (unless you don’t eat cheese, obviously!)

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