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14 amazing lettuce-free salads

Have your veggies and protein packed healthy meal without any of the lettuce fluff.

Salad can get tiresome when you are trying to keep healthy.  Lettuce, tomato, cucumber and onions can certainly be refreshing but sometimes you need a little inspiration.

These alternative salads will keep your body feeling fit (we also recommend exercising) and your palate convinced that salad can still be immensely awesome.

1. Spicy beef salad - a simple salt and pepper steak with a kick of chilli ginger over a bed of crunchy cucumbers.  This is the real deal.

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2. Asian chicken salad - succulently poached coconut chicken with a sweet and tangy flavour.  Sprouts, mint, basil and snap peas in a honey soy dressing for mouthwatering happiness.

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3. Caprese salad - classic fresh tomato with huge chunks of fresh mozzerella stacked underneath and a bit of basil for a fresh punch.

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4.  Quinoa, pea and bacon salad - bacon makes everything better, especially salad.

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5.Apple salad stack - this is an absolute crowd pleaser and can be made for individual plates.  It's absolutely stunning and takes just a few minutes of assembling. 

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6. Potato salad with sour cream and chives - our gal Simply Delicious is the queen of fabulous family meals and her potato salad will not disappoint.  Creamy, flavourful and perfect for a picnic.

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7. Avocado and sweet chilli noodle salad - there are just so many things in this salad that will make you happy.  The creamy avocado mixed with the sweet chilli sauce and crunchy raw veg will knock your socks off.

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8.  Chicken and mango, wild rice salad - mango and chicken are a wonderful summery pair.  The fresh flavours marry together on a bed of wild rice that will make you never want to use lettuce again.

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9.  Barley salad jars - this is a certain crowd pleaser.  This barley salad is hearty with a bit of snap and can be made ahead of time to pack in a school lunch, take on a day's outing or serve for an afternoon party.

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10.  Prickly pear and grape salad with frozen rosemary sugar - a sweet treat and a funky alternative to your average starter.  The frozen rosemary sugar will wow.

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11.  Butternut, apple, labneh salad with pomegranate molasses dressing - goodness gracious this salad ticks all the boxes.  Creamy cheese atop soft butternut and vibrant apples with a drizzle of tart and sticky topping.

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12.  Raw som tum salad - raw foodists created this salad, so it's up there with one of the healthiest options you can find.  Chop chop chop and you'll find yourself sitting in front of a bowl that will give you a surge of energy after eating.

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13.  Marinated calamari salad - in under 30 minutes you can have this gourmet delight.  Lemony, sweet, sour and salty, this marinated calamari salad will pop in your mouth.

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14.  Vegetarian three bean salad - a South African favourite that is simple to make any day of the week. 

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How do you feel about lettuce in your salads?

By: Shaina Herman

 

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