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Boring Salads? Oh Kale No!

The days of drenching limp lettuce in too much ranch dressing are behind you. Recapture your love for healthy meals with these salad recipes that take things up a notch.

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What Makes a Salad Not Suck?

We’ve all been there. An attempt to eat healthy leaves you with the same boring salad day after day. Or you suffer through the subpar mix and shake to-go option from the local grocery store. We refuse to accept this! This collection will open your mind to all sorts of tantalizing salads. We’ll simply follow three basic rules:

1. No vegetables that come from cans
2. No ranch dressing
3. At least one ingredient that invokes excitement

Get Dressed Up

MEALS FOR TWOSOY-FREE

Chicken Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese

Chef'd

If you’re sick of olive oil and vinegar or the lame bottles of dressing clogging your refrigerator door, this salad is for you! This spinach salad calls for a homemade dressing with a Greek yogurt base, keeping it low in calories and full of protein.

All's Farro in Love and War

SOY-FREEVEGETARIAN

Roasted Vegetables and Farro Salad

The Crooked Carrot

What if we told you...salads don’t have to have any greens at all! This recipe incorporates loads of roasted veggies and one of our favorite (and too often under-utilized) grains--farro! This is an excellent way to spice up your usual salad routine.

Hail Caesar

MEALS FOR TWOTOMATO-FREE

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

The Edgy Veg

Whether you’re vegan, lactose intolerant, or just looking for a switch-up, this dairy-free take on the caesar salad is hearty, garlicky, and can be ready in just a few minutes. We love that this recipe skips boring romaine and calls for every millennial’s favorite leafy green--kale!

Sweet and Salty

PESCATARIANVALENTINE'S DAY

Blood Orange & Avocado Salad

30 Pounds of Apples

There’s no better way to brighten up your salad than with some fruit. Here we have a spinach salad that calls for blood oranges and avocado. The sweetness of the fruit is rounded out by the saltiness of feta cheese for a truly remarkable salad.

Wait and Sea

BUDGET-FRIENDLYVEGAN

Seaweed Salad (Wakame Salad)

theartofcooking

The green base of a salad is not restricted to what you find on land! Enjoy the subtle flavors of the ocean in this Asian-style seaweed salad that delights with a flavorful mix of soy sauce, sesame oil, and white vinegar.

Better with Bacon

GLUTEN-FREESOY-FREE

Poached Pear, Bacon, Pecan & Butter Lettuce Salad

BitterMeasures

Don’t let the number of ingredients in this one scare you off; you’ll likely have many of them in your pantry already. This salad combination is a wonderful way to impress dinner guests!

Superfood Salad

HEALTHYGLUTEN-FREE

Roasted Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

Food Guru

No collection of salads is complete without getting quinoa involved. You will absolutely love the fresh combination of this healthy grain and some roasted squash. Or, throw it in the fridge and bring it to school or work the next day for a filling lunch that won’t send you into a food coma.

Say Cheese

HEALTHYSUGAR-FREE

Cheeseburger Salad

The Skinny Fork

Cutting carbs, but still craving some serious yum? This cheeseburger salad was made for you. The healthy salad format is balanced by succulent ground beef, sharp cheddar cheese, and a dressing that will make you forget you’re not actually eating a big, juicy cheeseburger.

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