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10 Lettuce-Free Salads You Can Make All Year Round

Because winter doesn't mean you have to say goodbye to delicious, crunchy salads.

29/05/2016 7:59 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:53 PM AEST
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Who says a good salad must have greens? These crowd-pleasing salads are packed with nutritious and tasty ingredients -- from fresh corn to quinoa to avocado -- and they're 100% lettuce-free. Get ready to discover your new salad staples!

1. Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Chipotle-Honey Vinaigrette 2016-05-25-1464140372-5688613-BlackBeanandCornSaladChipotle.jpg

AKA "veggie crack," this black bean and corn salad is one of my most popular recipes -- and it doubles as a dip. The vinaigrette is similar to the smoky-sweet salad dressing served at Chipotle.

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2. Grilled Asparagus & Feta Salad 2016-05-25-1464142029-7272696-asparagusandfetasalad.jpg

This is the kind of wholly satisfying salad that makes you wonder if you might possibly be a very happy vegetarian. Don't forget the warm crusty bread for mopping up all the lemon-scented olive oil and feta.

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3. Thai Quinoa Salad with Fresh Herbs and Lime Vinaigrette 2016-05-28-1464437204-9275255-thaiquinoasalad2.jpg This salad is a healthy eater's dream: flavorful, chock-full of protein and veggies, and low in fat. I usually make it as a light lunch, but you can also serve it alongside other Asian dishes for dinner -- or make it a meal unto itself by adding cooked shrimp, crab or lobster.

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4. Caprese Salad with Balsamic Glaze 2016-05-26-1464226164-8124132-CapreseSalad.jpg

What's better than sliced fresh mozzarella, vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil in the summertime? A tart and syrupy balsamic glaze gives this version a little more oomph than the classic recipe.

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5. Roasted Pepper Salad with Feta, Pine Nuts & Basil 2016-05-26-1464226532-9153062-roastedpeppersalad.jpg

Next time you're asked to bring a veggie or salad to a summer party, try these sweet and smoky bell peppers topped with feta, toasted pine nuts and basil. It looks gorgeous on a platter and is delicious with toasted pita bread.

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6. Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes and Cashews 2016-05-26-1464227470-7851869-chickensaladwithgrapes.jpg This combination of tender roasted chicken, juicy grapes and crunchy cashews in a curry dressing is always a crowd-pleaser.

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7. Strawberry & Orange Salad with Citrus Syrup & Fresh Mint 2016-05-25-1464141544-8600851-strawberrycitrussalad.jpg

This salad is such a nice change of pace from the standard mix of pre-cut fruit from the supermarket. I usually serve it for brunch -- it dresses up the table and pairs well with savory quiche and casserole dishes -- but it's also wonderful for dessert served with shortcake and whipped cream.

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8. Fresh Corn Salad with Scallions and Basil 2016-05-26-1464286181-1881787-freshcornsalad.jpg

This make-ahead fresh corn salad ahead of is a delicious alternative to boiled corn on the cob -- and it's a breeze to make.

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9. French Grated Carrot Salad with Lemon Dijon Vinaigrette 2016-05-26-1464286413-3215617-FrenchGratedCarrotSalad.jpg

Inspired by the classic French bistro dish, this light and crunchy carrot salad is the perfect accompaniment to burgers, grilled chicken or sandwiches.

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10. Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts 2016-05-25-1464143268-2120341-ThaiCucumberPeanutSalad.jpg

This light and fresh cucumber salad is one of my summertime go-to's. The dressing is tangy, salty and sweet; and the juice from the cucumber seeps into the dressing, giving it a fresh cucumber flavor.

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