From rice noodles and quinoa to chickpeas and zucchini, skip the healthy salad cliché and try one of these 20 satisfying dishes — without a shred of lettuce in sight.
Quinoa, Roasted Eggplant and Apple Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette
This healthy salad is a great way to get some whole grains and veggies into your diet. It’s filled with great flavours and textures, and easy to pack for lunch or a picnic.
Lemongrass-Scented Rice Noodle Salad with Mint and Cilantro
With a hearty base of rice noodles, this lemongrass-scented noodle salad is packed with perfectly cooked shrimp, cilantro and mint.
Southwestern Pasta Salad
A combination of orecchiette, peppers, onion, tomatillos, corn and lima bean, this simple and delicious Tex-Mex inspired pasta salad can be served as a filling main for lunch or dinner — or as a bright and tasty side.
Artichoke Pasta Salad
Whip up this quick Italian side for a fragrant and filling salad that will last for days in your cooler. Fresh oregano, thyme and basil meld perfectly with red-wine vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil.
Toasted Israeli Couscous Salad with Grilled Summer Veggies
Made with juicy grilled asparagus and zucchini, Bobby Flay’s colourful summer salad highlights the naturally nutty flavour of couscous by lightly toasting it before dressing with a delicate balsamic vinaigrette.
Full of red pepper, fragrant garlic, fresh cilantro and chickpeas makes this a protein-packed side that will leave you satisfied after a long day of outdoor adventure.
Crunchy Noodle Salad
Ina makes her noodle salad to serve a crowd, so you can have it on hand for quick meals a few days after it’s prepared. Instead of hard-to-find soba noodles, quick-cooking spaghetti gives this recipe the same look without compromising the taste or texture — besides, it’s all about that peanut sauce!
Octopus and Potato Salad
A coastal Italian twist on classic potato salad, olives give this dish briny flavour and chopped octopus makes it meal worthy.
Asian Noodle Salad
This salad from Ree Drummond is complete with thin spaghetti, cucumbers, two kinds of cabbage, kale and chopped peanuts.
The Pioneer Woman's Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad
Chock-full of tomatoes, cheddar, green onions and bacon, this creamy pasta salad can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Tuna Pasta Salad
This hearty tuna pasta salad is chock-full of fresh ingredients, including celery green onion, bell peppers, red onion, and fresh parsley and tarragon.
Healthy Pasta with Spicy Crab
Plenty of protein, olive oil and a bit of fiery chili make this pasta dish a lighter option than traditional spaghetti recipes. Instead of white pasta, try a whole grain alternative, and round out the meal with a big salad.
Italian Lentil Salad
You’ll be surprised by just how filling this grape, bell pepper and lentil salad really is, while still remaining one of those simple, guilt-free meals.
Farmers’ Market Quinoa Salad with Zucchini Blossoms
Farmers’ market season is just around the corner, and this recipe brings the best of the best together for a picnic-perfect salad. The mix doubles up on zucchini, combining both zucchini noodles and blossoms. It’s a taste of the warm weather we can’t wait to dig into.