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Salads without the greens

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I struggle with salads, I really do. In restaurants I am OK with Chinese Chicken Salad, or a really good Caesar, or a well done Cobb, but that is about it. A typical lettuce, tomato cucumber salad just leaves me cold. And, I suspect lettuce isn't an especially high nutrient food anyway, as well as being a vehicle for high fat dressings. I would, however, like to make some main course salads that are not based on lettuce, or at least where lettuce is not the main ingredient, and am looking for suggestions.

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  1. This doesn't quite fit the bill as a main course salad, but what about pear tomatoes and avocado, with olive oil, cumin, cilantro? One of our favorite sides.

    Also, have you tried frisee aux lardons? By the time you have the hot bacon dressing and poached egg on top, you barely notice that you are eating a form of greens.

    1. Look up "Fried Eggs Over Warm Lentil Salad with Lardons" at Epicurious. Delicious, and do get French green lentils to make it with they are wonderful. This is pure comfort food. I make this often and I had it at a restaurant in Montreal made with smoked pork hock that was delicious too.

      1. Rice, noodle or bean based salads come to mind.

        Tuscan Bread salad.

        You can do chopped salads with all sorts of veggies and no lettuce.

        1. Try a greek-inspired combination. I made one for my NON-foodie parents a week ago and they raved:

          Grilled eggplant (if you have the ambition)
          Cucumbers
          tomatoes
          kalamata olives
          fresh oregano
          red peppers
          .just a dash of olive oil, a spritz of lemon juice.

          1. Spinach salads, arugula salads, kale salads, bean salads, whole grain salads (like Farro or Kasha), pasta salads, jicama salads, tomatoe salads, carrot salads (especially carrot/pineapple/jicama/peanut)...

            gosh the varieties are pretty much endless...