Taste

33 Salads For People Who Hate Salads

09/12/2016 03:07pm ET | Updated September 12, 2016

For Bon Appetit, by Elyssa Goldberg.

Marcus Nilsson

Salad is a very loose term that doesn't have to entail a bowl of wilted lettuce. If you're one of those people that scoffs at the word "salad," and balk at the idea of eating one, let these 40 salads rock your world.

Alex Lau

A warm, sultry peanut sauce counts as salad. We think.

Alex Lau

Look ma, no lettuce!

Alex Lau

Watermelon and prosciutto may seem like an unlikely pair, but the salty-sweet mix will make this your new go-to salad, because look at it.

Christopher Testani

Steak! But salad! You want it.

Alex Lau

If you can't get down with a salad that is mostly lobster, it's you, not the salad.

Peden + Munk

Oui, this is the kind of salad they serve at French bistros. And, oui, the texture and nutty-acidic garnish will win you over.

Alex Lau

This paprika- and chile-spiked potato salad is equally delicious served warm or room temperature—which means salad is a misnomer. Bingo.

Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

This bracing dish offers a taste of China's Sichuan Province and needs no reheating or additional prep at lunchtime. Also, noodles instead of lettuce. ARE YOU STARTING TO LOVE SALAD YET?

Peden + Munk

This spring salad can be made with pretty much any grain and firm grating cheese you like. The little gem lettuce is just an accent so it looks like you're eating real salad when you 'gram it.

Alex Lau

Potato on potato action here—the chips add welcome crunch to a refreshingly mayo-free salad. Haha, "salad."

Marcus Nilsson

There's chicken skin, there's bacon, there's the word "goddess" in the title. This is how you salad.

Christopher Testani

Don’t obsess over getting these exact ingredients in this precise combination. The magic is in the pistachio dressing. Douse it on everything.

Christopher Testani

Any chewy grain, such as wheat berries, farro, or even brown rice, can replace the barley. But the more butter on those mushrooms, the better.

Alex Lau

It's a BLT, just without the bread—and with a thick, creamy dressing we'd eat off of a spoon.

Marcus Nilsson

The steak can be marinated a day in advance—in fact, it gets better. Remember: A salad that is mostly steak is a good salad.

Alex Lau

A salad, or chunky guacamole depending on your perspective, so easy you can actually have the kind of Summer 2016 people (okay, Drake) write songs about.

Christopher Testani

Grilled salads are a thing, and this thing is covered in a blanket of bacon. Inspiring.

Alex Lau

Tomatoes, basil, cheese—a dish we know and love gets a major upgrade.

Christopher Testani

No one will know this umami-packed creamy dressing is made with tofu; they’ll just think it’s delicious.

Alex Lau

Salads CAN be made of bread. And pepperoni.

Peden + Munk

Egg salad and potato salad: Unite!

Christopher Testani

Load up on grilled veggies and avocado, toss in some grains. Done. This recipe, created by editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport, goes great with a lemon-shallot vinaigrette .

Marcus Nilsson

Mostly salmon, and perfectly almost-boiled eggs—yet still a salad. Wow, what a world.

Gentl & Hyers

Fruit salad, meet Caprese salad. Caprese, meet burrata. Never look back.

Danny Kim

A great Caesar salad recipe gets its swagger from a great Caesar dressing.

Marcus Nilsson

Salsa salad! With roasted lemons. C'mon, you want that.

Danny Kim

Mostly cheese, let's be real.

Christina Holmes

Use your dinner leftovers to make this salad, then congratulate yourself for opening your heart to salads.

Alex Lau

Is it...true? A workday lunch you'll actually be excited to eat? It is. It is.

Alex Lau

Despite how you feel about iceberg lettuce, this dressing is what's up.

Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott

Homemade ranch dressing makes this salad so much more than a salad.

Danny Kim

This broccoli salad is from Superiority Burger, so trust in its deliciousness.

Alex Lau

Hey salad hater, have you ever had bacon XO sauce? Okay then.

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