Don’t fret. We got you. We’re going to help you join the “no rabbit food” movement and send across a collection of salad recipes even the die-hard non-salad eaters will eat.
Salad has the misfortune of continuously being referred to as “rabbit food”. A term best used to describe a bygone era of salads made from lettuce leaves too big to eat in one mouthful, raw cucumber, tomatoes and slices of red onion. Just like the very leaves and grass that rabbits sustain themselves on.
It’s no wonder ranch dressing is so popular. What better way to add some much-needed oomph into a flavourless bowl of vegetables as you wait for the “real” food to be served?
Salads have had quite the resurgence in the last few years with large salad chains competing for a prominent spot in the food industry chain. The likes of Ottolenghi has made salads sexy while the world watched the Kardashians munch on take away salads.
Yet, it’s synonymous association with healthy eating conjures unappetising “rabbit food” thoughts. Even self-proclaimed foodies who travel the world exploring all sorts of cuisines will tell us to our face that they categorically don’t eat salads.
We know that you know, salads are delicious. But that mindset of leaves in a bowl sure is hard to break and as a result of that, you’re not able to enjoy a good salad.
While we have no desire to change your steadfast views, we can’t help but feel that you’re missing out on a big chunk of your culinary repertoire.
So, to make up for it, we have put together a collection of non-leafy, no rabbit food salads. Salads with body, salads with a ton of flavour and salads that will make you go back for more!
There you have it! A whole list of salad recipes with no leaves in sight! Perfectly delicious combination of ingredients that will surely get those taste buds going.
Earthy tones of shimeji mushrooms and soba noodles with the added freshness from the cucumber, seaweed and tangy yuzu dressing, this Vegan Soba Noodle Salad needs no sides.
A perfect meal for one, for two or for the whole gang!
Fresh Thai herbs and aromatics balanced with roast duck, pomelo and cucumber to create a zesty salad with punchy umami flavours.
A no cook salad that only requires cutting and tearing, our Thai Pomelo Salad is deliciously robust.
No regular pale gluggy potato salad here. Delicious, sweet roasted potatoes and New Zealand yams amped up with a touch of sophisticated flavour through a zippy salty anchovy dressing.
A great addition to summer barbeques or winter roasts.
Fresh salmon combined with cucumber and green apple with savoury bites of crispy salmon skin and garlic chips tied together with tangy yuzu vinaigrette.
A refreshing starter to get all your friends talking taste buds moving.
Deliciously sweet with a shot of zing, Prawn and Avocado Salad with Golden Kiwi is a perfect meal for one, two or ten!
The honey sweetness of golden kiwi paired with fresh prawns; buttery avocados tossed together with tangy red shallot vinaigrette creates contrast but a delectable balance.
Dive into a traditional style salad that heralds from the intertwining of Chinese and British Malay cultures of centuries past.
This Zucchini and Cucumber Salad celebrates the fusion between the 2 cuisines, replicated nowhere else in the world.
Smoky, earthy and salty, this Chipotle Corn Salad is accompanied by simple, fresh ingredients.
This budget friendly salad is easy to make and fantastic for those warmer months as you host a casual alfresco lunch with family and friends.
Pan fried potatoes mingled with tangy marinated artichokes and crispy maple glazed pancetta, all tossed together with a tangy creme fraiche dressing. This is comfort food heaven.
All the aromatic spices in this easy homemade peach chutney will transform this simple Vegan Cherry Tomato Salad into a centrepiece of colour and flavour!
This black bean spaghetti is an excellent ingredient for a healthy Gluten Free Pasta Salad.
Add some lean, baked chicken and you’ll have a hearty salad to have as a side or a meal on its own.
Jammed packed with wholesome grains, nuts and seeds and with added rainbow chard and herbs to balance the freshness, this is a delicious vegetarian salad ready to be devoured.
It’s the simplest of tastes that sometimes commands the most attention. This Edamame Pasta Salad makes for a wonderful companion to any main meal.
Looking for a quick refreshing summer salad that packs a punch? You can’t go wrong with our 3-ingredient Yellow Watermelon Salad with Mint!
More Salad Collections
Here’s a fantastic array of other salad collections that just might take your fancy:
Easy Salad Dressing Recipes
Salad dressings are incredibly easy to make in the comfort of your own home. This way you can control the ingredients to suit your palate and you can make the exact portion you need for that one meal. Check out our collection!
Salad Ingredient Pairings
Here are some ingredient pairing ideas if you wish to create your own salad recipe:
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