32 Salads That Shed Their Leaves to Make Room for the Good Stuff

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Raise your hand if you’ve been left with a wooden bowl full of soppy leaves, all the good bits of the salad—the cheese cubes, the toasted nuts, the roasted veg—excavated long ago by the smart, selective dinner guests. Now raise your hand if the same is the case on your personal plate.

Well, whoops. Why’d you buy (and wash, and dry) those leaves in the first place?

Do you really want to lose these tomatoes in a dense forest of leaves?

Do you really want to lose these tomatoes in a dense forest of leaves? Photo by

Bobbi Lin

There’s a time for bowls of green, yes—but the time’s not high summer, when you want raw something but you know a plate of kale—even massaged kale—is not going to get the dinner job done, and when the best-tasting produce of all is at its very best-tasting (on the East Coast, at least).

At times like these, we don’t want to be hacking through a leaf forest, fork as machete; we want the good stuff—the stuff that’ll fill us up and makes it okay that it’s 400° F outside—to be the only stuff. We want the ratio of lettuce to stuff to be 0 : 1 (or 1/5 : 1 at most).

These 32 salads have shed their leaves (or most of them, at least) and are more delicious for it.

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde

Half Roasted Tomato Salad with Salsa Verde by Sarah Jampel

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad

Grilled Peach and Apricot Salad by Nicholas Day

Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash

Grilled Bread Salad with Broccoli Rabe and Summer Squash by EmilyC

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

Grilled Corn & Barley Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

by Jen Balletto

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad

by MollyandBrandon

Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil

Avocado with Pomegranate Molasses, Tomatoes, Citrus, and Basil by Helenthenanny

It's Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad

It’s Hot to Be Cool Thai-Inspired Cucumber Salad by Amber Olson

Fattoush

Fattoush by Rivka

Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts

Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Feta, and Hazelnuts by Josh Cohen

Summer Cold Noodle Salad

Summer Cold Noodle Salad by Kendra Vaculin

Bloody Mary Steak Salad

Bloody Mary Steak Salad by Ali Slagle

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles

Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles by Poppies and Papayas

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions

Tomato Salad with Corn, Summer Squash and Roasted Onions by Merrill Stubbs

Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga

Chopped Kitchen Sink Salad with Yogurt Dressing & Bottarga by Sara Jenkins

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette

Roasted Potato Salad with Mustard-Walnut Vinaigrette by Shannon

Warm Chicken Salad

Warm Chicken Salad by Merrill Stubbs

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel

Watermelon Tomato Salad with Cumin and Fennel by Amanda Hesser

Maricel E. Presilla's Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pineapple Salad

Maricel E. Presilla’s Cuban Avocado, Watercress, and Pine…

by Genius Recipes

Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing

Quinoa and Mango Salad with Lemony-Ginger Dressing

by jenniebgood

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese

Torn Pita Panzanella/Fattoush with Salad Greens, Sumac & Feta Cheese by Sara Jenkins

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella

Heirloom Tomato and Cornbread Panzanella by Kendra Vaculin

Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint

Grilled Peach, Halloumi, and Mint “Caprese” by MariaR

Summer Farro Salad

Summer Farro Salad

by Jennifer Perillo

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato

Charred Corn and Avocado Salad with Lime, Chili, and Tomato

by EmilyC

Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils

Plums with Burrata and Crunchy Roasted Lentils by Sippity Sup (Greg Henry)

Mediterranean Octopus Salad

Mediterranean Octopus Salad by Sasa and Jan

Charred Corn Salad with Quick Pickles and Lime Dressing

Charred Corn Salad with Quick Pickles and Lime Dressing

by Elizabeth Stark

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

Dilled, Crunchy Sweet-Corn Salad with Buttermilk Dressing

by creamtea

Mango Cucumber Chile Salad

Mango Cucumber Chile Salad by Sarah | Wisconsin from Scratch

Grilled Salad with Romaine, Peaches, Garlic Scapes, and Steak

Grilled Salad with Romaine, Peaches, Garlic Scapes, and Steak by Elizabeth Stark

Carrot and Radicchio Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette

Carrot and Radicchio Salad with Fig Balsamic Vinaigrette by Kenzi Wilbur

Puttanesca Panzanella

Puttanesca Panzanella by Laurie

This article was written by sarah jampel from Food52 and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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