Are you tired of making the same old salad? If you’re sick of using the same ingredients (we’re looking at you, lettuce), we hear you. But guess what? You don’t need leafy greens to make a nutritious side dish. In fact, omitting lettuce altogether won’t just change up your typical salad bowl, it may even help you incorporate new and delicious vegetables into your diet.
We’ve compiled three healthy, delicious salad recipes that are easy to toss together — and that don’t require any lettuce. Add some lean protein on top to make any of them a complete meal, or pair one with your main course for the perfect side dish.
An added bonus: Each one of these recipes contains a wealth of non-starchy vegetables, which are excellent sources of dietary fiber. As Jenny Craig’s registered dietitian, Briana Rodriquez, explains, fiber is important in a few ways. First, eating enough dietary fiber can benefit your gastrointestinal health by helping to move food through your digestive system.1 Second, dietary fiber can help lower your LDL cholesterol levels, known as the “bad” type of cholesterol.1 Finally, the fiber found in vegetables helps you feel fuller on fewer calories, making these recipes great choices to support your weight-loss goals.
Pro tip: Wash your veggies and dry them well before putting them in the fridge. You’ll be one step closer to a quick and healthy salad, no lettuce required!
If you’re following a Jenny Craig program, most of these items can be found on the Fresh & Free Additions list. Bon appétit!