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What are some salads that don't include lettuce?

A salad doesn't always have to include lettuce—or any greens, for that matter. 

In the Thai food culture, the term "salad" relates to the souring agent used to dress the dish—usually lime juice. Thai salads may have cold herbs, vegetables and noodles, mixed with a warm protein such as chicken, pork, beef, seafood or tofu. 

Cucumber salad can be nothing more than sliced cucumbers doused in apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper and served cold. Some people add sugar or sliced onion. Any way it's made, it's simple and refreshing.

A summer favorite is a plate salad, which can be spread on a plate, rather than heaped in a bowl. One version includes chopped tomatoes and cucumbers with crumbled blue cheese, seasonings and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. 

Some Americans may be surprised to learn that authentic Greek salads don't include lettuce—just tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, peppers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, olive oil and oregano. The Italian favorite, caprese salad, features tomatoes, basil and mozzarella cheese. These tomato-based salads are great if flavorful, fresh tomatoes are available. If not, other types of salad, like kale or spinach salads, can include fresh fruits that are widely available, such as pears, apples and oranges.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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