By Alyssa Clough

Published on January 25, 2016

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Photography by @gkstories

Salads, by nature, are not sexy. The base of the dish is literally leaves… LEAVES. With that said, if you think salads stand no chance of being sexier than say, a juicy, melted, grilled cheese, you’re grossly underestimating the power of nutrients. Try to keep your mind open—to kale, quinoa, and everything in between. If you’re (still) a non-believer, hopefully these salads will inspire you to leave your wilted lettuce and ranch dressing behind and embrace the real art of salad making (and photographing…).

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Photography by @ohsheglows

@ohsheglows

When there’s so many toppings you can’t find the lettuce…

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Photography by @fitfoodiefinds

@fitfoodiefinds

The tastiest looking blueberry salad we’ve ever seen.

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Photography by @saladforpresident

@saladforpresident

Potato salad counts as salad, right?

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Photography by @stefaniegoldmarie

@stefaniegoldmarie

Pumpkin protein patties (yeah, that’s what those are) are anything but basic. 

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Photography by @twohandsnyc

@twohandsnyc

A salad whose hero ingredients are chorizo and butternut squash is welcome in our bellies any day.

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Photography by @saladpride

@saladpride

I spy with my little eye… Grapefruit!

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Photography by @nutriliciously

@nutriliciously

This is quite the detox alkaline salad… 

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Photography by @david_and_joy

@david_and_joy

Pro tip: Flowers are an acceptable salad garnish.

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Photography by @kalememaybe

@kalememaybe

Now featuring figs, persimmon, and heirloom cherry tomatoes.

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Photography by @elsas_wholesomelife

@elsas_wholesomelife

That is one sexy bowl of greens.

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Photography by @benineskitchen

@benineskitchen

Newsflash: That’s not kale you see beneath those caramelized endives, pomegranate seeds, pumpkin seeds, and radish slices. It’s grilled flower sprouts (you learn a new vegetable every day)!

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Photography by @rootingthesun

@rootingthesun

If you’ve never had a leafy brussels sprout salad, go change that immediately.

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Photography by @abckitchen

@abckitchen

Congratulations to ABC Kitchen for having the best-looking summer salad and natural lighting EVER.

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Photography by @estelanyc

@estelanyc

You’re looking at some sexy farro, asparagus, and two different types of wild mushroom.

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Photography by @jackswifefreda

@jackswifefreda

One word: YUM.

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Photography by @lonijane

@lonijane

Our new favorite toppings: Black rice and smoked tofu.

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Photography by @foodwolf

@foodwolf

Even mass produced salad is sexy.

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Photography by @lindseyeatsla

@lindseyeatsla

Upgrade your regular caesar salad to a spicier (and healthier!) kale salad.

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Photography by @maple

@maple

Fresh on fresh on fresh veggies.

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Photography by @wholefoods

@wholefoods

A sinful combination of pear, red onion, goat cheese, and walnuts.

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Photography by @justsalad

@justsalad

Playing with your food never gets old.

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Photography by @choptsalad

@choptsalad

Yes, you can get spiced carrots at Chop’t.

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Photography by @emmajstubbs

@emmajstubbs

Pumpkin, pomegranate, and a pup.

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Photography by @gkstories

@gkstories

This photo makes us want to eat salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of our lives. 

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Photography by @ashrod

@ashrod

Apparently, this salad is bitter, sweet, AND tart. Wowza.