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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…).
When there’s so many toppings you can’t find the lettuce…
The tastiest looking blueberry salad we’ve ever seen.
Potato salad counts as salad, right?
Pumpkin protein patties (yeah, that’s what those are) are anything but basic.
A salad whose hero ingredients are chorizo and butternut squash is welcome in our bellies any day.
I spy with my little eye… Grapefruit!
This is quite the detox alkaline salad…
Pro tip: Flowers are an acceptable salad garnish.
Now featuring figs, persimmon, and heirloom cherry tomatoes.
That is one sexy bowl of greens.
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)!
If you’ve never had a leafy brussels sprout salad, go change that immediately.
Congratulations to ABC Kitchen for having the best-looking summer salad and natural lighting EVER.
You’re looking at some sexy farro, asparagus, and two different types of wild mushroom.
One word: YUM.
Our new favorite toppings: Black rice and smoked tofu.
Even mass produced salad is sexy.
Upgrade your regular caesar salad to a spicier (and healthier!) kale salad.
Fresh on fresh on fresh veggies.
A sinful combination of pear, red onion, goat cheese, and walnuts.
Playing with your food never gets old.
Yes, you can get spiced carrots at Chop’t.
Pumpkin, pomegranate, and a pup.
This photo makes us want to eat salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the rest of our lives.
Apparently, this salad is bitter, sweet, AND tart. Wowza.