Salad is rarely my meal of choice. I never make it, and I typically won’t order it unless it’s a last-ditch option at a quickie to-go place or deli. Standing in front of a salad bar is something I actually dread. It’s not even that I hate greens, but I just find a bunch of toppings thrown onto a bed of spinach or romaine a giant snooze unless they include a mountain of cheese—and I know I’m not alone in that.
Lucky for me (and my jeans, which I want to remain well-fitting), there are people on this planet whose minds are much more talented than mine at dreaming up creative salads that are as good for you as they are inspired. Here, 50 recipes to help make your salads a little less pedestrian, and a lot more like a meal you’ll actually look forward to.