Five Refreshing Mediterranean Salads

May 18, 2011

When we think of salad, we automatically think of lettuce. I am not arguing that lettuce isn’t a great base for salads; it is light in flavor and its crispness adds texture. I am just saying that we should inject a little variety into our lives. In the Mediterranean, grains and legumes take the place of lettuce and are the foundation for an array of delicious salads. Instead of putting together your typical mixed green salad, try making one these for dinner.

Eggplant and Barley Salad

If you do not have barley on hand, substitute with quinoa.


A salad of Greek origin made with bulgur wheat and parsley with a lemony dressing.

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad

A wonderful departure from three bean salad.

Lentil Salad with Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Peppers

A great option for vegetarians because lentils are a good source of protein.

French Potato Salad

Potatoes are dressed with vinaigrette rather than a mayonnaise based sauce.

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Camille Willemain's picture
Yum! The eggplant and barley salad would also be delish with Israeli couscous!