Lettuce-Less Salads Are The New Cool Lunch In Town

By Katherine Oakes

Today: Remember that potato salad your mom used to make? Here's how — and why — you should be packing it for lunch.

Let's time travel for a moment, back to the 1950s when Elvis Presley shook his hips on The Ed Sullivan Show, recipes were traded on cards, and the potato salad reigned. While Elvis got a second wind from YouTube and "Best of" albums, and recipes found a more convenient home, our grandmothers' fresh and crisp mayonnaise-drenched favorite quietly exited many tables, like meatloaf and tuna noodle casserole.

Yes, it still makes the rounds at summer picnics and office potlucks, but we'd argue that it, and all lettuce-less salads for that matter, deserve a place in your regular lunch rotation.

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These retro salads can be personalized to match your taste, are incredibly flavorful, and are easy to whip up in the morning before work for a last-minute lunch. You can even leave the bread at home and bring a pile of crackers to punctuate your salads with a satisfying crunch. As long as you have a well-stocked refrigerator and pantry, chances are you already have everything you need for this lunch. 

Ahead, we've rounded up four updated lettuce-less salads to get you started.