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39 Healthy Options For The Person Who Absolutely Hates Salad (Photos)

If you didn't think it was possible to eat healthy without eating leafy greens, you'll be pleasantly surprised by all the healthy food options that aren't just a boring bowl of veggies.

Sure, there's nothing wrong with a good salad, but there are so many other amazing foods out there that are also good for you.

Instead, eat like a healthy Instagrammer and replace that salad with one of these 39 recipes!


1. Ricotta Avocado Toast

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Pimp your avocado toast by adding some ricotta. It'll taste better and boost your metabolism.

2. Mushroom, Onion and Goat Cheese Crostini

If avocados aren't your thing, make this healthy recipe that will keep you full and satisfied.

3. Zucchini Pizza

On those nights when you're craving an entire pizza, give into your cravings without the guilt with these healthy, mini zucchini pizzas. They're like healthier bagel bites without the freezer burn.

4. Mushroom Trio Quesadilla

Eat like a Michelin Star chef with the budget of a college student.


5. Zoodles

Cut your carb intake and eat more veggies by making these veggie noodles out of zucchini and a few other ingredients. You'll never crave pasta again.

6. Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a versatile Middle Eastern food that will help you get rid of all your leftovers. It's great for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and can be paired with almost anything from salads to challah.

7. Sushi

Sushi is healthy and fun to eat. There are tons of different variations of it, and it's easier to make than you'd think. It's healthier when you make it yourself because you can customize the fillings.

8. Butternut Squash Mac 'n Cheese

Make your favorite comfort food even better by adding some butternut squash to it. Healthy is the new Easy Mac.

9. Maple Glazed Stuffed Squash

This recipe is super cheap, filling and you get to eat out of a squash bowl.

10. Buddha Bowl

You'll start eating this recipe religiously.

11. Warm Beet Salad with Beet Greens & Stems

So technically this is a salad... but you won't feel like you're eating one! It's warm and you don't even need any salad dressing.

12. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

You can eat all the pizza you want and be healthy, too. Dreams do come true.

13. Creamy Spinach and Mushroom Risotto

Carbo-load with this savory, cheesy risotto. Replace white rice with brown rice or another healthy grain to amp up the healthiness.


14. Baked Cauliflower with Parmesan

This recipe is going to make you want to eat your veggies.

15. Coriander Roasted Carrots

Make your main dish jealous with this colorful recipe.

16. Curry Cauliflower Soup

Take your soup game to the next level with a few simple ingredients.

17. Sweet Potato Fries

These fries are so good, you won't even need ketchup.

18. Roasted Carrots with Carrot Top Pesto

Make it colorful with multicolor carrots. You can also upcycle that pesto and use it to add some flavor to other foods, such as eggs or pasta.

19. Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

How do you make one of the most stigmatized vegetables taste amazing? Add bacon.

21. Asparagus Fries

This is a great, low-carb alternative to fast-food fries. Make it even healthier by replacing those bread crumbs with ground-up rolled oats or nuts.

22. Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

If you're looking for a great way to spice up your sprouts, make these with some prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.


23. Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles

If you're tired of eating avocado in guacamole or avocado toast, try a sweeter way to eat it: chocolate truffle form.

24. Apricot Bites

Eat like a gourmet chef without even using an oven or microwave. This recipe only takes five minutes and perfectly blends sweet and savory.

25. Muffin Tops

Make the best part of a muffin (according to Seinfeld) without getting one of your own.

26. Sweet Potato and Pumpkin Doughnuts

These doughnuts are a bit harder to make, but the results pay off. (Bonus: you'll become a better chef in the process.)

27. Hemp "Ice Cream"

Bring out your inner California girl with this hemp ice cream – don't forget to decorate with some colorful fruit and photograph it for Instagram. #healthy #blessed

28. Cheesecake

This is the healthiest cheesecake recipe of all cheesecake recipes. Plus, they're cute and mini so you can hand them out to your friends or ration them out for whenever you feel like treating yourself.


29. Homemade Zucchini Bread

Eat dessert for breakfast without breaking your diet. Oh, and you'll squeeze in an extra serving of vegetables.

30. Baked Egg in an Avocado

This baked egg in an avocado is as healthy as it is adorable.

31. Hummus

Making hummus has never been easier: five ingredients, five minutes. You can use this no-guilt spread on anything (bread, celery, wraps, etc.). Store it in the fridge and you're good for the week.

32. Granola

These are four takes on your classic granola you'll never get tired of. And don't worry, these aren't necessarily a path towards a life of hiking and camping.

33. Sweet Potato Chips

These sweet potato chips deliver the perfect hint of sweetness without being overwhelming.

34. Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips have half the fat as a regular potato chip, but the same amount of crunchiness and saltiness. Score.

35. Three-Ingredient Banana Smoothies

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This smoothie is bananas (B-A-N-A-N-A-S) because it is easy to freeze, easy to eat and easy to enjoy.

36. Frozen Grapes

The recipe is exactly what is sounds like: frozen grapes. They taste like fruity, refreshing popsicles and are a great way to cool down during the summer.

37. Frozen Matcha Green Tea

If you're tired of that boring "healthy" green smoothie every day, change it up by using matcha powder instead. It's full of antioxidants and a bit of caffeine, so it will give your day a great kickstart without an afternoon crash.

38. Broccoli Stem & Feta Hummus

This broccoli hummus puts your leftover broccoli stems to great use, preventing waste and only using a few ingredients.

39. Healthy Zucchini Nachos

These nachos, made with zucchini chips and a vegetable topping, are to die for. You can also sweeten this dish by adding mangos and avocado.

Original post by Lily Lou for Spoon University.

If you're actually craving a salad, check out how to build a salad, what your salad says about you, this apple-citrus quinoa salad, and 9 salad leaves that taste better than Romaine lettuce.