This may come as a shock, but not all salads require a bed of leafy greens. If you’re not in the mood to massage your kale, try switching up your base. On the heartier end, opt for brown rice or barley, and make yourself a harvest bowl (we recommend tossing with roasted root vegetables, cold apple, and goat cheese).
If you’re still looking to keep it light, go for a Greek salad — no lettuce, but plenty of feta to take its place. Or perhaps try spiralized vegetables — zucchini or cucumber noodles will give you that same crunch but with a new spin (or spiral! ha!). If you’re feeling imaginative, it might just give you the illusion that you’re eating pasta.