Six Satisifying Salads (Without Lettuce!)

When the weather gets warmer, I'm content to eat raw whole foods, but I tire of lettuce based salads and they rarely keep me full until the next meal. Here are 6 alternatives that I've made with fresh Italian cheeses and produce! If you have allergies to nuts or dairy or [gasp] don't eat bacon, my sympathies.
Hunks of pears, cubes of pecorino cheese, and walnuts. I drizzled just a touch of olive oil and cider vinegar on the top, or sometimes Italians serve this combo as a dessert with drizzled honey. (If you can't get your hands on pecorino, substitute real Parmigiano cheese.
The reddest of tomatoes, real mozzerella cheese, and fresh basil leaves. Top with either extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar or just plain ol' salt and pepper.
Spinach leaves, 2 pieces leftover breakfast bacon, pecans, and fresh strawberries. Toss with a tsp of olive oil.
Fresh peaches, ricotta cheese, pine nuts, and a dash of cinnamon.
Chopped fresh apple with the peel, chunks of asiago cheese, raw or toasted almonds. I threw in spinach because I had a little left, but it's hearty enough without. For this dressing, mix 1 Tbs extra virgin olive oil with 1 Tbs whole fruit apricot jam.
We laugh at Italy's idea of America--whenever they offer an American pizza on the menu, it usually has corn and hot dogs on it. So we invented the "American Salad"-- which is only classified as a salad because it's served cold. ;) Boiled egg slices, sausage or hot dog slices (pre-cooked), chunky corn and bean salsa, corn chips, spinach leaves, and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

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