Let me just say that getting on board with salad is a universal struggle. It is hard and we all have to do it to live happy, healthy lives.

Not too many people grow up loving it unless they’ve been fed proper delicious salads all their lives. But, unfortunately, most people envision iceberg lettuce smothered in ranch dressing with a tomato on top when they think of a salad, and that’s off putting to everyone, even healthy people.

So with that in mind, sometimes I don’t blame long-suffering partners of fit people for having a hard time wanting to eat salad with their SO to help support their diet changes.

Just looking at the boyfriends of the world for a bit, I think a lot of dudes feel like a meal can’t satisfy them without bread and/or meat. Sure, a pile of iceberg lettuce with some ranch for dipping isn’t going to cut it. But there are lots of salads that will. Here is a personally compiled list of salads that any man I know would probably opt to eat, due to crazy deliciousness.

I want to add a disclaimer before I continue, however. I’m not trying to push any idea that men always have a huge appetite, and women always live off of scraps of leaves and twigs. But I would argue that men and women are socialized to enjoy food differently, and what you learn that way is hard to break out of. If anything, I would like to point out that you can identify as a man and eat a meal without starch! You can eat a meal without meat! It’s possible.

Anyway. Let’s look through this list.

Gateway boy-friendly salad – Chicken Burrito Bowl

This isn’t a salad so much as it is a burrito without the tortilla. But burrito bowls are one of those things that can be as healthy as you want, or as fattening as you want, and its a good start if you want to start serving healthy food he’ll eat.

Doritos Taco Salad

Now following on the heels of the chicken burrito bowl.. is this the most healthy salad? I assume not. It has Doritos in it. But try to get bae to say he hates salads after finishing this. Impossible. It’s a walking taco, but you’re not walking, you’re sitting down eating it. Everyone has always dreamed of a sitting walking taco. Amazing.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Really flavourful, with jalapeños, chicken, and even rice noodles to get your starch fixing. Not only that, but it’d make good leftovers to eat during a midnight snack run. Is it you doing the late-night snacking, or him? Only time will tell.

BLT Bowl

Essentially, this is a BLT without the bread – subbed in with avocado … and cheese. Really, when you think about it, a good salad is just a sandwich without the bread. And that’s a good enough reason to eat one.

Ribeye Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

You can’t make a man-friendly salad list without including a steak salad. Honestly, that salad looks monstrous and intimidating. I like it.

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Asparagus

An upscale salad that doesn’t rely on greens at the base, but also doesn’t sacrifice being sophisticated as well. Plus, it’s a great make-ahead dish that you can just eat whenever you feel hungry and need something at an arm’s length.

Antipasto Salad

This one is like a charcuterie board over a bed of romaine lettuce. And honestly, it looks so simple and delicious. You could probably pick at it with your fingers if you disregarded cutlery altogether.

BBQ Chicken Salad

This is like the MVP of guy-friendly salads you can make. Full of flavour, and lots of different things going on that aren’t just greens. It’s likely one of your safest bets for trying to get a guy to eat more greens. Plus, you could put it in a wrap if you need to meet halfway and modify it a bit with some starch.


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