What actually is a salad? Does it have to have leaves? Not necessarily. Low in calories? Not always, unfortunately. Always cold, perhaps? Nope

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Image: 7 salads so delicious that you suspect they’re not salads

Photograph: Martin Poole

No one actually knows what makes a salad a salad, but don’t let that stop you from eating one. Here are some utterly delicious dishes that we’re calling 'salads'. 

1. Tuna niçoise

A fancy version of the classic, this niçoise salad is made with baby new potatoes. Yum. 

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2. Sausage and new potato salad

That's right, chop some sausages up and mix in with some stuff and you get to call it a salad. A hearty one at that. 

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3. Mild spiced lamb salad

This is a super-quick north African-inspired salad that includes delicious harissa – a spicy, garlicky, oily paste.

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4. Asparagus and halloumi salad

Salty, squeaky halloumi meets earthy, delicate asparagus in this rousing symphony of a salad. It's got us feeling all poetic, like. 

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5. Roast chicken Caesar salad

Hail Caesar and thy crunchy croutons and creamy dressing.

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6. Chicory, watercress and roquefort salad

Throw it all together on a plate, or if you're feeling posh, you could arrange the ingredients artfully on chicory slices and serve as canapés.

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7. French bistro salad

Eggs and bacon, now that's our kind of salad. Throw in some salad leaves and drizzle on some dressing and you've got yourself a delicious light lunch.

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