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So often salads are an afterthought, but they don't have to be. There are so many salad options available that you could literally go weeks without having to repeat the same salad if you don't want to. Oh, and if you are partial to salads with a Latin twist, there are plenty of those to choose from as well. We've done all of the gathering for you.

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What makes a salad Latin? Well, either it's origin or the inclusion of ingredients that are used in Latin cuisine. At least that's the criteria we used when scouring the interwebs to bring you this bonanza of beautiful Latin salads to choose from.

Bookmark or pin this post so that you are never at a loss for salad options. And never be afraid to stray from the recipes. Trust your gut and create your own masterpieces inspired by these options. You know what you like and you know what your family likes, sometimes you just need a little inspiration to get you going.

Papaya, avocado and tomato salad for your delight. 1

Papaya, avocado and tomato salad for your delight.

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Toss arugula, avocados, papaya and cherry tomatoes in a light vinaigrette for a fresh and fruity salad your family will gobble up.

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Caesar salad is Mexican. 2

Caesar salad is Mexican.

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The story goes that Caesar salad was first served up in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924.

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Add grilled chicken to your Caesar salad. 3

Add grilled chicken to your Caesar salad.

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Turn a basic Caesar salad into a meal by adding grilled chicken.

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Thinly sliced cucumbers are the perfect base for this salad. 4

Thinly sliced cucumbers are the perfect base for this salad.

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It's light, tasty and refreshing.

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Guacamole and pasta salad go great together. 5

Great as a main course or a side dish, it's all kinds of fresh.

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Avocado, shrimp and mango salad with watercress is like YES! 6

Avocado, shrimp and mango salad with watercress is like YES!

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You better make a lot because it's going to go so fast your head will spin.

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Bring on the jicama, orange and red onion salad. 7

Bring on the jicama, orange and red onion salad.

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It's hard to believe that something so simple can be SO good.

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Mango, avocado and garbanzo bean salad is a crowd-pleaser. 8

Mango, avocado and garbanzo bean salad is a crowd-pleaser.

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Bring this tropical chickpea salad to your next potluck. It'll be a hit.

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Say hello to quinoa salad in a jar. 9

Say hello to quinoa salad in a jar.

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Who says a salad can't travel in style?

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A classic healthy Chilean tomato salad. 10

A classic healthy Chilean tomato salad.

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This salad is so mouthwateringly good that your family will fight over who gets to have the caldito left behind on the serving dish.

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Unite quinoa salad and avocado. 11

Unite quinoa salad and avocado.

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Make yourself a traditional Peruvian quinoa salad and serve it on half an avocado.

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Lima bean salad is so underrated. 12

Lima bean salad is so underrated.

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Try our diet-friendly lima bean salad. It's delicious and rich in protein and fiber.

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Not one, not two, but three-bean salad. 13

Not one, not two, but three-bean salad.

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It's healthy, it tastes great AND it is beyond budget-friendly.

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Can't go wrong with grilled corn and black bean salad. 14

Can't go wrong with grilled corn and black bean salad.

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This beauty is colorful and flavorful.

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Make enough garbanzo salad for the whole week. 15

Make enough garbanzo salad for the whole week.

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Make this chickpea salad ahead of time and keep it in the fridge because the more it marinates, the better it tastes.

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Quinoa, walnut and cranberries are magic in this salad. 16

Quinoa, walnut and cranberries are magic in this salad.

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You are going to love how easy this salad is to make.

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Check out this Ecuadorian fruit salad. 17

This come y bebe fruit salad is good to the last drop.

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This Cuban-style quinoa salad with mango avocado salsa is so delicious! 18

Sweet plantains in a salad? Yes, please!

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This tuna black bean chipotle salad will be your new fave. 19

Oh, and it's tossed with a cilantro avocado dressing.

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Chew on this: Shrimp, mango and avocado salad. 20

Consider this a shrimp and mango lover's dream.

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Guava glazed steak salad that's like WOW. 21

Can't decide whether to have steak or salad? Have both!

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Watermelon and jicama salad is a summer stand-out. 22

Sweet, tangy, refreshing and healthy coming right up.

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Shrimp and kale salad that tastes like a taco. 23

The seasoning in the vinaigrette gives this salad a little extra sumthin' sumthin'.

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Chopped salad with garlic crema dressing that is to die for. 24

The Mexican crema and garlic dressing in this salad is all kinds of special.

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Tutti frutti jello salad that will make you all nostalgic. 25

Like those jello salads that abuela makes for the holidays; it's a party in your mouth.

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Serve ensalada de lomo de cerdo for lunch. 26

This pork and veggie salad makes the perfect topping for tostadas.

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Toss cherry tomatoes and panela cheese in a spicy dressing. 27

Panela cheese is a delicious, fresh and smooth Mexican cheese. It tastes incredible with cherry tomatoes tossed in olive oil infused with chile de árbol.

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This Mexican muscle salad is a champ. 28

This Mexican muscle salad is a champ.

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Be careful! This salad packs a punch that will knock you out in a good way.

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Ensalada de esquites, no street vendor required. 29

Mexican street corn salad is so good. It's even better when you don't have to leave your home to get it.

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This Mexican fruit salad will make you feel bionic. 30

This Mexican fruit salad is called a bionico and is made with fresh fruit and sweetened crema. Toppings are up to you.

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This ensalada de nopales is hearty and healthy. 31

This salad is one that you can keep in the fridge and snack on whenever. Aside from being tasty, the nopales in this salad help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

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Enjoy a bowl of pasta with cilantro dressing and longaniza. 32

The longaniza gives this pasta salad with only five ingredients just the right amount of kick.

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A sweet and sour quinoa salad with a teriyaki twist. 33

It's the sauce that gives this salad a  bit of sweet and a bit of sour.

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Eggplant and garbanzos are just two of the star ingredients in this salad. 34

So many veggies up in this salad!

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Serve up a crispy battered fish fillet salad with creamy chipotle sauce. 35

You are going to flip for the creamy chipotle sauce on this salad. It has the right amount of chipotle.

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Make a beet salad better with queso fresco. 36

You ain't lived until you've tried this queso fresco and beet salad. Just sayin'.

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Keep cucumber and jicama citrus salad on stand-by. 37

Crunchy, fresh, tart and spicy all add up to YUM!

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Create a colorful combination with pomegranate, avocado and blackberries. 38

Create a colorful combination with pomegranate, avocado and blackberries.

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For this beauty, you are going to toss mixed greens, pomegranate seeds, avocado, cherry tomatoes and blackberries in a vinaigrette.

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A taco salad never disappoints. 39

A taco salad never disappoints.

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"Taco salad Tuesdays" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?

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Yes, you can make taco bowl salads at home. 40

Yes, you can make taco bowl salads at home.

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Homemade tortilla bowls, YO!

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Pin these fantastic Latin salads to your Pinterest boards to see what ingredients that make them are full of flavor.