Do you think salad has to be boring? These flavor-packed, easy vegan salad recipes beg to differ! They're easy to make and will have you reaching for seconds.
Table of Contents
- There's Salad, and Then There's SALAD
- Crafting Your Dream Vegan Salad
- Easy Vegan Salad Recipes
There's Salad, and then There's SALAD
There's a misconception out there that vegans mostly live on salads, and that couldn't be more untrue. I have been vegan since 2006, and I promise that if this were a strictly salad-base life, I wouldn't have made it this far.
But y'all, do you ever just crave a good salad?
When I say "a good salad," I mean more than a pile of leaves in a bowl with a squeeze of lemon. A good salad is fully loaded and packed with flavor.
The vegan salads here are good salads.
Crafting Your Dream Vegan Salad Recipe
I'll tell you a secret: a good salad is all about the dressing and the toppings.
To build the salad of your dreams, start with whatever greens you want. Lettuce, massaged kale, spinach or arugula are all good places to start. You can also start with a mix of salad greens.
From there, add a mix of raw veggies, cooked veggies, and whole grains like:
- roasted broccoli
- chopped green onions
- diced carrot
- sweet corn
- steamed sweet potato
- steamed thin-skinned potato (like red potatoes)
- bell pepper
- sun dried tomato
- Israeli couscous
- wheat berries
AND SO ON.
Once you have your veggies in order, the important part begins. Mix and match crunchy, chewy, and fatty toppings for a truly satisfying salad. Here are some topping ideas:
- dried fruit (cut into bite-sized pieces, if needed)
- toasted coconut
- sliced avocado
- roasted nuts or seeds
- raw or cooked mushrooms
- vegan cheese
- pickled veggies
- pickled fruit
Sure, you can do a squeeze of lemon or a drizzle of oil and vinegar, but if you want to really up your salad game, get fancy.
The key is to find a dressing that's deliciously decadent but also quick and easy to make. I have a great list of simple vegan salad dressings right here. These are some of the highlights:
- Ginger Cranberry Dressing
- Magical Tahini Dressing
- Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
- Oil-Free Vegan Thousand Island Salad Dressing
- Creamy Vegan Jalapeno Dressing
Check out the post linked above for the full list. Your salads will never be boring again!
Easy Vegan Salad Recipes
Of course, sometimes, it's nice to have a recipe to follow. A sure thing, so you know the results will be delicious. Don't worry. These easy vegan salad recipes deliver.
1. Crunchy Broccoli Salad
This kale broccoli salad is fully loaded. I love making this recipe for holidays, because you can prepare it up to a day ahead. Just don't add the macadamia nuts until you're ready to serve.
2. Kale and Quinoa Salad
This bright, colorful salad is from my first cookbook, Bowls!, and it's still one of my favorite salads ever. I like to make a big batch on Sunday, so I can eat it for lunches all week long.
3. Easy Vegan Seaweed Salad
This is a meal-worthy seaweed salad, loaded with veggies and tofu and topped with sesame seeds. If you've never prepared seaweed before, don't worry! It's so, so easy, and I walk you through how to do it in the recipe.
4. Strawberry Spinach Salad with Maple Balsamic Tofu
While you marinate and bake the sticky-sweet tofu for this salad, you have plenty of time to prep the rest of the ingredients. Since you can serve this with the tofu warm or cold, it's another great make-ahead recipe.
This salad starts with a base of kale and brown rice, then brings on the flavor and texture with lentils, edamame, walnuts, blueberries, tomatoes, onion, and dried cranberries. Finish it off with sweet maple dressing!
You can make the seitan "steak" for this recipe from scratch or keep it easy with store-bought. You do you. Either way, this salad is decadent and satisfying. Wait until you taste the ginger-parsley dressing!
This Italian-inspired vegan salad recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make! While you chill the 5-ingredients vinaigrette, you can toss together the fresh, leafy greens, artichoke hearts, olives, and onions. Toss, and serve!
Juicy tomatoes and crunchy cucumbers team up with tender Israeli couscous as the base for this amazing salad. Olives, artichoke hearts, and fresh basil bring some deep flavors to the table.
Use leftover or canned lentils, and this hearty salad is ready in 10 minutes, flat. Just toss the lentils with leeks, green onions, and spring greens, then top it off with the easy, 6-ingredient vinaigrette dressing.
If you haven't made a green salad with potatoes on it, what are you waiting for? These herb roasted potatoes make an otherwise unassuming salad next-level delicious.
This salad is packed with amazing goodness. It's got asparagus. It has chickpeas. It has three types of lettuce and fresh herbs. And you top it all off with creamy, super easy-to-make blender buttermilk dressing.
How beautiful is this salad? Purple and orange cauliflower team up with sweet apples and crunchy cashews for a beautiful slaw-like salad. The sweet-tart shallot dressing will knock your socks off. Right off!
Slather this satisfying fajita salad in blender avocado-lime dressing. You won't be sorry! The salad itself is packed with greens, beans, and corn, and you top it with tasty fajita veggies, including plenty of juicy portobello mushroom!
Marinated chickpeas, carrots, onions, and wide zucchini noodles are the stars of this tasty vegan salad. To make the salad, you just toss the marinated ingredients together and top them with creamy cumin-tahini dressing, fresh parsley, and black sesame seeds. So easy and delicious!