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.
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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 for more than 14 years, 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 salad
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 in that fashion.
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 salads
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.