Main-Dish Salads

Taco Salad

Taco salad2

Salad is a lot more fun when it becomes a taco salad. Incorporating all the lively flavors of tacos, this tasty salad is quick and easy to prepare, and is a great choice when you’d like a hearty main-dish salad. If you’re short on time, use some of the shortcut suggested. Have it on its own for lunch; complete the meal with baked sweet potatoes, vegan quesadillas, and/or corn-on-the-cob for dinner.
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Spiralized Cucumber Salad

Spiralized cucumber salad

Here’s a fun salad (I love when the words “fun” and “salad” appear side by side!) to make with a spiral slicer. Cucumbers become practically calorie-free “noodles,” gently embellished with lime, agave, and sesame seeds. more→

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Southwestern Rice and Bean Salad

When you have some leftover brown rice, this is a super way to make use of it and is a snap to make. With some vegan quesadillas or nachos, and a green vegetable, makes a fun everyday meal. more→

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Indonesian-Style Gado-Gado Salad

Cauliflower and florets

I’ll always have a pleasant association with this classic Indonesian salad platter, as it was the first meal I had on my first trip to Paris. Served with plenty of rice, the salad (which always combines raw and lightly cooked vegetables) made for a filling and memorable meal. Though easy to enough to make as an everyday meal, it’s also festive enough to serve to company or to make as a vegan potluck dish. Here’s my Americanized, but still very tasty, interpretation.

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Tofu “Tuna” and White Bean Salad

Baked  tofu makes a great stand-in for the tuna in the classic Italian pairing. This is a great companion with pasta dishes such as those listed under Pasta on the Lighter Side. more→

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Curried Potato Salad with Red Lentils

Red lentils in a wooden spoon

This luscious combination of potatoes, red lentils, and tomatoes is an exotic change-of-pace from the standard varieties of potato salad. more→

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