This easy chickpea salad makes a good lunch on its own with some whole grain bread and fresh fruit. It’s a great companion to many Italian-style pasta dishes or simple grain dishes during the cooler months, especially if the meal needs a protein boost. It’s also good with pasta salads or potato salads as cool summer meal, served with a cold soup or fresh corn. This is especially good with ripe summer tomatoes, though off season you can use tomatoes on vine or hydroponic tomatoes. more→
The combination of quinoa and beans in this salad makes it an ideal centerpiece for a warm weather meal. Enlivened with small tomatoes, bell pepper, olives, and dill, the flavor twist in this salad is a simple salsa dressing. This is ideal served with a cold soup, though for lunch, it can stand on its own. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This adaptation of a traditional Middle Eastern salad has a great combination of flavors and textures. I especially like it with Middle Eastern- or Spanish-themed meals; though it can be a nice foil for any mild-flavored dish, as well — try it with Pasta with Vegan Alfredo Sauce. more→
A feast of color and texture, this salad of baby spinach, embellished with other colorful veggies, is quick to prepare and a pleasure to serve. Serve it in larger portions as a main-dish salad, or in smaller portions as a substantial side salad. Delicious served with a pureed vegetable soup and some fresh bread. Photos by Rachael Braun.
Classic three-bean salad gets a contemporary twist with balsamic vinegar, cilantro, and sunflower seeds. It’s an easy salad you can enjoy year round, but is a special favorite to serve with summer outdoor meals and your plant-based barbecued proteins. Photos by Lori Maffei. more→
This easy and appetizing bean and tomato salad adds color and crunch to any meal. Use gluten-free croutons if need be, or replace with sautéed cubes of prepared polenta. It’s delicious with grain dishes and pastas, or simple quesadillas or soft tacos. Add some sautéed greens or steamed broccoli and you’ve got a great weekday meal! Adapted from Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→
Corn and black beans look and taste enticing together in this Southwestern-inspired salad. Embellished with tomato, avocado, and lime juice, this makes a great potluck dish for a crowd if you double the recipe. more→
Black beans, diced mango, and avocado taste heavenly together in this delicious salad. Fresh, perfectly ripe mangos are best, of course, but they’re not always in season and occasionally unreliable. Once in a while I like to take the guesswork out of mangos and use canned (organic), which is akin to using canned pineapple—you know exactly what you’re going to get. Otherwise, tiny clementine sections work well to give little bursts of fruity flavor. more→