Main-Dish Salads

Spinach, Artichoke, and Chickpea Salad

Spinach, chickpea, and artichoke salad

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.

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Gado-Gado Inspired Salad

Gado-gado recipe

This composed salad is inspired by the classic Indonesian platter that combines raw and lightly cooked vegetables. Its name translates loosely to “mix-mix.” There are different regional variations, but some of the constant veggies include carrots, cauliflower, and green beans. You can vary it according to season and what you happen to have on hand. more→

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Pineapple Rice Salad

Pineapple Rice salad

This luscious main-dish salad is a crowd-pleaser — it makes a generous portion, and so is a good potluck dish. Brown rice mingles with chewy baked tofu, pineapple chunks, broccoli and bell peppers. Leftovers are great in for portable lunches, packed in a container. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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Tofu “Tuna” and White Bean Salad

Tofu and White Bean Salad

Baked tofu makes a great stand-in for the tuna in the classic Italian pairing with cannellini (large white) beans. This is a great companion with pasta dishes that are on the lighter side. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

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Tropical Tofu Salad with Chutney Mayonnaise

Tofu, broccoli, and pineapple salad

Fruity flavors mingle with broccoli, greens, and sprouts, in this luscious main dish salad, made with firm and chewy baked tofu. An easy chutney mayo dressing give it a nice twist. It’s delicious with mango, but since it’s not always available, pineapple is a good alternative.

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Southwestern-Flavored Rice and Bean Salad

Southwestern-flavored rice and bean salad

When you have some leftover brown rice, this main-dish rice and bean salad, filled with great southwestern flavors, is a super way to make use of it. Plus, it’s a snap to make. With some vegan quesadillas or nachos, and a green vegetable, this becomes the centerpiece of an enjoyable everyday meal. more→

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Composed  Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Corn Salad

Sweet Potatoes on table

This colorful main dish salad featuring sweet potato, quinoa, and corn is simple to prepare, yet has a festive “company’s coming” look. It makes a bountiful accompaniment to vegan quesadillas. more→

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Barley Salad With Fresh Corn and Peas

Pearl barley

Barley and fresh corn are a companionable duo in this simple and hearty cold dish that’s great for everyday meals or potlucks. To complete the meal, serve with a simple cold bean dish such as those featured in Bean Salads. more→

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