Salads

Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

Quinoa with Vegetables

This quinoa salad keeps things very simple, highlighting this nutty grain in tandem with lots of delicious fresh asparagus. It’s a lot like tabbouli, but with a springtime touch. more→

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Green Queen Salad

green queen salad and dressing from Tess Masters' Blender Girl

I think of this salad dressing as the culinary equivalent of my little black dress—a staple that gets pulled out, works for most occasions, and never goes out of style. I love the peppery notes in this dressing, but any blend of herbs and greens can yield spectacular results. This lean green dressing machine will transform even the most tragic mound of lettuce from drab to fab. People swoon when they taste it. Many a friend has exclaimed in the midst of a euphoric bite, “Oh, I could just gobble this up with a spoon!” I have done that, and also licked it out of the blender carriage before it even had the chance to get dressed up. Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girlby Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography © 2014 by Anson Smart.

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Napa Sriracha Slaw

Napa sriracha slaw from Heather Poire

I absolutely love a good slaw alongside vegan brats & beans, tempeh sliders are generously mounded with the stuff and lately I can’t get enough of this slaw stuffed inside my tacos. If you are looking for a super creamy slaw adjust the vegan mayo according to your taste. This recipe makes a boatload — perfect for a BBQ, picnic or leftovers for a sandwich or taco topper! Recipe and photos contributed by Heather Poire of Sunday Morning Banana Pancakes.

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Fruity Spinach Salad

Fruity Spinach Salad from Stellar Vegan Salads by Sharon Discorfano

Any variation of a spinach salad immediately shoots to the top of my favorites list.This popular combination of spinach and strawberries, is drizzled with a sweet poppy seed dressing. I get a little extra footloose and fancy-free, adding in some cantaloupe and almond slivers for an unexpected crunch. Recipe and photos by Sharon Discorfano, from Stellar Vegan Salads. * Reprinted by permission.

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Spicy Sriracha Salad with Baked Tofu

Baked tofu sriracha salad from Stellar Vegan Salads by Sharon Discorfano

Admittedly, I’m not always the most adventurous when it comes to trying new sauces; my husband Seth, on the other hand, has been known to add as many as five sauces to a vegan hot dog. When he discovered the Thai chili-based Sriracha, he started adding it to just about everything other than cereal. Naturally, I wanted to create a salad for him that would incorporate this new favorite. He gave it two thumbs up and then showered the chef with some appreciative kisses. Recipe and photos by Sharon Discorfano, from Stellar Vegan Salads. * Reprinted by permission.

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Spicy Quinoa-Carrot Slaw

Quinoa_Spicy Quinoa-Carrot Slaw

This simple side dish comes together very quickly if you have cooked quinoa on hand in the refrigerator. For even faster prep, use bagged shredded carrots and break the speed limit. Recipe  from Quinoa: High Protein, Gluten-Free* by Beth Geisler with recipes by Jo Stepaniak, @2014 Books Alive, Summertown, TN, reprinted by permission. Photo by Andrew Schmidt.
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Russian Beet and Potato Salad

Salad with beetroot,potatoes,carrots and cucumber ( Beet Salad- Vinegret)

Here’s a simple, classic potato salad made vivid with beets. If you have access to golden beets, by all means, use them. They’re even sweeter than red beets, and keep their vivid color to themselves more than red beets do. Is this salad really Russian? I have no idea; it is really good, though, especially if you like beets! more→

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Asian-Flavored Edamame and Tofu Chopped Salad

Asian-flavored Chopped salad

This unusual salad combines edamame (fresh green soybeans) with baked tofu and crisp, finely diced veggies like bell pepper and zucchini. It goes well with Asian-style rice or noodle dishes (hot or cold), and can also be served on a bed of greens or in lettuce cups for a nice touch.

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