Super Savory Salads

Bok Choy Salad with Snow Peas and Red Cabbage

bok choy

Always pleasing for serving to company, yet easy enough to make for weeknight meals, this colorful Asian-flavored salad has become one of my standards. Bok choy, snow peas, and red cabbage are a companionable trio of crisp raw veggies. It’s a perfect salad to serve with Asian-style dishes like VegKitchen’s Easy Vegetable Stir-Fries or Asian Noodle Recipes. more→


Raw Cauliflower Tabbouli

Cauliflower tabbouleh

Don’t get me wrong —there’s nothing wrong with making tabbouli (the Middle Eastern classic grain-and-parsley salad) with bulgur, or even the modern rendition, with quinoa. Especially the latter, yum! But in the summer I just love to eat really light, and discovered the trick of making a grain-like salad backdrop from raw cauliflower. Try this salad simply as is or with the optional variations listed below. Serve with hummus (ready-made or homemade), fresh pita, and stuffed grape leaves for an easy meal. more→


Roasted Beet Salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted beet saladI harvested/sacrified a good bit of my cilantro for this summer salad. It’s sturdy and pretty enough for a summer potluck and get a spark from chili-lime vinaigrette. Recipe and photo contributed by Ellen Kanner. more→


Eggplant Caponata

Eggplant caponata recipeThis relish-like eggplant salad is a classic warm-weather appetizer, whose characteristic ingredients include fresh tomatoes, celery, and olives. Serve on fresh Italian bread
or slices of Italian bread that have been baked until crisp (bruschetta) for a wonderful first course preceding a pasta dinner. more→


Cauliflower, Carrot, and Olive Salad

Cauliflower and florets

Here’s an easy salad  of lightly cooked cauliflower and raw carrots, with lots of extra flavor from parsley, olives, and sunflower seeds. I like to make this as part of a meal of cool dishes in the summer, either with a cold soup, or with two additional interesting salads. Adapted from Vegan Express by Nava Atlas. more→


Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad

Sweet Potato Waldorf Salad recipe

The addition of the sweet potato and toasted pine nuts makes this simple salad an exceptional side dish or a hearty lunch. Because the natural flavors blend so well, there’s little need for exotic seasonings. A basket of whole grain bread makes the ideal accompaniment. Contributed by Zel Allen, reprinted from The Nut Gourmet.* more→


Japanese Miso Cabbage Salad

Cabbages on wooden table

Enjoy the benefits of miso’s healthy enzymes and a nice fiber and protein boost in this delectable salad that can serve as a main dish or a side salad. Contributed by Julia B. Greer, MD, MPH, adapted from The Anti-Breast Cancer Cookbook.*


Quinoa Salad with Fennel and Cranberries


This quinoa salad is crunchy and festive, brimming with anise-flavored fennel and toasted walnuts. Dried cranberries and orange juice add a touch of sweetness. Do add the orange zest if you can, as it heightens the citrus flavor.