Main-Dish Salads

Wheat Berry, Baby Kale, Grape, and Orange Salad

Straight from the Earth_Wheat Berry Salad

Baby kale is mild and convenient to use because the whole leaf is edible. If you can’t find it, you can substitute full-size kale by removing the stem and slicing the leaf very thinly: 1⁄4 inches wide and not longer than 2 inches. The wheat berries take a full hour to cook, and another 20 minutes or so to cool, but they can easily be cooked a day ahead of time. Recipe contributed by Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman, from Straight from the Earth* © 2014. Photo by Sara Remington. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.

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Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad with Pear, Cranberries, and Vegan Parmesan

brussel sprouts salad

I love fresh salads for lunch or sides, and frankly the bigger the better. I wanted a little bit of everything in here; crunch, sweetness, cheesiness, and something that can be prepared ahead of time and thrown together later. I think we all typically boil or roast brussels sprouts, but have you ever had these amazing little greens raw? They have a similar texture to shredded cabbage, but much more flavorful. Shaved Brussels sprouts, chewy dried cranberries, toasted almonds, fresh pear, and vegan Parmesan cheese make this salad irresistible. Recipe and photos contributed from Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils more→

Composed Sweet Potato, Quinoa, and Corn Salad

Quinoa, Sweet Potato, and Corn Salad

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. If you can cook the sweet potatoes and quinoa ahead of time, this will come together in a flash when you want to serve it. Photos by Evan Atlas.   more→

Chickpea Waldorf Salad

Chickpea waldorf salad

A Waldorf salad is a salad traditionally made of fresh apples, celery and walnuts, tossed with mayonnaise, and usually served on a bed of lettuce as an appetizer or a light meal. The addition of chickpeas, tart cranberries, and a seasoned mayonnaise make it even more delectable. Contributed by Jennifer Strohmeyer, from Virtually Vegan Mama.

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Summer Squash, Green Bean, and Chickpea Salad

Squash, chickpea, and green bean salad detail

This appealing mix of yellow summer squash, green beans and chickpeas is especially welcome when slender fresh green beans are abundant. It makes a great summer salad that can be a main dish, served with crusty bread and fresh corn, or as a side dish for vegan quesadillas or grain dishes.

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Barley Salad With Fresh Corn and Peas

Barley and fresh corn salad

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. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.  more→

BBQ Cauliflower Salad

This vegan and gluten-free salad, with the unusual central feature of cauliflower enveloped in barbecue sauce, make a fantastic summer main dish salad, though it would be welcome year round. Once the cauliflower is done, the rest comes together in a flash. Recipes and photos contributed by Cara Reed, from Fork and Beans.

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Composed Quinoa Salad Platter

Composed quinoa salad recipe

This composed salad featuring quinoa and red beans looks fancy enough to impress company, but it’s super-easy to prepare for an everyday meal. You can use regular, red, or black quinoa, or a combination. Serve with some seasonal roasted veggies (squashes, Brussels sprouts, roots, etc.) and/or a warming soup. Or keep it  simple and just serve with baked or microwaved sweet potatoes. more→

Taco Salad

Taco salad recipe

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 the shortcuts 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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Edamame Salad with Red Bell Pepper

Edamame Red Pepper Salad from Vasanthi Raghavan MixedandTossed blog

This folate-rich and high-protein edamame salad is a favorite in my home. I used the shelled version for this recipe. Though I serve this salad with greens, it can be served without. Recipe and photo contributed by Vasanthi Raghavan, from Mixed and Tossed.
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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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