Super Savory Salads

Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad with Maple-Glazed Walnuts

Arugula and Fresh Fig Salad

The synergy of flavors of arugula, fresh figs, and toasty maple-flavored walnuts prove that you don’t need a lot of ingredients to create an exciting salad. Fresh figs are most often available during the summer months. Other times of the year, try this salad with apples or pears. Photos by Evan Atlas.  more→

Zucchini, Apricot, & Almond Salad

Zucchini Apricot Salad

Inspiration can come from anywhere at any time. One evening I was watching Anthony Bourdain’s show, Parts Unknown, and he was highlighting the foods of Israel and Palestine. At one meal, he was served a raw zucchini salad with apricots. I have no idea what the other ingredients were in this dish, but I had a bunch of fresh apricots that needed eating. Roasting the apricots brings out their flavor and sweetness. A tangy apricot dressing over strips of zucchini sounded like a quick and delicious summer meal. Contributed by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

Blood Orange, Olive, and Basil Salad

Blood orange and olive salad by Jason Wyrick

This salad, typically made with whatever fresh oranges are on hand and made with blood oranges here, is a popular winter dish throughout the south of Italy. Fennel and red onion are popular additions, but my favorite version (this one) concentrates on the interplay of the sweetness of the oranges, the saltiness of the olives, the pop of the basil, and the smoothness of the olive oil. It showcases one of the quintessential elements of Italian cuisine, namely that you don’t need complicated recipes to make outstanding food. You only need outstanding ingredients and the willingness to let them speak for themselves.” Recipe by Jason Wyrick, from Living the Farm Sanctuary Life* by Gene Baur with Gene Stone, © 2015 by Gene Baur. Photographs © 2015 by Rodale Inc. Reprinted by Permission of Rodale Books. more→

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

vagan Kale caesar salad

This vegan Kale caesar is an updated version of the classic American caesar salad. There’s not much to to the original recipe other than lettuce, bread croutons, and a (nonvegan ) caesar dressing, so a revamp is welcome. When I first made this with only kale, I found it to be a bit too overpowering. The combination of kale and romaine lettuce is perfect, allowing the other flavors to shine through. This recipe, easy though it is, also offers further shortcuts. more→

Raw / Not Raw Vegetable Barley Bowl

Raw / Not Raw Vegetable Barley Bowl by Ann Oliverio

Weekends are my days for loosening up on what I eat. So on Saturday and Sundays after lunch I enjoy dessert and a big soy latte and a little something sweet post-dinner. By Sunday evening I usually feel ready to get back into full-on healthy mode and a simple “bowl” filled with good grains and lots of vegetables makes me feel slightly virtuous and ready for the week ahead. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

Butter Lettuce Wedge Salad with Pears & Tempeh Bacon

Butter lettuce wedge salad with pears and tempeh bacon

This vegan take on a classic lettuce wedge salad reminds me of many family dinners eaten out at The Brown Derby: a big, crunchy wedge of lettuce topped with a creamy dressing and sprinkled with salty bacon. My version subs tempeh for bacon and adds a little sweetness with fresh pears. Recipe and photo by Ann Oliverio, from Crave, Eat, Heal: Plant-Based Whole Food Recipes to Satisfy Every Appetitereprinted with permission © 2015 Front Table Books. more→

Mango, Avocado, and Arugula Salad

Mango, avocado, and arugula salad

You don’t need a lot of ingredients with this awesome combination of mango, avocado, pecans, and arugula. It’s a pretty salad that brings such cheer to cool-weather meals. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

Coconut Curry Lettuce Wraps

Coconut-Curry-Lettuce Wraps

This coconut-curry spread, based on chickpeas and cannellini beans is rich with spices and coconut. Aside from serving it in romaine leaves as suggested in this recipe, you can find many other uses for it — it makes a great dip but it’s even better as a sandwich spread. Recipe and photo contributed by Annie Oliverio of An Unrefined Vegan. Annie is the author of the forthcoming Crave Eat Heal: Plant-based, Whole-food Recipes to Satisfy Every Craving  * (April, 2015).
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Zucchini Pasta with Mango, Avocado, and Black Bean Salsa

Zucchini Pasta with Mango and Avocado by Gena Hamshaw from Choosing Raw

Mango and avocado salad is a summertime classic. In this recipe, I take that one step further by adding black beans and cilantro. I then pile it on top of spiralized zucchini for a quick, easy, and refreshing meal. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. 

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Mango Lentil Salad With Cilantro-Lime Dressing

Mango Lentil Salad by Sophia Z from Love and Lentils

This lentil salad is unique, blending Indian flavors from the cumin and coriander with the Mexican flavors of mango and lime. One of the best things about salad is you can combine ingredients that you wouldn’t normally pair up, and it usually works wonderfully. French lentils, also known as du Puy lentils, are the best type of lentil to use in salads. Green, brown, and red lentils are perfect in soups and stews because they’re soft and tend to fall apart, while du Puy lentils work better in salads because they hold their shape well when cooked properly. All in all, a refreshing summery salad, with  great sustenance from the lentils. Recipe and photos contributed by Sophia Zergiotis of Love and Lentils.

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Mexican Roasted Corn Salad with Avocado (Esquites)

Mexican Roasted Corn Salad by Terry Hope Romero from Salad Samari

I could eat a different corn salad every night (corn is the perfect hearty addition to summertime salads), but my obsession started here: a deluxe vegan esquites, the queen of creamy roasted corn salads. Unlike most corn salads, this is best eaten when the corn is still warm from roasting, so prep all of the veggies (and the dressing, but you knew that already!) first, so all that’s required is toasted hot corn for a mouthwatering treat. From Salad Samurai: 100 Cutting-Edge, Ultra-Hearty, Easy-to-Make Salads You Don’t Have to Be Vegan to Love* by Terry Hope Romero. Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Lifelong Books, ©2014. Photos by Vanessa K. Rees. more→

Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

Quinoa and asparagus salad

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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