Super Savory Salads

Classic Carrot-Raisin Salad

Carrot raisin salad recipe

Here’s a simple salad that goes with just about anything. Carrot-raisin salad might just be the first that kids will enjoy! A food processor is a must for preparing this salad quickly; or you can start with pre-grated carrots that come packaged, but make sure they look nice and fresh. more→

Mixed Greens with Pears, Cranberries, and Pecans

Pear Salad

Bosc pears that are just slightly underripe are perfect in this salad that’s simple enough for everyday, yet festive enough for holiday meals. Contrasted with the crunch of pecans and and the sweetness of dried cranberries, this salad is a party for the palate. Photos by Rachael Braun. 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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Avocado and Orange Salad

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Here’s a vitamin-packed salad featuring oranges, avocado, and watercress, perfect for winter and early spring. It goes with just about anything else you’re serving and can be made in minutes. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Carrot and Broccoli Salad with Green Olives

Carrot and broccoli salad recipe

Green olives, fresh herbs, and crunchy seeds embellish the pairing of baby carrots and broccoli for a simple, savory salad.This is the kind of salad that has good staying power, as long as you take care to cook the broccoli just until it’s barely tender-crisp and still bright green. It’s even better the next day, and is a nice little side  to include in your lunch. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.  more→

Southwestern-Flavored Kale Salad

Southwestern Kale Salad

Kale, corn, avocado, and tomatoes add up to a seriously delicious salad. With the optional beans, it’s a fantastic main dish salad. Without the added beans, it’s a great companion to tortilla specialties containing beans—burritos, enchiladas, and the like. Recipe adapted from  Wild About Greens by Nava Atlas. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→

Stuffed Avocados

Stuffed avocado salad recipe

Individual avocado cups, studded with corn and crisp vegetables, are an easy alternative to an ordinary salad, or a nice first course. Double the recipe if you’d like everyone to have two halves rather than one, in which case it can almost be a main-dish salad, especially if you pair it with a bean salad, like Simple Marinated Beans.

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Fresh Corn and Tomato Salad

Tomato and corn salad

This pleasing combination of two of summer’s premier bumper crops—corn and tomatoes—makes for a delightful mid-to late-summer salad that goes with just about any kind of meal. Pair it with a simple bean dish and/or Creamy Chilled Avocado Soup or serve with Vegan Quesadillas. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

Kale, Quinoa, and Artichoke Salad

Quinoa, kale, and artichoke salad recipe

Any time you put kale and quinoa together, it’s a winning duo. Not only are they both nutritional powerhouses, they taste and look fantastic together. Cook quinoa ahead of time, and this salad can be made in a snap. For an easy meal, serve with Sweet and Savory Sautéed Tofu, and corn on the cob or baked sweet potatoes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Broccoli and Red Cabbage Salad

Broccoli and red cabbage salad with cherry tomatoes

Dress this simple and pretty salad of broccoli, red cabbage, cherry tomatoes, and olives with a tasty salsa salad dressing, or just use any favorite dressing. This adds color and crunch to the dinner plate. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→

BBQ Cauliflower Salad

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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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Citrus-Flavored Spinach and Baby Corn Salad

Spinach Baby Corn Salad with oranges

Spinach, baby corn, and tiny orange sections are featured in a salad that yields abundant pleasure with little effort in preparation. This is a perfect one to team with an Asian-style stir-fry or noodle dish.  Photos by Evan Atlas.

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