Super Savory Salads
If you like beets, you’ll absolutely love them combined with the crunch of cucumber and the sweetness of citrus. This salad can be enjoyed all through fresh orange season, adding color and flavor to cool-weather meals. It’s also a festive salad to add to fall and winter holiday meals.
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.
This delightful pilaf/salad combining Israeli couscous, tomatoes, avocado, and stone fruit is from Vegan Holiday Kitchen.* Israeli couscous is one fun little pasta. It’s round and quick-cooking, and has a very pleasant mouth feel. Look for it in bulk in natural foods stores, or in the Middle Eastern section of the international aisle in well-stocked supermarkets. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→
Grilling radicchio brings out its sweeter side, and pairing it with an Asian dressing balances its assertive flavor. Contributed by Tamasin Noyes, from Grills Gone Vegan*, © 2013, Book Publishing Company. Reprinted by permission.
Inspired by house salads served at Thai restaurants around the U.S., this is the perfect companion to Thai-style dishes like Easy Vegan Pad Thai. It’s a feast of typical salad veggies, made yummy with a piquant peanut-coconut sauce, chopped peanuts, and sweetened with pineapple chunks. A bigger portion of this can almost be the centerpiece of a meal, served with a simple tofu or tempeh dish.
Two powerhouse veggies, broccoli and cauliflower, lightly cooked and subtly dressed, pair up to make a hearty salad. This makes a moderate amount, good for everyday meals, but it’s a great salad to make for company or potlucks, too. If that’s the case, the recipe doubles very easily. more→
If you have never eaten edamame before, try this salad as an introduction. These tender green soybeans are easily found in the frozen section of natural foods stores. Combined with quinoa and asparagus, it all adds up to a pretty and nourishing salad. Contributed by Annie Taylor Chen, Vegan Ann. more→
This simple salad is somewhat akin to tabbouli, but it’s more about the ripe summer tomatoes and other garden veggies. It’s also a great way to use up leftover quinoa, so the amount used in the salad is flexible. Make sure to use the most flavorful summer tomatoes for best results! more→
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.
Here’s a fun salad (I love when the words “fun” and “salad” appear side by side!) to make with a spiral slicer. Cucumbers become practically calorie-free “noodles,” gently embellished with lime, agave, and sesame seeds. Though good just as it is, if you’d like to add another flavor dimension, serve with Green Goddess Dressing. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
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→
If you want an easy way to add some greens to your holiday table, this salad is for you. My Grandpa used to make cranberry bread for Thanksgiving, and this is basically that — in salad form. Cranberries, walnuts, orange, all mixed together … it’s like the holidays in a bowl! This makes a moderate amount as everyday fare, so if you’d like a larger portion to serve at a vegan holiday meal, the recipe doubles or triples easily. Originally posted at and reprinted from Esther at A,B,C,Vegan. Photos by Rachael Braun. more→