The synergy between hearty BBQ tempeh croutons and crisp salad veggies dressed in creamy vegan ranch dressing is most appealing. First presented as one of our Vegan Dinner Hacks, paired with sweet potato fries, this is a more formal recipe. But not so formal that you have to follow this recipe precisely — far from it. The barbecue-flavored tempeh croutons make any salad hearty and satisfying; you can vary the kinds of salad veggies here as you’d like. more→
This curried potato salad is a luscious combination of potatoes, lentils, and tomatoes — an offbeat change-of-pace from the standard varieties, and gets a nice protein boost from the lentils. It’s hearty enough to serve as a summer main dish with fresh corn on the cob. Add a cold summer soup for a larger meal. Photos by Hannah Kaminksy. more→
Chickpeas should be a mainstay in any vegan diet. They’re super easy to cook with and are a great source of iron and protein. They also have a subtle nutty flavor that mixes well with just about any other flavoring. And their hearty grainy texture is super satisfying. Below are several vegan chickpea salad recipes, both for sandwiches and served as side dishes.
Chickpea salad: A great vegan substitute for egg salad sandwiches is a chickpea salad sandwich. This combines chickpeas with vegan mayo, along with veggies like onions, celery, pickles and red bell peppers. Yellow mustard, pepper and lemon juice also add plenty of flavor.
Cucumber chickpea salad with lemony tahini dressing: The super cool thing about this recipe? It’s served right inside a hallowed out tomato. The cucumbers add just the right amount of crunch to the chickpea base.
Chickpea sunflower sandwich: This is another recipe that combines chickpeas with vegan mayo. It also adds in roasted sunflower seeds to add to the flavor. Mustard, maple syrup and dill also contribute to a dish with rich, complex flavors. The recipe is served up on wheat bread with lettuce, avocado, red onions and tomatoes.
Chickpea salad sandwich: This super easy recipe simply calls for blending soaked chickpeas, cashew cream, red onions and celery together. It’s then seasoned with salt to taste. Serve it up on whole wheat bread with toppings like sprouts, tomatoes and pickles.
Mashed chickpea salad sandwich: This sandwich is served with a layer of mashed avocado, in addition to the chickpea salad. To make the mashed chickpea salad, you can combine the chickpeas with hummus, tahini or vegan mayo.
Mediterranean pesto chickpea salad: Fans of pesto rejoice! This recipe goes great as a sandwich. It calls for chickpeas (of course), black olives, artichoke hearts, red bell peppers and salt and pepper to taste. It’s all mixes together with an easy pesto base.
Lentil and chickpea salad sandwich: If you love the earthy flavor of lentils, then you’ll want to try this dish. If you have dieting concerns, the person who made this recipe cut it with red lentils because they are lower in fat, but higher in protein and fiber. The ingredients are combined with vegan mayo in this dish.
Chickpea salad: Looking for a more traditional salad, like the kind you can throw in a bowl and eat? This recipe throws in a hearty amount of chickpeas combined with ingredients like peppers, kalamata olives and parsley.
Mediterranean chickpea salad sandwich: In addition to the chickpea salad, this sandwich loads in the cucumbers, tomatoes, red onions and mashed avocado. The salad itself calls for flavorings like tahini, lemon juice, turmeric, smoked paprika, salt, garlic powder and cumin.
Curried chickpea salad sandwich: Here’s a great lunch idea for curry fans. In addition to the obvious chickpeas and curry in this dish, there’s also the sweet taste of diced apples. Dried cranberries also add fruity flavor against the mustard and vegan mayo base.
When the weather is cool, I find I need to find ways to entice myself to eat salads. One way that seems to do the trick is to add a warm or hot element to cool greens. This sizzling salad features tofu that’s been cooked in tasty teriyaki sauce. Edamame (fresh green soybeans) and cashews add even more protein and a lot of flavor. For me, this is a winter favorite! Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
The smoky-sweet flavor of tempeh bacon makes a simple salad sizzle. Especially in winter, when salad is a lot less tempting than soups and stews, adding something warm and hearty like tempeh bacon makes it more appealing. And if you’re lightening up post-winter holidays, the classic combo of lettuce, tomatoes, and (vegan) bacon minus the bread will hit the spot without feeling heavy. Use your favorite kind of store-bought tempeh bacon, or try Dreena Burton’s fabulous Baconut, a homemade bacon substitute made with coconut flakes. more→
I don’t know about you, but I consider ramen a primary cheap-eats food group, and this take on it has major protein and flavor punch. Keep some ramen noodles on hand for quick and easy salads like this one. Thanks to bagged slaw mix and baked marinated tofu (both found in most supermarkets), it only takes minutes to assemble. Reprinted from The Book of Veganish by Kathy Freston & Rachel Cohn ©2016, by arrangement with Pam Krauss Books, a member of Penguin Group U.S., a Penguin Random House Company. more→
This recipe for using einkorn wheat berries in a salad is perfect for summer entertaining or everyday meals. Reminiscent of tabbouli as far as the flavor and ingredients, this salad offers a change of pace in terms of texture from the nutty, pleasantly chewy einkorn. Learn more about this high-protein ancient grain in our post, How to Cook and Use Einkorn Wheat. And make sure to see the variation below the recipe box for stuffing this tasty salad into ripe summer tomatoes. Photos by Evan Atlas. more→
If you’re at all on top of food trends, you know what a big deal kale has become over the last few years. And for good reason — it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. If you’re already a kale fan, step it up a notch by learning how to make delicious raw kale salads—sometimes referred to as massaged kale salads. By massaging this hardy green, you’ll see it soften, become brighter green, and feel it become more tender right in your (lightly oiled) hands. Most important, it will have a more pleasant mouth feel and flavor, making it a fantastic ingredient for a wide variety of salads, like our Southwestern Kale Salad, shown at top. more→
Start with mixed baby greens, spinach, or arugula (or some combination of two or three of these) and add fresh seasonal fruits and a sprinkling of nuts to make easy salads. This kind of salad adds a refreshing note to most any kind of meal. There’s almost nothing to it, and you need not follow any recipe! You can vary it each time you make it. more→
Here’s a festive and fabulous way to serve a first course salad featuring avocado, any time of the year. Spooned into tiny parfait or champagne glasses, this tasty combo provides a refreshing change to a standard green salad. Recipes from Laura Theodore’s Vegan-Ease: An Easy Guide to Enjoying a Plant-Based Diet © Laura Theodore 2015, Jazzy Vegetarian, LLC. Reprinted by permission.Photos by David Kaplan.Learn more about Vegan-Ease and its tie-in with Jazzy Vegetarian (Season 5) following the recipe. more→
This sweet, tart, and crunchy salad featuring arugula, jicama, and blood oranges is almost too pretty to eat. It goes well with a savory soup. Recipe and photo from Raw and Simple Detox by Judita Wignall, @2015 Quarry Books, reprinted by permission. more→
This simple, spicy cucumber salad works well as a side dish, or tossed into a green salad, thrown into a wrap, or added to a falafel or sandwich. The spice level can easily be adjusted depending on the type of peppers you use. The recipe calls for Fresno peppers. Fresno peppers are similar in taste and size to a jalapeños, but have much thinner walls. more→