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Pear and Toasted Walnut Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

Pear, Walnut, and Cranberry Salad

This salad recipe has flavors that speak eloquently of autumn—pears, walnuts, bitter greens, and cranberries. You can substitute other dried fruit if you like. It’s a simple enough salad to serve for every day, yet dressed up enough to serve as a first course for company meals. It’s a welcome addition to Thanksgiving and Christmas menus, as well. Double the recipe for a larger crowd. Contributed by Jill Nussinow, MS, RD, adapted from The Veggie Queen™: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment.* Continue Reading…

Vegan BLT Salad

vegan BLT salad

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. Continue Reading…

Fruity, Nutty Mixed Greens Salads

Mixed baby greens salads

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. Continue Reading…

Green Queen Salad

green queen salad and dressing from Tess Masters' Blender Girl

I think of this salad dressing as the culinary equivalent of my little black dress—a staple that gets pulled out, works for most occasions, and never goes out of style. I love the peppery notes in this dressing, but any blend of herbs and greens can yield spectacular results. This lean green dressing machine will transform even the most tragic mound of lettuce from drab to fab. People swoon when they taste it. Many a friend has exclaimed in the midst of a euphoric bite, “Oh, I could just gobble this up with a spoon!” I have done that, and also licked it out of the blender carriage before it even had the chance to get dressed up. Reprinted with permission from The Blender Girl* by Tess Masters, copyright © 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC. Photography © 2014 by Anson Smart.

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Fruity Spinach Salad

Fruity Spinach Salad from Stellar Vegan Salads by Sharon Discorfano

Any variation of a spinach salad immediately shoots to the top of my favorites list.This popular combination of spinach and strawberries, is drizzled with a sweet poppy seed dressing. I get a little extra footloose and fancy-free, adding in some cantaloupe and almond slivers for an unexpected crunch. Recipe and photos by Sharon Discorfano, from Stellar Vegan Salads. * Reprinted by permission.

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Glorious Green Ribbon Salad

Green Ribbon Salad

This is a powerhouse salad, full of vegetables, protein, nutrients. The dressing is so easy (and versatile) and really packs an extra punch. This salad did not stand a chance; I sat down and devoured this in no time. It kept me full for really long time. This is also great to pack for lunch because the dressing does not make it soggy. Tahini is made of ground sesame seeds and adds to the rich texture of the dressing, while giving it a great nutty taste. Recipe and photo contributed by Meg Staples, of Veggie Staples. 

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Hearty Seitan Salad

Hearty Seitan Salad

Here’s a delectable salad featuring strips of high-protein seitan, embellished with avocado and olives. This salad is also delicious served in wraps. It’s great accompanied with a simple potato dish or any kind of potato salad. Seitan is pure wheat gluten, so this is obviously not for those who are gluten-free! Continue Reading…

Jerusalem Artichoke Salad with Greens and Herbs

Jerusalem artichoke salad with greens and herbs

Here’s a colorful and crunchy salad featuring Jerusalem artichokes, the misnamed underground tubers of a native American sunflower; they have nothing to do with Jerusalem and aren’t related to artichokes. In season in the late fall, they are quite fitting to serve as part of Thanksgiving dinner. Those who haven’t had them will find them surprising and exotic, kind of a crunchy cross between water chestnuts and potatoes.

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