Sun’s out, salads out! Here are the best vegan salad recipes to brighten up your plate
It’s finally the time of year to embrace all the colourful foods, and vibrant vegan salads help you do exactly that. All too often, vegan food is associated with bland, boring meals, but this doesn’t need to be the case at all. We’ve put together 10 of the best vegan salads to see you through the summer, from lively lunches to easy midweek meals. No servings of carrots or lettuce here!
Craving a classic Caesar salad? This creation by The Vegan Larder has it all: crunchy texture, garlicky flavour, creamy dressing. It’s proof that plant-powered meals are far from lack-lustre and even non-vegans would lap this up without complaint. Warning: it may be a little bit addictive!
Fancy a good old hearty salad? This Quinoa Mexicana Salad by Figs and Fennel does the job. The recipe is quick, easy and packed with nutrients, making it perfect lunchtime fare. With an offering of colour and crunch, this is sure to see you through the summer months.
Soba noodles are among the many vegan essentials to have in your cupboard at all times. They take salads up a notch and go with pretty much every vegetable. You can also enjoy them hot or cold, which means they’re ideal if you’re a busy vegan who needs a convenient lunch to eat on the go. Try this refreshing and tasty soba noodle salad to liven up your lunchtimes.
In the mood for a vegan take on a meaty salad? This recipe by Heura is great for alfresco lunches with guests. Just choose your favourite meat-style strips, add avocado, chickpeas, colourful veggies and whip up a homemade sauce and you’ve got a show-stopping salad.
5. Cobb Salad
Get creative and veganise the classic American Cobb salad to perk up your meal times. This amazing recipe by Simple Veganista showcases the tastes and textures plant-based foods offer. Coconut bacon is a tasty meat substitute, complemented by chickpeas, leafy greens, avocado and ranch dressing. Throw this together for a mouth-watering vegan salad packed with protein, fibre and vitamins.
If you’re looking for a vegan salad recipe that packs a punch, try this dish by Garden Gourmet. Take your vegan chorizo sausage of choice, combine with potatoes, veggies, spices and seasonings, and you’ve found your new favourite lunch.
You feta believe it – you can still enjoy a Greek salad as a vegan! This Mediterranean-inspired recipe by Yup It’s Vegan is complete with cucumbers, kalamata olives, red wine vinaigrette and, of course, vegan feta. If you’re not up for making your own feta from scratch, there are various options available in supermarkets.
Is there anything better than a salad packed with crispy textures? Veggie Gib has created a delightful vegan salad recipe with crunchy tofu, veggies and an Asian-inspired sauce to top it all off. This versatile dish makes a tasty lunch or dinner.
Taco and salad in the same sentence? Yes, please! This recipe by Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen is the ultimate go-to lunch if you want something quick and simple to make. It’s easy to customise with whatever ingredients you have lying around and packs plenty of flavour and crunch.
10. Caprese Salad
Whether you’re looking for a side salad for guests or the perfect picnic meal, this Italian-themed recipe Simple Vegan Blog is a must-try. Complete with vegan mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil, it’s too tasty not to give it a go!
If this blog has inspired you to try more vegan food, head straight over to our plant-based recipes!