10 Best Vegan Salad Recipes (That Aren’t Boring!)

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!

1. Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

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!

Smoky vegan caesar salad with chickpea croutons
Image Credit: The Vegan Larder

2. Quinoa Mexicana Salad

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.

Figs and Fennel Quinoa Vegan Mexican Salad
Image Credit: Figs and Fennel

3. Soba Noodle Salad

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.

Vegan Soba Noodle Salad with Asian Dressing

4. Fresh Salad With Homemade Cocktail Sauce

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.

Fresh Salad with Homemade Cocktail Sauce
Image Credit: Heura

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.

Vegan Cobb Salad by The Simple Veganista
Image Credit: The Simple Veganista

6. Chorizo Salad

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.

Sensational Chorizo Salad with Baby Potatoes and Avocado
Image Credit: Garden Gourmet

7. Vegan Greek Salad

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.

Vegan Greek Salad by Yup It's Vegan
Image Credit: Yup It’s Vegan

8. Crunchy Tofu Salad

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.

Crunchy Tofu Salad by Veggie Gib
Image Credit: Veggie Gib

9. Vegan Taco Salad

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.

Vegan Taco Salad by Kathy's Vegan Kitchen
Image Credit: Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen

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!

Vegan Caprese Salad by Simple Vegan Blog
Image Credit: Simple Vegan Blog

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