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20+ Best Vegan Salad Recipes (Fresh, Flavorful & Nutrient-Rich)

Vegan Salad Recipes – Elevate your salad game with our vibrant collection of vegan salads! Bursting with color, taste, and nourishment, these salads prove that healthy eating can be exciting and indulgent. 🥗

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Hello, fellow food lovers! Welcome to yet another scrumptious journey through the enchanting world of flavors – this time, we are showcasing vegan salads and all their glory!

We’ve been busy in the kitchen, perfecting an array of easy vegan salad recipes that celebrate the natural goodness of fresh, wholesome ingredients. As the days grow longer and the earth comes alive with the colors of spring, there’s no better time to explore the vibrant world of plant-based salads.

Now, we know what some of you might be thinking: “Vegan salads? Can they really be that exciting?” Well, friends, we’re here to tell you that vegan salads are not just a side note, but a symphony of flavors, textures, and wholesome nourishment.

From crunchy veggies and hearty grains to velvety dressings and protein-packed legumes, these recipes are sure to delight your taste buds and fill your belly with pure, plant-based satisfaction!

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan, a part-time plant-based explorer, or simply looking to add some nutritious and delicious options to your meal rotation, these vegan salad recipes are sure to inspire and impress.

So, let’s roll up our sleeves, sharpen our knives, and dive into the garden of vegan goodness! Are you ready? Let’s get chopping!


We’ve rounded up some of our favorite salad recipes on The Simple Veganista. Each recipe includes full nutrition information in the recipe card, and most include tips and substitution ideas!

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Vegan Caesar Salad

This vegan Caesar salad with garlicky chickpea croutons is so easy to make and absolutely the BEST! Recipe is dairy-free, egg-free, and perfect for lunch, dinner, or make-ahead meals.

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Southwest Chickpea Salad + Avocado-Lime Dressing

A quick n’ easy southwest chickpea salad made with fresh veggies and protein-rich chickpeas topped with a delicious avocado dressing for a healthy lunch, dinner, or to-go meal!

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

Strawberry Spinach Salad is an easy-to-make spinach salad with juicy strawberries, sliced avocado, almonds, red onion, and coconut bacon, and topped with a delicious creamy poppy seed dressing!

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Classic House Salad

This crisp, fresh, Classic House Salad is the BEST! Paired with a lip-smacking apple cider vinaigrette, it’s a versatile healthy side salad or main meal!

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Strawberry, Apple + Quinoa Spinach Salad

This light and healthy salad is dressed with a simple balsamic dressing. It makes for a refreshing lunch or light dinner.

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Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpea + Golden Beet Salad w/ Lemon Sumac Dressing

A few of my favorite things packed into one delicious and brightly flavored salad with lemony sumac dressing!

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Baked Falafel Salad

Falafels are incredibly easy to make! There is no need to fry falafels in tons of oil as they bake up perfectly in the oven. Add them to a fresh salad with a creamy tahini-dill dressing, and you’re in for a delicious meal!

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Winter Salad + Citrus Ginger Dressing

This healthy, delicious winter salad is paired with a homemade creamy orange-ginger dressing. Easy to prepare and ready in 15 minutes!

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Super Spinach Salad + Carrot Miso Ginger Dressing

Add a little color to your day with this Super Spinach Salad filled with wholesome goodness like quinoa, chickpeas, edamame, carrots, and cranberries and topped with a flavorful creamy dressing!

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Grilled Peach, Corn & Zucchini Quinoa Salad + Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette

If you’ve never grilled peaches before, this is a perfect recipe to get you started. Get out your grill and give it a go. I know you’re going to love this!

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Mediterranean Salad

Mediterranean Chopped Salad is a delicious quick, and easy salad, perfect for the warm weather months or whenever you’re craving a healthy bowl of leafy greens and veggies!

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Mediterranean Kale Salad

Mediterranean Kale Salad is loaded with fresh kale and veggies for a hearty salad that’s healthy and so easy to make! Dressing can be made oil-free!

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Apple & Coconut Bacon Salad

A scrumptious salad with fresh apples, sweet raisins, smokey coconut bacon, and a creamy ginger peanut dressing!

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Roasted Sweet Potato Salad + Chickpeas

Healthy and nourishing, this Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with chickpeas, crispy shallots, and creamy tahini dressing will be a new favorite!

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Autumn Wheat Berry + Butternut Squash Salad

Autumn Wheat Berry Salad with butternut squash, kale & pomegranate is a flavorful, warm salad for the cooler days of fall and winter. Wheat berries add heartiness and protein to this festive autumn salad that will nourish and brighten your day!

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Quinoa Salad with Orange, Cranberry & Mint

Full of classic flavors, this easy quinoa salad makes for a great side dish, lunch, or dinner. Perfect for parties and picnics too! Feel free to add as many clementines and cranberries as you like.

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Thai Crunch Salad + Citrus Peanut Dressing

This colorful Thai-inspired salad features cabbage, cucumbers, red bell pepper, carrots, and peanuts, all dressed in a creamy citrus peanut dressing that’ll have you tipping the bowl!

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Asian Chopped Salad + Peanut Dressing

Asian Chopped Salad with cabbage, bell peppers, cucumber, and zesty peanut dressing is fresh, healthy, and delicious! It’s full of texture and color for a great main or starter salad. Tofu can be optional.

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Crunchy Romaine Salad + Almond-Lime Dressing

This healthy and alkalizing crunchy romaine salad is nothing short of wonderful! It’s a simple mix of fresh vegetables and a raw almond-lime dressing.

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Quick + Healthy Rainbow Salad w/ Spicy Mango Dressing

Light, bright and delicious, this healthy Asian-inspired Rainbow Salad is for those days when you’re feeling the need to eat lighter or get in that daily raw meal!

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Berry Spinach Quinoa Salad

Get fresh with this colorful and healthy Berry Spinach Quinoa Salad with fresh strawberries, blueberries, and blackberries all tossed with a lip-smacking citrus dressing!

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Vegan Taco Salad (Healthy + Easy)

Fresh and healthy, this Vegan Taco Salad with raw walnut taco meat, colorful veggies, and cilantro-lime sour cream is simple and refreshing and will leave you feeling terrific!


When creating vegan salads, here are some tips and hacks to elevate your vegan salad game. Whether you’re a plant-based pro or just a curious culinary adventurer, these simple yet effective tricks will make your salads the star of any meal. Let’s dig in!

Vibrant dressings: A good dressing can make all the difference. Experiment with unique flavor profiles using tahini, avocado, or even hummus as a base. Blend with citrus, garlic, and herbs for an extra punch of flavor that’ll elevate your salads to a whole new level.

Hearty foundations: Salads don’t have to be all about the greens. Build a satisfying base with hearty grains like quinoa, farro, or barley. These not only add texture and depth to your salad but also make it more filling, keeping you satisfied for longer.

Mix your greens: Variety is the spice of life, and that’s especially true when it comes to greens. Mix up your salad bases by combining different types of greens, like spinach, arugula, and romaine. This adds a variety of textures and flavors that’ll keep your salads interesting.

Toasted to perfection: Nuts and seeds are a fabulous way to add crunch and nutrition to your salads. Take it up a notch by toasting them lightly in a pan or oven before adding them to your salad. This enhances their flavor and adds a delightful aroma to your dish.

Roast away: Roasting veggies like sweet potatoes, beets, or cauliflower can transform their flavors and textures, making them a fantastic addition to salads. Plus, roasted veggies add warmth to your salad, making it perfect for those cooler days.

Don’t forget the protein: Amp up the nutrition and satiety of your vegan salads by adding protein-rich ingredients, like chickpeas, black beans, edamame, or even crumbled tofu. These will keep you energized and full for longer, while also adding some extra texture.

Fresh herbs to the rescue: Fresh herbs can be a game-changer in vegan salads, adding bursts of flavor and brightness that’ll make your dish truly sing. Toss in some chopped cilantro, mint, dill, or basil for a refreshing touch that’ll have you coming back for seconds.

Quick pickles, big flavor: Pickled veggies, like red onions or radishes, add a tangy zing to your salads. To make quick pickles, simply combine equal parts vinegar and water, add a touch of sugar and salt, and let your veggies soak for at least 15 minutes before adding them to your salad.

Layer it up: Presentation matters, and so does texture. Layer your ingredients thoughtfully to create a visually appealing salad with a range of textures. Start with your base, add veggies, grains, and proteins, and finish with a sprinkle of nuts, seeds, or coconut bacon.

With these tips and hacks in your back pocket, you’re ready to create vegan salads that are as delectable as they are nutritious. So go ahead, have fun, and whip up some plant-based masterpieces that’ll make even the most skeptical omnivores green with envy! Happy salad-making!


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