These recipes have everything you could want in a salad. They are loaded with protein, fresh veggies, and beautiful rainbow colors! These 12 crunchy salads that you can find on our Food Monster App will make the perfect meal for any time of the day – check them out!
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1. Easy and Crunchy Thai Salad
Source: Easy and Crunchy Thai Salad
No oven is needed for this Easy and Crunchy Thai Salad by Robin Browne and it’s loaded with protein, fresh veggies and beautiful rainbow colors! The salad dressing that goes with the salad is creamy, zesty and has a little kick to it. If it’s hot where you are, this vegan salad needs to be on your “to-make list”!
2. Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad
Source: Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad
Shredded cabbage and carrots make up the bulk of this Crunchy Asian Cabbage Salad with edamame, mandarin oranges, scallions and red peppers sprinkled throughout by Crissy Cavanaugh. Roasted almonds and noodles are tossed in for crunch and the sweet soy dressing makes this Asian cabbage salad spectacular! The noodles that are used are packaged ramen noodles. Toss out the flavor package and just keep the noodles. This salad is so healthy, filling, easy, and delicious––give it a try!
3. Lentil Salad with Crunchy Veggies and Herbs
Fresh, nourishing & crunchy – this Lentil Salad with Crunchy Veggies and Herbs by Laine Rudolfa is a healthy and easy dish that fills you up more than just a regular salad. Lentils, which are high in plant protein, are satisfying and nutritious. Zucchini, corn, greens, herbs, capers and lingonberries all create a tasty combo and add crispiness. The tangy dressing gives this salad the final flavor bomb. Yum!
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4. Crunchy Cashew Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad
This Crunchy Cashew Asian Cauliflower Rice Salad by Annabelle Randles is bursting with the wonderful flavors of ginger, cumin, coriander and lime. This recipe is the perfect easy lunch or dinner which you can enjoy throughout the year. The cashews add some extra crunch. If you prefer you can replace them with peanuts. Red chili will also provide an extra kick.
Source: Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad
This Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad by Tori Cooper has all sorts of deliciousness happening! It starts with a medley of bright and vibrant veggies – green cabbage, red cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers – then there are the salty-sweet candied cashews, then some crunchy ramen noodles, all tossed in a spicy red curry sauce. You’ll never look at salads the same after this one.
6. Crunchy Salad With Sweet Potato Salsa and Creamy Turmeric Dressing
This vibrant Crunchy Salad With Sweet Potato Salsa and Creamy Turmeric Dressing by Kelly Fielding includes three recipes that work together in perfect harmony — a crunchy slaw, a salsa, and a creamy dressing. The slaw is made from fresh carrots, red cabbage, snap peas, dried sliced figs, and fresh orange juice. It’s mixed with a creamy sweet potato salsa and a drizzle of a creamy turmeric dressing. Enjoy this crunchy and nutritious slaw for lunch!
7. Scented and Crunchy Black Rice Salad
Black rice is also known as “Forbidden Rice” in China because it is said to be only for emperors. It is said to be a super food that we are fortunate to have access to. Zhimin Xu, PhD, of Louisiana State University Agricultural Center is quoted to have said, “Just a spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting anthocyanin antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, but with less sugar and more fiber and vitamin E antioxidants…” This Scented and Crunchy Black Rice Salad by The Kind Cook is an aromatic dish, with the black rice being the platform for a range of fragrant Asian favorites. The nuts, noodles, and coriander roots give it a gorgeous crunch. If you want an extra kick, simply leave in the chili seeds and/or add more chilli.
8. Crunchy Thai-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing
This Crunchy Thai-Inspired Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing recipe by Molly Thompson is packed with flavor (hello, red chile paste!), vibrant colors, and plenty of vitamins and nutrients to help fight inflammation. We love to make this on a Sunday and throw several portions in meal prep containers to take for lunch throughout the week. You can add fresh herbs to brighten it up—my favorites are cilantro and Thai basil.
9. Crunchy Hemp Coconut Fruit Salad
Source: Crunchy Hemp Coconut Fruit Salad
10. Crunchy Mediterranean Salad
Source: Crunchy Mediterranean Salad
Broccoli, cucumber, tomato, chickpeas, olives, kale, fresh herbs, and a refreshing sherry vinaigrette are the main components of this super healthy and delicious Crunchy Mediterranean Salad by Rouxbe. While it’s hearty enough as the main course, it also makes a great side salad.
11. Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Chickpeas
These Mediterranean Quinoa Bowls with Roasted Chickpeas by Kelli Foster just might make you feel healthier simply by looking at them: superfood quinoa, protein-packed chickpeas, nutritional powerhouse greens, and vibrantly fresh cucumber-tomato salad. The Citrus Tahini Sauce is a perfectly creamy sauce to bring it all together. As for the tahini sauce, this is the sauce that’s used more than any other for drizzling over Buddha bowls. It’s wildly versatile and has a rich, earthy, and nutty taste that has a knack for pairing well with everything. Try it on roasted vegetables, falafel, tacos, lentils, and rice, anything! Get creative and change it up with the suggested variations below.
12. Crunchy Vietnamese Vermicelli Salad
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