Don’t feel light spending time at the grocery store these days, but craving a healthy, vegan salad? Check out this list of 15, healthy and simple plant-based salads you can throw together using just a handful of ingredients that you likely have in the kitchen!
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1. Simple Basil Citrus Salad With Balsamic Jam Dressing
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This Simple Basil Citrus Salad With Balsamic Jam Dressing from Abby Thompson makes me feel like it’s the perfect cross between what winter has brought us (citrus and a lot of negative wind chills) and what is in store for spring (so much more produce and weather that doesn’t make me shiver to the bone). I don’t always necessarily use all my produce on time, so making a big salad helps a lot in making sure it gets used before my oranges get all squishy and gross. Fruit salads are perfect for eating with breakfasts or for a snack throughout the week.
2. Easy Avocado Salad
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Avocados are amazing for you! Filled with good fats, tons of vitamins, and fiber! This Easy Avocado Salad by Andrea Biethman is a fresh and easy way to showcase them, perfect for a busy night or a quick lunch. It’s so easy to make––just chop and mix one bell pepper, cilantro, tomato, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, and of course, avocado! Such an easy and healthy meal! You have to try this vegan avocado salad!
3. 5-Ingredient Charred Zucchini Salad
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4. Carrot Coconut Salad
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5. Greek Salad with Tofu Feta
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6. Fava Salad With Agretti Shiso Dressing
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Impress your guests with this beautiful Fava Salad With Agretti Shiso Dressing by Alena Grahn! Nestled inside of a ring of sliced cucumbers, you’ll find plump agretti leaves, bright green fava beans, and sun-dried tomatoes. Drizzled with aromatic shiso dressing and garnished with edible flowers this salad is almost too pretty to eat…almost.
7. Carrot and Radish Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing
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This Carrot and Radish Salad with Lime Ginger Dressing by Melissa Tedesco is ready in no time. The colors are so vibrant and lovely that they speak for themselves. The veggies have such a great crispness to them.
8. Apple and Grape Pasta Salad
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There are people who like to mix savory flavors with sweet, and there are those who do not. If you’re part of the former group, you have to try this Apple and Grape Pasta Salad by Michele Elizabeth! It’s ridiculously simple yet very unique. Pasta is tossed lightly with vegan mayonnaise for a creamy base, and then the grapes and apple provide small bursts of sweet freshness.
9. Snap Pea Salad With Almonds in an Herbed Vinaigrette
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Sugar snap peas are one of those vegetables I buy and then I’m not sure what to do with them, other than putting them in a stir-fry or just munching them raw. They are a cute little bunch of pods and they hold up really well to cooking, keeping their crunch. If you don’t have or don’t care for snap peas, you can make the same recipe with fresh green beans, asparagus, snow peas, or whatever vegetable you choose. I’ve made it several times already using different vegetables. The vinaigrette is great for any salad or even a warm potato salad. Yum! Bring this dish to your next cookout or pot luck get-together. This Snap Pea Salad With Almonds in an Herbed Vinaigrette by Rhea Parsons will be very popular, so make a large batch. Enjoy!
10. Easy Corn Salad With Sriracha and Lime
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With a prep time under 15 minutes, this Easy Corn Salad With Sriracha and Lime by Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez lives up to its name. You simply husk the corn, simmer it briefly which brings out the natural sweetness, then toss all the vegetables in a bowl with the lively dressing. That’s it! You can enjoy the salad right away, or keep it in the fridge until ready to serve, allowing the flavors to blend together as it chills. Because you can make it ahead of time, this salad is perfect to take to all your summer parties, barbecues, and anywhere else where a vibrant salad would be welcome!
11. Summer Tomato Basil and Avocado Salad
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12. Basil Cucumber Salad
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This Basil Cucumber Salad by Shannon Leparski is perfect for spring and summer and all things warm weather related. Not only is it cleansing and ultra healthy, it’s great for hydrating our bodies and keeping our skin youthful and glowing. With crunchy cucumber, chopped cauliflower, fresh basil and a creamy lemon dressing, this nourishing recipe is perfect for lunch, as a side or a light dinner.
13. Sprouted Green Lentils and Peanut Salad
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Savory sprouted lentils tossed with spices and a fresh citrus dressing is the mainstay of breakfast foods, particularly in Northern India. The more common preferred lentil for this creation is usually a small red lentil. Sprouting all kinds of grains is possible and I am personally partial to sprouting whole green moong beans. The dark green color softens and the round grains expand to an oval size. You are left with a beautiful assortment of green and white grains with white sprouts. This Sprouted Green Lentils and Peanut Salad by Rinku Bhattacharya is a powerhouse of nutrients.
14. Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews
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This flavorful Sweet and Spicy Thai Mango Salad with Cashews by Tara Binder only takes a few minutes to whip up. If you’re not eating it right away, wait and add the cashews shortly before serving to preserve their crunch.
15. Roasted Beetroot, Broccoli and Green Bean Salad
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A deliciously bold salad full of crimson beetroot goodness, greens and healthy fats. This Roasted Beetroot, Broccoli and Green Bean Salad by Taryn Fitz-Gerald is a perfectly balanced meal that is full of nutritional benefits.
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