In order to feel satisfied after eating a salad, you have to add more than just basic lettuce and dressing! Salads can be boring and bland if you don’t add enough color and variety to the mix!

We used the amazing resources on the Food Monster App to come up with this list of nutrients and suggestions for your healthy, summer salad!


ProteinVegan Pumpkin Salad with Black Lentils, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes

Pumpkin Salad with Black Lentils, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes / One Green Planet

Packing in the protein as a vegan doesn’t have to be difficult at all! If you’re curious about complete protein and amino acids, check out How to Get Complete Protein as a Vegan!

Bianca the Green Creator showed us a super low-calorie salad topping that has tons of protein! Her White Bean Croutons are gluten-free and totally versatile! Add beans to your salad in crouton form or just straight out of the can for added protein!

Helene Maj showed us that lentils aren’t just for soup but can be eaten cold in a salad! Her Pumpkin Salad with Black Lentils, Kale, and Cherry Tomatoes recipe is loaded with protein and flavor!


Ally McLaughlin showed us how to fry up some chickpeas for added salty flavor and protein with her High Protein Roasted Cauliflower and Kale Salad With Curried Chickpeas recipe!

FiberBright Beet Salad With Quinoa and Toasted Pepitas

Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa In a Citrus Vinaigrette / One Green Planet

According to 7 Fiber-Rich Whole Foods to Start Your Day Off With, and The Importance of Fiber and How to Get More of it in Your Diet, these salad ingredients are loaded with fiber!

Quinoa has an abundance of fiber! Dana Sandonato cooked quinoa in vegetable broth to add to her Bright Beet Salad With Quinoa In a Citrus Vinaigrette.


This Pumpkin Millet Kale Salad With Balsamic Reduction by Taryn Fitz-Gerald has fiber from two different sources! Millet and pumpkin are both loaded with easy-to-digest fiber!

Jackie Newgent added flavorful farro to her Lemon-Ginger Farro Salad With Pomegranate and Pistachios. Just one cup of farro has 8 grams of fiber!

IronSpinach Salad With Barley Bacon 1

Spinach Salad With Barley Bacon / One Green Planet

We’re diving into some of the savory ingredients from 10 Plant-based Foods Packed with Iron by Lindsey Little for some healthy salad ingredients!


Zsu Dever has a great Spinach Salad With Barley Bacon recipe loaded with iron-packed greens!

Koko Brill showed us how to add broccoli, greens, and tofu for loads and loads of iron in her Sesame Tofu + Broccoli Salad!

Healthy FatVegan Smoked Tofu Noodle Bowl With Spicy Avocado Cream Sauce

Smoked Tofu Noodle Bowl With Spicy Avocado Cream Sauce / One Green Planet

It’s all about the dressing when it comes to adding healthy fats to your salad!

Harriet Emily showed us that adding healthy fats doesn’t always mean adding overwhelming, rich flavor! The dressing on her Spicy Tahini Tomato Spiralized Zucchini Salad is spicy, light, and loaded with healthy, sesame fats.

Plant Tribe gave us some serious salad inspiration with their Smoked Tofu Noodle Bowl With Spicy Avocado Cream Sauce! It’s a light, summery salad with tons of healthy fats and vibrant veggies!

Rachael Hutchings really spiced up almond butter for added healthy fat in her Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing! This dressing is rich in texture but so fresh in flavor!

Vegan Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing over salad

Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing/ One Green Planet

Need more salad recipes? Check out 15 Salad Recipes WITHOUT Romaine Lettuce by downloading our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has more than 10,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes, and subscribers gain access to new recipes every day. Check it out!

Lead image source: Wood Fired Beet Salad With Avocado-Citrus Vinaigrette