There’s nothing like a nice, refreshing, crunchy salad to ward off the heat and keep us feeling light on a warm summer day. If you’re like us and you’ve been eating your favorite meals on rotation every day for lunch, you’re probably looking for something new. No matter how creative you may be with ad-hoc salads, getting new ideas is never a bad thing, especially when it comes to food.
Whether it is about interesting new combinations you wouldn’t have thought of or delicious new dressings, there are always great things to learn on the salad front. You can say goodbye to boring salads forever with these 5 Easy Tricks That Will Make You Fall in Love With Salads. These 10 Ways to Make Your Salads Interesting, Flavorful, and Crave-able! and this 5 Step Guide to Making Vegan Super Salads will also make you a total master of salads.
Summer is in full stride, which means there’s likely an abundance of fresh produce at your nearby farmer’s market or right there in your garden (if you’re lucky!). It’s time to enjoy all those beautiful veggies by making them the centerpiece of your lunch or dinner. Here are 15 delicious plant-based salads to try this summer!
There are few thing in life better than a fresh Caprese salad . . . except for a Caprese Salad With Hearts of Palm. This simple recipe combines ripe tomatoes, fresh basil, vegan mozzarella, and a simple red wine vinaigrette and then adds in some buttery heats of palm that make this Caprese stand out amongst its peers.
This casual Grilled Peach, Red Onion, and Arugula Salad With Grilled Croutons and Sun Gold Tomatoes summertime supper salad features two delicious pairings. First, there’s the kicky flavor contrast of sweet summer peaches with brightly acidic vine-ripened tomatoes. Second, there’s the fun textural juxtaposition of juicy tomatoes and crunchy grilled bread. The tomato-bread mix is a twist on an Italian Panzanella salad, only here it is used a bit more like a garnish for an arugula, peach, and grilled onion salad. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar, lime, and maple syrup brings together all the flavor points in this colorful mix. If you’ve never grilled peaches before, no worries — it’s much easier than it sounds, and quite delicious. You can use nectarines if you like instead.
Crisp pea shoots, nutty sunflower shoots, fresh French breakfast radishes, and ramps — the spring produce that eludes many of us. This simple Fried Ramps With French Breakfast Radishes and Spring Shoots salad is a fun way to show off your farmer’s market (or foraging) haul. The ramps are fried in coconut butter to make them crisp around the edges, then tossed with the other greens and veggies with crunchy tortilla strips. A spicy, creamy, and sweet dressing made from almond butter, lemon juice, jalapeño pairs perfectly with all the fresh spring flavors at play.
This Bohemian Summer Salad With Grilled Corn is the perfect meal to cool off with on a hot summer day; it’s light, filling, and fresh. The assorted greens are augmented with crisp radishes, crunchy nuts, ripe berries, creamy avocado, and a sweet and tangy honey mustard dressing then, the whole thing is topped off with a tender ear of grilled corn.
This Mango, Chili, and Lime Quinoa Salad recipe will make you see salads as more than just a bed of greens. Fresh, juicy mango and sweet golden raisins are mixed with zesty lime juice and spicy diced chilis. The greens are tossed with quinoa, crisp red onion and bell pepper, then combined with the fruit and topped with pecans and pumpkin seeds for crunch and protein.
This crunchy and refreshing Basil Cucumber Salad is perfect for warmer weather. 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.
For a visually striking touch to your table, include this beautiful Garlic Zucchini and Beet Noodle Salad salad at your next get together. The vivid color of the deep dark red beet spirals, the refreshing green and decorative cilantro leaves, and the slightly beet-stained pink zucchini noodles make it visually appealing and appetizing to the eye. It’s fresh, garlicky, and light.
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This unique Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad 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.
Treat your senses to this delicious Turmeric Tofu Sesame Salad! It’s packed with a rainbow of colorful veggies from carrots to cucumbers and tofu sautéed in a golden turmeric sauce on a bed of crisp lettuce. It’s easy to make, satisfying, and delicious.
This savory Roasted Cauliflower Salad With Miso Pear Dressing salad is brimming with nourishing foods. There’s tender kale, roasted cauliflower, black rice, three types of seeds, and fresh pear slices. All of the components are tossed in a unique, salty-sweet dressing made with miso paste, garlic, apple cider vinegar, tamari, pear, and maple syrup. Make a big bowl of this salad for yourself or serve it at a get-together as a pleasant deviation from the typical garden salad.
Not only will this Roasted Brussels Sprouts Brown Rice Salad salad change the way you think about salad, it’ll change the way you roast Brussels sprouts. Spinach and fresh veggies are combined with nutty brown rice with the most perfect roast Brussels sprouts you’ll ever taste. Seriously — if you’ve never cared for Brussels, this salad is the place to try them.
This Green Bean, Corn, and Squash Salad With Basil Dressing is the perfect recipe for when you’re craving greens and you’re up to your knees in squash. The green beans and corn are given a quick blanch using a kettle of boiling water just to brighten the colors but keep the crunch. The garlicky, lemony basil dressing can act as a marinade if you have time to let the salad rest before serving. The toasted pine nuts add those creamy and rich notes, along with more crunch. Use whatever you have one hand or in the garden.
This recipe makes a fresh cucumber salad a little bit more filling by tossing it into a saucepan and sautéeing it along with cubes of tofu, bell pepper, and roasted nuts. Tossed in a gingery and garlicky dressing, these vegetables transform into a warm and tangy salad. This Spicy Cucumber Salad With Pan-Fried Tofu is savory wholesome, and delicious!
Step outside of the box with this unique dish! This is a simple salad that pairs the slight bitterness of the radicchio and the sweetness of roasted carrots with a bright shallot-based vinaigrette. This Roasted Radicchio and Carrot Salad With Shallot Vinaigrette is vibrant, fresh, and a beautiful pop of color on any table.
Looking for a salad that’s more than lettuce? Give this simple Edamame Seaweed Salad a try! Edamame and wakame seaweed are tossed in a sweet, umami dressing with notes of fresh ginger, then topped with a sprinkle of crunchy sesame seeds. This salad can be served as a light lunch or a side with dinner.
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