Here are all the best vegan salad recipes to power your day! These plant-based salads are healthy, colorful, and most importantly: delicious.
Looking for vegan salad recipes? As it turns out, not all salads are only filled with vegetables. It can be hard to find salad recipes without cheese crumbles or dairy in the dressing. But we’ve got your back: here’s a list of our very best vegan salad recipes! Full of nutrient-dense ingredients, these plant-based salads are colorful, healthy, and taste incredible!
This list contains vegan salad recipes that side dish recipes, main dish salads, and lunch salads. For some of the recipes, we’ve listed some easy ways to make them into a main dish. Happy cooking!
At the top of our list of vegan salad recipes: tossed salad! This tossed salad is all about contrasts in color, flavor, and texture. It features a mix of romaine lettuce and red baby butter lettuce, shredded carrots, red onion slivers, tangy pepperoncini, and cool cucumber. Top with crunchy Homemade Croutons and a vegan dressing, and you're in business.
There’s nothing quite like a great Caesar salad. So there’s no reason why there shouldn’t be an irresistibly tasty vegan version of it in your life. Meet: our perfect Vegan Caesar Salad! It’s got an irresistibly creamy, savory vegan Caesar dressing, crunchy croutons, and salty pops of flavor from the capers.
This spinach apple salad is one of our top vegan salad recipes because it's classic and simple! It pairs tangy apple and thin sliced pear with spinach and a zingy balsamic dressing. The best part? Top it with shiny glazed walnuts or glazed pecans, which add a signature crunch.
This kale quinoa salad is a hearty vegan salad recipe that's perfect for lunches or side dishes! It's easy to make and stays good in the refrigerator for days. It's full of nutrient-dense ingredients like Tuscan kale, chickpeas, bell peppers, carrots, and quinoa, and covered in a tangy dressing. Quinoa is full of plant-based protein, which gives this salad recipe staying power.
This favorite vegan chopped salad will amaze everyone around the table! It's got a classic Italian vibe, covered in our homemade Italian dressing, tangy, savory, herby and balanced. Add to that shallots, tomatoes, cucumber, and a zing from pepperoncini. Yes, this chopped salad wants to be part of your life! (Note: Omit the Parmesan for vegan.)
This vegan Mexican salad is full of delicious Latin-style flavors: colorful veggies, cilantro lime salad dressing, and crispy tortilla strips. It all combines into a super-flavorful dish that's absolutely perfect with tacos! Even better, it's quick and easy to make. This one is a big winner!
Make it a main dish: Add black beans (drained, rinsed, and salted)
This fennel orange salad is one of our favorite vegan salad recipes because it's so bright and vibrant! Juicy oranges pair with sliced raw fennel, which adds a subtle licorice essence. Throw it over greens with pistachios and shallots, and top with a zingy homemade citrus vinaigrette. There’s so much going on flavor and texture-wise, it's a salad everyone will be talking about.
This vegan shaved Brussels sprout salad is a study in texture contrasts: the feathery shaved Brussels, the pop of the pomegranate seeds, and the bright crunch of the apple. It’s vibrant and colorful, covered in a lightly sweet vinaigrette.
This vegan arugula beet salad is sophisticated with minimal effort! It features jewel-toned roasted beets with baby arugula, all covered in a zingy citrus vinaigrette. Add thin-sliced shallots and toasted walnuts, and it tastes incredible.
Time saving tip: Using precooked beets you can find packaged at the store shortcuts the need to roast the beets.
Here's an easy, healthy salad you can make in 5 minutes! It's plant based and starts with a can of chickpeas. Throw these chickpeas together with cucumber and red pepper, stir with olive oil and red wine vinegar, and you've got an incredible Mediterranean-style salad that tastes like it took all day. This one works as a lunch: serve with pita triangles and fresh fruit.
Here’s a refreshingly simple vegan salad recipe that’s just begging to jump on your table: citrus salad! It stars all the beautiful, vibrant citrus: tangy grapefruit, navel oranges, and sweet blood oranges. They’re drizzled with a zingy dressing, then topped crushed pistachios and fresh mint.
This vegan black bean salad is tangy and delicious, perfectly seasoned with cumin, garlic, and vinegar. Then it's mixed with colored bell peppers, green onions and rice! It’s kid friendly and a great healthy lunch idea or dinner time side. It stays in the fridge for up to 3 days, and the flavor improves over time.
This classic American style vegan potato salad is the result of years of research into what makes a perfect classic potato salad! You know, that potato salad your Grandma makes, or you get at the veggie deli counter? Except this one is made of plant based whole foods, and tastes even better than the mayo-laden glop that sometimes graces summer pitch-ins.
This vegan Thai salad is a fresh and delicious way to eat salad for dinner! This main dish salad features crunchy colorful vegetables and crisp-sauteed tofu, smothered in a creamy peanut sauce dressing. Then it's all topped with peanuts, cilantro, and lime. There’s a lot going on in this bowl!
This vegan cucumber tomato salad is all about fresh simplicity: ripe and juicy tomatoes, cool cucumbers, and creamy avocado. They’re mixed with lime juice and cilantro for a tangy pop that perfectly accentuates their flavors. This one is great as a side dish for tacos or any Mexican-style meal.
This vegan Italian pasta salad is full of zesty flavor, with no cheese at all! It’s like eating pasta and salad all at once. Not only is it delicious, but the romaine and veggies helps you feel satisfied eating less pasta overall. It's tangy and salty from Kalamata olives, capers, and a zest dressing.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.