The Best Salad Recipes

Browse through a selection of the best salad recipes with vegan dressings and toppings from the top chefs in the vegetarian movement.

Looking for a fun, fresh and vibrant way to spruce up those greens hanging out in your fridge? Look no further than this recipe by Kristina Carillo Bucaram of Fully Raw and Rawfully Organic Co-op. It is light and savory with a burst of fresh citrus flavor from lemon zest. Our favorite part is the delicious creamy tahini dressing made with raw sesame seeds, orange and lemon juices, and fresh mint. So yummy! Enjoy!

Have a vegetable party with this fun and citrusy fiesta carrot salad by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake! Spiralized rainbow carrots, cherry tomatoes, scallions, and avocado combine with a fresh dressing of lime, lemon, olive oil, and spicy chili and chipotle. YUM!

With a simple veggie peeler in tow you can create so many fabulous noodle-like dishes that are free of wheat and gluten and are instead full of nutrition and water! This tasty recipe by Christina Ross of Love-Fed.com utilizes daikon radish instead of the usual zucchini squash for the noodles, and comes complete with a fantastic ginger lime dressing and plenty of fresh veggies. Our personal favorite aspect? The sprinkling of dried mulberries - they add a delicious and unexpected pop of sweetness and chewiness that taste so amazing paired with the other ingredients. Enjoy!

A perfectly fresh and spring-time appropriate salad recipe by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries. Freshly sliced celeriac combines with thin slices of pear, spicy rocket, chewy capers, fresh lemon and a flavorful tangy sweet dijon vinaigrette. A delicious side salad for dinner or lunch any day of the week!

A tender and flavorful veggie salad by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake perfect for late winter/early spring. Made with raw beets, carrots, fresh young asparagus, golden raisins, sprouted almonds, and sesame seeds, the textures of which compliment each other perfectly. Whisk up the easy Moroccan spice-infused vinaigrette and let your veggies marinate in the dressing for just a bit so the flavors meld together. Each bite will deliver an explosion of tastiness!

A completely tasty and filing savory dish by Rachael Campbell with a lot of versatility! If you're looking to make your salads more substantial try adding a scoop of this mock tuna salad. It is full of healthy proteins and fats to keep you feeling satisfied, and the nuts and seeds are soaked beforehand for ultimate nutrition and ease of digestion. This also makes a great filling for wraps such as nori rolls, a delicious dip paired with sliced veggies, or a spread on raw crackers.

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Peppery leaves of fresh arugula combine with marinated mushrooms and a lemony olive oil vinaigrette made with strawberries and basil. A super tasty salad by Fee O. of Raw Fit and Happy full of vibrancy, flavor and living nutrition. Enjoy!

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A crisp and bright raw cabbage slaw with juicy pearls of pomegranate fruit and a creamy almond butter-based ginger dressing that will make your taste buds sing! Enjoy this healthy and delicious salad by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries for your next meal!

Juicy fresh flavor from sweet, crisp apples and bell peppers will burst in your mouth with each delicious bite of this healthy green salad by Brandi Doming of The Vegan 8. You will love the bold flavor of her sweet, spicy and creamy-rich dressing made from a base of pecans, organic mustard, chili spice, apple juice and a liquid sweetener of your choice. The dressing recipe makes quite a bit, so keep the extra in a jar in the fridge for future salads or a quick, healthy dip for veggies. Enjoy!

An ultra nourishing and flavorful salad by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries! This recipe is full of healthy probiotics and fresh crunchy veggies with plenty of naturally occurring sulphur - a crucial mineral that helps give the skin a beautiful glow.  Fresh and cultured cabbage combines with kale, fennel, red onion, radish, mint and cucumber all coated in a splash of sweet and tangy Dijon and apple cider vinaigrette. So Yummy!

Bring a little fun, creativity and SPICE to your kitchen today with this raw version of a simple taco salad by Erin Bosdet of Simply Dish! The handful of ingredients come together so effortlessly, even the walnut taco meat takes but a few seconds to make with a pulse or two in the food processor. If you pack lunches for yourself in the morning this makes a great healthy salad option for work. Simply place your ingredients in a mason jar and give it a good shake before eating. If you're really hungry you can easily double the recipe. Enjoy!

An absolutely delicious and hearty kale salad by Lauren Felts of The Holy Kale with ingredients inspired by the Mediterranean. Raw kale is chopped and combined with parsley, kalamata olives, cucumber, capers, artichoke hearts (optional- not raw), sundried tomatoes, pecans, and fresh lemon. The dressing is a creamy and delectable blend of raw tahini (try Dastony's - it's the best!), balsamic vinegar, sea salt and honey. Nourishing on every level. If you love the flavors of the Mediterranean and love your greens you will adore this salad.

It's a new year and there is no time like the present to fully embrace the nutritional powerhouse that is kale. This recipe by Joelle Amiot of jarOhoney utilizes our favorite dark leafy vegetable in a very simple and back-to-basics fashion - fresh kale is chopped, combined with lemon juice, the optional dash of olive oil, salt and pepper, 1 large and very ripe avocado, and freshly grated ginger then massaged to soften. Make kale salad a staple in your diet for 2014 and reap the health benefits. Packed with protein, minerals, healthy fats, tons of chlorophyll and absolutely no sugar, you'll feel like a million dollars after consuming this recipe! Make extra and store in the fridge - it tastes great the next day too.

A beautiful winter salad by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake rich in phytonutrients and beta carotene from sweet persimmons and yams. You will love the sweet and tangy dressing made with juicy persimmons, red bells, and fresh lime juice seasoned with a hint of chili. Top your salad creation with a handful of dehydrated, coconut oil-infused crispy yams (recipe also included!). Enjoy!

Is your body craving a serious dose of minerals? This ultra healthy cucumber and seaweed salad by Kibby of Kibby's Blended Life will give you the nourishing mineral fix you desire! Arame, a highly nutritious and mild flavored seaweed, is rich in fiber, calcium, iron, iodine, magnesium and Vitamin A, and has a delightfully tender texture once soaked. Enjoy!

Sit back, relax, breathe in that fresh Autumn air and enjoy this simple and scrumptious walnut and apple infused kale salad. Why choose kale for your salad greens? Chris Anca of Tales of a Kitchen gives us plenty of reasons! In just 1 cup of chopped kale (about what this recipe calls for) you'll be getting 200% of your daily allowance for Vitamin A, 100% of your Vitamin C, and 684% of your Vitamin K. The kale within this recipe will be literally helping to protect your cells and build healthy blood to nourish every inch of you. We love the combination of flavors in this recipe: the robust and green flavor of kale is balanced perfectly with sweet apple, crunchy celery, and rich walnuts dressed with a lovely basic olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette dressing.

Is it possible for a salad to be so yummy it's addictive? With this recipe by Nikki Stokes of Eating Vibrantly the answer is a definite yes. A flavorful and hearty raw walnut taco "meat" combines with fresh greens, tomato, avocado, spring onions and a delicious, lemony cashew sour cream in this healthy raw version of a Mexican inspired classic. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy what's sure to become one of your favorite salads of all time. Recipe inspired by Oh She Glows and Naked Avocado.

This salad by Sarah Britton of My New Roots includes an absolute rainbow of fresh vegetables featuring Chioggia beets, purple onion and fresh herbs with sprouted sunflower seeds and wild rice. The dressing is a stripped down but ultra yummy combination of cold pressed olive oil, acv, raw honey or maple syrup, and minced ginger. The wild rice adds a great chewy texture and additional b-vitamins, protein, iron, calcium, potassium and zinc and also makes the salad much more hearty. Wild rice is actually not a grain at all but a seed and is gluten free. Enjoy this salad for dinner tonight!

Feeling fresh today? Crunch into this lovely summer salad by Eva Rawposa containing mostly fresh sprouts and leafy greens! This salad will bring plenty of detoxifying chlorophyll, deeply nourishing minerals, and glow inducing unheated fatty acids into your body. And it tastes so refreshing! The best part is it can be made entirely of garden-grown ingredients. Don't have your own garden? We encourage you to make friends with a farmer! : )

This is truly a Vitamin C packed power salad! Vitamin C actually helps strengthen the collagen and elastin in our skin - the proteins that help give skin that youthful, smooth, elastic nature. The sweetness of maple syrup along with the acidity of the citrus fruits help to balance out any bitter flavor from the kale. A great salad to enjoy throughout the year! Learn more about the benefits of grapefruit here.

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