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.

A tasty, light and absolutely refreshing side dish by Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw. If you avoid gluten but miss making cooked grain dishes you can easily sub in cauliflower for a gluten-free and raw alternative. A simple pulse or two in the food processor will break down your cauliflower florets into a consistency that resembles rice. Adding olives, tomato, capers, lemon, herbs and cold pressed oil brings on a plethora of delicious flavor your taste buds will thoroughly enjoy.

 

Iselin Stoylen of Vegetarian Taste really sums things up when she says, "Sometimes all you want is a huge bowl of greens to nourish your body." If you're craving a hearty yet simple salad full of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, omega 3's, enzymes, fiber and COLOR you've come to the right recipe. Summer may be nearly over but while it's still here be sure to take advantage of all the freshness and life around you!

Just in time for what we lovingly refer to as "tomato mania", this recipe by Karielyn Tillman of The Healthy Family and Home comes to us in the most appropriate of seasons. It's August and gardens near and far are pumping out the abundance like its going out of style. Nothing is better than a fresh cherry tomato, and the simpler the recipe the better so you can really taste their deliciously sweet flavor. Fresh cherry tomatoes paired with a robustly flavorful raw spinach pesto. Simple and perfect.

In a salad rut? Pull yourself right out of there today with this delectable kale salad by Gena Hemshaw of Choosing Raw!

Fresh curly kale chopped finely with red bell pepper then dressed generously with a tangy-sweet blood orange and evoo vinaigrette dressing. Garnish with segments of fresh blood orange and almond slivers. If you don't tend to love raw kale salad this recipe may change your life (and taste buds) forever. ENJOY!

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A fresh, healthy, and easy summer salad recipe by Jodi Burke created in honor of International Raw Day! With an abundance of garden fresh goodness exploding this time of year it's easy to whip up simple meals that take little effort to make taste amazing. Such is the magic of fresh and in-season foods!

 

This lovely green salad by Iselin Stoylen of Vegetarian Taste will come together for you in a matter of minutes! Leafy spinach and kale combines with fresh and sun dried tomatoes, garlic, red onion, a sprinkling of pumpkin seeds and a very simple evoo and acv vinaigrette. Full of minerals, healthy fats, and just the right amount of flavor to satisfy those taste buds. Enjoy!

If you love sweet and spicy flavor combinations, and love all things fresh, juicy and full of life you will LOVE this salad by Lisa Viger of Raw on $10 a Day or Less. After mixing your ingredients let it marinate for a minute, scoop it onto a bed of fresh lettuce or your favorite greens, and enjoy each bite of deliciousness to the max.

This tasty salad dressing by Lisa Viger of Raw on $10 a Day or Less can be enjoyed for lunch, dinner or even breakfast. It's fresh, light, and perfectly creamy and tastes great with a variety of different greens from lettuces to kale to arugula. Enjoy!

Craving a fresh salad with plenty of delicious flavor? Give this one a try by Emma Potts of Coconut and Berries! Mixed salad greens combine with sliced avocado, segmented oranges, red onion and an absolutely delicious black olive vinaigrette you will turn to time and time again. Enjoy!

Give yourself of solid dose of potent vitamins, minerals, complete protein, and omega fatty acids with this gorgeous summertime Peachy Greens salad by Amy Lyons of Fragrant Vanilla Cake.

Add a pop of freshness to your life with this crisp and vibrant salad by Kerry Ogden featuring cauliflower and pine nut rice, a bed of fresh arugula, shelled sugar snap peas, diced avocado, and a bright pop of invigorating citrus with hints of earthy cumin and spicy ginger. Bon appetit!

A flavorful and atypical version of traditional cous cous done raw, vegan style. Not a stitch of gluten to be found in this tasty recipe by Fee O. of Raw Fit and Happy! Instead of bulgar wheat she's utilized raw cauliflower pulsed into small pieces. You'll also find a few hidden surprises like fresh orange juice and turmeric spice. Enjoy!

Add a pop of color and an array of powerful phyto nutrients to your salads by garnishing them with edible flowers! This recipe by Lisa Viger of Raw on $10 a Day or Less is light and refreshing and perfect for the warmer months ahead. Enjoy!

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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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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