Browse through a selection of the best salad recipes with vegan dressings and toppings from the top chefs in the vegetarian movement.
Brandi says, "This has been one of my favorite salads of the summer! It's amazing and perfect for the late summer and early fall when peppers are inexpensive and plentiful!" If collards aren't your thing try kale in this recipe too, both will be totally delicious!
Fresh spicy arugula and cucumber is dressed with a simple and elegant creamy avocado dressing flavored with tarragon, red pepper flakes and black pepper. Arugula is a wonderful green to incorporate into your diet. Not only is it packed with flavor it is also rich in the mineral sulfur which gives it that mustardy kick. Sulfur helps to maintain youthful skin with glowing elasticity!
Dreena says, "When I concocted this entirely “raw” Caesar dressing, it quickly became a sensation! The creaminess is derived from the blended raw nuts, and the taste is absolutely marvelous – almost unbelievable, in fact, that it tastes so authentic. Toss this dressing in crisp, torn romaine leaves, along with raw pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, and/or sliced tomatoes."
A nutrient rich display of fresh kale, fennel, grated carrot, julienned apple, cranberries, and raisins dressed with a tangy/sweet creamy curry salad dressing complete with apple cider vinegar, a touch of maple syrup, garlic, ginger, dijon mustard and authentic curry powder. You wont want to skimp on this dressing, it is so delicious!
A simple, tangy salad of romaine, kale, and fresh onion topped with a light blueberry vinaigrette made from fresh berries, olive oil, coconut nectar, and apple cider vinegar. Try coconut vinegar too for a slightly more fruity alternative. The dried blueberries lend a wonderful sweetness and chewy texture that works just like raisins, only with more antioxidants and nutrition.
Succulent diced figs and apricots combine with spicy sweet red onion, creamy bold flavored pine nuts and a tangy mustard vinaigrette to create this fresh summer salad that can be served up on a bed of crispy, juicy romaine hearts! This salad is rich in fiber, calcium, and the detoxifying and beautifying mineral sulphur. You may even choose to include some fresh herbs such as basil or cilantro in the mix!
Planning to have a picnic today? Whip up this recipe by Sarahfae of Addicted to Veggies for a raw vegan version of a cold pasta salad using cauliflower as the base. The dressing is a savory and tangy blend of raw cashews, onion powder, garlic granules, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and a little nutritional yeast for an added cheesy flavor. This dressing can be kept in the fridge for up to a week, and kids will love it too especially with carrot and celery sticks or sliced cucumber.
A delicious blend of soft and tender marinated mushrooms and finely diced onion with a creamy yogurt style dressing. Sarahfae proclaims that this is one of her all time favorite recipes! Traditionally this Persian salad (also known as Borani Garch) combines vegetables sauteed with butter, but here Sarahfae utilizes her marinating, softening, and warming technique to give the mushrooms and onions a texture, feel, and taste similar to in the traditional recipe. Eat this salad in romaine leaves, in a chard wrap, on seed crackers, or simply with fresh slices of cucumber.
Sarahfae says, "If you're looking to add a salad to your entertaining menu this Summer but you don't want to go with the typical "tossed leafy greens" I recommend giving this one a try. Ribbon peeling veggies is simple, visually stunning and a wonderful way to reintroduce a salad course to friends and family." In this gorgeous salad recipe the creamy garlic herbed yogurt sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the juicy, light ribbons of fresh vegetables. Try using the dressing as a yummy tip too!
Follow Sarafae's steps to create a marinated, tender and softened raw broccoli dish with a creamy, tangy mustard sauce. Broccoli is loaded with valuable nutrients such as vitamin C, Vitamin K, zinc, selenium, and a compound called glucoraphanin which our bodies turn into sulforaphane. This compound acts as an antioxidant and is an especially powerful skin cell protector. Broccoli can be a bit of a challenge to eat raw as it is fibrous and for some hard to digest properly. Marinating and softening your broccoli first will enable you to enjoy it raw with all its incredible nutrition in tact!
Finely shredded parsnip rice combines with the fresh flavor of basil and green peas in this lovely and light yet filling dinner entree by Gena Hemshaw. She has kept the amount of oil to a minimum, only using 1 tbs to lightly drizzle over the salad, and the dressing is simply a spritz of fresh lemon juice. Hemp seeds add a wonderful nutty flavor and tons of health promoting essential fats and amino acids as well as a host of many wonderful minerals. Delicately seasoned with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, this is the perfect accompaniment to a light dinner tonight!
Elegant in it's simplicity, this is a raw vegan take on a classic Italian salad from the beautiful island of Capri! Traditionally this salad calls for mozzarella cheese, but there is no need when you have perfectly ripe, creamy avocado. Tomato season is right around the corner (we've been waiting patiently!) and what better way to celebrate those delicious juicy red fruits than paired with basil, avocado, and a drizzle of olive oil and balsamic in a simple caprese salad!
This salad has a delightful crunch and kick from fresh purple cabbage and onion paired with sweet succulent pears, and crisp juicy celery. The dressing is easy to put together and doesn't even require a blender, just a jar for shake-shaking! It is a deliciously rich and tangy blend of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, spices such as lemon pepper, mustard and tarragon, and a bit of date paste to sweeten. Top this recipe with a mixture of crumbled walnuts, nutritional yeast, onion powder and salt and pepper for an added cheesy flavor and additional B vitamins and omega fats.
A lively broccoli hemp slaw from Gena Hemshaw with a hefty dose of omega fatty acids from hemp seeds and sasha inchi oil! The dressing is an easy and delectable sweet mustard vinaigrette containing apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, Braggs or tamari, a spoonful of stoneground mustard and dash of curry. If sasha inchi oil is unavailable to you try hemp seed, flax, avocado, olive, or a combination for a wide array of essential fatty acids. Using a food processor to break down the broccoli and cauliflower into smaller pieces is a great trick and makes eating these healthy and hearty vegetables so enjoyable!
A grounding, filling raw sweet potato salad with the inclusion of shredded daikon radish, sliced celery, tart apple, ginger, toasted sesame seeds, soaked mineral rich arame seaweed and a gentle dressing of lemon, agave, tamari, and cold pressed sesame oil. Delightful as a side salad with a steamed grain like quinoa or brown rice, or served with miso soup on a rainy day. If agave nectar isn't your thing, try yacon or coconut nectar in this dressing for a malty earthy sweetness that compliments the root vegetables very well!
Good ol' Beets. So readily available and oh so good for you! They are loaded with vitamins and minerals and help both build the blood and detoxify it! Enjoy this nutrient packed salad by Lisa Pitman of Vegan Culinary Crusade. It combines flavors that you will find very familiar if you've ever had traditional borscht soup. In this recipe you will enjoy celery root, carrot, green onions, beets (of course) and a creamy dressing made from soaked raw cashews, lemon, pepper and dried dill.
Tis the season to bust out that food processor and start whipping up some amazing salsa creations! Salsa is such a versatile recipe because it goes with so many different foods and makes most meals 10 x better! It always adds that fresh, vibrant pop of flavor and can be made sweet, savory, tangy, mild, or knock-your-socks-off spicy! This particular recipe by Amanda Maquire combines the traditional salsa ingredients of tomato, lime, salt, pepper and cilantro with diced avocado and sweet seasonal mango. It is mild and refreshing. Serve this salsa with homemade flax crackers or corn chips, or fill up tender baby romaine leaves and make your own easy raw tacos!
Ever questioned whether there's anything that can be done with brussel sprouts in their raw state? The answer is make this delicious shredded brussel sprout salad with a sweet and tangy olive oil, lemon and agave (or maple syrup) dressing and a sprinkling of sunflower seeds and raisins! Brussel sprouts are in the brassica family and are very rich in phytonutrients called glucosinolates. These are special compounds that have been shown to protect our cells from various mutations. All cruciferous vegetables have glucosinolates but brussel sprouts contain higher levels than even mustard greens, kale, broccoli, cabbage or cauliflower. We recommend eating these nutritional all-stars on a regular basis, starting of course with this amazing salad!
This salad takes its inspiration from a well-known Lebanese dish and combines the ultra fresh tastes of cucumber, mint, and parsley with tomato, red and green onion, and red bell pepper. The dressing is a light olive oil and lemon juice fusion with a bit of crushed garlic and raw honey. Then to add a nice crunch and zing the salad is sprinkled with a sesame seed and sumac "za'atar". Sumac is actually an amazing spice that comes from a berry and is fantastic for digestion. It packs a zesty tart taste and is full of anthocyanins, which are antioxidants that can also be found in foods like blueberries, blackberries, grapes, and acai. Before gobbling up your salad add some olives, crumbled flax crackers, or turn it into a filling meal by adding fresh chickpeas or a nut based hummus, avocado slices, etc. This salad absolutely screams freshness and is packed with flavor.
This vegetable dish is heavy on the phytonutrients and antioxidant rich color pigment! Gena Hemshaw tells us that her diet is rich in fruits and vegetables from all colors of the rainbow, which is a very important aspect to a healthy balanced diet. Eating a variety of colors will also ensure that you are getting a variety of nutrients and antioxidants for cellular protection and repair. The brightly colored pigment of certain fruits and veggies is a smart signal from nature, attracting us to foods that are really good for our bodies. Eat a rainbow colored diet and you will be well nourished! The slaw sauce in this recipe is one of Gena's stand by favorites and makes a great staple salad dressing to have on hand.