I know salad sometimes gets a bad rep. And I get it, sometimes people just don’t like salad. (okay, I don’t get it as I reallylove salad – as evidenced by the number of salad recipes on our site!) Most recent creations include:
No More Boring Salads!
There are a lot of reasons to love salad though and most of all is realizing that your salad doesn’t need to be some wimpy iceberg lettuce salad thrown in a bowl with a few carrots and an oily dressing. In all honestly, I would hate that salad too!
To kickstart your love of salad, I asked some of my favorite vegan bloggers to share their best, nourishing main dish salads recipes! You will love these bright, colorful unique salad combinations that are far from boring. They combine grains, veggies, fruits and spices for out of this world flavor in salad form!
These recipes are perfect for spring because as the earth turns brighter and greener so can our bowls and the food we eat! Plus in warmer weather a salad just seems better – am I right?!
We would love to know if you try one or two or all these salads this spring! Tag #badtothebowl on social media and let us know how your salad making is taking!
Nourishing Spring Salad Recipes
This recipe from Cadry’s Kitchen uses both kale and green leaf lettuce as the salad base. To add in texture and color, cooked wheat berries (sub brown rice for gluten free), grated carrot, bell pepper and celery are mixed in. A no added oil tahini lemon dressing adds a nice nuttiness with a slight tang! Perfect for springtime.
A no mayo pasta salad from The Stingy Vegan that is full of flavor and perfect to take to your next BBQ or potluck! This pasta salad is a great filling choice as it contains lots of veggies + chickpeas all tossed with a flavorful dill avocado dressing.
A colorful salad from Strength and Sunshine that combines carrots, radishes, mint, basil, endive blueberries, vinegar and warm spices for a super light salad with crunch, hints of sweet, and fresh and fragrant flavor.
A mango and black bean quinoa salad from My Whole Food Life that is easy to make and delicious! Quinoa, black beans, mango, corn and green onion are tossed with fresh lime juice and cilantro for a simple combination that tastes outstanding topped with creamy avocado.
A Thai – inspired vegan and gluten free salad from Savory Tooththat combines noodles, healthy vegetables, a spicy homemade peanut dressing and tops it all with sesame seeds!
Vegan pesto quinoa salad, a.k.a. Italian Style Buddha Bowl, from Veggie Society is loaded with vegetables and flavor. Roasted tomatoes, peppers, artichokes hearts and quinoa are tossed with a vegan pesto for a flavorful main dish salad that is flavor packed at every bite.
I love how Veggies Don’t Bite uses oats in this salad! Fresh cherries and corn add some sweet that pair perfectly with spicier arugula and oats add a great texture for a filling salad. Pine nuts add a nice crunch and a Maple Miso Dressingmakes this a party for the tastebuds.
Vegan BLT salad with homemade smokey and spicy mayo from Veganosity is a hearty salad that is healthy. Vegan portobello bacon, romaine lettuce, cherry tomatoes and avocado are combined with a smokey spicy mayo that has no oil or eggs!
Strawberry Kale Salad from Dianne’s Vegan Kitchen is light and refreshing! Sweet strawberries pair perfectly with baby kale, crunchy sunflower seeds and a creamy dairy free dressing.
Grilled vegetables with Asian seasoning are topped with a flavorful miso dressing for a tasty salad that is delicious! Add in protein with some roasted chickpeas and you have a delicious light meal with unique taste.
Spicy radishes, fresh peas, pickled ginger and a spicy tomato make up this refreshing Sushi bowl from the Sasha Diaries! A true testimony that we consume with our eyes first, your tastebuds will want to follow second because this bowl looks out of this world amazing.
Yummy Mummy Kitchen brings us this tasty taco salad with tempeh! Omit the cheese to keep this vegan, plant based friendly.
The Curious Chickpea combines delicate dill with quinoa and baby salad greens and then tosses it all in a dairy free lemon tahini yogurt dressing for a beautiful spring salad!
A unique flavor combination from Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen. Lime adds a zing to the traditional cashew vegan pesto that pairs perfectly with cauliflower in this salad.
Black beans, sweet tart pineapple combine together in this colorful salad from Veggies Save the Day and then are tossed in a creamy avocado dressing.
Vegan Yack Attack delivers this kale salad with loads of flavor and a smoky vegan ranch that makes this plant based salad out of this world delicious!
Spiralized Vegetable Salad from My Darling Vegan uses summer squash, zucchini, beet and carrots and then tosses them with a green goddess dressing and lastly a nice crunch is added from toasted pumpkin seeds.
Plant Philosophy brings us this fun layered salad jar that is perfect for on the go! Hemp ranch, coconut bacon and quinoa are combined in a mason jar for a great at your desk lunch option.
With a base of chopped Romaine lettuce, chopped red and yellow bell peppers, black bean, organic corn, avocado, spring onions, and cilantro this Vegan Southwestern Salad from Healthier Steps is loaded with all types of yumminess and then topped with a creamy avocado dressing .
A beautiful spring salad full of fresh ingredients all topped with a lime dressing that is oil and refined sugar free! Radishes, bok choy and toasted cashews are on a salad base of sturdy greens with this recipe from Beautiful Ingredient.
This would be great as breakfast, lunch or dinner in our opinion from Glue and Glitter. Featuring kale, tofu, tempeh bacon and a creamy cashew carrot sauce this veggie packed bowl is a delicious meal!
This recipe is so good from Veggie Inspired! We have personally tested this at Bad to the Bowl test kitchen – and it was amazing even if you forget to make the sauce (which we did). Cauliflower is tossed with turmeric & curry powder, roasted (or grilled – we did that!) until tender and golden, and then tossed with protein-packed lentils and sweet, juicy grapes (try those grapes grilled too!). This is one you need try pronto.
With crunchy roasted chickpeas, a roasted garlic cashew dressing and vegan parmesan cheese this salad from Nora Cooks is a crowd pleaser! If Caesar salad was your favorite in your pre-vegan days, you need this updated all plant based version in your recipe repertoire.
This zoodle salad is pure delicious fun from VegAnnie! Oil-Free, gluten-free, vegan and high protein and may we add super healthy and scrumptious?! Who wants to head to the kitchen and make this right now, yep, me too! And it is super simple too with only 5 ingredients + a skinny peanut sauce.
All the buffalo tangy, spicy, bold flavors transformed into a mouthwatering easy mixed green salad that is good for you! This healthy Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower Salad recipe from Vegetarian Gastronomy is vegan and gluten-free and makes a great healthy lunch option!
Looking to wrap your salad instead of eat it in the traditional bowl? Try it wrapped in a salad leaf! This recipe from our own archives is filled with protein and great taste and no wasted calories with wrapping in lettuce instead of a tortilla means more room for chips and salsa!
Make this salad fromFood Porn Vegan Stylefor the pure enjoyment of how beautiful it is to look at while eating! Other reasons also include a simple ingredient list, oil free and super easy to put together at the last minute for dinner.
Not only is this salad from Letty’s Kitchen a feast for the eyes it is nutrient dense. Spicy radishes, protein packed lentils and creamy avocado are tossed with a citrus dressing and the salad is topped off with salty tamari pumpkin seeds.
Cherry berry quinoa salad with a cashew ‘chevre’ from Fragrant Vanillais perfect for spring with bright colors, a light zesty lemon dressing and creamy cashew cheese. If you are craving something sweet, try this salad instead of reaching for dessert.
A From My Bowl kale and quinoa salad that is filled to the brim with colorful vegetables, plant based tempeh protein and whole grains. Oil free dressing with only 3 ingredients makes this salad super healthy for spring.
Classic Italian panzanella salad is gave a veganized, healthified makeover from Plant Based Cooking. This version uses an oil free dressing but retains its taste with garlic, basil and vibrant veggies.
A filling salad with a creamy avocado dill dressing from A Pretty Bee. Perfect for when you are craving a creamy dressing for topping those salad greens!
Taco ‘meat’ recipe from Vegan Richa is a mix of carrots, walnuts, spices and herbs that give it a great flavor! Add some roasted peppers, greens and all your favorite taco toppings for a light dinner full of taste.
This protein-packed salad from Blissful Basilis delicious on its own or sandwiched between two slices of your favorite bread! Chickpeas are gently mashed and then combined with grapes, scallions, raisins, and a and cilantro. The mixture is then tossed in a creamy, tangy, and subtly sweet cashew curry dressing.
We hope you enjoy these plant based salad recipes!