Bored of your typical salad routine? This colorful collection of vegan summer salads will keep your palate satisfied all season long.
One of my missions in life – and specifically here on TNB – is to eradicate the “sad salad”. The “sad salad” is that afterthought side dish you throw together when you realize you need a little color and freshness in your meal, but aren’t feeling very creative. Half-dead mesclun greens, mealy tomatoes, stale bagged croutons, and some suspiciously goopy store-bought dressing. Sound familiar?
I think we’ve all had that salad one too many times – both in restaurants and at home. I mean, if this is the only instance of vegetables people are consistently exposed to, no wonder so few of us can manage to get our 5 daily servings.
Summer is the perfect time to experiment with new salad concepts and ingredient combos, especially if you can get your hands on local produce from a farmers market/farm stand. Whether you’re gearing up for a bbq, picnic, or having people over – or just brainstorming new weeknight meals – the vegan summer salads below are easy to make and bursting with freshness.
Warm Potato Salad with Olives and Green Beans
The best French-inspired potato salad, dressed in a simple vinaigrette.
Charred Broccoli with Roasted Red Pepper Relish
Charring is key for converting even the biggest broccoli skeptics. (Think of it as a “warm salad”.)
Kale Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons
Cashews are the secret to this creamy, umami-packed vegan dressing.
Thai-ish Salad with Tofu and Peanut Dressing
A light summer meal with plenty of protein. (Perfect for lunch.)
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