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25 Hearty Vegan Salad Recipes

These hearty vegan salad recipes are an excellent way to get in some plant-based nutrition.

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No “rabbit food” here, folks. To create a vegan salad that will satisfy your hunger and keep you full, plant-based protein, whole carbs, and healthy fats are great additions. Chickpeas, hemp seeds, sweet potatoes, and quinoa are some of my favorite ingredients to add.

The vegan salad recipes listed below contain those and MORE. Packed with incredible flavor and texture, these hearty salads will not bore you. They can easily pass as a meal for lunch or dinner since they are so filling!

I’ve also included recipes for salad dressings, my favorite protein, and add-ons to make the ultimate custom salad of your dreams.

Salad Recipes

Vegan Taco Salad

4.43 from 7 votes
This vegan taco salad recipe is loaded with delicious ingredients to satisfy your hunger and delight your tastebuds.
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Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe

4.88 from 8 votes
This Caesar salad is one of my absolute favorite vegan salad recipes. This salad is PACKED with amazing flavors and texture. The chickpeas add a hearty, protein element.
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Vegan Greek Salad

5 from 1 vote
Fresh and simple Greek salad made with vegan feta cheese.
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Vegan Chopped Salad

5 from 1 vote
Vegan chopped salad made with a variety of vegetables, chickpeas and plant-based “bacon” bits with a few delicious dressing options!
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A large bowl containing vegan chopped salad with lettuces, cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and cashew bacon bits.

Curried Broccoli Salad

4.88 from 16 votes
7 simple ingredients, less than 10 minutes to put together (30 minutes to sit in the fridge). This broccoli salad with creamy curry dressing is VERY easy to make and so flavorful! 
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Curried vegan broccoli salad in a brown bowl with a spoon.

Sweet Potato Quinoa Salad

4.87 from 15 votes
This salad is by far my favorite way to eat sweet potatoes. Paired with quinoa, this salad is definitely going to keep you full and satisfied. Plus the maple mustard dressing is sooo flavorful!
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Pesto Pasta Salad

5 from 7 votes
Bright and flavorful vegan pesto pasta salad is the perfect summer side dish. Totally vegan and can be made gluten-free with GF pasta.
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Kale and Cranberry Quinoa Salad

4.65 from 17 votes
Packed with flavor and texture, this Kale Quinoa Salad will knock your socks off! Quinoa is elevated to the next level when it's mixed with cranberries, walnuts, kale and – drumroll please – apple sage dressing made with real apple cider.
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A hearty vegan salad with quinoa, kale, and cranberries.

Vegan Ranch Pasta Salad

4.92 from 23 votes
Pasta tossed with homemade vegan ranch and tons of vegetables including broccoli, cauliflower, and peas. This is the perfect side dish to share at a potluck to BBQ with family & friends.
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Kale salad recipe with roasted chickpeas

Chickpeas are probably my favorite salad topping. So delicious, packed with protein, can be seasoned to fit any type of salad. This kale salad uses crispy roasted chickpeas.
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Grain Salad with Fresh Lemon and Herbs

Salads absolutely do not need to be limited to greens and vegetables. This salad calls for spelt berries, which are hearty grains that contain a ton of fiber and iron, or farro.
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Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar

This protein-packed make-ahead salad calls for ingredients like quinoa, edamame, peanuts, and veggies for a hearty meal.
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Vegan Pasta Salad with Lemon Dressing

Pasta salad is pretty much the best kind of salad. This unique version uses beans, asparagus, and broccoli and is topped with a creamy dressing made from hemp seeds.
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Rainbow Buckwheat Salad

This veggie-loaded salad has a base of buckwheat, and is flavored with spices like allspice and cardamom. Flavorful, unique, and delicious.
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Turmeric Tofu Sesame Salad

Crispy tofu, beautiful turmeric, healthy veggies, sesame seeds, and more come together to make this super satisfying and flavorful meal.
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Roasted New Potato Salad with Lentils

The majority of us probably agree that potatoes in any form are REALLY GOOD, right? One of their best forms is in a salad. Paired with lentils and spinach and other goodness, this salad is super tasty and filling.
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Chickpea Cucumber Salad

This 15-minute chickpea cucumber salad is perfect for a quick summer lunch.
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Vegan BLT Salad

Did you think you’d have to miss out on that smokey bacon flavor as a vegan? Not with the delicious tempeh bacon used in this vegan BLT salad.
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Quinoa Taco Salad

Hello tacos in salad form! The quinoa, black beans, and avocado will definitely satisfy your hunger for a delicious lunch or dinner.
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Sweet Potato Noodle Salad

Vegan Sweet Potato Noodle Salad with Chickpeas and Rocket recipe – full of healthy fats, protein, and nutrition.
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Black Rice and Raspberry Salad

This salad dressed with a vibrant maple-mustard dressing that will have your taste buds singing. Wouldn’t this be great for a pot luck or to bring a friend’s BBQ? Everyone will be so impressed.
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Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad

Spinach and kale tossed with roasted butternut squash, quinoa, and dates for natural sweetness. This is a lovely hearty vegan salad recipe to enjoy during the fall.
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Thai Crunch Salad + Citrus Peanut Dressing

Fill your belly with cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, and a TO DIE FOR citrus peanut dressing (and more)! This recipe is easy and flavorful.
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Carrot and Rice Noodle Salad

This stunning salad is made with zingy dressing and pickled red onions, tossed with carrots, noodles, corn, and more.
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Tropical Quinoa Salad with Coconut Lime Dressing

This gorgeous quinoa salad is topped with caramelized pineapple salsa and coconut lime dressing.
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If you want to build your own salad, here are some recipes:

Salad Dressings

A great salad dressing can boost the flavor of any salad. Here are some recipes to keep on hand.

Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

5 from 1 vote
This creamy vegan Italian dressing is dairy-free, protein-packed, and delicious! Make in less than 5 minutes.
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Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing

4.87 from 732 votes
Easy vegan ranch recipe that is dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free! But still full of delicious flavor.
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Vegan Caesar Dressing

4.67 from 3 votes
Easy, 3-ingredient vegan caesar dressing.
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Proteins

Protein is key to a satiating meal. Here are some tasty ideas.

Baked Tofu

4.86 from 34 votes
Versatile baked tofu that turns out crispy and flavorful!
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Vegan Ground Beef

4.85 from 73 votes
Easy vegan ground beef substitute you can use in tacos, soups, and anywhere else you'd use ground meat.
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Baked BBQ Tofu

5 from 7 votes
Super flavorful, marinated baked BBQ tofu! This recipe is vegan and high in protein.
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BBQ Tempeh

4.50 from 6 votes
I love this bbq tempeh in a sandwich, but it's excellent on salad as well.
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Add-Ons

These add-ons are a great way to spice up any salad.

Vegan Bacon Bits

5 from 4 votes
Easy and delicious vegan bacon bits, prepped and cooked in just 15 mins. For a nut-free version, use sunflower seeds instead of cashews.
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Easy Homemade Garlic Croutons

4.69 from 22 votes
Incredibly easy, garlicky homemade croutons.
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Maple Glazed Carrots

5 from 4 votes
Easy roasted carrots with maple syrup, garlic, and sage.
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Vegan Feta Cheese

4.60 from 5 votes
This easy vegan feta cheese substitute is made using tofu. Add to a charcuterie board, smear on toast, or toss into your favorite salad!
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