30 Sublime Vegan Salad Recipes

A roundup of 30 delicious, flavorful vegan salad recipes from around the plant-based internet.

Whether you’re looking for a light, veggie-forward salad for summer or a hearty, root vegetable & grain-based salad for winter, this list has something for everyone!

I have a confession to make: I absolutely love a good vegan salad.

As I’m writing this, it’s summertime, which means my salads are packed with seasonal summer produce – corn, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, you name it. These veggies are already so flavorful they can be simply prepared; raw, flash-sautéed, or even grilled.

But salads can be wonderful in fall and winter, too. I love combining root vegetables, beans, grains, and winter greens to create hearty yet healthy winter salads.

There’s really no wrong time to have a vegan salad, from light and fresh green salads as a side or more substantial lettuce-free salads as a main dish.

To help you get inspired, I’ve rounded up over 30 of the best vegan salad recipes. Some are recipes of my own creation, but I’ve also included a great selection from around the plant-based web.

Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad

My Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad is an easy, healthy, and light summer salad that takes cucumbers from meh to addictive. Slightly sweet and spicy, garlicky, and fresh, it’s surprisingly addictive yet very healthy (vegan, Paleo, and refined sugar-free).

Prep Time: 25 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
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Vegan Chickpea Quinoa Arugula Salad with Lemon Garlic Dressing

A vegan & gluten-free Chickpea Quinoa Arugula Salad by Megan of Short Girl Tall Order that’s filled with avocado, fresh veggies, crispy chickpeas, and topped with a homemade lemon garlic dressing!

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
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Best Broccoli Salad

A fresh take on classic broccoli salad by Jeanine of Love & Lemons! With a light creamy dressing, dried cranberries & roasted almonds, it’s a picnic perfect broccoli salad!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
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Herbed Vegan Potato Salad

Just as creamy as classic potato salad but so much better for you and more flavorful! My mayo-free vegan potato salad features perfectly tender potatoes coated in a creamy, tangy dressing that’s packed with fun flavors and takes just 30 minutes. Perfect side dish for BBQs, potlucks, and picnics.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
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closeup photo of vegan potato salad with dilll in a large white bowl

Chopped Creamy Dill Pickle Salad

Crunchy and crisp vegetables combine with a tangy, dairy-free dill pickle dressing for this satisfying Creamy Dill Pickle Salad by Laura of The First Mess! Toasted and seasoned breadcrumbs add extra flavor and crunch.

Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
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Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad

This Japanese Sesame Spinach Salad by Lisa of Okonomi Kitchen is nutty, flavorful and a delicious way to enjoy spinach! Ready in 5 minutes, this healthy Japanese side dish is great for meal prep, too.

Total Time: 5 Minutes
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Vegan Cobb Salad

This Vegan Cobb Salad from Brittany of Eating Bird Food gives you all of the delicious flavors of a traditional Cobb salad along with 19 grams of plant-based protein! Vegan, gluten-free and a perfect meal-sized salad.

Total Time: 20 Minutes
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vegan cobb salad

Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad with Walnut Bread Crumbs

My Roasted Beet and Fennel Salad is popping with freshness and lots of flavor. Featuring crispy walnut bread crumbs, lots of fresh herbs, and an easy citrus vinaigrette. It’s THE salad to make you fall in love with salads.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Roasting Time: 1 Hour
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closeup shot of roasted beet and fennel salad with avocado and citrus

The Ultimate Fall Salad

This Ultimate Fall Salad from Sarah of Making Thyme for Health is made with a combination of fall’s best produce and is bursting with delicious texture and flavor. Perfect for your holiday table or to prep for healthy lunches.

Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
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Vegan Classic Deli-Style Macaroni Salad

This veganized version of classic deli-style macaroni salad by Chris and Jasmine of Sweet Simple Vegan is spot on to the original. It’s creamy with the perfect crunch of veggies.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
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Marinated White Bean Salad

This Marinated White Bean Salad by Jenné of Sweet Potato Soul is the perfect recipe for springtime healthy meal prep, clean lunch, and fancy vegan dinners.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
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Kale Citrus Salad

A simple, 30-minute kale salad with sweet and tart fruits, pickled red onions, and a simple red wine vinaigrette by Minimalist Baker! Crunchy, filling, fresh, and the perfect healthy light lunch or side salad.

Total Time: 30 Minutes
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Grilled Corn Salad

With just 10 ingredients and less than 30 minutes, my Grilled Corn Salad is a foolproof side dish or light lunch for summer. Despite being so easy, it’s packed with flavor, a little heat, and is guaranteed to impress. Perfect for summer barbecues and picnics!

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
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grilled corn salad with cherry tomatoes and avocado on serving platter

Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Ginger Sauce

This Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad by Jessica in the Kitchen takes 15 minutes & is perfect for lunch or dinner. Loaded with Thai inspired ingredients and dressed with a divine peanut ginger sauce, it’s crunchy, packed with protein and full of flavor.

Total Time: 15 Minutes
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Creamy Balsamic Carrot Salad

This salad by Alexa of Fueled Naturally has all the elements you want in order to feel satisfied and make your tastebuds and stomach very happy. It’s a delightful combination of roasted flavor from the carrots, tanginess from the artichoke and creaminess from the avocado! AND its topped off with a creamy, tangy salad dressing packed with flavor.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
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Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad

This Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad by Food By Maria will knock your socks off. It’ll completely transform everything you thought brussels sprouts and caesar salad could be!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes
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Black Bean and Corn Salad

Here’s a Black Bean and Corn Salad recipe by Hannah of Two Spoons that’s light, refreshing, crunchy and wholesome. It’s an easy recipe that’s naturally vegan and gluten-free!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
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Thanksgiving Kale Salad with Maple-Tahini Dressing

This festive, flavorful and hearty Thanksgiving Kale Salad by Eating by Elaine looks gorgeous on any holiday table. It’s full of texture from seasonal ingredients that everyone craves in fall. The creamy maple tahini dressing ties everything together perfectly.

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
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Super Easy Spring Green Salad

This super easy, healthy and vibrant Spring Green & Quinoa Salad by Tania of Fit Foodie Nutter is crispy, crunchy, zingy & fresh – it’s so rich in flavors and textures.

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
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Peach Panzanella Salad

A spin on the classic Tuscan bread salad, my Peach Panzanella Salad is a delicious bread salad featuring summer’s finest produce: juicy peaches, velvety heirloom tomatoes, and fresh basil. Just 7 ingredients and it’s a foolproof side dish for picnics and potlucks, but the gourmet flavors are guaranteed to impress your guests.

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
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Summer Orzo Salad with Grilled Vegetables

For a refreshing taste of summer, this Summer Orzo Salad by Catherine of Plant Based RD is loaded with fresh summer vegetables and marinated tofu. Vegan and easy to make!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
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Kale Avocado Salad

This incredibly healthy, easy and delicious Vegan Kale Salad from Brandi of The Vegan 8 is packed with protein-rich, high-fiber white beans and an oil-free Almond Butter Dressing that is lick-the-bowl delicious!

Total Time: 15 Minutes
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Asparagus and Green Bean Salad

Instead of salad greens, the base of this salad is blanched asparagus and green beans. For texture, we’ve got crunchy toasted almonds, juicy cherry tomatoes, and a creamy oil-free tahini dressing. It’s the perfect summer picnic salad!

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 5 Minutes
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Vegan Caprese Salad with Peaches & Arugula

This savory-sweet take on vegan caprese salad by Alanna of The Bojon Gourmet combines creamy heirloom tomatoes, juicy peaches, and peppery arugula with vegan mozzarella for an effortless starter or light main dish.

Total Time: 10 Minutes
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Kale and Zucchini Salad with Roasted Parsnip Chips

In this recipe by Joanne of The Korean Vegan, zucchini and parsnip combine beautifully with kale to make a delicious, easy salad you’ll enjoy over and over!

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 7 Minutes
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Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Salad Bowl

This healthy Spicy BBQ Cauliflower Salad Bowl with Vegan Ranch Dressing by Vegan Richa is a medley of exciting textures and bold flavors, and is so fun to eat!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 38 Minutes
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Favorite Quinoa Salad

This quinoa salad recipe by Kate of Cookie and Kate is the best! Everyone loves this healthy quinoa salad made with quinoa, chickpeas, red bell pepper, cucumber, parsley and lemon.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
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Healthy Arugula Summer Salad with Peaches

This Healthy Arugula Summer Salad by Kelly of Life Made Sweeter is refreshing and easy to make with juicy peaches, cucumber, blueberries and a lemon tahini dressing.

Total Time: 20 Minutes
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Instant Pot Pearl Couscous and Lentil Salad

This Instant Pot Pearl Couscous and Lentil Salad is an easy dump-and-go Instant Pot recipe that’s a light, healthy vegan recipe perfect for summer. Featuring French green lentils, pearl couscous, and a zingy vinaigrette with lots of fresh herbs.

Total Time: 1 hr, 15 Minutes
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bowl of pearl couscous and lentil salad with tomatoes, parsley, and olive

30 Sublime Vegan Salad Recipes: Smashed Cucumber Salad

5 from 6 votes
This Sweet and Spicy Smashed Cucumber Salad is an easy, healthy, and light side dish that takes cucumbers from bland to addictive. Slightly sweet and spicy, garlicky, and fresh, it’s surprisingly addictive yet very healthy (vegan, Paleo, and refined sugar-free).
Prep Time: 25 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Cuisine: New American
Diet Vegan
Keyword: chickpea salad, cucumber, gluten-free, refined sugar free, soy-free, vegan salad
Serving size: 4 as a side

Ingredients

  • 5-6 mini Persian cucumbers (or 1 large English cucumber)
  • 2-3 ripe but firm peaches, sliced

Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes, plus more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons good-quality extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2-3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons golden raisins
  • One handful of fresh basil leaves, slivered

Instructions

  • Smash the cucumbers. Using the back of a heavy knife, smash down on each cucumber using the widest part of the blade (similar to smashing down on a garlic clove to remove its peel) until the cucumber cracks open into a few pieces.
    1. NOTE: If using a large English cucumber, cut the cucumber into three segments before smashing.
  • Using your hands, tear the smashed cucumbers into rough chunks.
  • Place the cucumber chunks in a colander and sprinkle with a bit of kosher salt. Place the colander on top of a bowl. Allow the cucumbers to rest for at least 15 minutes, or up to 1 hour. Discard any liquid collected in the bowl.
  • Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts. To toast pine nuts, add them to a dry skillet over medium-low heat and toss occasionally until golden brown, 3-5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette. Crush the garlic cloves. Add them to a bowl, along with the red pepper flakes, vinegar, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine, then stream in the olive oil, whisking as you go. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    1. Alternatively, add all of the ingredients to a jar, close the lid, and shake up the jar until the dressing is emulsified.
  • Add the drained cucumbers to a large serving bowl.
  • Slice the peaches (don’t slice earlier, as they tend to bruise). Add the sliced peaches to the cucumbers, and then toss them with the Sweet and Spicy Vinaigrette. Top with the toasted pine nuts, golden raisins and slivered basil. Taste, and adds salt and pepper as needed.

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6 comments on 30 Sublime Vegan Salad Recipes

  1. Catherine

    5 stars
    Oh goodness! Thank you so so much Nisha for including my Summer Orzo Salad. Means so much to have it included with so many amazing recipes here. Thank you again!

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Of course, Catherine! Had to showcase that beauty of a dish!

  2. Janet

    5 stars
    Love love love this cucumber salad! It’s so refreshing (and delightfully garlicky).

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for the lovely feedback, Janet!

  3. Karen

    Thanks so much for the recipes. I am going to love trying each and everyone of these salads. They are a great way to encourage me to eat the colors of the rainbow. Recently I have been caught in a rut with cooking. I love most of your recipes and share them with my family. My grandkids like to watch your videos with your family taste testing what you make. Thank you so much.

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Glad to hear this blog post is helpful, Karen! Thanks for following :)

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