The Best Easy Vegan Salad boasts a variety of color, flavor, and texture.
Don’t run away.
I know vegan salad sounds boring and healthy and no fun at all. Just give me a minute.
It has been about a year now since I did the whole gluten-free vegan thing for Wiley’s sake. I honestly wish I could do it again because my skin has been looking pretty crazy lately and as it turns out there’s something about that diet that is just aces for my pores. But alas, as much as I believe you can be healthy as a gluten-free vegan, my body straight up demands dairy and carbs.
I am much better off eating a very balanced diet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy something vegan once in a while. There was one day during that dark, dark time in my life when I was for some reason or other trapped at the YMCA with the kids over lunch time. I was getting hangry, and had to nurse the baby, which meant I needed some nutrients.
I ended up calling a sandwich shop that was literally down the street and asking them to deliver because I couldn’t imagine hauling four kids over there. It ended up taking them an hour (!) to deliver like three blocks, but what arrived was worth it. It was an enormous salad loaded with pretty much every veggie I’ve ever enjoyed. It was bright and satisfying and shoved all the hangries away.
If I’m being totally weirdo honest, I don’t usually put salad dressing on salads. Put it on pasta or maybe a sandwich and I see where you’re coming from. But straight up on veggies? I’m not so sure. I kept trying to make a dressing to go with this salad and it was just like, no. Most often I squeeze on a little fresh lemon juice and drizzle with olive oil (<– affiliate link to my FAV), sometimes balsamic vinegar. No need to prep anything or shake up a vinaigrette, just give everything a tiny splash and you’re good to go. Of course you could also just use your favorite store bought dressing.
Salads are the easiest things to customize! Here are a few ideas to try:
- If you’re not vegan, you could add cooked chicken, steak, shrimp, or salmon
- Add some dry fried tofu or tempeh
- Add your favorite cheese such as feta, cheddar, mozzarella, or parmesan
- Stuff the salad between two slices of bread for a hearty sandwich, similar to this
- Add sliced bell peppers or just use whole mini sweet peppers
- Sprinkle with hemp hearts and/or your favorite chopped nut for a little extra protein
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- 2 cups spring salad mix
- 1 cup sliced cucumber
- 1/4 cup julienned or ribboned carrot
- 1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 red onion, sliced
- 1/3 cup pepitas
- 1 avocado, sliced
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Olive oil (optional)
In a large bowl, toss together salad mix, cucumber, carrot, tomatoes, and onion. Divide amongst two bowls, then top with pipits and sliced avocado. Drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil to taste, or top with your favorite salad dressing.