This recipe roundup features 18 easy vegan salads suitable for all seasons and occasions. Some make fantastic stand alone meals, others work better as sides. All use everyday ingredients creating delicious dishes full of flavour and colour.
This collection of easy vegan salad recipes will give you lots of inspiration to include more healthy ingredients in your diet. Creating a delicious, satisfying salad does not have to be labour intensive. With a few easy meal prep ideas you can quickly assemble a fantastic salad, which you can enjoy as a side dish, make ahead party dish or stand alone salad meal.
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These satisfying salads make fantastic stand alone meals and contain ingredients that can usually be made ahead. So preparation time is minimal. Suitable both as lunch recipes and party food ideas.
Quinoa cooks very quickly (approx. 15 minutes), and you can further reduce salad preparation time by cooking it ahead. Once completely cooled, quinoa can be refrigerated for up to 3 days until you are ready to make your recipe.
This vibrant, zesty Quinoa Beets Salad with Orange is a healthy and delicious light meal idea that’s suitable for gluten free and vegan diets.
Prep Time: 12 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Cooling Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1 hour 12 minutes
Enjoy this simple and nutritious Papaya Broccolini Quinoa Bowl for 2 as a quick and easy vegan lunch, perfect any day.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes
This simple, gluten free Romanesco Quinoa Herb Salad makes a delicious and healthy light meal idea.
Total Time: 10 minutes
This nutritious zesty quinoa pomelo salad with cilantro sauce is a deliciously satisfying refreshing dish. Perfect as a light vegetarian meal or served alongside chicken or seafood dishes.
Prep Time:15 Total Time:17
Seasonal vegan salads
Most vegetables and fruit are available year round these days but they taste best when they are in season. Salads make especially delicious seasonal dishes. Check out these easy vegan salads for seasonal inspiration!
This easy vegan Grilled Corn Salsa with Peppers made using grilled corn on the cob is a nutritious and tasty salad, perfect for sharing.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes
This sweet and nutty Maple Celery Root Salad with Apple and Pecans is a delicious lunch idea to enjoy in early autumn.
Prep Time: 25 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes
Spiralizing is a great way to add more healthy ingredients into your diet. It’s easier than you think and makes fantastic looking dishes. Get more spiralizing ideas from my collection of easy veggie spaghetti spiralizer recipes.
This simple vegan Beetroot Zucchini Apple Ribbon Salad with Pecans and Maple Vinaigrette makes an impressive starter, perfect for entertaining.
Total Time: 25 minutes
This Sauerkraut Salad with Carrot and Apple is a sugar free version of the classic Polish sauerkraut salad with a twist. Enjoy as a side dish or on its own.
Total Time: 12 minutes
Vegan noodle salads
These Asian inspired easy vegan salads make delicious light meals, full of flavour, colour and goodness. They are naturally gluten free and low in fat as well as sugar.
This Asian inspired, gluten free Pomelo Salad with Noodles (Vegan) makes a delicious, satisfying lunch. It”s light, nutritious, full of zest and crunch! The post also includes tips for choosing the right pomelo and how to peel it.
Total Time: 20 minutes
This Asian Noodle Salad with Broccoli and Cashews comes with a moreish, easy to make hoisin dressing. If you prepare the noodles and broccoli ahead this salad takes minutes to put together.
Total Time: 15 minutes
Make ahead party salads
Party salads are a special category of salad. They need to be made ahead and be able to stay fresh for a while. That’s why they often contain ingredients that have been precooked and won’t wilt (so no salad leaves in these recipes!).
This healthy, gluten free Roasted Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh with Pomegranate is a deliciously tangy, fruity salad, great with all sorts of dishes, Middle Eastern and beyond. Ideal for entertaining!
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Chilling Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes
This vibrant, easy to make gluten free Beetroot Salsa with Pomegranate is full of zest and sweetness. It’s a great dish to include in your party menu.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 40 minutes Total Time: 55 minutes
Vegan coleslaw salads
These salad are meant to be served along with other dishes so they are really uncomplicated and easy to throw together. They work well as part of everyday family lunch/dinners as well as party food ideas.
This simple, zesty Dairy Free Coleslaw with Pomegranate is a combination of sweet and savoury flavours which work together beautifully creating a delicious coleslaw with a twist. Only 6 ingredients, vegan and gluten free!
Total Time: 15 minutes
This colourful, zesty Cured Red Cabbage Salad with Pear & Walnuts is full of flavour yet contains only a handful of ingredients. Learn how to quick cure vegetables and turn them into delicious, convenient ingredients which can be added to salads, sandwiches, burgers, and other dishes.
Prep Time: 10 minutes Marinating Time: 8 hours Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
This delicious, marinated Christmas slaw recipe is a great festive alternative to traditional cooked vegetables. It contains dried cranberries, orange, a hint of ginger and comes with deliciously moreish salted maple glazed pecans for crunch.
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Marinating Time: 4 hours Total Time: 4 hours 25 minutes
More easy vegan salads
You might also like this super rich and creamy Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing.
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