The other day a friend asked what I ate, since he didn't like salads. Not sure why people always assume that the only option for a vegan diet are salads, but in any case... I do love salads and they can be absolutely hearty, delicious and satisfying.
I've been saving salad recipes that I have tried over the last year or so. These can be eaten as a whole meal or as a side.
Have you made a kale salad where you massage the kale for a few minutes in olive oil and apple cider vinegar and/or lemon juice? It is wonderful! Here is a written out recipe for a Kale Salad and here is a video by Raw Food Chef Jennifer Cornbleet. It's very helpful for knowing how to cut and prepare the kale.
If you want something more portable, try out a Kale Salad Wrap!
- Mexican-inspired Salad with Vegan Sour Cream & Avocado
- Colourful Avocado & Fig Salad
- Lemon Quinoa Cilantro Chickpea Salad (scroll down for recipe)
- "Cheezy" Dill Lemon Potato Salad
- Black Bean Salad with Corn, Red Peppers, Avocado and Lime-Cilantro Dressing (i'd probably omit the sugar)
- Mango Salad with Spicy Thai Dressing
- Raw Pate/Spread/Salad "Seafood Tuna Pate"
- Vegan Cobb Salad
Salad Ingredient Ideas to have on hand
- Nutritional Yeast (for sprinkling on top to give a light nutty cheesy flavour)
- Pine Nuts, Slivered almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pepitas
- Raisins, Dried Cranberries, Dried figs (or fresh)
- Apples / Pears
- Cherry tomatoes
- Bell peppers
- Romaine, kale, mesclun, baby spinach, cabbage/coleslaw, julienned carrots/broccoli
- Lemon / Lime
- Apple Cider Vinegar / Balsamic Vinegar / Rice Vinegar
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Canned chickpeas, black beans, red kidney beans
- Canned Artichokes, Hearts of Palm
- Sundried tomatoes
- Fresh dill, cilantro, basil
- Quinoa, couscous, brown rice
- Ground black pepper, sea salt, garlic powder, onion powder, salt-free salad seasoning
- Pomegranate seeds
- Sea weed - Nori, kelp, wakame
- Blueberries, strawberries, melon, pineapple
Useful kitchen tools for salad making (You can obviously live without any of these)
- Salad spinner
- Julienne peeler (for creating thin strips of veggies)
- Regular peeler
- Spiralizer (for creating "noodles" out of veggies)
- Blender / Food Processor (for making your own dressings)
Do you like making salads or are you not really into them? If you enjoy them, what's your favourite? :)