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50 Plant-Based Summer Salad Recipes

Sharon Palmer

Summer is the season for salads! Gone are the days (thankfully!) of boring iceberg wedges and flavorless green curly leaf tosses. Today, plant-powered salads are all about bold vegetables, flavors, textures, and nutrition. Some of my favorite salad ingredients include pungent greens like kale and arugula, hearty pulses like chickpeas and lentils, sweet fruits like berries and cherries, crunchy veggies like cauliflower and snow peas, and a sassy vinaigrette using rich spice and herb blends. I asked some of my favorite food bloggers to share their best plant-powered summer salad ideas in this frenzy of recipes. Toss these 50 Plant-Based Summer Salad Recipes up all summer long and reap the flavor and health rewards.

50 Plant-Based Summer Salad Recipes

Black Bean, Corn, and Farro Salad, Kristina Todini, RDN, Fork in the Road (shown above)
Cauliflower Chickpea Tabbouleh, Kara Golis, RDN, Byte Sized Nutrition
Tomato, Corn, and Avocado Salad, Brittany Poulson, RDN, Your Choice Nutrition
Berry Broccoli Brussels Salad with Cherry Balsamic Vinaigrette, Shannon Garcia, RDN, Kiss in the Kitchen

Cauliflower Cranberry Superfood Salad, Karman Meyer, RDN, The Nutrition Adventure (shown above)
Tuscan White Bean Salad, Jenny Manseau, RDN, The Creative RD
Watermelon, Jicama, Blueberry Salad, Jeanne Reilly, RDN,   Jeanne Reilly, RD
Spinach, Seed, and Nut Salad, Stacey Orner, RDN, Stuff Your Face Stace

Spiralized Zucchini, Cherry, and Lentil Salad, Evi Oravecz, Green Evi (shown above)
Summer Green Bean Tomato Salad, Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian
Mung Bean Lentil Salad-Stuffed Avocado, Chelsey Amer, RDN, C it Nutritionally
Triple Berry and Quinoa Salad with Mixed Greens, Marie Dittmer, RDN, Healthy Ideas Place

Cannellini Bean Salad with Basil and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Dixya Bhattarai, MS, RDN, Food, Pleasure, and Health (shown above)
Wild Rice and Kale Salad, Liz Weiss, MS, RDN, Liz’s Healthy Table
Potato Beet and Lentil Salad, Triad to Wellness
Nori Veggie Wraps, Adrienne Raimo, RDN, One Bite Wellness

Summer Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing, Melissa Huggins, Vegan Huggs (shown above)
Creamy Cucumber Salad with Dill, Maya Krampf, Wholesome Yum
Summer Corn, Tomato & White Bean Salad, Kristie Williams-Yowell, The Mostly Vegan
Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad, Melville Nicoletta, Sugar Loves Spices

Green Apple Green Lentil Quinoa Salad, Whitney Tabaie, RDN, To Live and Diet in L.A. (shown above)
Strawberry Cucumber Salad, Judy Barbe, RDN, Live Best
Fruit, Seed, and Spinach Salad with Strawberry Vinaigrette, Amanda Hernandez, RDN, The Nutritionist Reviews
Avocado and Jicama Cucumber Salad, Kaleigh McMordie, MCN, RDN, Lively Table

Mixed Green Salad with Buffalo Roasted Cauliflower, Avocado, and Cucumber Ranch Dressing, Anjali Lalani, Vegetarian Gastronomy (shown above)
Avocado Artichoke Lentil Salad, Kelly Page, Tasting Page
Easy Vegan Orzo Pasta Salad, Matthew Maguire, Pasta Based
Pineapple Coconut Buckwheat Salad, Stefanie Dougherty, Green Sage
Nicoise Salad with Grilled Orange Tofu, Johanne Rosenthal, Sunnyside Hanne

Summer Steel Cut Oats Salad with Maple Miso Balsamic Dressing, Sophia De Santis, Veggies Don’t Bite (shown above)
Sayonara Summer Power Salad with Chia Dressing, Kara Lydon, RD, LD, CYT, The Foodie Dietitian
Citrus Asian Coleslaw, Jennifer Hunt, RDN, Healthy Inspiration
Massaged Kale Salad with Savoury Granola, Melanie McDonald, A Virtual Vegan


Farmers Market Lentil Salad, Abra Pappa, Abra’s Kitchen (shown above)
Summer Quinoa Salad, Anne Lawton, Simple and Savory
Quinoa Salad with Corn, Peas, Avocado, Md Suja, Pepper Bowl
Lemony Avocado Tofu-Dill Salad, Gi Oliverira, Comidamor
Samphire and Soba Noodle Salad, Louise-Claire Cayzer, Pepper and the Bees

Citrus Avocado Quinoa Salad with Honey Walnuts, Danielle Cushing, RDN, The Every Kitchen (shown above)
Raw Spiralized Thai Salad, Rebecca Pytell, Strength and Sunshine
Cauliflower Cashew Confetti Salad, Kristina Sloggett, Spa Bettie
Easy Chickpea Salad with Easy Lemon Dressing, Linda Meyer, Veganosity

Loaded Veggie Chopped Kale Salad, Jennifer Thurman Sebestyen, Veggie Inspired
White Bean Cherry Tomato Basil Salad, Amy Katz, Veggies Save the Day
Simple Vegan Spinach Salad, Annie Markowitz, VegAnnie
Easy Vegan Lentil Salad with Leeks and Lemon Vinaigrette, Mary Ellen Valverde, V Nutrition

Easy Chickpea Salad, Steven Seighman, The Nut-Free Vegan (shown above)
Vegan Mexican Chopped Salad with Avocado Dressing, Elena Szeliga, Happy Kitchen. Rocks
The Ultimate Garden Salad, Kari Gray, Beautiful Ingredient
Citrus Quinoa Salad with Prunes, Amy Gorin, MS, RD, Amy Gorin Nutrition

For other plant-based salads, check out some of my favorites:

Green and Gold Brown Rice Salad
Farmers Market Tomato Arugula Salad
Green Bean, Chickpea, and Farro Salad with Za’atar

Main image: Summer Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing, Melissa Huggins, Vegan Huggs

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