24 Healthy Vegan Salad Recipes

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These simple and beautiful Healthy Salad Recipes are not only colorful but they are packed with healthy wholesome ingredients that will fuel your body. This list has something for everyone including garden salads, pasta salads, bean salads, and more!

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We often talk about ‘eating the rainbow’ when it comes to healthy food and the vibrantly colorful ingredients that make up salads are a perfect way to do that. Whether creating a simple side dish or a full meal, these salad recipes have a dish for every occasion.

What makes a salad healthy or unhealthy?

It’s not hard to find salad recipes. Just do an online search, and you will find thousands upon thousands of them. The problem with many of them is that they are loaded with artery-clogging saturated fat which can lead to heart disease.

But, the 24 salad recipes at the bottom of this page are among the most health-promoting ones that can be found! They are powerhouses and loaded with greens, beans, and whole grains.

Some of the following healthy salad recipes take the word salad to a whole new level, and we have such a variety to share with you like these. Scroll to the bottom of the page for the full list.

As you give some of these a try, I would love to hear which ones are your favorites in the comment section below.

Is it healthy to eat a salad every day?

Absolutely! According to a study that examined the salad consumption of more than 17,000 adults.  The study, conducted by the UCLA School of Public Health, and published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association (JADA), found that those who eat salads and raw vegetables daily have considerably higher levels of vitamins C, E, and folic acid. These are all key nutrients in promoting a healthy immune system.

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What type of salad is best for weight loss?

This is a great question because so many people buy premade salads at restaurants thinking they are doing their body (and weight) a favor when, in fact, they are consuming an enormous amount of fat and calories.

One example of this is Panera Bread’s Southwest Chili Lime Ranch Salad with Chicken which has a whopping 650 calories and 34 grams of fat per serving! Not to mention that the sodium is 810 mg, which is well over half of the daily recommended allowance. 

 The healthiest salads are loaded with dark leafy greens and have a rainbow of vibrant-colored veggies. They are void of cheese, meats, and heavy dressings.

Healthy salads also incorporate whole grains like quinoa and bulgur, as well as black beans and other bean varieties. 

large yellow bowl with pasta salad ingredients, black olives, chickpeas, spiral pasta, and veggies

Low-fat salad options

The following salads are much lower in fat and have around 200 calories per serving. Not to mention, they are loaded with fiber that helps fill you up for longer.

Low-fat salad dressings

Let’s face it. The store-bought vegan salad dressings are either loaded with oil and fat, or they taste odd. Though I have looked far and wide, very few have I found to be satisfactory. That’s why I want to share some of my favorite healthy salad dressings with you here.

Now, this list of 24 salads will rock your plate or bowl and help promote the best health. Here we go!

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24 Healthy Salad Recipes

These simple and beautiful salad recipes are not only colorful but packed with antioxidants. An easy refreshing way to nourish your body with healthy salads! Click on each of the photos, recipe titles, or 'Get the Recipe' buttons to see full recipes with ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button.

For even more salad recipe ideas, stay tuned to our Salad Recipes category page that is continually updated with great new masterpieces!  Also, keep watch on our Salad Dressing Recipes page

About Terri Edwards

Hi guys! I am the content creator behind EatPlant-Based and a licensed Food for Life instructor with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I am passionate about sharing healthy recipes and tips to empower others to get healthy.  I’m so glad you’re here! Read More…

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  1. I use your Vegan Mayo recipe so my question is–if I make a dressing (like the one just posted of Vegan Pasta Salad) using the mayo do I also add the ingredients in this recipe that are already in the mayo recipe??? Or can I just use some of the seasonings for a little more flavor???
    you have my e mail address. Thanks.

    1. You could definitely add spices to the mayo and thin it out with a splash of plant milk to use as a salad dressing. Did you know that we have a Ranch Dressing made with this mayo recipe? It’s really good! I hope you enjoy the mayo and any recipes you decide to try it in.

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