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50 Meal-Worthy Vegetarian Salads

50 Meal-Worthy Vegetarian Salads

50 Meal-Worthy Vegetarian Salads
If you’ve been a vegetarian for a while, I know this has probably happened to you: you’re at a restaurant or maybe someone’s house and they don’t have anything for you to eat, so you end up with a side salad as a meal. And obviously, it’s the thought that counts–I mean, they tried right? But a plate full of lettuce and a stray tomato or two isn’t exactly filling. Well, these aren’t those kinds of salads. These are meal-worthy vegetarian salads! 50 of them! Salads full of vegetables, beans, grains, tofu, and other delicious, satisfying things.

Butternut Squash, Lentil & Kale Salad with Tahini Dressing
Grilled Veggie Salad with Basil Parmesan Polenta
Kale and Delicata Squash Salad with Citrus-Maple Vinaigrette
Sesame-Crusted Tofu Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing [Savory Simple]
Indian Chickpea Yogurt Salad [Healthy Slow Cooking]
Summer Samosa Salad [Earthy Feast]
Vegetable Nicoise Salad [Saving Room for Dessert]
Farro + Kale Salad [A Slo Life]
Feta and Kalamata Olive Tortellini Pasta Salad [The Little Kitchen]
Tofu Greek Salad with Char-Grilled Vegetables and Lemon-Dill Dressing [Greek Vegetarian]

Warm Cauliflower & Israeli Couscous Salad RecipeWarm Cauliflower & Israeli Couscous Salad
Freekeh, Zucchini & Pistachio Salad
Mango Black Bean Salad
Brown Rice Greek Salad [The Lemon Bowl]
Strawberry Feta Salad [Kitchen Treaty]
Roasted Garbanzo and Vegetable Salad with Garlic, Feta, Olives & Basil [Kalyn’s Kitchen]
Herbed Tofu Salad with Artichokes and Cherry Tomatoes [Calm Mind Busy Body]
Southwestern Black Bean Salad [Cookie Monster Cooking]
Grilled Cheese Chop Salad with Apple Vinaigrette [A Spicy Perspective]
Asian Quinoa Salad [Two Peas & Their Pod]
Layered Raw Taco Salad for Two [Oh She Glows]

Thai Tofu and Noodle Salad RecipeThai Tofu and Noodle Salad
Chopped Power Salad with Baked Tofu and Almond-Miso Dressing
Roasted Butternut Squash Kale Salad with Orange-Sage Dressing
Lentil Salad with Brown Rice & Veggies [Persnickety Plates]
Cashew Cabbage Crunch Salad [Spabettie]
Chickpea Cobb Salad Cups [Vegetarian Ventures]
BBQ Tofu Salad [Relish Life LA]
Greek Salad in Whole Grain Spelt Mini Pitas [Food Doodles]
Shredded Brussels Sprout Salad with Warm Lemon-Chili Vinaigrette [Culinary Colleen]
Vegan Southwest Chopped Salad [Girl Makes Food]
Roasted Summer Panzanella [Vanilla and Spice]

Herbed French Lentil SaladHerbed French Lentil Salad
Cucumber Chickpea Salad with Lemony Tahini Dressing
Grilled Peach Salad with JalapeΓ±o Vinaigrette [Healthy Delicious]
Sweet + Spicy Thai Farro Salad [The Fig Tree]
Crunchy Asian Chopped Cabbage Salad with Peanut Dressing [The Spicy RD]
Garden Farro Salad with Feta [Aggie’s Kitchen]
Green Bean & Avocado Summer Salad [Cooking & Beer]
Three-Grain Salad with Sweet Red Onion Dressing [A Farmgirl’s Dabbles]
Soba Noodle & Vegetable Salad [In Pursuit of More]
Inside-Out Chinese Spring Roll Salad [The Daily Dish]

Summer Orzo Salad RecipeSummer Orzo Salad
Mediterranean Kidney Bean Salad
Roasted Beet and Quinoa Salad [Bakeaholic Mama]
Pesto-Bean Topped Salad [Diet, Dessert and Dogs]
Spinach, Avocado & Artichoke Salad [Mountain Mama Cooks]
Pad Thai Salad [Leaf + Grain]
Curry Lentil and Roasted Butternut Squash Salad [Noshing with the Nolands]
Tomato, Peach and Burrata Salad [What’s Gaby Cooking]
Grilled Vegetable Salad [Healther Likes Food]
Falafel Salad [The Flourishing Foodie]
Kale and Roasted Chickpea Salad [Sweet Remedy]

Vegetarian Salad Cookbooks!

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If you’re looking for more vegetarian and vegan salad recipes, here are some additional resources:

175 Vegetarian Salads

Mollie Katzen’s Recipes: Salads

132+ Delicious Salads, Dressings And Dips: (Gabrielle’s FUSS-FREE Healthy Veg Recipes)

Vegetarian Salads: A New Twist on Classic Greens

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    Anele @ Success Along the Weigh
    August 6, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Great recipe round up! If I had any veggie friends to cook for, I would certainly come here because you always have such creative recipes (and round ups like these!) I’m a people pleaser when it comes to entertaining and a side salad just wouldn’t do! I’d want people to be impressed I did more than throw lettuce in a bowl! πŸ™‚

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:28 pm

      Usually in addition to the salad, you get offered a dinner roll. “Um, hey, we forgot that you don’t eat meat, but here’s salad and a roll. And you can help yourself to more rolls too.”

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    August 6, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Love this list! I’m always looking for new salad ideas and trying to find vegetarian salads (or really meals, let’s be honest) that my husband will like : ) haha Or doesn’t immediately say where’s the meat?

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Yeah, my husband doesn’t eat meat, but he’s the same way. There has to be a LOT going on in a salad for him to think it’s a meal.

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    August 6, 2013 at 8:38 am

    This post has reminded me to make some more of that couscous,
    olive and cauliflower salad.. Yum!

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I make variations of that one constantly. πŸ™‚ You can never go wrong with olives! Or couscous!

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    August 6, 2013 at 8:41 am

    I laughed at the opening statement about getting a side salad for a meal. That’s happened to me at restaurants countless times (just last week actually!). If only the chefs could see this post. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the great round-up and for including a link to my taco salad!

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:26 pm

      I can’t wait to make that salad! Definitely soon. πŸ™‚

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    August 6, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Awesome salad roundup!! There’s nothing like a fresh salad chock full of goodies that leaves you satisfied. There’s a whole lot of summer left, so I’ll definitely be checking these recipes out!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    August 6, 2013 at 9:04 am

    Great salads list!! Thanks! πŸ™‚

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    Christina @ Pinch of Healthy
    August 6, 2013 at 10:01 am

    Great list! I’m on a bit of a salad kick right now so am definitely bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

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    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl
    August 6, 2013 at 11:28 am

    LOVE this post!! I have been getting tired of my usual salads and want to spice things up. I guarantee I will not be bored anymore with all of these recipes. The BBQ tofu one sounds especially tasty!

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      I want to try that one too. πŸ™‚ I love tofu in a salad!

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    Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today
    August 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I am writing down each one of them. I am always looking for a new salad, and here I have 50 recipes πŸ˜€

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    August 6, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    What a fabulous roundup of SO. MANY. GREAT. SALADS!!! I love salad in summer. . . so much fantastic inspiration here. Thanks so much for putting this together–and for including my Pesto-Bean Topped Salad, too! πŸ™‚

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      Thank you for the recipe! πŸ™‚

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    Courtney @ The Fig Tree
    August 6, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Amazing round-up! I love huge, hearty salads that act as a full meal. It’s a great way to get a huge dose of veggies in your day. Thank you for this awesome list. Cannot wait to try many of the recipes! πŸ™‚ And thank you for including my farro salad! xoxo

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:20 pm

      I LOVE that salad! I need to make it again soon. πŸ™‚

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    Ash- foodfashionparty
    August 6, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Love couscous, just got a huge bag of pearls, I am inspired by your roundup. Never have to go around searching.

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    August 6, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    A great round up, Kiersten.

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    Laura @ Kneadwhine
    August 6, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    What an excellent round up of recipes! Another one to pin and return to at leisure. I completely suck at adventurous salads…

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    Grace @ Earthy Feast
    August 6, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    What an amazing collection of delicious and hearty veggie salads – love it! I see so many that I want to make! Very pin-worthy post!
    P.S. Thanks so much for including my Samosa Salad! πŸ™‚

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      That salad has been on my to-make list for a while now! πŸ™‚

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    August 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    salads are one of my favorite things, and they can definitely be a meal! I will refer to this list often, thanks for compiling!

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    August 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    Wow, what a great selection! I don’t know where to start!

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    dishing up the dirt
    August 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    love this list!

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    Eat Good 4 Life
    August 6, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I could totally eat all of them all day every day. They look so refreshing, healthy and colorful. I love salads especially when the weather is hot outside. What a great variety of salads!

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    August 6, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome round-up, Kiersten!! πŸ™‚

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    August 6, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Love this post! So many tasty salads! Pinned it! Thanks for including our recipe:)

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      You’re welcome! πŸ™‚

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    EA-The Spicy RD
    August 6, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    Oh, my goodness! So many delicious vegetarian salads…where to dig in first??? Thanks so much for including my Asian Chopped Salad Kirsten!

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      I can’t wait to make that salad–I know I’m going to love it!

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen
    August 6, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks for including me in this incredible list! Everything on here looks beyond meal-worthy!

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      August 7, 2013 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you for the recipe! πŸ™‚

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    August 6, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    I’m not a vegetarian but I do enjoy salads as meals — specially in the summer. Your roundup is scrumptious. Thanks for putting it together Kiersten.:)

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    Archana @ FeedingTheFoodie
    August 6, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Wow – what a great list. If I made one salad a day I could eat a different salad for almost 2 months!!

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