That eating lots of healthy salads (aka not mayo-drowned) is a pretty good idea is one of the few things most nutritionists agree on. But how is that supposed to be good for you when all you can think of within an hour of munching on a giant bowl of lettuce is a Big Mac with a double portion of fries? It’s almost as if you ate nothing at all, the feeling of deprivation and stomach growling intensifying by the minute. Trust me, I’ve been there.
And no, this doesn’t mean that salads “simply don’t fill you up” or that “you’re not a salad person”. It only means you need to upgrade your veggie bowls to make them into a satisfying meal. Take them to a whole new level.
If you’re scratching your head thinking how the heck you should do that, just have a look at all of these drool worthy & filling healthy salads and be inspired.
Buckwheat, Beet, and Citrus Salad from Choosing Raw
Beautifully colorful, vegan and gluten-free salad topped with homemade sunflower feta! What’s not to love?
Crisp Sesame Spring Salad from The Seasonal Diet
Vegan Nicoise with Avocado from WIN-WIN FOOD
Lentil Quinoa Salad with Spinach and Citrus from Veggie Inspired Journey
Autumnal Salad from Life Currents
Salt & Pepper Seared Tofu, Thyme Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Marcona Almonds, and Avocados served on a bed on Spinach and Red Cabbage. Tastes great both hot or cold with any dressing you like. Vegan and gluten-free!
Garbanzo Summer Salad with Creamy Dill Dressing from Vanilla and Bean
Rainbow Salad Bowl with Cilantro Lime Hummus from The Organic Dietitian
Curried Mango Chickpea Salad from Two Green Beans
Warm Chickpea and Artichoke Salad from Ricki Heller
Protein-rich, vegan and gluten-free warm salad that’s perfect even for chilly days – no need to give up on salads in the winter!
Curried Quinoa Broccoli Salad from The Pretty Bee
Lemon, Spinach & Cranberry Quinoa Salad from A Virtual Vegan
Tahini Celeriac Potato Salad from Strength & Sunshine
Barbecue Potato Salad from The Vegan 8
Mayo-free and I dare say even more delicious twist on the potato classic. Just 8 ingredients (+salt), vegan, oil-free and nut-free!
Tomato Freekeh Salad from Phoebe’s Pure Food
Greens, Quinoa and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro Mint Dressing from Brown Sugar & Vanilla
Chickpea Millet Salad with a Peanut Ginger Dressing from Journey to Real Life
Lentil Taco Salad from Veggie Primer
Gorgeous hearty salad with homemade lentil taco “meat” and crispy corn tortilla strips. Vegan and gluten-free!
Roasted Sweet Potato, Lima Bean and Pistachio Salad from Curls’n’Chard
Zucchini Ribbon & Lentil Salad from Euphoric Vegan
Tempeh Avocado Salad with Persimmon Dressing from Connoisseurus Veg
Crowd-Pleasing Vegan Ceasar Salad from Oh She Glows
Healthy & vegan version of the Ceasar salad with kale, roasted chickpeas, vegan parmesan and a healthy, mayo-free dressing! It’s gluten-free too.
Sweet and Savory Bean Salad from Peppers & Peaches
Grilled Zucchini Ribbons & Romanesco Salad from Radiant Rachels
Quinoa Black Bean Salad with Lime Cilantro Dressing from Eat Healthy Eat Happy
Tahini, Turmeric & Ginger Slaw in Gluten-Free Tortilla Wraps from Trinity’s Conscious Kitchen
Still not filling enough for you? Let’s stuff some tahini & ginger slaw into a gluten-free wrap then! Anti-inflammatory, vegan and gluten-free recipe.
Asian Noodle Salad with Miso Dressing from Garden Fresh Foodie
Vegan Pasta Salad from Vegan Gretchen
Crispy Baked Tofu and Kale Salad from Vegetarian Gastronomy
Roasted Vegetable Power Bowl from Floating Kitchen
Another hearty warm salad, starring sweet potatoes, beets, broccoli and quinoa plus an irresistible tahini lemon dressing. Vegan and gluten-free!
Vegan Taco Salad from Vegan Does It
Mediterranean Vegan Bowl from Culinary Hill
Vegan Caesar Salad from Chronicles of Passion
Spring Green Salad from Harriet Emily
Hearty salad packed with all kinds of spring greens and healthy grains! The sunflower and pumpkin seeds add a wonderful crunch and two kinds of Harissa bring out the Moroccan flavors.
Greek Farro Salad from Veggies Don’t Bite
Vegetable Herb Chopped Salad from Veganosity
Sauteed Tofu Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing from Fit Cakes
Lychee Vermicelli Edamame Salad from Delicious Everyday
If you like to experiment, this is a salad just for you. The combination of lychees, vermicelli and edamame topped with cashews creates a mixture of unexpected, exotic flavors.
Watercress Blood orange Salad with Citrus Miso Dressing from Vegan Lovelie
Tahini Kale Protein Bowl from Active Vegetarian
Wild Rice Salad with Roasted Balsamic Grapes from Beautiful Balance
The Best, Most Hearty Salad in the World from Clean Food Dirty Girl
Red Leaf Salad with Baked Tofu and Sesame Orange Dressing. No oil, no gluten, just a huge bowl of pure plant-based goodness.
Apple Avocado Edamame Spring Salad from Brewing Happiness
Corn Salad with Tomatoes and Blueberries from Cheating Vegan
Carrot and Parsnip Salad with Tahini and Roasted Garlic Dressing from Green Evi
Southwestern Pasta Salad with Black Bean Dressing from Vegan Richa
Spicy and extra flavorful pasta salad topped with an oil-free, protein-rich black bean dressing! Opt for gluten-free pasta to make this salad gluten-free.
I hope this huge collection of healthy salads is enough proof that salad doesn’t have to mean wilted romaine lettuce topped with nothing but lemon juice and a lonely tomato slice. In case you still find some of these gorgeous recipes not filling enough, just double up on the legumes, tofu, nuts or whatever the most substantial part is and you’re golden!
One way or the other, happy veggie munching :)