Light, refreshing plant-based salads are the best option for lunch or dinner on hot summer days. Vegan summer salads won’t make you feel stuffed or “heavy” which gives you more energy to go about your day.
When preparing a vegan salad there are different approaches to consider. You can make a side salad which may contain only one vegetable topped with a sauce, or a plant-based salad bowl filled with food from each food group.
This is especially important if you want to make satisfying vegan salads that keep you full for hours and provide sufficient plant based protein.
If you want to make a plant based summer salad for lunch or dinner I suggest adding a healthy grain (quinoa, rice, or even sweet potato), plenty of vegetables, a source of healthy fat (avocado, cashew), and a protein source (roasted chickpeas, tofu, or beans).
Additionally, your salad should contain around 500 calories to satisfy and fuel you with fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
I like to make my dressing with a healthy fat source like peanut butter or avocado. This is a great way to make an oil free plant based salad dressing while adding your source of healthy fat.
The options below can help you with new summer salad ideas. You can adjust salads toppings and dressing to your needs and taste. If you like this round up, you might also enjoy this Easy Vegan Summer Meal Plan.
Healthy and easy vegan caprese pasta salad with only 400 calories. Creamy and delicious salad with cucumber, tomatoes, chickpeas, herbs and more. This meal can be eaten as a side dish or main meal and is budget friendly and perfect for spring, summer and cookouts.