15 vegan summer salad recipes that put the burgers to shame – Low Calorie Diets Tips

Once it looks like sunny days are here to stay – no more hot weekends followed by a chilly Monday, Thank you very much– We are ready for barbecues. We’re talking veggie burgers, meatless hot dogs, and plant-based beef kebabs. If it’s vegan and we can grill it, then we’re here for it. But grilling is about more than just getting your plant-based protein in order. You will want sides to fill all the plates. We’re talking dishes like dairy-free mac and cheese, cornbread, and vegan summer salads. Yes, salads. While grilling. trust us

These aren’t your typical disappointing salads of iceberg lettuce, some slivers of red onion, unsliced ​​grape tomatoes, and no dressing. A summer salad can be so much more than just leafy greens. It could be a watermelon mixed with dairy-free feta and fresh mint, grilled corn with black beans and grilled tomatoes, or a classic potato salad made vegan. In other words, what constitutes a vegan summer salad is open to interpretation. So, here are some recipes we love to make.

1 Vegan Macaroni Salad

Question: Barbecue without macaroni salad? Answer: Yes, because we try everything as long as it’s vegan, but we really love a good macaroni salad. This summery pasta salad balances the textures of crisp, refreshing produce with flavorful pasta coated in a silky sauce. It’s also packed with delicious carbs (which can be whole grain or gluten-free) and flavorful to boot. Check out this guide for our best vegan mayo picks. GET THE RECIPE

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2 Vegan lamb’s lettuce from the grill

If we counted our corn love on two hands, we would run out of fingers. One of those ways is using grilled corn in salads. This one combines grilled corn and charred cherry tomatoes with black or pinto beans, marinated shallots, japaleños, lime, cilantro, and fresh avocado. We think it’s okay to serve it with a big bowl of tortilla chips.


3 Vegan Tahini Caesar Salad

Meet the upscale Caesar salad. Kale leaves are rubbed in a creamy, dairy-free, sunflower seed-based dressing, then tossed with crisp romaine lettuce and flavorful, crunchy chickpeas. This dish will convince even the biggest salad skeptics to eat their veggies. If you’re short on time, you can swap out the homemade Caesar dressing for a store-bought one like Follow Your Heart’s.


4 Salad with grilled eggplant and zucchini

Speaking of grilled salads… aubergines and zucchini undergo a complete transformation when grilled. This warm salad is made up of bite-sized chunks of tender summer vegetables that melt in the mouth and are infused with a smoky flavor. While they’re the show’s co-stars, they’re also joined by bell peppers, red onions, and tomatoes.

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5 Black bean and mango salad

Juicy mango, black beans, jalapeño and red cabbage are an absolute dream team. This salad is packed with texture, flavors (sweet, spicy, savory, and herbaceous, thanks to fresh cilantro…yum!), and protein. We love it on a vegan burger straight off the grill or with crispy, salty tortilla chips.

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6 Vegan BLT Pasta Salad

We love the concept of substituting macaroni for the bread in Tabitha Brown’s famous TTLA sandwich. Loaded with tempeh bacon, cherry tomatoes, avocado and peppery arugula, then tossed in a creamy, tangy dressing, this grill-friendly salad might eclipse main eventers (aka veggie burgers and hot dogs).


7 Vegan Watermelon Cucumber Salad

Combining watermelon and cucumber is the way to get your fruit fix in a refreshing, summery salad. It has juicy watermelon, crunchy cucumber and fresh basil. To add more flavor and texture, add vegan diced feta like Violife’s Just Like Feta. If you’d rather have your feta broken into pieces, we recommend Follow Your Heart’s Dairy-Free Feta Crumbles. Pro tip: For the juiciest watermelon, choose a fruit that feels heavy, sounds hollow, and has a bright yellow fleck.


8th Vegan Potato Salad

Whatever the event, it’s never wrong to serve the humble potato in one of its various forms. In summer we want fries to snack on while vegan burgers sizzle on the grill and this potato salad. This salad is made with red potatoes, celery, dill pickle and red onions and can be flavored with any spices. Add paprika and garlic powder or a curry spice mix with coriander. It’s your salad – have fun with it!


9 Greek cauliflower salad

Cauliflower is the cruciferous vegetable with seemingly limitless identities. But even in a world of buffalo cauliflower “wings” and orange cauliflower “chicken,” it’s okay to step back and let it shine in its true form. This Greek-inspired salad combines tender, blanched cauliflower (tip: toss the florets on the grill for a few minutes to infuse them with char) with bell peppers, chickpeas, parsley, and a lemony olive oil dressing.

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10 Vegan Grilled Peach Caprese Salad

Caprese salads are amazing in their true form, but adding juicy grilled peaches into the mix only spices things up. Sizzling ripe slices of peach on the grill only increases their juiciness and pairs so well with tomatoes, basil and balsamic vinegar. This recipe uses Miyoko’s Creamery Organic Cashew Milk Mozzarella, which has the soft texture of the cream cheese you can find at the grocery store fresh produce counter. Serve with crusty bread so you and your guests can soak up every last drop.

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11 Vegan Everything Bagel Panzanella

Nothing beats the aroma and flavor of fresh tomatoes—Nothing. This vegan panzanella has all the tomatoes you could ever want, with basil, crunchy English cucumbers, a tart red wine vinegar dressing, and toasted, diced bagels in place of the traditional stale Italian bread. It’s a great use of those day-old bagels and all the best summer produce.

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12 Strawberry quinoa salad with avocados

Strawberries are a serious contender for summer salads — especially in this one, where ripe berries are tossed with quinoa, spinach, and creamy avocado and spinach to add a little greenery. It’s a salad after all! For the dressing to hold everything together, simple is best. In this case, that means olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

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13 Shirazi Salad

Shirazi salad, also known as salat-e shirazi, is a Persian salad consisting of fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, and red onions tossed with fresh parsley, dried mint, and a light, lemony dressing. Fun Fact: It’s named after Shiraz, a city in southwestern Iran known for its gardens. Lemon juice gives this salad its distinctive tart flavor, but traditionally a sour grape juice called “ab ghooreh” is used. Look for it if you have access to Iranian foods in your area.

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