Sauerkraut and Beets Potato Salad

Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

This cold beet potato salad recipe is inspired by vinegret, a popular Russian and Ukranian salad. Beets, potatoes, carrots, onions and sauerkraut or diced pickles are staples in traditional preparations. It is also often dressed in additional brine from the sauerkraut or pickles, and sunflower oil. Positively delicious. While this recipe uses many of the common ingredients, it diverts from tradition. Fresh dill is added, … Continue reading Beet Potato Salad with Sauerkraut

Cold Pesto Pasta Salad Vegan

Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

This vegan pesto pasta salad recipe is quick, easy and tasty! By the time the fusilli pasta is done boiling, the rest of the ingredients are ready to go. If I had known vegan pesto with sunflower seeds was going to be this good, I would have done it sooner. Sunflower basil pesto doesn’t need nutritional yeast. There’s enough flavor from the sunflower seeds and … Continue reading Sunflower Pesto Pasta Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Grape Tomatoes and Black Olives

Jicama Corn Salad Vegan

Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Jicama is a plant from Mexico. Many people associate the term, jicama, with the plant’s edible tuberous root. This part of the plant is crisp, starchy and slightly sweet. In Mexico, it is often enjoyed raw with lime juice, chili powder and salt. Jicama was a perfect candidate to add some dimension to this delicious oil free vegan black bean and corn salad recipe. It … Continue reading Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Jicama Salad

Grilled Eggplant Recipes Vegan

Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

This vegan eggplant chickpea salad recipe has it all! The grilled eggplant, sun-dried tomatoes, chickpeas, pistachios and a tasty oregano dressing really make it happen. It’s easy and simple. It’s hearty enough to be a lunch or meal, but could also work well as a side dish. It holds up well, so make it in advance or pack it for a a picnic, road trip … Continue reading Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad

Farro Asparagus Salad Recipe Vegan

Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

The best part of this herby asparagus farro salad is the texture! It’s crisp from the lightly steamed asparagus and chewy from the farro. Together, it’s very satisfying and filling. Not to mention, the flavors work so well! This vegan asparagus salad recipe works great as an everyday or Easter side dish. It also works well for lunch. If you’re planning to pack it for … Continue reading Asparagus Salad with Walnuts, Farro and Lemon Vinaigrette

How to Make Roasted Beets

Roasted Beets

Making roasted beets in the oven is easy and delicious. This recipe makes 4 cups, and lasts in the fridge for ~4 days. These roasted beets taste great ice cold or warm. They taste awesome in salads or just eating them solo. Some roasted beets recipes instruct you to use whole beets. Chopping them up first makes it easier to use them later, especially if … Continue reading Roasted Beets

Couscous Salad Mint

Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Dried Currants

This vegan couscous salad recipe has a delicious dressing–lime juice, olive oil, mint, cilantro, parsley and a little bit of garlic powder. And wow, does it work with the couscous, golden beets, currants and slivered almonds. This may be a pretty simple salad, but the textures and flavors are awesome. This recipe for couscous salad can be enjoyed for lunch or as a side dish. … Continue reading Couscous Salad with Golden Beets, Slivered Almonds and Dried Currants

Fennel and White Bean Salad

This vegan recipe for white bean salad is awesome for lunch, because it takes very little effort and stores well. And like most cold bean salads, it gets better with time. Add a little extra salt before serving, and you’re ready to go. Serve it with garlic toast, put it inside a pita, wrap it up in a tortilla, or just enjoy it as a … Continue reading Fennel and White Bean Salad

Radish Salad Dill

Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

Inspired by Slavic flavors, this radish salad recipe uses simple ingredients, is easy to make, and has a refreshing, crunchy texture. It’s works well for the winter or spring, but really, you could enjoy this year round. This recipe for radish salad is best served right away. The flavors and the crunchiness are at their height! As always, fresh dill is the best choice. You … Continue reading Radish Salad with Fresh Dill and Scallions

Ginger Miso Slaw

Dry roasted almonds, crunchy chow mein noodles, fresh celery and crisp napa cabbage make this vegan Asian coleslaw recipe hearty enough to be a meal. It works well for summer or really any time of year. It’s a great protein-packed salad for dinner, lunch, and/or cookouts. If you aren’t eating this right away, it’s better to keep the ginger miso dressing and chow mein noodles … Continue reading Ginger Miso Slaw

Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Inspired by the Arab Salad (or Israeli Salad), this recipe features many of its hallmark ingredients–tomatoes, cucumber, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, and more. But then, it takes a detour. In the end, this lemon mint potato salad recipe tastes refreshing, loaded with satisfying textures and absolutely delicious! Summer heat can be brutal on fresh veggies. If your celery, yellow pepper or cucumber are feeling … Continue reading Lemon Potato Salad with Mint

Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

This is the vegan millet salad recipe to serve for lunch, dinner or as a cookout side. The combination of the fresh herb dressing, the hearty millet grains, the satiating chickpeas, juicy cherry tomatoes and crunchy pumpkin seeds make this one simple, satisfying whole grain summer salad recipe! Make sure to let the cooked millet and the garlic olive oil completely cool before using them … Continue reading Chickpea Millet Salad with Fresh Herbs and Pumpkin Seeds

Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Inspired by Asian flavors, this easy vegan orzo salad recipe makes a good warm side dish or cold pasta salad. After having time to sit overnight in the fridge, I thought it tasted even better. It uses few ingredients. It works well for a cookout, picnic, road trip cooler, camping trip, simple meal, or lunch. And while it wasn’t the goal, it ended up looking … Continue reading Asian Orzo Pasta Salad

Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

I’ve made this carrot and beet salad recipe a few times for guests. Every time, someone asks, “Is this on your blog?” And I say, “No, I keep leaving it out, because how many beet salads can one blog have?” And then, they tell me that it’s really good, and it should be on my blog. So… here we are. This vegan recipe for beet … Continue reading Carrot and Beet Salad with Fresh Dill and Roasted Pistachios

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Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

This Mediterranean-inspired grain salad is chewy from the wheat berries, crunchy from the orange pepper and cucumber, and possesses a flavorful lemon herb dressing that keeps you coming back for more! And best of all, this vegan wheat berry salad’s texture holds up, even after a day or two of refrigeration. It is great for road trips, packed lunches, work lunches, entertaining, potlucks, picnics, as … Continue reading Lemony Greek Wheat Berry Salad

Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

This vegan farro recipe works well as a warm side dish or as a cold grain salad. As a warm vegan side dish, it can be served directly after combining all the elements together. If you choose to serve it cold and it has been marinading in the fridge for a few hours, make sure to taste it and refresh the flavors. It may need … Continue reading Roasted Carrots and Farro with Citrus, Ginger and Dill

Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Inspired by Indian flavors, this is a zippy, flavorful sweet potato salad that’s perfect for the summer. Pop those sweet potatoes on the grill outside, and keep your house from feeling like a total inferno. It’s all about timing with the grilled sweet potato. Leave it on the grill too long, and you’ll have a mushy mess that doesn’t work well in a salad. Leave … Continue reading Grilled Sweet Potato Salad with Creamy Curry Dressing

Summer Wild Rice Salad

While I think of wild rice as an American staple (especially in states like Minnesota), it always feels pretty seasonal. One eats wild rice in the fall or winter. I rarely see it outside of soup or stuffing recipes. It’s a shame, because it has a lot of vital mineral and vitamins, and possesses a pleasing nutty flavor. For those that watch their gluten intake, … Continue reading Summer Wild Rice Salad

Vegan Farro Salad with Kale and Tomatoes

Bursting with fresh Italian flavors, this vegan farro salad recipe is quick, easy and makes a delicious side, lunch, a picnic, or light dinner. A few notes… ・If you aren’t into baby kale, you could use arugula. ・The fresh oregano is maybe the best part, but if you want to substitute 1 tsp dried oregano, it will still work. ・And finally, if you skip the … Continue reading Vegan Farro Salad with Kale and Tomatoes

Thai Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

From the spicy notes of Thai basil to the sweet, juicy addition of pineapple, this pineapple and cucumber salad recipe takes inspiration from Thai cuisine. It’s fresh, easy and oil free. It brings together spicy elements with sweet and sour elements. Overall, it’s a refreshing salad that is perfect for summer. I’ve been going through a slight obsession with Mae Ploy Sweet Chili Sauce. It … Continue reading Thai Pineapple and Cucumber Salad

Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

This vegan black bean salsa recipe with avocado is… the perfect answer for “lunch?” A crowd-pleasing homemade addition to a potluck. An awesome topping to a baked sweet potato. A delicious filling for a tortilla wrap. A tasty topping to a Southwestern-themed green salad. Over and over, this recipe is my go-to, whether it is the meal, a snack, or a condiment. It’s all delicious! … Continue reading Black Bean Salsa with Avocado

Asian Noodle Salad with Almond Sesame Dressing

Some people are allergic to peanuts, and some people just don’t like them. I’m one of the latter. I wanted to make an Asian noodle salad without peanuts that still had a nice nutty flavor. So here we are! This vegan Asian noodle salad recipe is satisfying, and great for any time of year. The ingredients are simple. And it’s easy to make. And one … Continue reading Asian Noodle Salad with Almond Sesame Dressing

Artichoke Potato Salad

Growing up in the U.S.’s Midwest, we had two types of potato salad—German and Classic American-Style. I didn’t like Classic, because many times, it had hard-boiled eggs in it. And even though German seemed more up my alley flavor-wise, there was bacon. Both salads were non-starters, so I avoided potato salad. In the 90’s, I discovered balsamic potato salads. Suddenly, potato salad was light, acidic … Continue reading Artichoke Potato Salad

Lentil Barley Salad with Fresh Dill and Chives

This easy barley salad recipe is great for potlucks, picnics, lunches, and really, any season of the year. It’s chewy, crunchy, hearty and satisfying! If this green lentil and barley salad is left in the refrigerator for hours before serving, make sure to taste the salad, and adjust the seasonings. It will likely need more lemon juice and a bit more salt. For a variation … Continue reading Lentil Barley Salad with Fresh Dill and Chives