Cannellini Bean and Black Eyed Pea Salad with Fresh Herbs

There’s a few things I really love… fresh herbs, beans, peas and garlic toast!  This vegan bean salad recipe combines all of them for a seamlessly delicious meal.  I love the contrast between the warm, crisped garlic toast, and the cool, fresh bean salad.  The celery brings some crunch, and the sherry vinegar brings the…

Broccoli Pasta Salad with Fresh Italian Herb Dressing

When I was a kid, my mom would let me pick a pasta salad from the deli counter at our local grocer every week. I almost always picked the same broccoli pasta salad with sliced black olives and a tangy vinaigrette.  While I was putting together this recipe for broccoli chickpea pasta salad, I couldn’t…

Creamy Chickpea Salad

We love road trips! In some parts of the U.S. (like the desert), you’d be lucky to find a gas station; let alone, a vegan meal.  So, I always pack a cooler with everything we’ll need before we go.  It saves time on the road, and it ensures that all our nutritional needs are met. This…

Asian Kale Slaw with Orange Sesame Dressing

This refreshing Asian kale slaw recipe works well as a side dish, lunch salad, or light dinner. It’s healthy, easy to make, and tastes great. A few notes…   ・To toast raw sliced almonds, add them to a dry skillet over medium heat.  Move them around with a spatula the entire time to keep them…

Vegan Kale Ranch Salad with Bacon Chickpeas

This healthy hearty vegan kale salad recipe works well for lunch or dinner. If you’re going to pack it for lunch, keep the dressing and the chickpeas separate from the rest of the salad. When you are ready to eat it, toss everything together. As a variation, change up the vegetables in the salad.  It’s…

Cucumber Cantaloupe Salad

Light and refreshing, this is the perfect cucumber cantaloupe salad recipe for warm days.  Fresh cantaloupe, crisp cucumber, mint, lemon, and rich macadamia nuts, it’s the perfect cookout side or works well as a cooling side dish on a lazy, hot evenings. The best parts… the way mint works with cantaloupe, the refreshing cucumber mingling…

Grilled Beet Salad

A friend of mine, who is a clinical dietitian and lover of beets, would change everything I thought I knew about beets.  And namely, I thought that I hated them.  She hosted us for dinner, and made some amazing beet burgers from scratch.  While everything was grilling she told me about how beets were one…

Chipotle Bean and Barley Salad

I revised this barley salad recipe for simplicity. Let’s just say that I’ve made it a number of times since I first published it, and I realized, it can be easier. What’s not to love about that?!  It still possesses the hallmarks of this delicious dish…a bit of smokey spice from the chipotle peppers in…

Vegan Classic Coleslaw

Years ago, I had an online dating profile. And on that profile, I listed “Vegenaise” as one of my favorite things. It sent the right message to the right person, because today, I am happily married to that person. Vegenaise, it’s delicious and, sometimes, it’s responsible for love connections. May the vegan mayonnaise in this…

Cauliflower and Olive Salad

While I used Castelvetrano olives in this cauliflower and olive salad recipe, feel free to substitute other olives.  Castelvetrano olives are well-known for their mild flavor, so if you prefer a stronger olive presence, go with a bolder olive.  If you have trouble tracking down Castelvetrano olives, you may consider substituting Manzanilla green olives.  It…

Grilled Peach Salad

Growing up in the US’s Midwest, I was spoiled every summer with peaches from Southern Illinois.  They were bigger than a softball and incredibly juicy.  So sweet, so perfect.  If you could stand to turn on the oven, they made such an incredible peach-raspberry cobbler. But this post isn’t about dessert, it’s about making an…

Artichoke, Fennel and Farro Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

In this salad, cooked farro is chewy and bouncy, and a nice contrast to crunchy raw fennel bulb.  The zip of the dijon pairs nicely with sweetness and slightly licorice flavor of tarragon. And shallots and garlic make everything savory! It’s a super tasty farro salad for lunch, a light meal, or as a side…

Heirloom Tomato Salad

Pairing a juicy, bursting-with-flavor heirloom tomato with crisped tempeh bacon, shallots, and fresh basil with a bit of a white white vinegar and olive oil, felt like a no brainer.  What better way to celebrate the the king of tomatoes than a simple salad that puts it front and center?! When your garden is generous…

Vegan Thai Salad with Cashews and Tofu

Loaded with flavor and crunch, this vegan Thai salad recipe has no oil! Tofu and roasted cashews are mixed with a medley of vegetables, scallion, fresh basil and cilantro with Thai red curry paste and lime juice.  Totally refreshing and loaded with a variety of textures, the perfect salad for lunch, a light dinner, or an…

Vegan Panzanella Primavera

Panzanella salad is a Tuscan salad of stale bread, tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and fresh basil. It is usually dressed with olive oil and vinegar. And often enjoyed in the summer. Inspired by this Italian salad, this springtime vegan panzanella salad recipe is savory from the garlic and shallots, tangy from the lemon, a bit smokey…

Vegan Crab Salad

This vegan crab salad is as imitation crab meat as you can get!  No need to rely on other fish to play the role, and we don’t have to pretend to be fish market scientists making our own with a blend of starch, fillers and artificial flavors.  We can look no further than humble kelp…

Vegan Texas Caviar

The first time I had Texas Caviar (also known as Cowboy Caviar) was at a work potluck.  While my co-worker used bottled Italian dressing, it was still really, really good.  As I recall, it was the one dish that didn’t make it home.  We devoured it straightaway. So, what is Texas Caviar? A salad of…

Chimichurri Chickpea Potato Salad

Is chimichurri vegan? While it is often served as a condiment for grilled meat, the Argentinian and Uruguayan sauce’s basic ingredients include parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar and olive oil. There are some variations in how it’s prepared, but it is traditionally a totally vegan sauce. A few years back, I made a vegan…

Watermelon Radish Slaw

I made the most amazing sandwich today.  It was rich and cheesy.  And it needed an accent.  Something acidic to bring everything together.  It’s nothing a little bit of slaw can’t solve.   While slaws are easy to make, this one tastes best if it has a little time for the flavors to meld.  The…

Pear Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing

While working on another UVK recipe, I was snacking on a D’anjou pear.  I dipped it into some lemon tahini dressing meant for the other recipe, and found it to be incredibly tasty.  So here we are. This vegan pear salad recipe makes a satisfying lunch or a simple side salad. It’s just so vibrantly…

Orange Miso Chickpea Salad with Pita Chips

This is a simple recipe that works great for lunch, a midday snack or a light meal. It requires few ingredients, and minimal time to execute. The flavor is umami goodness. In some ways, this salad is a deconstructed hummus with a bit of a nod to Asian flavors. Overall, it is creamy and delicious!…

Vegan Antipasto Salad

I have always greatly admired Italy.  When I was a kid, I had a “Roma” t-shirt that I wore until the threads gave out.  I would watch Italian movies with my dad, like Cinema Paradiso.  In college, I took years of Italian language classes, and would walk around trying to think and speak in Italian….

Mandarin Orange Avocado Salad

One very cold and snowy evening in Colorado, I was looking through my pantry asking myself the age old question, “What can I make for dinner tonight?”   Sometimes, it’s good to be stuck in a snowstorm.  It’s like your very own episode of Chopped.   I ended up recruiting some stray items from the…