22+ Fresh Vegan Summer Salads

by Alena

Too hot to cook? Make any of these hand-selected delicious and fresh vegan summer salads loaded with flavor and texture! From crunchy raw vegetable salads to creamy pasta salad, protein-packed bean salads or fruity strawberry feta salad — you’re sure to find your next favorite here.

Nothing’s better than a large bowl of colorful vegan summer salad with creamy dressing and lots of fresh herbs! Well, perhaps some vegan ice cream or no-bake raw vegan desserts, sure.

With summer upon us, it’s time to put all that fresh produce to good use! And if any group of people knows how to create a darn good salad, it’s us veggie-munching vegans.

Move over, sad and soggy leafy greens — it’s time for zesty quinoa mint salad, strawberry Panzanella with balsamic glaze and Mediterranean pasta salad with tahini dressing.

You can bring these babies with you as portable cold vegan lunch, enjoy them alongside some vegan sandwiches, serve them at your next vegan BBQ party or use them as a light vegan dinner idea!

Most of the following salads are great for meal prep so you don’t have to spend more time in the kitchen than necessary — plus, many recipes are forgiving and customizable, meaning you can adjust them to your dietary or taste preferences.

For some more ideas, check out these 35+ oil-free vegan salad dressings or try some raw spiralizer recipes! Enjoy the salads on their own or alongside some vegan sandwiches.

Now, let’s get to the delicious colorful recipes.

Easy Fresh Vegan Summer Salads

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collage of four vegan summer salads from pasta salad to panzanella, caesar salad and peach salad

Easy Vegan Summer Salad

Yield: 20 recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

No need to heat up your kitchen with these delicious vegan summer salads! With some fresh produce, vegan dressings and tasty add-ins, you can have a flavorful, healthy and wonderfully textured vegan salad on the table in under 30 minutes.


Summer salad

  • Mixed leafy greens
  • Arugula
  • Red or green onion
  • Carrot, grated
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Sweet corn
  • Chickpeas
  • Pickles
  • Pumpkin or sunflower seeds (raw or toasted)

Dressing (pick one)


  1. Wash and chop all of your fresh ingredients. 
  2. Add leafy greens to a large bowl and top with all of the other goodness you want to add to your salad.
  3. Either use a store-bought vegan dressing or choose one from our list and prepare it in a food processor or small bowl.
  4. Give it a good mix, top with crunchy nuts and seeds and enjoy immediately!


  • If you want to meal prep your vegan salad, store the leafy greens, other veggies and dressing separately. Once ready to eat, combine everything in a bowl or container and mix!
  • You can also add smoked tempeh, baked tofu cubes, vegan mock meat, cooked grains or fresh fruit to your summer salad!
  • Find 20+ more vegan summer salad recipes in the article above.

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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