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.
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.
Let’s start with a classic vegan summer salad: Mediterranean pasta salad! This recipe is made with gluten-free pasta, quinoa, chickpeas, briny artichoke and summer vegetables. Slather in a simple vegan yogurt garlic dressing and enjoy!
Satisfying, creamy and crunchy, this vegan potato salad is great all throughout summer! Enjoy it straight from the fridge with easy homemade cashew mayo and featuring a couple of green vegetables such as celery, bell pepper and green onion.
This beautiful Pad Thai salad is loaded with colorful spiralized vegetables, offering a refreshing and low-carb “noodle” experience sans the grains. Together with the spicy peanut butter sauce and topped with baked tofu and edamame beans for some substance, this rainbow salad is great for summer nights.
Perfect for any get-together and parties, this flavorful strawberry Panzanella salad is so delicious and just screams “summer”! Made with only 6 main ingredients, it’s great for either lunch or dinner and comes together in 20 minutes total.
Keep things super simple with this easy cucumber tomato salad! It’s the perfect summer side dish that you can enjoy with an open-faced hummus sandwich or vegan wrap. You can also spice it up with some avocado slices, watermelon chunks or olives!
Eat the rainbow with this customizable and filling summer salad! Featuring spring greens, avocado, sunflower seeds, carrot, cherry tomatoes, brown rice, and more, it’s a great entrée during the hot summer months.
This avocado pasta salad is one that'll be different than all the others on the cookout table. It's creamy, bright, packed full of (hidden) spinach, healthy pasta salad that just happens to be vegan! Definitely try this recipe.
Can’t be bothered to make a fancy vegan summer dinner during the week? We feel you. How about this flavorful bean salad that’s made with a handful of fresh and canned ingredients, leaving you with only 10 minutes of prep time? Delicious, healthy and so satisfying.
Craving takeout food but want to stick to cold meals? This Asian noodle salad will be for you! It’s a wonderful meal prep recipe since the soba noodles need to be cooked and rinsed under cold water before being mixed with a bunch of veggies. Store tossed with dressing in your fridge for up to 5 days and always have a cold salad on hand!
This protein-packed chickpea salad takes only 20 minutes and is made with, cucumber, bell pepper, basil and lemon, then slathered in avocado dressing. Great to serve at potlucks, picnics or barbecues and liked by vegans and non-vegans alike!
This delicious vegan summer salad has so many flavorful add-ins, we don’t even know where to begin! Sweet peaches, candied walnuts, tofu feta, basil and arugula are served in a maple dijon vinaigrette. What a wonderful sweet and tangy salad to make this summer!
Tangy and herby, this quick and easy vegan lemon artichoke pasta salad is perfect for BBQs, potlucks, picnics, lunchboxes or as a simple meatless dinner. It’s got lots of texture, flavor and could easily feed a crowd. Make it in advance and eat all week!
Just like the original but fully plant-based! This vegan Caesar salad is made with crisp lettuce, homemade croutons, and a creamy dressing that is out of this world! Plus, it takes only 30 minutes to put together.
Another simple salad classic, this Tabbouleh features bulgur wheat, fresh herbs, tomatoes, cucumber and lemon juice. Oftentimes already vegan when made traditionally, this salad is full of bright and fresh flavors. Great for potlucks, lunch or dinner for two!
If you want to “beef up” your salad, add some flavorful Buffalo soy curls! These little baked plant-based protein add-ins taste fantastic with lettuce, onion, carrots, celery, avocado and vegan ranch dressing.
Are you able to find fresh grapes right now? Wonderful, then try them in this vegan broccoli salad alongside toasted slivered almonds and a tangy, creamy dressing. The recipe results in a perfectly crunchy, sweet and savory salad you can easily make ahead of time.
If you’re in need of an easy last-minute side dish for your cookouts or BBQs, make this simple summer corn macaroni salad! Ready in just 10 minutes and made with seven ingredients like vegan mayo, fresh dill, celery, corn and noodles, this recipe is both delicious and super easy.
Enjoy your garden tomatoes by making this tomato balsamic mint salad! Only 5 super simple staple foods are added to the heirloom cherry tomatoes to create a quick but flavorful summer salad that can be enjoyed alongside anything more substantial.
Even though it means warming up your kitchen, definitely don’t skip roasting your vegetables for this delicious vegan pasta salad! They pair beautifully with the avocado cilantro dressing and fresh herbs which you can toss with your cooked pasta of choice. So yummy!
This summery spinach salad features sweet strawberries, creamy vegan feta cheese, celery and pistachios. Finished with an easy balsamic vinaigrette, it makes for a delightful light lunch and a lovely cookout addition! This salad is ready in just 15 minutes and something you’ll be returning to all summer long.
If you want to make a colorful vegan salad the main occasion for lunch or dinner, try this Mexican-flavored chopped salad with avocado dressing! It’s packed with veggies, fiber and protein, really filling yet super healthy. Especially delicious if you grill your corn during a barbecue before assembling this scrumptious salad for deeper flavor!
Citrus flavors of lemon and lime paired with fresh, crisp veggies, chickpeas and chopped mint create one flavorful vegan quinoa salad! Perfect to serve in the summertime for a crunchy side salad at your next BBQ or picnic or just enjoy as a lighter plant-based dinner.
This vegan Greek pasta salad recipe is perfect if you’re looking for a light summer salad for lunch that’s still filling enough to keep you full all afternoon. Really easy to make and full of fresh flavors, it features tofu feta, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion, avocado and pasta. Top with lemon juice, vinegar, fresh or dried herbs and enjoy!
In a hurry? Try this 15-minute tomato corn salad made with roasted corn, tomatoes, avocado, herbs and an easy vinaigrette. It makes for a lovely summer side dish during cookouts or weeknights and can be enjoyed on its own or with some baked bean patties or falafel!
Whip up a double batch of this salad for your next summer party! Chickpeas, tomatoes, red onion and cucumber all get tossed in a garlic za’atar vinaigrette — simple, crowd-pleasing and full of healthy whole foods. Great for meal prep and ready in just 10 minutes!
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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.
Add leafy greens to a large bowl and top with all of the other goodness you want to add to your salad.
Either use a store-bought vegan dressing or choose one from our list and prepare it in a food processor or small bowl.
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!
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Alena 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.