A comprehensive collection of salad recipes, including green salads, macaroni salads, bean salads, pasta salads, quinoa salads and more. Most of these are healthy and low-fat, and all of these recipes for salads are vegetarian and meatless.
1. Green salads
Green salads are what we usually think of when we hear the word salad. This collection includes plenty of spinach salad recipes, arugula recipes, and green salads using other lettuce types, including romaine, mixed greens, and iceburg. Most of these salads can be made with any kind of green that you prefer, so use your favorite!
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Beyond just your basic three bean salad, scroll through this collection of recipes for salad using edamame (fresh green soy beans), black beans, kidney beans. There's a mango bean salad and even Morroccan bean salad using fresh mint. Surely you'll find something inspiring in this collection! Bean salads are particularly great for lunchtime meals and for vegetarians, as they provide a bealthy protein and fiber boost.
3. Pasta salads
Pasta and macaroni salads are limited only by your imagination and can be a side dish or the entree of a light vegetarian lunch. No picnic or potluck is complete without at least one pasta salad, so make sure yours really stands out from the crowd by choosing one of these creative meatless pasta salad recipes. See also: Vegetarian pasta recipes
Potato salads are, along with apple pie and veggie burgers for us vegetarians, one of those quintessential American foods; a virtual necessity at any outdoor eating event, be it a potluck, picnic, barbecue or just a summer afternoon. Though usually doused in fatty mayonnaise, potato salads can be light and healthy too. Scroll through this collection of dozens of vegetarian and vegan potato salad recipes including German-style potato salad (pictured), American deli-style potato salads, healthy potato salads without mayo and more.
Grilled salads? Yes, why not? Top of a regular green salad with grilled tofu or a chicken substitute, or even place lettuce greens such as endive, romaine hearts, chard or cabbage right on the grill. Another option for grilling salads? Grill up bits of bread rubbed with herbs to make freshly grilled croutons to top off your salad. Try grilling an entire salad of mixed vegetables for a healthy summery side dish.
See also: More about vegetarian grilling
Rice salads are a popular one-dish meal and quinoa salads are gaining in popularity, but have you ever thought about trying another kind of whole wheat salad? Wheat berry salad, barley salad, wild rice salad and even orzo salads. Another popular whole grain salad is Middle Eastern tabbouleh, which is traditionally made with bulgur wheat, but can be made with any kind of whole grain.
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When a simple salad just won't do, try one of these gourmet salad ideas. Start with a gourmet green, or a blend to create texture: frissee, arugula, escarole, fennel or another lettuce variety. Top it all off with a gourmet salad dressing, perhaps a blended shallot dressing, or an avocado oil or macadamia oil vinaigrette. Add something unusual and colorful to make it really pop - a handful of blueberries or fresh mint, and you've got yourself a gourmet salad.
See also: More gourmet vegetarian recipes