Hearty meatless salads are a great option for packed lunches, picnics, cookouts, and even quick weeknight summer dinners. Loaded with nutritious and filling ingredients like beans, lentils, sweet potatoes and quinoa, these salads are also super-versatile.
Stuff these tasty salads in a pita, make a sandwich or wrap, or serve over greens. Whip up one of these delicious recipes and you've got plenty of lunch options for the week!
1. Sesame Tofu + Broccoli Salad
This warm sesame dressing is so satisfying, and even seems like a comfort food -- surprising, for a salad! You can prepare the dressing ahead of time, and the best way to warm it up is to put it in a bowl, and submerge it in hot water.
2. Rainbow Salad with Umeboshi Dressing
This papaya-avocado-beet-tofu salad is SOOOO good, we could not resist sharing it!
3. Smoky Chickpea and Watercress Salad with Mango and Avocado
Once roasted, the chickpeas take on a lovely mahogany color and a deep smoky flavor that make a terrific snack on their own. They can also be used to add interest to soups or cooked grains or other recipes where a smoky flavor is welcome. Our favorite way to serve them is in this Smoky Chickpea and Watercress Salad with Mango and Avocado.
4. Gluten-Free Sweet Cilantro Pasta
Do we need to say more?
5. Kale and Golden Beet Salad
This salad should be a staple in every home. And even though it holds over very well in the fridge for a few days (which makes it a great make-ahead salad), we can't seem to keep it around for very long. A few notches above an ordinary green salad in the nutritional department, the kale and beets pack tons of vitamins and nutrients, while the zippy garlic-ginger dressing will make your taste buds wake up and sing, "Hallelujah!"
6. Sweet Potato, Red Cabbage and Kelp Noodle Bowl with Rich Miso Dressing
Seaweeds are a great addition to a health promoting diet. Kelp, and other seaweeds, offer a rich source of vitamins and minerals including iodine, magnesium, and B vitamins. These nutrients are essential for a healthy thyroid, combatting stress, and helping the body detox from harmful toxins. This recipe is quick, delicious and invigorating! You can serve it warm or cold, as a main or side dish. It offers protein, probiotics and antioxidants!
This post was originally published on One Green Planet.
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