Fresh Summer Vegetarian Salad Recipes, Never Boring
Summer is the best time for fresh vegetarian salad recipes made with seasonal ingredients that can hang out in the fridge for days. I’ve rounded up these ten meal prep ready, fresh veggie salad recipes perfect for picnics, road trips, lunch or for al fresco dinning!
These vegetarian salads are among Vanilla And Bean’s community favorites because they’re hearty, versatile, and texture rich. With vegan and gluten free options, there’s a salad here for everyone! Which salad recipe will you try first?
A long time favorite veggie salad recipe! Creamy, crunchy, packed with hearty brown rice, this veggie summer salad is hearty, filling and full of texture: Jenn said: “I LOVE this salad and so does my husband! I’ve been making it once a week since I discovered it about a month ago. The only change I make is to add an extra tablespoon of olive oil =) .” This recipe is vegetarian, easily vegan and gluten free.
Portable, make ahead and meal prep ready, make this veggie salad recipe for weekday lunches or for a light dinner. With a saucy jalapeno lime dressing, avocado and crunchy smoky pepitas, this salad has SO much flavor! Laura said: “REALLY good! Makes enough for two dinners. We served it with some crusty toasted bread. REPEAT!” This veggie salad recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Oodles of noodles enjoyed chilled with a snappy sesame ginger dressing. A weekday Thai inspired veggie packed salad favorite! Supirya said: “I made this today and loved it! It’s really yummy and healthy really… Me and my friends enjoyed this…” This recipe vegan, vegetarian and easily gluten free.
Texture, flavor and so hearty… make this healthy salad an easy weeknight summer meal: Rob said: “I’ll take that salad again for lunch!” This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Meal prep ready, hearty and so perfect for weekday lunches! Versatile enough to include different grains as desired – my version calls for wheat berries, but quinoa or short grain brown rice is fabulous too! You gotta give this healthy salad a go! Kari said: “Colorful, FLAVORFUL, healthy, and delicious. A great go-to summer lunch at work! It makes me feel like I am sticking to my healthy eating goals just by looking at it!” This veggie salad idea is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Find all the goodies at your local farmers market and give this fabulous fresh vegetarian salad recipe a try! The flavorful balsamic lemon dressing has my heart. Kim said: “Found this fantastic salad recipe on Pinterest and made it today using all the veggies I had in my kitchen! It was fabulous, healthy and pretty!!! ….Loved it!!” This recipe is vegetarian and gluten free.
That tangy lemon has my heart. A fresh salad recipe that’s picnic and BBQ ready: Tracy said: “I made this this afternoon for a get-together this evening and I have to say–this is going on my make for forever list. This is fantastic.” This recipe is vegetarian, easily vegan and easily gluten free.
A ton of umami flavors in this crunchy-creamy flavorful healthy salad! The coconut curried dressing is over the top!: Selva said: “Made this last night, and it’s now my new very favorite salad! Shared the recipe on line and everyone is excited to try it!” This veggie salad is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
A hearty and flavor packed Panzanella Salad Recipe (tomato and bread salad) with grilled Multigrain Sourdough, chickpeas and quinoa to round out this main course Tuscan bean salad! This salad is vegan, vegetarian and easily gluten free.
So much to love in this mouth party fresh salad recipe! The chipotle lime vinaigrette is fabulous! Hearty, filling and so much flavor! Alissa said: “Made this last night, and we are obsessed! Loved the spiciness of the chipotles with the sweetness of the mango and the tanginess of the lime. By far our most favourite quinoa salad to date (and we make lots)!” This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten free.
Katherine | Love In My Oven
The hardest part about this roundup is deciding which one to make first! I’ve tried your mango quinoa salad and it was terrific, just the right amount of spice! Yum!
Hooray! So happy to hear you enjoyed the mango quinoa salad :D We love that one too!
Your salad recipes truly are the best-full of so much flavor and color. I love having them around for lunches and I’m always asked to bring salads for picnics though this summer I’m sharing the recipes instead of the salads (not as much fun, but it’s ok!). Thanks, always, for the inspiration.
There is nothing that I love in this world more than salads.
Hi Haley! I’m a fan too! :D
You have cracked the code on gorgeous and delicious salads, my friend!! :)
Thank you Annie! xo
Tessa | Salted Plains
I think I found my lunch list for the rest of the summer! They all look fabulous, Traci!!
Yesssss! Thank you Tessa! xo
I have tried every one of these and all are super delicious. Complete meals and great for lunches to take to work! Several have been repeated since posted. Would highly recommend them to all.
Thank you for your note, Claudia! So happy to hear you’re enjoying the salads!
What a delicios round of salads, and you make the best. Each one looks so good Traci. I have to try your dill dressing, pasta salad and so many more.
Gorgeous my friend.
Thaaank you Ash! Yes on the dill dressing – do ittt! xo
Will you be making a book soon?
Hi Stephanie! Thank you for your note. No plans, but am considering a series of e-books. Of course if I do, I’ll announce it via social and through my email list. I hope this helps!
Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
I eat so many salads, Traci – it’s pretty much my standard lunch every day so I am always looking for new ideas. I see so many good ones here – the sesame ginger noodle salad is calling my name! Love the different mix of grains and pastas bases – something for everyone.
I know you’re a fan, Geraldine! I love your salads toooo! xo
Laura | Tutti Dolci
I love summery salads, what a gorgeous round-up!
Woot woot! Thanks girl!
… your fan definitely ….
Thank you lovely! xo
Dear Traci, thank you for this round-up! Instantly I am craving all of these;)). I have tried some already and loved them all. Healthy and different from any old green or potato salad – for sure. Lots of love, Christine
You got it Christine! So happy to hear you’ve tried a few. Salads take on so many forms… there are no rules, except it must be chilled! :D
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
Some of the most delicious, beautiful, healthy salads I’ve ever seen Traci! Your photos always make me want to reach through my screen and grab whatever you’re serving up! Well done! Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Stay cool!
Thaaank you Mare! I love salads so much, especially the hearty variety I can stick in the fridge and eat on for daaaays! Hope you’re staying cool too xo!