40 vegetarian salad recipes
Try our fresh, crunchy and filling vegetarian salads, including roasted cauliflower, watermelon and halloumi, courgette salad, and kale caesar salad
Looking for the best vegetable salad recipes? Our easy vegetarian salads include caesar salad recipes, potato salads and green salads. We have plenty of ideas for vegan salads, too, including turmeric roasted cauliflower.
Salads make a great side dish or main course and add colour to your plate, not to mention a good dose of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Vegetarian salads are full of flavour and texture, and all that fibre from grains, vegetables and beans provides plenty of fibre to support your microbiome and digestive system. Topping with proteins such as egg, cheese or nuts and seeds also ensures a good, balanced meal as well as getting additional nutrients such as calcium and zinc, which are important for bone health and immune health.
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Easy vegetarian salad recipes
Try this halloumi salad as a side dish at your next barbecue, or serve it as a vegetarian main.
Warm, salty halloumi goes brilliantly here with sweet watermelon and fresh mint – ideal for a BBQ side dish.
This caprese salad, with sweet tomatoes and creamy mozzarella, is full of fresh Mediterranean flavours and simple to whip up. Serve it with bread as a light, summery lunch, or as a side dish at dinner.
Check out this quick and easy vegan salad recipe with roasted courgettes and crunchy chickpeas tossed in punchy harissa. It's ready in 20 minutes and low in calories too.
Sweet, crunchy, creamy and zingy – this vibrant salad is an explosion of flavours and textures. It's great served as a BBQ side or on its own with warm pittas for scooping.
Our roasted cauliflower salad with turmeric is low in calories and packed with nutrients. Turmeric adds lovely colour and earthy spice to this filling dish.
Ready in just 20 minutes, this colourful salad is packed with green beans, kidney beans and cannellini beans, and comes finished with a green tahini dressing.
Make this classic lunch favourite vegetarian by replacing the chicken with chickpeas. Refreshing, crunchy and filling, this easy salad is ready in just 20 minutes.
Make the most of fresh green beans and courgettes while they're in season by tossing them in a zingy chimichurri dressing, then crumble over salty feta for a nourishing lunch.
On the table in 15 minutes, this nutritious salad is packed with greens and tossed in fresh pesto. Beans, nuts and broccoli add fibre, protein and good fats.
Thinly sliced cauliflower florets, cubed apples, raisins, toasted walnuts and a quick mustard dressing come together to make a crunchy, wholesome salad.
Roasting pumpkin, onion and chickpeas with spices gives them a fantastic depth of flavour. Add kale, feta and herby tahini dressing and you've got yourself a delicious dinner.
Combine roasted veg with mixed with grains and a nutty kale pesto to make this easy, impressive vegetarian salad. The leftovers pack up well for lunch the next day.
Master this classic and you'll never be stuck for a delicious lunch. The key to an authentic Greek flavour is plenty of oregano and red wine vinegar. Enjoy with toasted pittas.
Fibre-rich cauliflower is roasted in a miso dressing – also filled with probiotics – and turned into a rustic salad with pickled onions and lentils. It's delicious and great for your gut.
Take your pasta salad to the next level by using bocconcini, a wonderfully frilly pasta shape, and adding sweet diced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese balls.
This crispy chickpea and kale caesar salad is a great healthy twist on a classic. You can also eat the crispy chickpeas as a snack.
Try our vibrant crunchy salad with crispy golden tofu and dressed, thinly sliced vegetables. This quick dish is perfect for warm summer nights. If you're really hungry, you could add some cooked and chilled rice noodles.
Ready in 20 minutes, this vibrant vegan salad is packed with juicy watermelon and crunchy peanuts. The sweet-salty combo is delicious.
A vibrant, summery salad that combines chickpeas with herby pitta croutons, radishes, tomatoes, sumac and a pomegranate molasses dressing. A colourful veggie dish.
The grilled peaches in this recipe deliver a satisfying sweetness, balanced by the zing of lime-pickled shallots and the smoky nuttiness of toasted pecans.
Everything is better with burrata, especially tomato salad. Serve this with toasted ciabatta, for scooping up every last bit of the juicy tomatoes and creamy cheese.
Roasting cauliflower gives it a subtle sweetness that works with with crispy fried onions and a punchy zhoug dressing. Combine with giant couscous for a filling lunch or dinner.
Freekeh is a lovely, nutty grain and it's easy to prepare. Here, we've combined it with roasted sweet potato and a tangy-spicy dressing.
For a summer side salad, try this medley of broad beans, thinly sliced peaches, fennel, fresh basil and courgette, dressed in a lemony red chilli dressing. It's light, low fat and tasty.
This simple salad recipe is packed with crunchy cucumber, crumbly feta and fresh basil. Avocado and warm lentils add plenty of protein, good fats and fibre.
This grilled melon caprese salad is a great starter for the summer months. This works well with watermelons, too, just swap the mozzarella for feta, and sprinkle with a few oregano leaves and rocket.
This salad is perfect for a speedy supper as it uses ingredients you may already have in your kitchen. It's ready in just 15 minutes and under 300 calories. It serves 4, but you can always have leftovers for lunch.
Make sure nothing goes to waste with this spiced roast carrot salad recipe with zesty yogurt. The carrot tops are blitzed with yogurt to make a tasty dressing.
Everyone needs a failsafe chickpea salad in their repertoire. Make our colourful recipe for a nutritious lunch and pack up the leftovers for the next day.
Wedges of caramelised, roast sweet potato and mixed grains make this a filling salad. Slices of radish and cucumber keep it fresh, and a punchy Korean dressing brings it all together.
This Italian deli-inspired salad is super-quick and really easy to make. Most of the ingredients will already be in your storecupboard, making a good summer lunch.
This Ethiopian salad makes a great side to spicier dishes, thanks to the creamy peanut butter dressing. Add hard-boiled eggs to make it a more filling dish.
This delicious, healthy, salad is packed with flavour featuring artichoke hearts, olives and green beans. Serve drizzled with a dressing of Dijon mustard and red wine vinegar.
Try this vibrant combination of radish, cucumber and spring onion, dressed in a rich soy, peanut and honey glaze.
Walnuts, wild rice and winter greens combine to make this colourful salad. It's great if you're feeling in need of a hit of nutrients.
Make cauliflower shine by roasting florets with ras el hanout then toss with dried cranberries, dates, nuts and pomegranate seeds. Drizzle with a tahini and mint dressing and you've got yourself a wholesome veggie dish.
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