If you want a break from leafy greens, this collection of 25 delicious vegan salads without lettuce is for you. You'll find easy recipes for no lettuce salads featuring beans, legumes, and tofu; grains, pasta, and potatoes; and vegetables and fruits.
Whether your favorite greens are unavailable, you're not a fan of lettuce, or simply want to try some new dishes, these vegan salad recipes without lettuce showcase a wide variety of options. And they all can be prepared gluten-free.
Enjoy them for easy lunch options or serve a few together for dinner. They also make fantastic side dish options and are perfect for potlucks and barbecues.
Why you'll love these recipes
- They are full of flavor and easy to prepare.
- They feature a variety of ingredients including plant-based proteins, whole grains, and seasonal produce.
- They are a great way to enjoy salads without relying on lettuce or other leafy greens.
Not at all! Salads can contain a wide assortment of ingredients including raw or cooked vegetables, proteins, and grains served with a dressing. Many salads are made without lettuce or other leafy greens like spinach, kale, or cabbage.
Salads can contain all different ingredients and be made with or without lettuce. The one ingredient that typically makes a salad a salad is a dressing.
Salads can generally be classified into 5 main categories: green salads; vegetable salads; pasta, grain, and bean/legume salads; salads with meat/seafood; and fruit salads.
Grain, pasta, and potato salads
These salads starring ingredients like quinoa, millet, and orzo are typically more filling and substantial than those made with mostly lettuce.
Change up your usual pasta salad routine with this Mediterranean Vegan Orzo Salad featuring tofu feta, chickpeas, and Kalamata olives. It comes together quickly in 30 minutes if you make the tofu feta in advance. Or you can take a shortcut and use store bought feta cheese instead.
Vegetable and fruit salads
These produce-based salads are easy to prepare and full of flavors and textures.
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Bean, legume, and tofu salads
When you're craving salads high in protein, these recipes featuring ingredients including chickpeas, cannellini beans, and lentils will fit the bill.
5-ingredient, 15-minute Sun-Dried Tomato Lentil Salad is loaded with Mediterranean flavors from garlic, lemon, and fresh herbs. While it can be served on a bed of lettuce as shown in the photo, it's also delicious on its own or with crackers or toasted baguette.
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