100 Healthy Vegan, Gluten-Free, Whole Foods Summer Salads!

Healthy Vegan Salads on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Kale, Fennel and Radicchio Salad with “Buttermilk” Dressing; Easy Asian Broccoli Slaw: Edamame, Corn Avocado Salad; and Green and Yellow Split Pea Salad.]

Salads really are the ideal summer food, aren’t they? They’re bright and rainbow-colored, just like all the blooming vegetation surrounding us right now. They’re light and crisp and juicy–perfect characteristics for food when you want to un outside after dinner to go for a bike ride, or take a swim, or throw the Frisbee for the dogs without feeling weighted down. Plus, most salads don’t require cooking–so no heat added to the already-sweltering weather (okay, I’m being hopeful here–Toronto’s summer so far totally belies that last statement.).

With Father’s Day right around the corner, I thought you might like to try something new in the salad arena.  Since I’ve been incorporating more raw foods into my diet, I’m always on the lookout for more salad recipes. So, whether you fancy fresh, crisp veggies, fruity salads, grain-based or remakes of omnivore classics, with more than 100 salads listed here, you’re bound to find at least one or two you’ll enjoy!

Mostly Veggie:

White Acre Pea and Corn Salad from Simply Southern Baking

Cabbage (or Broccoli) Delight Salad from Ricki Heller

Shaved Golden Beet, Carrot and Radish Salad with Coriander Mustard Vinaigrette from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Provencale Summer Vegetable Feast from Simply Gluten-Free

Grilled Sweet Potato and Wilted Kale Salad from Tasty Yummies

Grilled Vegetable Salad with Fresh Tarragon Dressing from Ricki Heller

Star Spangled Salad from Daily Bites

Very Veggie Tabbouleh from Sarah’s Cucina Bella

Not Your Usual Potato Salad from Healthy Slow Cooking

Edamame Corn Avocado Salad from Call Me PMC

Southwestern Salsa Salad from Beard and Bonnet

Roasted Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto from Ricki Heller

Southwestern Grilled Sweet Potato Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod

Garden Vegetable Potato Salad from Diethood

Creamy Broccoli Salad with Garlic Crunch Topping from Ricki Heller

Zucchini, Tomato and Red Onion Salad from VegKitchen

Roasted Potato Salad with Black Olives and Greens from Green Gourmet Giraffe

Arugula Salad with Balsamic Pesto Dressing from The Healthy Maven

Kale Salad with Goji Berries and Maple Roasted Almonds from Daily Bites

Spring Kale with Sweet Mustard Dressing from the Blissful and Fit Chef

Kale Salad, Fully Loaded from Ricki Heller

Living Caesar Salad from Plant Powered Kitchen

Chipotle Tomato Mini Wedge Salads from Spabettie

Grilled Romaine with Sweet and Smoky Dressing from Ricki Heller

vegan, gluten free summer salads on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Arugula Salad with Balsamic Pesto Dressing; Citrus Avocado Endive Salad; Snap Pea, Corn and Red Currant Salad; and Kale Salad, Fully Loaded.]

Hearty Mixed Green Salad with Cranberry (or Strawberry) Vinaigrette from Tessa Domestic Diva

Snap Pea, Corn and Red Currant Salad from Busy in Brooklyn

Roasted Eggplant Salad from Wine and Glue

Kale Salad with Fennel and Radicchio in a “Buttermilk” Dressing from Ricki Heller

Cashew Cabbage Crunch Salad from Spabettie

Wedge Salad from Namely Marly

Raw Beet, Carrot and Apple Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing from Allergy-Free Alaska

Raw Sweet Potato and Kale Salad with Coconut-Lime Dressing from VegKitchen

Celery Salad with Walnut Vinaigrette from The View from Great Island

Vegan Potato Salad from Namely Marly (you could use coconut sugar or stevia)


Dilly Coleslaw with Raisins and Walnuts from Ricki Heller

Green Goddess Kale Slaw from Daily Bites

 Purple Power Slaw from My New Roots

Easy Asian Broccoli Slaw from Healthy Slow Cooking

Fruit and Cabbage Cole Slaw from JL Goes Vegan

Asian Cabbage Slaw with Mint and Scallions from The Lemon Bowl

Cashew Curry Mayo with Cabbage Slaw from A Dash of Compassion

Vegan, Gluten Free Summer Salads on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Grilled Kale Salad with Berries and Nectarines; Indian Watermelon Lime Salad; Grilled Peach, Courgette and Walnut Salad; Fennel, Orange and Avocado Salad with Carrot Dressing.]


Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon and Black Pepper Vinaigrette  from Oh My Veggies

Grilled Peach, Courgette (Zucchini) and Walnut Salad from Coconut and Berries

Roasted Green Bean Salad with Citrus-Balsamic Reduction from Ricki Heller

Spinach Salad with Fruit and Kiwi Vinaigrette from Go Dairy Free

Fennel, Orange and Avocado Salad with Carrot Dressing from The Hungry Goddess

Arugula Apple Salad with Carrot Ribbons and Walnut-Miso Dressing from Recipe Renovator

Spinach, Orange and Red Cabbage Salad from VegKitchen

Nectarine Salad with Blackberry Dressing, Basil and Hazelnuts from Coconut and Berries

Classic Waldorf Salad from Ricki Heller

Roasted Garlic & Raspberry Big Salad from Spabettie

Spinach Strawberry Salad from Radiant Health, Inner Wealth

Indian Watermelon Lime Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Minted Peach and Corn Salad from Ricki Heller

Fresh Pineapple, Avocado and Pea Shoot Salad from Pineapple and Coconut

Citrus Endive Avocado Salad from Gourmande in the Kitchen

Peach and Cherry Watercress Salad from Running to the Kitchen

Grilled Kale Salad with Raspberries and Nectarines from Two Peas and Their Pod

Berry Spinach Detox Salad with Poppyseed Dressing from Allergy Free Alaska

Healthy Whole Foods Salads on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Roasted Potato Salad with Avocado Pesto Dressing; Easy Confetti Quinoa Salad; Raw Beet, Carrot and Apple Salad with Ginger-Lime Dressing; and Asian Quinoa Salad.]


Quinoa Salad with Avocado and Tomatoes from My Whole Food Life

Creamy Millet and Kale Salad from Yum Universe

Olive Quinoa Salad with Olive Shortbreads from Ricki Heller

Kale and Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad from A Dash of Compassion

Brown Rice Salad from Green Gourmet Giraffe

Fiesta Quinoa Salad from Tasty Yummies

Asian Quinoa Salad from Two Peas and Their Pod

Quinoa Salad with Tibetan Herb Dressing from Healthy. Delicious.

Black Rice and Red Grape Detox Salad from The Healthy Apple

Easy Confetti Quinoa Salad from Go Dairy Free

Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil and Pistachios from With Food and Love

Mexican Quinoa Salad from Tessa Domestic Diva

Summer Corn, Avocado and Quinoa Salad from Cooking Quinoa

Spinach and Wild Rice Salad from My Whole Food Life

Summer Veggie Quinoa Bowl from Cooking Quinoa

Whole Foods, Gluten-free salad recipes on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Strawberry Salad with Coconut Bacon and Black Pepper Vinaigrette; Vegan Potato Salad; Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad; and Pistachio Pasta Salad.]

Pasta Based:

Green Chickpea Edamame Pasta Salad from Allyson Kramer

Pistchio Pasta Salad from Simply Gluten-Free

Buddha’s Pasta Salad from Clean Wellness

Fiesta Pasta Salad from The Healthy Apple

Summer Minestrone Pasta Salad from Simply Gluten-Free

Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad from Ricki Heller

Edamame Noodle Salad from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

 Creamy Cashew and Potato Salad from Mind Body Green

Bean Based:

Super Easy White Bean Salad from My Whole Food Life

Chickpea Salad Stuffed Avocados from Coconut and Berries

Provencale Chickpea Salad from Recipe Renovator

Arame and Edamame Salad from Ricki Heller

Quinoa, Chickpea and Almond Salad with Roasted Scallion Dressing from The Law Student’s Wife

Easy Black Bean and Corn Salad from Go Dairy Free

Warm Pea and Lentil Salad from Green Gourmet Giraffe

Pesto Bean-Topped Salad Meal-in-a-Bowl from Ricki Heller

Queen Bean Salad from What Smells So Good?

Roasted New Potato, Asparagus and Chickpea Salad with Lemon Basil Vinaigrette from Coconut and Berries

Healthy Black Bean Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing from Go Dairy Free

healthy vegan, gluten-free summer salad recipes on rickiheller.com

[Clockwise from large photo: Cashew Curry Mayo Cabbage Slaw; Arugula Apple Salad with Carrot Ribbons; Southwestern Salsa Salad; and Cashew Cabbage Crunch Salad.]

And More:

Raw “Egg” Salad from Ricki Heller

Chicken-Less Salad from JL Goes Vegan

Marinated Persian Cucumber Salad from A Harmony Healing

Tempeh “Chicken” Salad from Triumph Wellness

Panzanella (Bread Salad) from Green Gourmet Giraffe

Mock Tuna Salad from Ricki Heller

Southern Fattoush Salad from Recipe Renovator

Roasted Plum and Baby Spinach Salad with Tempeh “Bacon” from Ricki Heller

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  1. Super resource Ricki! Thanks for putting this together 🙂

  2. This is a fantastic list Ricki! What a fun way to enjoy 100 days of summer than with 100 salad recipes. Thanks so much for including me on this list, and happy almost Friday! xo

    • Thanks, Carol, and my pleasure! Wish I’d thought of that connection with “100 Days”–maybe it didn’t enter my head because “summer” here in Toronto this year has been so elusive, it will probably be more like “10 days” by the time we’re done!! LOL!

  3. Thank you so much for featuring my recipes, Ricki! This is a fabulous roundup. xox Happy Summer; MISS YOU!!!!

  4. What an amazing list… imagine cooking your way through this all summer!

  5. What a fabulous list! Thank you so much for including me : )

  6. what a terrific compilation of recipes!

    • CARALYN!! How lovely to see your name pop up here again! 😀 Hope you are doing well and blowing them away on Broadway. 😉 I’m off to check out your blog–it’s been ages since I’ve been over there, too. Thanks so much for the comment!

  7. What a feast for the eyes – I love all of the colors in these gorgeous salads! Thanks for sharing a few of my recipes, Ricki. 😉 Off to share!

  8. Such a great resource, love it Ricki! Sharing all around!

  9. That’s a year’s worth of gorgeous salads, I’m looking forward to exploring the list. Thanks for including mine!

  10. Love your blog and fabulous recipes. Only one thing I would ask of you but maybe not possible. Find another color than the orange print. It is sooo hard to read, not enough contrast. Thanks!

    • Thanks for the feedback, Jean. We’re looking at a blog redesign in the near future, so I will definitely keep that in mind. 🙂 And sorry it’s tough for you to read as it is!

  11. What an awesome list! I’m honored to have my Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil and Pistachios be a part of it.


  12. phew – it has taken me some time to get through this list but it is a great selection of salads. Thanks so much for including a few of mine. I have had great fun bookmarking lots of amazing ideas and just feeling virtuous after looking at all that healthy food

  13. What a fantastic roundup. I think you have every day of summer covered now! Thanks so much for including my Buddha’s Pasta Salad! 🙂 Love salad season!

    • Ha ha–thanks, Allison! I hadn’t even thought about the number matching the days of summer, believe it or not–but a perfect reason to make my way through all the recipes. 🙂

  14. Frederique says

    Hi Ricki!
    I just had a “eureka” the other day and thought I would share it on this wonderful salad post. Pesto. Yes – more specifically what to replace the traditional parmesan cheese with! I looked at many recipes, and have seen the nutritional yeast, the extra nuts, etc etc, but somehow, its just not the same. Then I remembered this pesto stuffed mushroom recipe from “forks over knives” and decided to use their substitution – enter white MISO! for my garlic scape pesto. Its TO DIE FOR! raw garlic scapes, sunflower seeds, lemon juice, white miso and olive oil all pureed together and slapped onto a piece of toasted gluten free bread made me soak in memories of yummy saturated-fat laden restaurant garlic bread! Anyway, Im not sure whether Miso is Candida-safe, but since its shock full of nutrients and gluten-free (the one i use is solely made of rice) I thought I would let you and your readers in my new pesto secret!

    • Thanks so much for sharing, Frederique! I’ve made pestos with miso and do enjoy them. When I want a more “cheesy” texture, I go with nuts. Or, sometimes just include both! 😉

  15. Wow! I love these salad recipes. I enjoy eating fruity and pasta-based salad. I can’t wait to try these one at a time.

  16. This is definitely a lot of recipes but I will sure to try all of these!


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