Vegan Salads & Dressings

Enjoy a creative use of pesto in this vibrant salad. The veggies are not only colorful, but antioxidant-rich, too.

Gluten Free Pesto Bean-Topped Salad Recipe

Ingredients

For the dressing:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ teaspoon plain liquid stevia, or to taste
1 teaspoon gluten-free Dijon mustard
Juice of 1 medium lemon (about ¼ cup)
Kosher or fine sea salt, to taste

For the Pesto Beans:
1 cup raw walnut halves or pieces
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1½ ounces fresh basil leaves
1 large garlic clove, chopped
¼ – ½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt, to taste
¼ cup water, if needed
2 cups cooked navy or Romano beans, well drained

For the salad:
4 cups microgreens or baby mixed greens
1 small bunch lacinato (dinosaur) kale, shredded (about 2 cups)
1 large carrot, grated
1 cup grape tomatoes
1 medium avocado, sliced
½ cup sunflower or other sprouts, optional
2 tablespoons hemp seeds (hemp hearts)

Directions

Make the dressing: Whisk all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Make the Pesto Beans: In the bowl of a food processor, whir all the ingredients together except the beans until almost smooth (it should still be a bit chunky). Scrape the pesto over the beans in a medium bowl and toss gently until the beans are coated. Set aside.

Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, toss the greens, kale, carrot, and tomatoes with the dressing. Divide the mixture evenly among 4 plates or bowls. Top each salad with ¼ of the avocado slices, then ¼ of the bean mixture. Sprinkle each with ¼ of the sprouts, if using, and ¼ of the hemp seeds. Serve immediately.

Servings

Makes 4 servings

Written by Ricki Heller

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High-protein quinoa marries beautifully with smooth, creamy cashews and earthy baked beets in this vividly colored salad. Can be served warm or at room temperature – it’s equally delicious both ways!

Gluten Free Quinoa, Beet and “Goat Cheese” Salad with Walnuts

Ingredients

3-4 medium red or golden beets, or a combination, washed and trimmed (do not peel)
1 cup water
1 cup vegetable broth or stock
1 cup dry quinoa
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
Zest and juice of 1 lemon (about ¼ cup juice)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons gluten-free Dijon mustard
5-10 drops pure plain liquid stevia or 2 teaspoons coconut sugar
½ cup walnut halves or pieces, lightly toasted
⅓ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Kosher or fine sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 batch Cashew Goat Cheese (recipe follows)

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Wrap beets in foil and bake until extremely tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let cool, then peel and discard the skins and dice into ¾-inch cubes. Set aside.

Bring water and broth to a boil in a small heavy saucepan. Rinse quinoa well, drain, and add to water. Return to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer, untouched, for 25 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is cooked. Uncover, fluff with a fork, and let sit at least 10 minutes or until cool.

While the quinoa cools, make the dressing. Heat a small amount of oil in a nonstick pan over medium-low heat and add garlic. Add lemon zest and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice, vinegar, oil, mustard, and stevia. Stir well and remove from heat.

Add the beets and walnuts to the cooled quinoa and toss lightly with the dressing. Add cilantro and season to taste with salt and pepper. Divide the mixture among 4 bowls and top with chunks of Cashew Goat Cheese.

Note: This salad is even better the second day, after flavors meld.

Servings

Makes 4 servings

Cashew Goat Cheese

Cashew Goat Cheese

Ingredients

1 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon white or mild miso
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
Up to ¼ cup water, if needed

Directions

Cover cashews with boiling water and allow to soak for 10 minutes; drain. Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender or food processor and blend until perfectly smooth and creamy, adding fresh water, if necessary, for the mixture to blend (avoid adding too much water or you’ll end up with cheese sauce). Use immediately or refrigerate overnight (it will firm up as it chills).

Servings

Makes about ⅔ cup

Written by Ricki Heller

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Why should Caesar get all the attention? This salad features chickpeas, one of the best forms of plant-based protein, with almost 20 grams in just ½ cup (more than you get in a chicken leg). Coat them in tahini, as you do here, and you amp up the protein even more, while bringing the calcium to almost 200 grams, or 20 percent of your recommended daily allowance. Hail, Cleopatra!

Gluten Free Cleopatra Salad with Spicy Chickpeas Recipe

Ingredients

For the chickpeas:
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1-2 teaspoons Sriracha, or to taste
Kosher or fine sea salt, to taste
2 cups well-cooked chickpeas, drained

For the dressing:
⅓ cup unsweetened coconut milk yogurt (or other dairy-free yogurt)
⅓ cup raw cashews, dry
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon gluten-free Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
¼ cup cilantro or parsley, chopped
10-20 drops pure plain liquid stevia, or to taste
Kosher or fine sea salt, to taste
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the salad:
1 head romaine lettuce, shredded
3 green onions, light green and white parts only, sliced
½ English cucumber, cut in quarters lengthwise and sliced

Directions

Make the chickpeas: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with gluten-free nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together the tahini, oil, Sriracha, and salt. Add chickpeas and toss to coat well.

Spread the chickpeas evenly onto the baking sheet and scrape any extra tahini mixture over them. Bake for 30-45 minutes, stirring after 20 minutes, until the coating is dry and some chickpeas are beginning to brown. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.

Meanwhile, make the dressing: In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings.

Assemble the salad: In a large bowl, place the romaine, green onion, and cucumber. Add dressing and toss to coat. Divide the salad evenly among 4 plates and top each with ¼ of the chickpeas. Serve.

Servings

Makes 4 servings

Written by Ricki Heller

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This is a salad version of a classic Mexican street food, elote, which is grilled corn served with a variety of toppings. This particular salad is vegan, but feel free to go traditional and top with cotija cheese!

Gluten Free Grilled Mexican Corn Salad Recipe

Ingredients

For the salad:

4 ears of sweet corn, shucked
1 cup cooked quinoa, optional
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
½ cup pumpkin seeds, optional

For the dressing:

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Juice of 2 limes
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon agave, optional
¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Preheat the grill to medium-high. Place the corn directly on the grill and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, until nicely charred. Remove and let rest until cool enough to touch.

Once cooled, cut the corn from the cob. Add it to a large salad bowl along with the quinoa, tomatoes, and jalapeño.

If using, toast the pumpkin seeds in a dry skillet or toaster oven until golden brown, about 1-2 minutes. Add the seeds to the bowl and toss to combine the salad.

Add dressing ingredients to a jar. Seal the jar and shake until combined. Pour over the salad and toss. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.

Serve warm or, if making ahead, chill for 1-2 hours before serving.

Servings

Serves 4-6 as a side

Written by Alyssa Rimmer

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Written by Alyssa Rimmer

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Written by Alyssa Rimmer

Ready for dessert?

Simply...Gluten-Free DessertsSimply…Gluten-Free Desserts is now available, with over 135 recipes not featured in my blog.

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“I can now have recipes I know I can count on for every Dessert and Breakfast occasion! I’m thrilled!” – A. M.

“I am amazed! This recipe is BETTER than the ‘regular-with-gluten’ recipe! Thanks so much, Carol” – V. P.

“I love your gluten free recipes – I can now have my desserts.” – F.R.

Need a quick meal?

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Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“The “Simply” in ‘Simply … Gluten-Free Quick Meals’ doesn’t just make for a catchy title. The recipes in this cookbook truly are quick and easy to prepare. – A. C.

“I set the timer on two separate nights and made two complete meals from Carol’s latest cookbook in 30-40 minutes. They not only pleased my family, but gave me new recipes and techniques to get dinner on the table faster every night.” – W. K.

“I love the way this book is laid out – full meals I can make in no time. Love the sense of fun and humor in this book but mostly I love all the gluten free recipes -.” – J. F.

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Written by AndreAnna McLean

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Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“I can now have recipes I know I can count on for every Dessert and Breakfast occasion! I’m thrilled!” – A. M.

“I am amazed! This recipe is BETTER than the ‘regular-with-gluten’ recipe! Thanks so much, Carol” – V. P.

“I love your gluten free recipes – I can now have my desserts.” – F.R.

Need a quick meal?

Gluten Free Recipes - Simply Gluten Free Quick MealsSimply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals is now available, with over 100 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“The “Simply” in ‘Simply … Gluten-Free Quick Meals’ doesn’t just make for a catchy title. The recipes in this cookbook truly are quick and easy to prepare. – A. C.

“I set the timer on two separate nights and made two complete meals from Carol’s latest cookbook in 30-40 minutes. They not only pleased my family, but gave me new recipes and techniques to get dinner on the table faster every night.” – W. K.

“I love the way this book is laid out – full meals I can make in no time. Love the sense of fun and humor in this book but mostly I love all the gluten free recipes -.” – J. F.

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Written by AndreAnna McLean

Ready for dessert?

Simply...Gluten-Free DessertsSimply…Gluten-Free Desserts is now available, with over 135 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“I can now have recipes I know I can count on for every Dessert and Breakfast occasion! I’m thrilled!” – A. M.

“I am amazed! This recipe is BETTER than the ‘regular-with-gluten’ recipe! Thanks so much, Carol” – V. P.

“I love your gluten free recipes – I can now have my desserts.” – F.R.

Need a quick meal?

Gluten Free Recipes - Simply Gluten Free Quick MealsSimply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals is now available, with over 100 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“The “Simply” in ‘Simply … Gluten-Free Quick Meals’ doesn’t just make for a catchy title. The recipes in this cookbook truly are quick and easy to prepare. – A. C.

“I set the timer on two separate nights and made two complete meals from Carol’s latest cookbook in 30-40 minutes. They not only pleased my family, but gave me new recipes and techniques to get dinner on the table faster every night.” – W. K.

“I love the way this book is laid out – full meals I can make in no time. Love the sense of fun and humor in this book but mostly I love all the gluten free recipes -.” – J. F.

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This salad is even better when made the night before the potluck. Fragrant, subtle spices meld and mature overnight for a lovely flavor. I enjoy this salad with both quinoa and buckwheat, but if you’re not a fan of buckwheat, use all quinoa or a mix of quinoa and millet.

Written by Ricki Heller

Ready for dessert?

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Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“I can now have recipes I know I can count on for every Dessert and Breakfast occasion! I’m thrilled!” – A. M.

“I am amazed! This recipe is BETTER than the ‘regular-with-gluten’ recipe! Thanks so much, Carol” – V. P.

“I love your gluten free recipes – I can now have my desserts.” – F.R.

Need a quick meal?

Gluten Free Recipes - Simply Gluten Free Quick MealsSimply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals is now available, with over 100 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“The “Simply” in ‘Simply … Gluten-Free Quick Meals’ doesn’t just make for a catchy title. The recipes in this cookbook truly are quick and easy to prepare. – A. C.

“I set the timer on two separate nights and made two complete meals from Carol’s latest cookbook in 30-40 minutes. They not only pleased my family, but gave me new recipes and techniques to get dinner on the table faster every night.” – W. K.

“I love the way this book is laid out – full meals I can make in no time. Love the sense of fun and humor in this book but mostly I love all the gluten free recipes -.” – J. F.

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I’ve updated an old favorite that I shared countless times with friends in my twenties. This version is both healthier and heartier – perfect potluck fare.

Written by Ricki Heller

Ready for dessert?

Simply...Gluten-Free DessertsSimply…Gluten-Free Desserts is now available, with over 135 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“I can now have recipes I know I can count on for every Dessert and Breakfast occasion! I’m thrilled!” – A. M.

“I am amazed! This recipe is BETTER than the ‘regular-with-gluten’ recipe! Thanks so much, Carol” – V. P.

“I love your gluten free recipes – I can now have my desserts.” – F.R.

Need a quick meal?

Gluten Free Recipes - Simply Gluten Free Quick MealsSimply…Gluten-Free Quick Meals is now available, with over 100 recipes not featured in my blog.

Available at bookstores including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Powells, Books-a-Million and Amazon. You can get it also HERE.

“The “Simply” in ‘Simply … Gluten-Free Quick Meals’ doesn’t just make for a catchy title. The recipes in this cookbook truly are quick and easy to prepare. – A. C.

“I set the timer on two separate nights and made two complete meals from Carol’s latest cookbook in 30-40 minutes. They not only pleased my family, but gave me new recipes and techniques to get dinner on the table faster every night.” – W. K.

“I love the way this book is laid out – full meals I can make in no time. Love the sense of fun and humor in this book but mostly I love all the gluten free recipes -.” – J. F.

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s. This blog accepts free manufacturers samples and forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. Affiliate links may be included in this post.

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