(Last Updated On: March 9, 2022)

10 Simple Salad Ideas for Dinner

Coming up with simple salad ideas for dinner or even lunches can be challenging at times. Making sure they are plant-based can add another layer of difficulty. I do come across a lot of interesting salad recipes, but often they have some sort of egg or cheese on them, or the dressing isn’t plant-based. While I’m pretty good at making creative salads on the fly, we wanted a place to gather ideas that we could access easily on the go.

Below is a list of 10 salad recipes from very talented recipe creators we adore. Their recipes are never over-complicated, but they pack a lot of flavor. If you like these, you should definitely give their other recipes a spin. Don’t forget, you follow these recipes to a T, or start small and bring elements of them into simpler salads. We like to build on what I know so I don’t get overwhelmed.

We hope this list will inspire your salad rolodex and keep your menu fresh this summer!

The Recipes

Low Level Difficulty


Kale Salad with Crispy Chickpeas and Avocado by Feed Your Glow
Recipe Notes: This links to the recipe on her Instagram page, where you will find ingredients and instructions

Vegan Fiesta Salad by Raw Till Whenever
Recipe Notes: We were drooling when we watched Hannah make this for the first time. Her dressings are unreal, too!

Soba Noodle Salad by From My Bowl
Recipe Notes: Everything from Caitlin is always a hit and efficient to make. Ya gonna love it.

Grapefruit Avocado Salad by Tess Challis, Photo by the talented Anna Pelzer
Recipe Notes: We love grapefruit and summery fruits in salads. Anna’s capture of Tess’s recipe made me drool. Anna has the coolest avocado art and demo’s, so check out her page!

Taco Salad by Mostly Green
Recipe Notes: This is a recipe we will be making every week this summer! Because Caryn LOVES corn and Andrew can pick it out of the salads easily haha.

Creamy Coleslaw by The Yummy Plant
Recipe Notes: We also made her Orange Glazed Tempeh and put it on top of the coleslaw which was really good!

Roasted Veggies with Cauli Rice from Feed Your Glow
Recipe Notes: We love this fresh use of cauliflower rice. Always perfect in the summer.

Medium Level Difficulty


Buffalo Tofu Salad by From My Bowl
Recipe Notes: The star of this salad is the buffalo tofu! She uses a very straightforward batter that’s quick to put together. We’ve put this tofu on salads, and in wraps. The creamy ranch dressing is also very quick so we recommend using this on your salad or wrap.

Orzo Salad by Raw Til Whenever
Recipe Notes: The only recipe in this bunch with pasta in it, it’s a good reminder that we need to make sure we add pasta to more salads!

Grilled Corn Zucchini Salad by Minimalist Baker
Recipe Notes: If you haven’t tried crispy chickpeas, you will love them. This recipe has a few more steps than the others, but we like that she keeps some as optional.