The Ultimate Salad Builder

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Jess Turner

Think salads are dull and won’t fill you up? Our mission is to change your mind!

1. Choose your base grain

Any serious salad loads up on grains as a solid foundation. Couscous, quinoa, rice, pasta or noodles all make a delicious and filling base for your salad, and will soak up all the flavor we’re going to pile on up top.

2. Add some veggies

Vegetables of all shapes and sizes add texture, color, flavor, vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, and super healthy calories. Add a range of whatever you enjoy: Tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, carrot ribbons, avocado, onion, beets.

3. Go green

Leafy greens add a great boost of calcium, iron, and fiber: kale, chard, baby spinach, arugula (rocket).

4. Add your plant-powered protein

Beans, chickpeas, lentils, tofu, tempeh or other vegan meat replacements add a satisfying bite and plant-based protein.

5. Now for a little something sweet

Dried cranberries, apples, pineapple, oranges, blueberries, grapes.

6. Sprinkle some goodness

Hemp seeds, ground flaxseeds, chopped walnuts, almond flakes, pine nuts, pistachios — whatever you have on hand will make a satisfying salad addition, bringing the healthy fats, different textures, and flavor!

Feeling fancy? Add some pomegranate seeds, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, artichoke, roasted vegetables, figs, or even crumbled vegan cheese for even more yumminess.

7. And finally, drizzle a vegan dressing to tie everything together and make it delicious!

Vinaigrette, tahini and lemon, vegan ranch, agave mustard, creamy chipotle lime dressing, ginger-agave-citrus, a dollop of our yummy green pesto, raw vegan cheese sauce, or even a drizzle of our popular mango sauce

Easy vegan dressing: Blend together 1 tsp agave syrup, 1 tsp minced ginger, 2 tsp lemon juice, and 2 tsp olive oil

As you can see, salads can be much more than a sad side dish, especially when we take the time to make sure they contain sources of vegan protein, and plenty of tasty and filling ingredients.

Still not convinced a salad will do the job? Sounds like you need this hearty vegan lasagna in your life! You already have the best side salad to serve with it!!

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