15 Delicious Protein-Packed Vegan Salads

Oh, salads. They should be easy to throw together for a healthy mid-day meal, but they’re actually pretty easy to screw up. Add too many toppings and you’re eating way more than you planned for; don’t add enough and you’re absolutely starving again by the time 2 o’clock rolls around. What’s a hungry vegan to do?

When it comes to building a healthy, nutritious salad that will fill you up and keep you satisfied for hours – turn to protein. In addition to fibrous veggies and healthy fats, experts recommend squeezing at least 15 grams of protein into every meal. While this may sound like a lot, there are some easy ways to sneak more hunger-fighting protein into you salads with little-to-no extra effort or prep.

For example…

Instead of wimpy iceberg lettuce, go with spinach (1 gram of protein per cup) or kale (2 grams of protein per cup). Add some chia seeds to your vinaigrette (1 gram of protein per tablespoon) and instead of croutons, top your greens with roasted chickpeas (7 grams of protein in ½ cup). For an extra layer of crunch, add two tablespoons of chopped almonds (another 4 grams of protein.) Toss in ¼ cup of cooked quinoa and you tack another 2 grams of protein onto your salad.

Have you been adding? If you sat down to eat the hypothetical salad above (1 cup of kale, ¼ cup of quinoa and ½ cup roasted chickpeas, topped with a chia seed vinaigrette and chopped almonds), you’d be looking at a whopping 16 grams of protein – and not a single animal product in sight. Victory!

If you’re inspired to kick your salad routine up a notch, keep reading. We rounded up a whole bunch of protein-packed vegan salads that promise to keep lunchtime interesting, delicious and satisfying.

(If you want to jump right in, here are all the recipes.)

Red Quinoa Salad with Corn, Avocado and Black Beans | Well Vegan
Couscous Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas | Well Vegan
High Protein Salad | Contentedness Cooking
Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Almond Feta | Yup, it’s Vegan
Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers | Yummy Mummy Kitchen
Blackened Tempeh and Charred Corn Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing | My Darling Vegan
Cold Peanut Noodle Salad | Savory Tooth
Southwestern Bacon Avocado Salad | Cheftographer
Warm Quinoa Salad with Apple and Kale | Happy Healthy Mama
Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Taco Salad | Veggies Save the Day
Pineapple Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad | My Darling Vegan
Warm Acorn Squash, Lentil & Quinoa Salad with Sage Dressing | Veganosity
Crave-Worthy Kale Salad & Roasted Chickpeas | Cadry’s Kitchen
Greek Power Salad | The Mostly Vegan
Smoked Tofu Kale Salad with Creamy Vegan Cashew Dressing | Lauren Vacula

15 Delicious Protein-Packed Vegan Salads

Red Quinoa Salad with Corn, Avocado and Black Beans | Well Vegan

vegan salads

Couscous Salad with Roasted Vegetables and Chickpeas | Well Vegan

vegan salads

High Protein Salad | Contentedness Cooking

vegan salads

Mediterranean Chickpea Salad with Almond Feta | Yup, it’s Vegan

vegan salads

Lentil Salad with Tomatoes and Cucumbers | Yummy Mummy Kitchen

vegan salads

Blackened Tempeh and Charred Corn Salad with Chipotle Ranch Dressing | My Darling Vegan

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad | Savory Tooth

vegan salads

Southwestern Bacon Avocado Salad | Cheftographer

vegan salads

Warm Quinoa Salad with Apple and Kale | Happy Healthy Mama

vegan salads

Buffalo Ranch Chickpea Taco Salad | Veggies Save the Day

vegan salads

Pineapple Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad | My Darling Vegan

vegan salads

Warm Acorn Squash, Lentil & Quinoa Salad with Sage Dressing | Veganosity

vegan salads

Crave-Worthy Kale Salad & Roasted Chickpeas | Cadry’s Kitchen

vegan salads

Greek Power Salad | The Mostly Vegan

vegan salads

Smoked Tofu Kale Salad with Creamy Vegan Cashew Dressing | Lauren Vacula

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What’s your favorite protein-packed vegan salad?

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2 Comments

  1. oh this looks so good I will have to make a few of these awesome recipes.
    xoxo liv

  2. thanks, great list! Will be making some of these. Great ideas to add chickpeas, or kale to increase the protein content. Hemp seeds would be good too

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