15 Healthy Gluten-free Salads

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 25, 2012

Hello, my name is Leanne, and I’m addicted to salads.

Wait, scratch that. I’m addicted to the dressings I create for salads.

A perfect balance of spices, oil, and a splash of vinegar or lemon juice is usually all you need to unleash your inner salad goddess.

Let’s get excited about veggies, shall we?

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1. Cranberry Mango Millet Salad

*vegan*

What better place to start than with a salad that has more fruit than it does veggies? Gotta ease ourselves into this salad business, right?

Lighten up your lunch with this mango, dried cranberries, and spinach salad topped with a sweet lemon poppy seed dressing. Heck, come to think of it, cut out the onions and I bet this salad would be great for breakfast, too.

2. Creamy & Sweet Broccoli Salad

This salad is a breeze to assemble during the evening for a weeks’ worth of lunches and lasts for days in the fridge without wilting or spoiling.

One of my favorite characteristics of broccoli is it’s ability soak up the dressing at the bottom of the bowl. My family used to eat a lot of stir-fries and I was always the one that picked out the soy sauce drenched broccoli pieces from my bowl, leaving the carrots behind. Now that I’m older I’ve learned that I can just create a whole darn bowl of broccoli, drench it in sauce and call it a meal.

3. Sunflower Cream Salad with Sweet Taters + Dill Chicks

*vegan*

I’ve been rockin’ the baked chickpea for years but never thought to use them as a replacement for croutons… until now!

The chickpea croutons are loaded with dill, the creamy dressing is made with blended sunflower seeds, and the yams are roasted to perfection. Oh my gosh, I’m really wishing I had this packed in my lunch today!

4. Creamy Vegan Coleslaw with Bean Mayonnaise

*vegan*

You may snack on a cookie or handful of potato chips as a once in awhile treat. Me? I treat myself to mayo. No joke. Mixed with lemon juice and poured on veggies, spread on a couple of crackers, added to a warm bowl of quinoa, the opportunities are endless!

But since we’re all here to figure out how we can incorporate more whole foods into our lives, I made it my mission to create a healthier/vegan version of my favorite condiment. Once I nailed the bean mayo, it was obvious what I needed to do with it – combine it with a light and fresh vegan coleslaw!

5. Spinach Salad with Tomato Vinaigrette

This salad is sweet, savory, with just a perfect lightness to it but I can’t promise that you’ll be able to control yourself around the tomato vinaigrette. While the salad itself isn’t vegan, the vinaigrette sure is!

6. Sweet and Savory Quinoa and Papaya Salad

*vegan*

This salad is light and summery, right down to the chopped fresh kiwi. I love preparing these types of grain based salads and using them as a mix-in with my daily greens. Just combine 1 serving of salad with 2 cups of greens and you have one veggie loving meal. No extra dressing needed!

7. Vegan Creamy Honey Dijon Salad

*vegan*

We did the chickpea crouton. Now we’re bringing in the bug guns – omega croutons. I wont take it personal if all you make out of this recipe are the croutons.

8. Sweet Nibbly Bits Potato Salad

*vegan*

This salad is great served on it’s own, as a side to a thick and juicy burger, or wrapped in a brown rice tortilla. It’s loaded with ginger, raisins, and earthy tones of yam. I bet a dash of ground cinnamon would be good in it, too!

9. Dad’s Famous Potato Salad

This potato salad is a Vogel original, created by my Dad back in the 70s. He always claimed that there was a mystery ingredient that made this salad irresistible but was never willing to share it with anyone until now. (The secret’s in the pickle juice… shhhh)

10. Maple Balsamic Dijon Salad with Strawberries & Pecans

*vegan*

This is my go-to potluck take-along. If there’s nut allergies at the party, I sub the pecans for toasted sunflower seeds. The dressing is really simple to whip together, the ingredients are fresh and inexpensive, and the colors pop right off the plate!

11. In a Jiffy Bean Salad

*vegan*

When I’m in one of my anti-cooking moods (generally after the weekend when I’ve whipped up a weeks worth of recipes for the blog), I usually whip up a batch of this simple, protein-packed salad.

Serve with rice wraps and melted cheese, as a topping on spinach, or mixed in with leftover grains like quinoa, rice or millet.

12. Smokey Bear Quinoa Salad

Low fat, BBQ flavored, gluten-free salad dressing. Need I say more?

13. Hot and Wild Roasted Veggie Salad

*vegan*

I’m a huge fan of roasted veggies and even bigger into cooling them down, adding some dressing, grains, extra fresh veggies and calling it dinner.

14. Light Quinoa and Avocado Tabbouleh Verrines

This light salad is a great picnic take-along. It’s loaded with veggies, protein, healthy fats and fresh herbs.

15. Spring Fling Pasta Salad

The dressing in lemony fresh and delightfully creamy. You could add any seasonal veggie to the mix and I’m sure it’d turn out great. For this version, I steamed artichokes, added cooked edamame, radishes and a pinch of fresh herbs.

I don’t know about you, but all I want is a big salad right now and it’s only 5am. Awesome.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile

I am obsessed with salads. All of these look amazing ! Thank you for this :D

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

I have to have a salad at least 1x a day. That sunflower cream sounds amazing!

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Alex@Spoonful of Sugar Free

I am pinning this! So many great ideas when I get into a salad slump.

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katie @KatieDid

I love that you served the honey mustard dressing in the avocado skin- great presentation idea! They all look so healthy, vibrant, and delicious… I make such boring salads in comparison wow!

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Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate

Yay for fiber-rich veggies! And I love that you love salads – me too! Definitely a great way to get in a little extra veggie power on a regular basis and you provide so many different options to choose from. Now I just have to decide which one to try first!

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Veronica

Your blog is absolutely awesome! I read it everyday :) Thank you! Best wishes from Sweden

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’m honored Veronica :) Thanks for stopping in and saying hello!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks

One looks better than the next and wow, I know you had a lot of cold, creative, salads but this post just reminded me of tons of gems I had forgotten about. I need to make a few of these!

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Brianne

How did I miss some of these recipes… Like the “sweet nibbly bits” salad?!! Seriously!!! I’m so excited to try these!

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Viveca from FatigueBeGone

Everything looks so delicious! The test is to sit my husband down and have him pick out a couple recipes with me. We’ll do that on Sunday and cook up something yummy together.

Thanks so much!

Viveca

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That is such a great idea!

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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty

I vote the Sweet Nibbly salad, because well… I like the name! haha and it sounds awesome!

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Paulina (One Smile Ahead)

I just finished a salad for lunch. Nothing as special as the ones above though haha. I need to change up my usual one and try something different. The broccoli one sounds so good. I love broccoli for the exact same reason!

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LyneLM

Oh dear… I was just polishing off a huge aragula salad, looked at your post and there is not one of the recipes I would not try out! Now I have got some reading and printing to do!

Fabulous post for us salad addicts!

P.S. I look at your posts on a daily basis, another addition.

Thank you!

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LizAshlee

Amazing…I am saving this page for sure!!

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Charlotte

Also obsessed with salads. These pictures are all mouth-watering. Definitely have to try those vegan croutons!

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