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30 Dairy Free Summer Salad Recipes


These dairy free summer salad recipes are the perfect non dairy plant-based recipes for a cookout, BBQ, or potluck. These are all fantastic side dishes or appetizers, and can be served with proteins to make a complete meal. These non dairy salads are great for warm days and hot nights, and are all crowd pleasers everyone will love!

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Here are some of my favorite light salad recipes without dairy!  These bright and fresh summer salads are easy whole food recipes loaded with seasonal produce and herbs. I love a dairy free summer salad for days when I want to keep it light.  The 30 recipes below are tried-and-true non dairy salad recipes that everyone will love. From pasta salads to savory salads with fruit to coleslaws, these non dairy salads are a fantastic addition to your summer table.

Cold Peanut Noodle Salad
This cold peanut noodle salad recipe is a quick and tasty 15-minute recipe! Loaded with fresh veggies, in an easy homemade peanut sauce. Vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan!
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Vegan Apple Walnut Salad
This vegan apple walnut salad is a great lunch or dinner salad or main dish. Full of plant protein, creamy dressing, and fresh crisp veggies!
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Spinach Lentil Salad
This Spinach Lentil Salad recipe is a vibrant tasty meal, with a simple 5-minute vinaigrette dressing!  Nothing like a vibrant bold salad to let that summer produce shine!
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Simple Lemon Quinoa Salad (Vegan, Gluten Free)
This simple lemon quinoa salad is packed with fresh vegetables and herbs in a simple lemon vinaigrette! Easy to make, and ready in 10 minutes.  Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, and plant based a great summer side dish for entertaining, potlucks, or BBQs!
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White Fence Farm Coleslaw (Copycat)
This vinegar based coleslaw has a sweet and tart tang without the mayo. Like White Fence Farm coleslaw recipe you can make at home for a side dish or BBQ!
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Easy Weeknight Summer Salads

Most of these salads are what I call Easy Weeknight Meals – which are on your table in about 30 minutes.  These quick and simple recipes are perfect for those nights when you want a homecooked meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I have a whole section of The Herbeevore dedicated to Easy Weeknight Meals, that are great for the whole family. From soups and stews, to pastas and proteins – a tasty meal can be on your table in no time.  Even faster than ordering takeout!

Vegan Greek Salad (Dairy Free)
This rainbow vegan Greek salad is perfect for a pot luck, brunch, or game day party!  Filled with artichokes, olives, roasted peppers, and feta this salad is as impressive as it is delicious. Dairy free & Gluten Free too!
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Orange Avocado Salad
This Orange Avocado Salad is a vibrant and fresh summer fruit salad that is loaded with flavor and sweet citrus fruit. The dressing has a secret ingredient to make this breakfast salad recipe absolutely pop. This is one fantastic way to eat avocado for breakfast that's not avocado toast!  Vegan, Whole30 approved, paleo, and gluten free… perfect for anyone!
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Macaroni Salad with Peas
This creamy macaroni salad recipe with peas is loaded with fresh celery, carrots, bell pepper, and of course tons of green peas for a great side dish. This pasta salad has a wonderfully creamy ranch dressing, a great crowd pleaser for your next pot luck, BBQ, or party!
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Costco Tuscan Bean and Barley Salad
This Costco copycat Tuscan Bean Salad is a delicious take on the store-bought salad!  Fresh herbs and a pesto dressing lighten this salad into something special. This salad is bright, fresh, and vegan – a perfect summer salad for your next party, potluck, or BBQ.
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Vegan Ramen Noodle Salad
This vegan ramen noodle salad is light and crunchy, loaded with vegetables, and so easy to meal prep and make ahead.  It was so good, I made it 2 weeks in a row for my lunch!  I can’t get enough of this crunchy, tasty salad.
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Meal Prep Salad Recipes For the Win!

A lot of these heartier pasta and bean salads are the perfect recipes for homemade meal prep.  I am a huge fan of meal prepping, batch cooking, and making recipes ahead.  I love the convenience of cooking once and being able to enjoy homemade meals during the week when I don’t have time. There’s a whole section of TheHerbeevore.com dedicated to my favorite tried & true meal prep recipes.  With just a little planning and prep, you can have a week’s worth of recipes ready in the time it would take to make one portion.  Just batch cook, divide into individual containers, and place in the fridge or freezer for later!  I also made a list of my favorite meal prep products that I use weekly.

Vegan Pinwheels
This vegan pinwheels recipe is a delicious appetizer, snack, or light lunch made with creamy avocados, smashed chickpeas, and fresh crunchy veggies in each bite!
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Vegan Avocado Salad
This raw vegan avocado salad recipe is a bright and fresh way to enjoy ripe avocados. Dress simply with a lime vinaigrette, great for breakfast or lunch.  I love eating this bright and fresh raw vegan avocado salad over toast,  on a grain bowl, or with simple poached eggs.
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Grilled Peach Salad
Sweet and savory, this grilled peach salad combines peaches, asparagus & summer squash with a simple homemade balsamic vinaigrette! Serve over fresh mixed greens for the perfect bite of summer.
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Gluten Free Pasta Salad with Rice Noodles
This gluten free pasta salad recipe is loaded with vegetables and rice noodles in a bright and tangy dressing. A great make ahead lunch, refreshing and crunchy.  Vegetarian, gluten free, and dairy free –  perfect for everyone at your table.
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Pasta Bean Salad
This pasta bean salad recipe is creamy and tangy, with plant based proteins and a bright and fresh dressing. This quick side salad features 2 classic salads: creamy macaroni salad and traditional three bean salad. A side dish with a modern twist.
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Some of the BEST Pantry Staple Salad Recipes

Pasta and bean salads are fantastic pantry-staple meals!  They use a lot of ingredients you would have in your dry pantry or cupboards – most of which you probably have on hand. Keeping a well-stocked pantry makes it easy to come up with delicious meals using a few staples you can rotate.  I made a list of my Top 125 Plant-Based Pantry Staples that always keep stocked. By stocking up on whole ingredients you can cook delicious recipes without a trip to the store!

Creamy Cucumber Pasta Salad
This creamy cucumber pasta salad is vegan and gluten free, making it a crunchy vegetarian side salad everyone can enjoy! Great as a meatless pasta side dish, a meal prep lunch, or just a great recipe for garden cucumbers.
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Tzatziki Pasta Salad
This easy tzatziki pasta salad is loaded with fresh vegetables & bright herbs in a creamy tangy dressing. A great vegetarian pasta side dish for BBQs, cookouts, and potlucks.
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White Bean and Veggie Salad
This summer white bean salad is a protein packed recipe for fresh garden tomatoes and cucumbers! Easy no cook summer lunch.  Great for an easy no-cook lunch or dinner. Vegan, gluten free summer side salad dishes, high fiber recipes with beans.
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Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce
This Thai Quinoa Salad with Peanut Sauce is crunchy, flavorful, and packed with protein. Easy, vegan, and prefect for everyone at your table – a great vegan potluck idea, and a fantastic quinoa salad for entertaining.
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Beet and Apple Salad
This apple and beet salad recipe is a little sweet, a little savory, and totally delicious. A hearty fresh salad with a simple cider vinaigrette.  This salad is great to serve with a cozy bowl of homemade stew or slow cooked protein of your choice. This salad is vegan, gluten free, and vegetarian – so perfect for anyone at your table!
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Easy One Bowl Salad Recipes

Most of these dairy free summer salad recipes are the perfect one-pot lunch or dinner!  I love a good One Pot Meal, especially during these summer months when I don’t want a lot of burners going at once. Cooking everything in one pot is one of my favorite ways to get a meal on the table fast!  And one pot makes cleaning up a breeze. The stove does all the work for you, so you can focus on other kitchen prep while the food cooks. One Pot meals are awesome for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – check out my link here to see other one pot meals that are ready in no time!

Black Eyed Pea Salad
This black eyed pea salad is bright and vibrant, fresh and tasty. Loaded with fresh vegetables for a quick meal prep lunch or dinner. 
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Hawaiian Mac Salad
This hawaiian mac salad recipe is loaded with fresh pineapple & veggies make this creamy Hawaiian Mac Salad a total hit for a summer backyard BBQ side dish! Can easily be made vegan and gluten free!
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Red Cabbage Coleslaw
This red cabbage coleslaw is the perfect picnic side, pot luck dish, or salad for your summer BBQ.  Its a little savory, a little sweet, and loaded with fresh vegetables for a bright crunch. A tasty BBQ side dish or party salad, this is one rainbow coleslaw everyone at the table will love!
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Keto Chinese Chicken Salad
This keto Chinese chicken salad recipe has fantastic flavors from sesame oil, rice vinegar, and tamari.  Great as a lunch, easy dinner, or dip for crackers – or on top of a large bed of leaf lettuce. This a simple recipe to make if you have leftover rotisserie or cooked chicken. Make this salad once and meal prep for a week of easy healthy lunches!
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Avocado Pasta Salad
This avocado pasta salad is a bright and beautiful bowl of fresh vegetables and a creamy dressing! Loaded with fresh veggies, gluten free macaroni pasta, in a creamy avocado vinaigrette. Vegan, vegetarian, no mayo, and high in fiber and plant protein.
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A No-Cook Salad Recipes Are Perfect for Summer

A lot of these no-cook salads are quick and simple.  I love a good no-cook recipe for those days when I’m not feeling like standing around the stove, or for summer nights when it’s too hot to cook. I have a whole collection of recipes that require zero cooking at all, check them out here!  These salads comes together in about 10-20 minutes, and doesn’t require the stove or microwave to make. Just use a few pantry staple ingredients and you have a tasty meal ready in no time.  And very little to clean up afterwards… an added bonus!

Chickpea Salad with Tahini
This Chickpea Salad with Tahini is a tasty plant-based alternative to chicken salad!  This pantry staple sandwich is packed with protein, is super filling, and has quite a crunch from vibrant vegetables!
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Grapefruit Avocado Salad
This delicious grapefruit avocado salad  is a bright & fresh way to start your day!  Made with avocado, fresh grapefruit, lime juice, and basil, this recipe combines fruits with a vibrant citrus-y flavor.   This simple salad makes a fantastic breakfast or snack anytime.
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Quinoa Salad with Black Beans
This Quinoa Salad with Black Beans recipe is a fresh and tasty lunch or side dish, loaded with vegetables, and high in fiber and plant based protein! This is a great recipe for hearty meal prep during the week and is vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free.
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Quinoa Chickpea Salad
This easy quinoa chickpea salad can be made with any color quinoa – it's packed with fresh vegetables and a bright lemon vinaigrette. Great to meal prep, make ahead, or batch cook. Inspired by a copycat recipe at Le Pain Quotidien restaurant.
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Coleslaw Macaroni Saslad
This coleslaw macaroni salad is a crowd-pleaser pasta side dish!  Crisp, tangy, creamy and delicious- this is the perfect side dish for a BBQ, holiday party, or just a weeknight dinner!
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