How do you make a filling, satisfying vegetarian salad? Load it up with hearty, protein-packed substitutes for meat, such as whole grains, legumes, meaty vegetables, or seafood (if you consider seafood to be part of a vegetarian diet). You won’t miss meat a bit when you bite into one of our satiating veggie salads!
1. Caprese Quinoa Salad
This recipe calls for quinoa, which contains protein, plus chickpeas and mozzarella.
2. Farro Salad with Apples and Walnuts
This fruit and nut combo delights with flavor and nutrients!
3. Citrus Quinoa Salad
Protein-rich quinoa is brightened up with delicious citrus.
4. Roasted Eggplant and Quinoa Salad
Eggplant is one hearty, meaty vegetable. Pair it with quinoa for a protein-packed meal.
5. Creamy Pesto Pasta Salad
A perfect side at parties and picnics, this pasta salad will leave you satisfied.
6. Spinach and Quinoa Salad with Feta and Dill
Feta and dill are two flavors that pair perfectly in this tasty salad.
7. Mediterranean-Inspired Quinoa Salad
Complimentary flavors make this quinoa salad a favorite.
8. Slow Cooker Wild Rice Pilaf
Prepare this salad in your slow cooker for a filling, no-fuss salad.
9. Panzanella Salad with Arugula
An Italian staple, this salad incorporates hearty chunks of bread.
10. Italian Bulgur Pilaf with Toasted Pine Nuts
You can add your favorite vegetables to make this a well-rounded meal.
11. Grilled Eggplant Caprese with Garlicky White Bean Puree
Protein-rich beans and hearty eggplant make this a filling salad that’s truly a meal in itself.
12. Chickpea Salad
Simply combine chickpeas with red wine vinaigrette, feta, red onion, tomato, and cucumber.
13. Mediterranean Three Bean and Corn Salad
This salad really packs the protein!
14. Pasta and White Bean Salad
Toss with your favorite vinaigrette and veggies.
15. Herby Lemony French Lentil Salad
Rich in iron and protein, lentils are livened up with citrus and herbs!
16. Black Bean and Brown Rice Salad
Fiber, protein, and flavor make this salad complete.
17. Black Bean Salad
Combine your favorite Tex-Mex ingredients (tomatoes, cheese, greens, avocado, etc.) with a lime-oil dressing and enjoy!
18. Greek Salad
Combine the usual Kalamata olives, feta, onions, tomatoes, and cucumbers with chickpeas or small falafel balls. Give it a twist with a tahini or tzatziki dressing!
19. Corn Salad
Did you know corn has protein in it? Try it with a lime and hot sauce dressing, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta.
20. Spinach and Roasted Vegetable Salad with Cornbread Croutons and Maple Vinaigrette
This salad, with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash, packs a surprising 13 grams of protein.
21. Roasted Beet Salad
Sweet in flavor and rich in texture, this salad will introduce you to the versatile and unique flavor of beets.
22. Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing
The sweet bite of strawberries combines with rich and creamy avocado for a salad that’s a true delight!
23. Pea Salad
Many people don’t realize just how much protein peas offer. Combine them with hard-boiled eggs, onions, Greek yogurt, and seasonings for a hearty salad.
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24. Mediterranean Tuna Salad
Seafood pairs perfectly with light, refreshing Mediterranean flavors.
25. Luscious Grilled Shrimp Salad in an Avocado Shell with a Spiced Yogurt Dollop
A bite that combines shrimp, avocado, and yogurt will have you hooked on this salad!
26. Wild Salmon Vegetable Salad with Lemon Miso Dressing
Salmon pairs perfectly with the umami flavors of miso and the refreshing taste of lemon.
27. Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp with Quinoa Pilaf
Combining spicy chile flavor with tangy lime enlivens this protein-packed dish.
28. Salmon Avocado Salad
Mix salmon and avocado with your favorite greens, vinaigrette, and veggies.
29. Grilled Eggplant & Zucchini Salad
Add white beans to this dish for extra heartiness and protein.
30. Asian Salad
Replace crispy chicken with healthy tofu.
31. Citrus and Spinach Salad with Creamy Lemon Dressing
Add white beans to this salad of beets, grapefruit, and oranges.
32. Clean-Eating Cobb Salad
Simply cut out the chicken and throw in extra eggs for a protein boost.
33. Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Shavings
We suggest adding chickpeas to round out this salad’s flavor and nutrition profile.
34. Vegetarian Taco Salad
Instead of ground beef, crumble some tofu, season accordingly, and top with the usual favorites.
35. Wedge Salad
You can enjoy this classic salad with fried tofu or crumbled falafel instead of bacon.
Why is protein an important concern for vegetarians? Because, among other things, it helps build strong muscles. Enjoy one of these salads after a workout from out Total Body Transformation eBook. For more exercise ideas, visit our Youtube channel and like our Facebook Fitness page.