20 Filling Salad Recipes You’ll Crave

Say no to sad salads! These 20 filling salad recipes will keep you satisfied, they’re all full of fresh flavors and plant-based protein. Healthy and delicious! 

Say it with me: salad can be satisfying!

I’ve had my fair share of underwhelming salads. I’ve fallen victim to limp greens, too-oily dressing, and flavorless carrot sticks. You know the type. I’m here to say that this does not need to be the case! Getting your greens in can be a delicious, colorful, and honestly FUN experience. Today we’re talking all things leafy, with a focus on plant-based salads that will actually keep you full.

How to Make a Filling Salad

  1. Start off with a fun base green and some veggies! Some of my favorites include kale, romaine, and arugula. Additional veg toppings amp up the fiber and color of your bowl.
  2. Next, add in a plant-based protein. Lentils and beans are very affordable and increase the satisfaction factor.
  3. Add more flavor with a fat of some kind, like a dressing with olive oil. Avocado can also play this part well! A lot of the vitamins in salad are fat-soluble, so your body will absorb them fully when consumed with a healthy fat.
  4. Finish off with a fun topping! Sometimes I like to add croutons or seeds for some crunch, or fresh herbs for brightness.

5 Mason Jar Salad Recipes

mason jar salad with vegetables

Roasted Chickpea Salad with Vegan Ranch Dressing

Spiralized Asian Quinoa Salad with Peanut Dressing

spirals of carrot and zucchini

Vegan Bacon Ranch Potato Salad

filling potato salad vegan in white bowl

Blueberry Five Bean Salad

hand holding chip dipping into bean salad

Chickpea Caesar Pasta Salad

caesar pasta salad in white bowl

Vegan Chicken Fajita Salad

green seitan salad with red peppers

Green Goddess Avocado Kale Salad

green kale salad with 1/2 avocado

Curried Quinoa Salad with Grapes and Walnuts

Quinoa Spinach Salad with Raspberry Viniagrette

filling salad with healthy quinoa and red raspberry dressing

Crispy Tofu Vegan Caesar Salad

crispy tofu cubes on salad

Vegan Curried Seitan Salad

Hemp Ranch Vegan Pasta Salad

Easy Quinoa Salad with Tomatoes and Spinach

easy quinoa salad with tomatoes and spinach

Mediterranean Chickpea Quinoa Salad

mediterranean salad with veggie and hummus

Curried Pasta Salad

filling salad with curried pasta

Blood Orange Quinoa Salad

filling salad of quinoa and cabbage on a white board

Apple Arugula Salad with Cinnamon Roasted Chickpeas

crispy chickpea and arugula salad

Brussels Sprouts Quinoa Salad

white bowl with quinoa salad

Pesto Couscous Salad

pesto couscous salad