|Lentil Rice Salad
There's a difference between being a Vegan and being a Rabbit.
If you're Vegan, and you've ever asked the server at a restaurant what they have that is Vegan, you've undoubtedly heard, "The Salad!"
As if that was going to fill you up!
Usually that's followed by some comment like, "Well, we can MAKE the salad Vegan if we leave off the bacon, cheese, dressing & eggs." (This when the restaurant has a huge range of other naturally Vegan foods - like Baked Potatoes - that the server didn't even think about)
That kind of salad is NOT what I consider an entrée salad.
To me, an entrée salad is filled with satisfying, healthy, whole foods that supply a wide range of nutrients - everything from starches & proteins to vitamins & minerals. Something that can be the centerpiece of a meal with some added bread & veggies - or the occasional veggie burger to round out the meal. And it leaves me feeling like I've eaten when I get up from the table.
An entrée salad is usually easy to fix, requires little or no cooking, and is easy to transport. And, it has huge Omnivore appeal (as a side dish or entrée )
Which means, entrée salads are the perfect thing to bring to a summer potluck or picnic. They're also the perfect thing to bring to the home of an Omnivore who has invited you for dinner & given you permission to bring a dish to share.
If you're an Omnivore, they're the perfect dish to add to your table when a Vegan is coming for dinner - so that everyone has a nice, balanced, filling meal, and you don't have to cook any "weird Vegan food." ; )
They're also ideal when as a Vegan you need to make a meal with Meat for an Omnivore, and still have a balanced, satisfying meal for the Vegan in the family.
Here is a whole week's worth (plus one!) to peruse and to Mix & match with your week's menu.
Besides all of that, all of these salads except the Fattoush are naturally Gluten-Free. If you need to make the Fattoush Gluten free, you can simply omit the Pita (if desired, you can add a GF crouton instead).
Black Bean and Corn Salad (super quick)
Black-Eyed Pea Salad (super quick)
Fattoush (lighter - best served with Crusty Bread)
Lentil & Rice Salad
Mediterranean Green Bean & Potato Salad
Mix & Match Italian Rice Salad
Quinoa and Lime Salad
White Bean Salad (super quick)
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