Veganism is a way of life the roots of which can be found in following a strict animal product free diet. This is one of those food plans that do not subscribe to meat, fish, eggs or even milk. Some even go to the extent of not including honey in their diet because this is an essentially animal derived food. The focus of Vegan diet is on fresh or partially cooked fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs, making Vegan meals one of the best when it comes to shedding weight. Here are 4 vegan salad recipes that you can try out for a healthy gut and calorie friendly nutrition…
Vegan Beet and Spinach Salad
For this salad the primary ingredients are beet (4 medium sized) and spinach (one large bunch). You will also need 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 2 teaspoons agave nectar, 1 tablespoon chopped dill, salad dressing of your choice (preferably Dijon, for its flavor), and salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare, you need to slice the beet into thin coins and steam it till it becomes tender. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl other than the spinach and beet and blend until smooth. Toss in the spinach and beet and mix well and serve for a tasty and healthy salad.
Vegan Tofu Salad
For Vegan Tofu Salad, you will need 1 pound of diced tofu preferably firm; 2 tomatoes, diced, 1 cucumbers chopped into coins; 1 small red onion sliced; 1 cup of black olives; 2 ½ tablespoons of olive oil; 2 ½ tablespoons of wine vinegar; 1 tablespoon fresh basil; 1 teaspoon oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare, you will need to steam tofu for 10 to 15 minutes. Mix olive oil, vinegar, herbs and condiments in a bowl and coat the tofu with the same. Now stir in the chopped vegetables and mix well for a healthy, tasty, crunchy and protein packed salad.
Apple Orange Winter Salad
The primary ingredients in this salad are 2 large apples diced; 2 oranges peeled and segmented, 4 beets diced; 2 bunches of salad greens, 2 large garlic cloves chopped; 1 tablespoons of red wine vinegar or raspberry vinegar; 1 tablespoon olive oil, ½ teaspoon of sugar and salt to taste.
To prepare, steam the beets till tender. In a bowl, mix the olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and sugar. Toss in the beet and fruits and mix well. Serve on a bed of greens for a appetizing look and a filling and calorie friendly meal.
Vegan Lentil Salad
The primary ingredient in the salad is a bowl of lentil of your choice. Associated ingredients are 1 tablespoon of red wine vinegar; 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil; 3 tablespoons finely diced shallots; 2 tablespoons sliced scallions; 3 tablespoons chopped parsley; salt and pepper to taste.
To prepare, boil the lentils till tender but firm. Drain and reserve ½ cup of the cooking water. Mix the lentil with vinegar salt and pepper and leave alone for 5 minutes. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. If the lentil seems dry, spoon in some of the cooking water as necessary. You can garnish with fresh herbs for a vibrant plate of health.