18 Creative Oil free Vegan Summertime Salads

And just like that it's summer solstice!

For those who aren't familiar with that mumbo jumbo - the word solstice represents the 'event when the sun is in its most northern and southern points'. Two solstices occur each year - one for summer and one for winter.

The summer solstice is usually around June 21st each year, which happens to be today! <3

So, what does that even mean, and why is this the coolest day of the year?

The summer solstice marks the official start of summer, and it also happens to be the longestttt day of the year. Yes, for many of us in the northern hemisphere, June 21st will have the longest amount of daylight... (and then the days will begin getting shorter with each passing days until we're right back in fall and winter.)

But in the meantime, let's celebrate SUMMER and the longest day of the year by diving in to these amazing, colorful, fresh, and perfect-for-all-things-summer salads. I've got 18 choices for you to choose from - and you're going to want to try them all.

Whether you've got a cookout with family or a picnic with friends - you're going to find the perfect and the mosttt ENJOYABLE vegan salad on this list.

A special thanks to all of the food bloggers who contributed their recipes and images for this round up!

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18 oil free vegan summertime salad recipes

GRILLED CORN SALAD

A summertime favorite, topped with a tasty creamy avocado cilantro dressing.

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VEGAN QUINOA TABBOULEH SUMMER SALAD

A super colorful and bright quinoa summer salad with an oil free golden turmeric salad dressing drizzled on top!

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CLASSIC POTATO SALAD

Everybody's favorite classic potato salad that's vegan, mayo free, oil free, and full of goodness.

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SOUTHWEST LIME CORN SALAD

This is an all around feel-good salad that is packed with fresh and colorful veggies - perfect for summer!

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ROASTED BEET SALAD WITH A LEMON DRESSING

This salad is full of summer - with ingredients such as beets and spinach topped with a delicious garlicky lemon dressing, so yum!

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VEGAN AVOCADO PASTA SALAD

Make this ahead of time and have it ready for your favorite summer picnic or cookout. Only takes 15 minutes to make!

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ISRAELI COUSCOUS SALAD

A fresh salad loaded with flavor from artichokes, olives, basil and garlic.

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VEGAN PESTO PASTA SALAD (GLUTEN FREE)

This pasta salad is packed with so much flavor and beautiful color, it's sure to be a hit in any summer barbecue or cookout!

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VEGAN BROCCOLI BACON SALAD

This is not your typical salad! The base is made out of broccoli, and it is topped with crunchy coconut bacon and dressed with a tasty cashew butter dressing!

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SOUTHWESTERN PASTA SALAD WITH BLACK BEAN DRESSING

Another take on the traditional southwestern salad, but this one's got pasta AND a super tasty black bean dressing to go on top.

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CREAMY RAINBOW SLAW

Full of color and fresh ingredients - a healthier take on traditional slaw.

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NECTARINE QUINOA BUCKWHEAT TABBOULEH

A nutritious and colorful salad perfect for summer!

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AVOCADO MACARONI SALAD

A refreshing macaroni salad without all the oily mayo!

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ASPARAGUS AND ARUGULA FARRO SALAD

Hearty grains and light spring greens make this salad perfect for any summer picnic or cookout!

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CHICKPEA WILD RICE SALAD

A vegan twist on a traditional chicken and wild rice salad. This one's got lots of mushrooms and chickpeas instead - so yum!

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SMOKEY AND SWEET PEANUT SLAW

Smokey, sweet and crunchy - loaded with ingredients such as cabbage, carrots, and pear and topped with a tasty peanut sauce - this salad is definitely a summer favorite.

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KACHUMBER (CUCUMBER) SALAD

A tasty Indian-inspired cucumber salad that you can whip up in minutes.

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VELVETY AVOCADO VEGAN PASTA SALAD

One more pasta salad, because pasta salads are my favorite! And they are also perfect for summer - and this one's got cream avocado in it. Win!

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And that's a wrap! 18 amazingly creative oil free vegan salad recipes for you to enjoy all summer long!


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With love and gratitude, 

Jen ♥

 

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About Jen

Hey, I am Jen, Nice to meet ya! I am obsessed with creating healthy vegan meals that taste deliciouslyyy amazing. I never cared much for food, nor cooking, but that all changed a few years ago when I switched to a whole foods, plant based diet and discovered the magic of plants! <3 Now, I have my very own vegan food blog where I share that magic with YOU! Most of the recipes you'll find here are refined-sugar free and oil-free with almost zero processed ingredients, if any! If you love what you see, drop a comment below! Thank you for stopping by and much love + gratitude always.

2 Comments

  1. Hanne on June 26, 2018 at 8:27 am

    I love that you mention the solstice. We used to have a huge Solstice sleep over with my kids friends every year with a fire in the backyard.
    Thank you for including my beet salad in this round up. I am currently living without a kitchen (long story) and I’m sure these recipes will be a life saver for the next couple of months.
    You managed to pack a lot of goodness into these recipes. Yummm
    -Hanne

    • Jen on June 28, 2018 at 5:40 pm

      That Solstice sleep over sounds like so much fun – especially with the fire in the backyard, I’m sure the kids loved it! Of course, thanks for allowing me to share your beautiful salad :). No kitchen?! I wouldn’t know what to do with myself hahaha – are you renovating it? Anyway, I hope you get your kitchen back, but in the mean time enjoy these fresh favorites.

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