Trader Joe’s Salad Recipes & Ideas (plant-based)

Attention salad-loving, Trader Joe’s-obsessed foodies! This one’s for YOU! Just because you’re short on time and energy doesn’t mean you have to miss out on flavorful meals and healthy options. These vegan Trader Joe’s salad recipes & ideas could be your answer for quick and nourishing meals you crave.

All the ingredients for these delicious plant-based meals can be found at Trader Joe’s. These salads are SO DELICIOUS (and most of them are so easy) that you may just never buy a bagged salad kit again!

Vegan Mexican Cobb Salad

Mexican Cobb salad
creamy dill vegan dressing
crispy jalapeno pieces

THIS Trader Joe’s vegan salad creation is the salad I crave more than any other: creamy, spicy, light. My vegan Mexican Cobb Salad is essentially taco salad ingredients with a ranch-like dressing. And Trader Joe’s makes it EASY with the best salad dressing of all time, Creamy Dill.

Base ingredients:

  • romaine or greens of choice
  • black beans
  • corn
  • fresh tomatoes
  • avocado
  • Crispy Jalapeno Pieces (or tortilla chips if you prefer)
  • Vegan Creamy Dill dressing (tastes like ranch!)

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • radishes
  • bell peppers
  • Impossible Chicken Nuggets (baked and chopped into bite size pieces) or sautéed Soy Chorizo
  • hemp seeds/hearts

Falafel Salad with Tzatziki

falafel salad with tzatziki, one of my Trader Joe's salad recipes

Trader Joe’s makes a remarkably tasty dry falafel mix. The two step process of allowing the batter to set and then frying is totally worth the time and energy for falafel lovers. And if you don’t have the time or patience, the frozen falafels work okay too.

Base ingredients:

  • falafel (prepared according to dry mix instructions, or frozen version for easier prep)
  • greens of choice
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • olives
  • tzatziki sauce

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • bell peppers
  • vegan feta
  • pita bread
  • prepared tahini sauce (in fridge section)
  • hummus of choice

Greek Salad with Tabbouli

Trader Joe's salad recipes: Greek salad with tabbouli

Trader Joe’s Tabbouli is delicious on its own, but dress it up with a complementary salad to make it a satisfying meal.

Base ingredients:

  • tabbouli salad
  • greens of choice
  • hummus and/or chickpeas
  • tomatoes
  • cucumbers
  • olives
  • dressing options (consider a combo): lemon juice, olive oil, prepared chimichurri sauce, prepared tahini sauce, or homemade delectable tahini dressing

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • bell peppers
  • radishes
  • vegan feta
  • pita bread
  • tzatziki sauce
  • quinoa or other grain of choice (if I have some in the fridge, I like to mix it in)

Spicy Rice Salad

spicy rice salad, Trader Joe's salad recipes & ideas
spicy cashew butter dressing
crispy jalapeno pieces
sriracha tofu

This Asian-inspired Spicy Rice Salad is oh so addicting, with the perfect balance of textures and heat.

Base ingredients:

  • salad greens of choice
  • brown rice (quick-cooking frozen works great)
  • cucumbers
  • Sriracha Baked Tofu
  • Crispy Jalapeño Pieces
  • Spicy Cashew Butter Dressing

Optional added ingredients (chopped or shredded):

  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • raw beets

YOU. ARE. WELCOME!

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Vegan Trader Joe’s Taco Salad

pepita salsa
taco salad
vegan cashew yogurt

Few dishes are more satisfying than a taco salad: fresh, crunchy, sweet, spicy, creamy. Whether you bowl looks neat or messy, it invariably hits the spot.

For a simple and irresistible taco salad dressing, try this 2-ingredient recipe: mix your favorite salsa & plain yogurt together (like Pepita Salsa and plain cashew yogurt). Depending on the salsa varietal and your spice tolerance, it is usually about 1:1 proportions.

Base ingredients:

  • romaine or greens of choice
  • black beans
  • corn (frozen or canned)
  • fresh tomatoes
  • avocado
  • tortilla chips, crushed
  • salsa of choice (like pepita)
  • plain cashew yogurt

Optional ingredients:

  • radishes
  • bell peppers
  • fresh cilantro
  • meat substitute (like Trader Joe’s Beef-less Ground Beef or Impossible Burger meat, sauteed and seasoned with taco seasoning)

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

Trader Joe's salad recipes: kale caesar
vegan caesar dressing

One of Trader Joe’s BEST vegan items is the Vegan Caesar dressing. Omnivores love it too! Simply mix with greens for a side dish, or else add optional ingredients to make it a meal!

Base ingredients:

Optional ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Salad Recipes: Pasta Salad

pasta salad : Trader Joe's salad recipes
pasta salad with veggies and beans
pasta salad
pasta salad with greens, veggies, & plant-based sausage, topped with vegan parm

I used to think of pasta salads as a side dish…until I lived through my first summer as a vegan. And then I learned that pasta salad is one of the most versatile salad meal ideas for adults and kids alike!

Base ingredients:

  • pasta (I look for the most colorful one on the shelf)
  • fresh veggies like tomatoes, green beans, carrots, celery, kale, arugula, radish, or peppers
  • beans like red beans, white beans, or chickpeas
  • dressing options: Vegan Caesar dressing, TJ’s Goddess Dressing, TJ’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, or a homemade option like this Tangy Herb Sauce

Optional ingredients:

RAINBOW-INSPIRED SALADS: Trader Joe’s Salad Recipes

rainbow salad
Rainbow Salad with kale, farro, veggies, & sriracha tofu
rainbow salad with tahini dressing
Rainbow Salad includes sweet potatoes, chickpeas, & avocado with tahini dressing

Sometimes, I use color as inspiration to create hearty vegan salads. First, I aim for about 5 veggies. Then, 1-2 proteins and 1-2 healthy carbs.

Ingredients:

  • kale or greens of choice
  • veggies like crispy roasted beets or shaved raw beets, radishes, cabbage, bell peppers, and tomatoes
  • proteins like Sriracha Tofu, chickpeas, or red beans
  • healthy carbs like sweet potatoes, barley, farro, or quinoa
  • dressing options: Vegan Caesar dressing, TJ’s Goddess Dressing, TJ’s Balsamic Vinaigrette, prepared tahini sauce (thin with water) or homemade delectable tahini dressing

I hope this list gives you some new ideas for quick and easy vegan Trader Joe’s salad recipes! If you try any of them, let me know what you think! Or share yours in comments below!

Here are all of my Trader Joe’s posts:

For more salad inspiration, check out 10+ Hearty Vegan Salad Ideas.

Finally, for more recipes using Trader Joe’s ingredients, you may enjoy:

Cheers!

Jenn

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