You might be under the impression that veganism means you can only eat salad. While that notion is not exactly true, it definitely won’t hurt to up your salad game as a vegan.

Here are just a few ways to add more flavour and dimension to your salads:

1. Add something chewy

The key to a good salad more often than not is texture. If it’s all the same wet salad texture, or it’s all just soft, it isn’t nearly as enjoyable as it could be. Our advice is to add some fruit: dried cranberries or dried apricots are our favorites – not only do they add chewiness, they add a little sweetness as well.

2. Get fruity

Continuing with the sweetness train – fruit in general is great way to make your salads a little more interesting. We like adding berries; strawberries and blueberries for sweetness; raspberries and blackberries for something a little more tart, or if you want a crunchier texture you can opt for slices of apples or pears. Peaches also tend to be overlooked in salads – don’t make that mistake!

3. Cheese without cheating

When you’re vegan, it’s not just meat that’s no longer an option, but all animal byproducts. That means no cheese. Thankfully, there’s something known as Nutritional Yeast, packed full of healthy protein, this stuff isn’t cheese, but tastes just like it, so it’s be perfect addition to a vegan salad.

4. Go nuts

Protein and healthy fat are the main things we praise nuts for. They keep you full, add some good texture, and are all-round delicious. Our favorite salad nuts are walnuts and almonds, but you can pretty much add any nuts you want.

5. Dress it up

If you want to level up on a salad, you can never forget dressing. A lot of dressings contain mayonnaise or honey, both of which are no-no’s in the vegan lifestyle. The good news is that there are other options outside of store-bought dressings. You can make your own simple dressings with olive oil and lemon juice, opt for vinegars like red, white or balsamic (not vinaigrette), or blend up nuts with a little oil for creamier homemade dressings.

Are you curious about trying out the vegan lifestyle? We at Lifesum have just launched the Vegan For A Week plan, and it’s a great way to see if eating the vegan way could work for you. Check it out in the plans tab now!

Femi A-Williams is a health and fitness convert trying to reconcile a healthy lifestyle and a happy food life. She is 80% whole grain and 20% donut.

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