Big Ass Salads for a Badass Summer

Big Ass Salads for a Badass Summer

What comes to mind when you think of a salad?
White plate 
Wilted iceberg lettuce
Three olives
Two ice-cold unripe tomato slices
Irregularly chopped white onions
Suspiciously dry grated carrots 
Oily dressing

When we think of a salad, we see:
A large, colorful bowl
Variety of chopped leafy greens
Perfectly seasoned and cooked beans or tofu
Just the right amount of mixed grains 
Chopped ripe tomato, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion
Toasted nuts or seeds
A sprinkle of Walnut Parm
Fresh herbs
Cracked black pepper
A delicious, oil-free dressing

In our Dirty world, salads aren’t an obligatory side or afterthought. Salads are gorgeous. Salads are big and filling. Salads are badass. Our Co-Founder, Molly, coined the term Big Ass Salad (BAS) many years ago. Back then, our plant based meal plans featured a BAS every Friday. We would take leftover elements from the week’s meals and create an amazing dinner-sized salad full of toppings. We now have over 200 Big Ass Salads in Plant Fueled Life, our premium membership site.

If you want to up your salad game this summer, we have a fun challenge for you

Every week in June, July, and August, we’ll suggest a salad for you to enjoy. They’ll taste amazing, and you’ll look and feel like a badass noshing on all those plants and enjoying every bite. Plus, you could win a special prize (more on that below). We’ll post each week’s salad every Monday to our Instagram stories, so be sure to follow us.

Big Ass Salads for June

Creamy Tuscan Pasta Salad 

creamy oil free tuscan pasta salad

This delectable pasta salad combines rotini, chickpeas, and an abundance of fresh vegetables, all generously coated in a creamy mayo-style dressing.

“I make this at the height of summer when all my veggies are delicious. One of my favorite things to eat when it’s hot out.”

Gwen, Plant Fueled Life member

California Portobello Steak Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

california vegan portobello steak salad with balsamic vinaigrette

This California-style salad is a true delight, topped with marinated and roasted portobello steaks, green peas, avocado, and walnuts. A drizzle of Balsamic Vinaigrette completes this bangin’ meal!

“This was so delicious! I made extra mushrooms for my omnivore husband, which he loved. This is going on my list of favorites.”

Laura, Plant Fueled Life member

Summer Sunshine Salad

whole food plant based summer sunshine salad

Creamy cannellini beans and an abundance of fresh veggies shine in this vibrant, dinner-sized salad. Topped with Sunny Island Vinaigrette, sunflower seeds, red onion, and fresh basil, it will leave your taste buds moaning in delight!

Michigan Cherry & Blue Cheese Salad 

michigan cherry vegan blue cheese salad

Our recipe developer, Tamie Spears, created this one to celebrate the National Cherry Festival held in Michigan every year, but it’s perfect for any summer day. This big, beautiful salad features fresh greens and cherries, crisp apple and cucumber, pecans, and our popular Blue Cheese Dressing.

“This is such a great salad! It’s the perfect balance of textures and flavors. This will be so easy to have all the time because the dressing was the only prep-ahead and everything else we always have on hand! Yay!”

Elke, Plant Fueled Life member

Big Ass Salads for July

Smoky Tempeh BLT with Chive Talkin’ Dressing

This salad is loaded with BLT flavors! Fresh greens, an array of crisp veggies, bright tomatoes, and smoky tempeh bits, all drizzled with our popular fresh chive dressing! Spectacular!

“Really good. I followed the recipe exactly. We all but licked our plates. Yum!”

Jenny, Plant Fueled Life member

Big Ass Avocado Lime Ranch Salad

This chopped green salad features tender chickpeas, fresh veggies and a fabulous, restaurant-style avocado lime ranch dressing for a symphony of flavors and textures similar to the Cobb salad at Chick-fil-a.

“The pickles were a nice touch I wouldn’t have thought of. Picky omni husband loved the dressing!”

Amanda, Plant Fueled Life member

Spinach Berry Quinoa Salad

Sweet blueberries, tart dried cranberries and a rainbow of fresh vegetables come together with quinoa, sweet-tangy dressing and a hint of lemon. This bright, one-bowl meal is fancy enough for family gatherings yet easy enough for any day. Great for a packed lunch, too!

“This salad is amazing! So tasty and talk about eating the rainbow – yum!! My Omni bf loved this and was surprised to see blueberries and dried cranberries in a salad but it was a huge hit!”

Tracy, Plant Fueled Life member

BBQ Ranch Salad Bowl

Fill your salad bowl with sweet and tangy barbecue-sauced chickpeas and an array of fresh veggies then serve with our Cashew Ranch Dressing for a family-friendly, restaurant-quality meal that will leave them wanting more!

“Love this recipe. This tired healthcare worker is able to put together a healthy lunch/dinner that fuels my entire day! Thank you!”

Gina, Plant Fueled Life member

Talk to us in the comments below about which BAS you’ll make first. Share pics or videos on social media using #BigAssSalad and tag us @CleanFoodDirtyGirl. We’ll pick two lucky winners each month for a special prize, so show us your salad!

Here’s to a summer filled with sensational salads you’ll crave.

Team Dirty

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  1. Margaret Murphy on June 22, 2024 at 9:16 am

    Molly makes summer better. I will accept your challenge. Member CFDG/plant field life since ‘17. Batching for the win.

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