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15 Fuelling Vegan Protein Salads

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Vegan protein salads are the perfect anecdote to the limp, unsatisfying bowls of leaves that often come under the umbrella term ‘salad’!

We think that salads can actually be made into a whole, healthy meal – with no compromises on flavour or satiety. And, most importantly, with no compromises on protein levels!

We tend to associate salads with vegetables and particularly leafy greens. While these foods are definitely an important part of any healthy diet, they are not enough to base a whole meal around.

If you are following a vegan diet, it is especially important to pay attention to how much protein you are consuming, because it is easy to not eat enough!

That’s why we are dedicating a compilation to high protein vegan salads that are suitable for vegans.

Why should I eat vegan protein salads?

There are lots of reasons why eating vegan protein salads could be a good idea for your diet (or any high protein vegan lunch recipe honestly!).

Firstly, as we mentioned above, protein is something that often gets neglected in vegan diets. This is because you probably used to get your protein from meat, fish, cheese or eggs before turning vegan – now those are gone, where do you turn?

These high protein vegan salads will show you exactly how to add protein to salads without meat, or any other animal product, so you can be sure you are getting enough (the same can be said for these vegan protein dinner recipes)!

When it comes to eating high protein salads weight loss is another big motivator. Studies have shown that increasing your protein intake can help you lose weight! Protein makes you feel full, so eating protein-rich foods has an appetite curbing effect, making you less likely to eat more during the rest of the day.

All these salads contain at least 15g protein per serving. If you’re on the lookout for delicious Indian salads for weight loss, this compilation is just the ticket!

Where does vegan protein come from?

So, how do you make a vegan high protein salad?

Well, a lot of these are high protein bean salads, because beans and other legumes are a great source of plant based protein. You should check out our fitness lentil bean salad. It’s a perfect post workout meal!

Another popular source of vegan protein is tofu! Still derived from beans (of course), but a way to mix things up if you’re getting tired of legumes. Why not try this BBQ Tofu Bowl?

There’s also tempeh, like the stuff in our Tangy Tempeh Salad. Tempeh is also made of soybeans but to make tempeh the soybeans are pressed whole, whereas tofu is made from soy milk.

Those are the main protein sources in these vegan protein salads! Enjoy trying them all out, and check out our meal plans for more weight loss friendly ways to take the stress out of dinner time!

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1. Arugula Lentil Salad From Heaven

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4.69 from 58 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 436kcal
Ready in:12 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: high in iron and fibre
529 calories per serving
22 g protein per serving

High protein, iron and fibre in exotic Arugula and Lentil Salad that’s healthy and vegan. Only 12 minutes to make with easy to find ingredients.

2. Smoked Tofu and Hummus Buddha Bowl

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4.77 from 21 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 426kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Hauke

Bonus: simple, filling
399 calories per serving
19 g protein per serving

Indulge with this smoky and savory Buddha Bowl. The combination of smoked tofu, hummus, and turmeric rice makes for a perfect vegan lunch (or dinner!)

3. Peanut Butter Crunch Salad in a Jar

Ready in: 20 minutes
Recipe by: AVirtualVegan
Bonus: meal prep, aesthetic
414 calories per serving
19 g protein per serving

A healthy, protein packed, super tasty lunch doesn’t get any easier than this Peanut Crunch Salad in a Jar. Make up a bunch of them while meal prepping on Sunday and you will have grab-and-go lunches all ready in the fridge for your week ahead!

4. The Best High-protein Tangy Tempeh Salad – Quick & Vegan

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4.80 from 15 votes
Protein: 22g
Calories: 368kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: adaptable, flavourful
368 calories per serving
22 g protein per serving

This tangy tempeh salad is just the best – quick, tasty and packed with protein. And better yet – use whatever you have in the fridge!

5. Vegan Chickpea Winter Salad – Ready in 15 mins

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4.84 from 25 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 459kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: Jansen & HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: colourful, quick to prepare
398 calories per serving
17 g protein per serving

An animal friendly, fresh and tangy winter salad with some serious health benefits. It’s fresh and new, but still prepped within 15 minutes – awesome!

6. Vegan Lentil Quinoa Salad

Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: VeggiesDon’tBite
Bonus: high in iron, easy to prep
440 calories per serving
21 g protein per serving

This recipe has it all: protein, iron, veggies and the health benefits of quinoa. So easy to put together and a great spring dish!

7. Fitness Lentil Bean Salad (25 Min, Vegan)

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4.74 from 46 votes
Protein: 34g
Calories: 551kcal
Ready in:25 minutes

Bonus: great for post workout, simple ingredients
551 calories per serving
34 g protein per serving

Fitness Lentil Bean Salad. Ridiculously high in protein post-workout salad. Ready in 7 minutes. Tasty and effective.

8. Turkish Lentil Salad

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4.86 from 21 votes
Protein: 15g
Calories: 280kcal
Ready in:7 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: Vitamin K, Fibre
444 calories per serving
19 g protein per serving

Turkish Lentil Salad with a honey mustard dressing. Easy and quick, ready in 7 minutes. Full of fiber, protein and vitamin K.

9. Glass Noodle Salad

Ready in: 45 minutes
Recipe by: TheDevilWearsSalad
Bonus: showstopper, low fat
448 calories per serving
25 g protein per serving

Pan fried sticky tofu topped on a bed of fresh and crunchy glass noodle salad, this is a stunning vegan Asian salad bowl that should top your meal plan every week.

10. Crazy Quick White Bean Salad

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4.71 from 31 votes
Protein: 18g
Calories: 362kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: high in calcium & iron, vitamins A, C, E, B2 & B6
416 calories per serving
17 g protein per serving

High Protein White Bean Salad that’s healthy and vegan. High in fiber, vitamins A, C, E, B2 and B6 as well as iron and calcium. Takes less than 10 minutes.

11. Vegan Lentil and Potato Salad

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4.91 from 10 votes
Protein: 19g
Calories: 435kcal
Ready in:15 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: hearty, simple
420 calories per serving
16 g protein per serving

This protein packed vegan lentil and potato salad is a perfect weight loss recipe (and one of our all time favorite vegan high protein meals!). It’s filling, healthy and nutritious, while still tasting amazing!

12. Rainbow Quinoa Salad Jar

Ready in: 25 minutes
Recipe by: HealthyIsHappetite
Bonus: transportable, colourful
377 calories per serving
17 g protein per serving

These Rainbow Quinoa Salad Jars with Peanut Miso Dressing are the work lunch you’ve been waiting for! Ditch the boring sandwich and try these crunchy, flavor-packed salads.

13. Vegan BBQ Tofu Bowl

Ready in: 40 minutes
Recipe by: RunningOnRealFood
Bonus: high vitamin C content and healing properties
355 calories per serving
21 g protein per serving

Easy and delicious, 6-ingredient vegan bowls featuring bbq tofu, steamed broccoli, roasted red onion, brown rice and pineapple for a fresh and flavourful meal you’ll love.

14. Easy Vegan High Protein Black Bean Salad with Corn

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4.80 from 43 votes
Protein: 21g
Calories: 495kcal
Ready in:10 minutes
Recipe by: HurryTheFoodUp

Bonus: simple, flavourful, full of iron
561 calories per serving
18 g protein per serving

High Protein Black Bean and Corn Summer Salad. Simple recipe ready in just 10 minutes, bursting with summery flavours, protein, fiber and iron.

You can give it a go right now!

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Prep Time:10 minutes
Total Time:10 minutes
Servings:2 people


  • 1 can black beans (kidney beans also work well! 1 can = 15.5 oz)
  • ½ can sweet corn (1 can = 1.75 cups/ 15oz)
  • 1 red onion
  • 2 spring onions
  • cup instant couscous (get the ‘just add water’ variety for quickest results. If you have it/like it then quinoa can also be used here)
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 2 tsp cumin, ground
  • 2 tsp paprika powder
  • 2 tsp chili flakes (less can be more, so scale down if you don’t want it with much of a kick)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped; dried is fine too)



  • Prepare the vegetable broth with boiling water. Then pour it over the couscous in a large bowl. Don’t put too much water in – the ideal water level should be just enough to cover the couscous. You can always add more as needed – it’s much harder to take away excess water again.
  • Chop the spring and red onions into thin half slices.
  • Chop the garlic (if you’re having it).
  • Drain and rinse the beans and corn.
  • After 5 about five minutes the couscous should be ready, so throw in the chopped onions, beans and corn.
  • Add the olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, paprika powder, chili flakes and give it all good mix.
  • Ready!


IF YOU LIKED THIS RECIPE: then you’ve gotta try this Kidney Bean Salad, or for a whole host of inspiration these 18 Veggie Protein Salad Bombs really need to be checked out!
Recipe inspired by ‘Street Food’ from Anne-Katrin Weber.


Nutrition Facts
15 Fuelling Vegan Protein Salads
Serving Size
593 g
Amount per Serving
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat
Vitamin A
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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