Dairy-Free & Lactose-Free Salad Recipes

Find healthy, delicious dairy-free and lactose-free salad recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Simple Cabbage Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Cabbage maintains a nice crunch when it's tossed with an easy dressing in this simple cabbage salad recipe. This easy salad is perfect for fall when cabbage is at its sweetest.
Karen Rankin
By Karen Rankin

White Bean & Veggie Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
This meatless main-dish salad combines creamy, satisfying white beans and avocado. Try mixing it up with different seasonal vegetables.
By Katie Webster

Marinated Cucumber & Tomato Salad

Rating: 5 stars 1
This marinated salad is such a healthy way to enjoy those fresh summer veggies and can be easily customized. Try adding in some fresh herbs or feta cheese for a little added flavor. You can also swap in seasoned pepper, which is amped up with additional seasonings, in place of the plain ground pepper for an additional flavor boost. This recipe is part of our Juneteenth Family Cookout Menu.
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By Andrea Mathis, M.A., RDN, LD

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 9
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.
By Hilary Meyer

3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

We put a flavor twist on the classic chicken salad by using a lemon-herb mayonnaise. Try other mayo varieties, like roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this fast, no-cook lunch recipe. Serve with whole-grain crackers.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Mashed Chickpea Salad with Dill & Capers

Rating: 5 stars 3
This creamy yet light vegan salad is full of bright, herby goodness. On its own, it's great to serve alongside a sandwich or veggie burger in place of potato salad or coleslaw. You can also make it into a light lunch by adding a handful of arugula to enjoy it as a green salad. Double the recipe and refrigerate to have on hand throughout the week.

Tomato, Cucumber & White-Bean Salad with Basil Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 4
This no-cook bean salad is a delicious way to use summer's best cherry or grape tomatoes and juicy cucumbers for a light dinner or lunch. Fresh basil elevates an easy vinaigrette recipe that dresses up this simple salad into something extraordinary.
By Carolyn Casner

Cucumber Vinegar Salad

Rating: 4 stars 4
This cucumber vinegar salad has the perfect balance between sweet and sour flavors, plus a hint of fresh dill. The red onion adds nice crunch. Enjoy this salad right after you're done making it or store it away to snack on for later.
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By Liv Dansky

Fresh Sweet Corn Salad

We love fresh summer corn when it's in season, but frozen corn makes a great year-round substitute in this quick and easy side dish.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Blueberry-Peach Salad with Sesame-Ginger Balsamic Vinaigrette

In this installment of Diaspora Dining, Jessica B. Harris' series on foods of the African diaspora, fresh summer fruit stars in a salad that's perfect for serving at your Juneteenth barbecue. 
By Jessica B. Harris

Spinach & Strawberry Meal-Prep Salad

Rating: 5 stars 3
One of our most popular salad recipes, Spinach-Strawberry Salad with Feta & Walnuts (see Associated Recipes), gets a makeover in these simple yet totally satisfying meal-prep spinach salad bowls. They require minimal prep and can be customized to your taste. Swap in roasted salmon for the chicken thighs, and almonds or pecans for the walnuts, and use any fresh berry that looks good at your market.

Smashed Cucumber Salad with Lemon & Cumin

Rating: 5 stars 3
Don't skip salting the cucumbers in this quick cucumber salad recipe—just 10 minutes pulls out some of their excess moisture, concentrating the flavor and keeping the salad from being watered down. Serve this smashed cucumber salad at a summer cookout alongside burgers and hot dogs.
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By Carolyn Malcoun
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Inspiration and Ideas

16 Dairy-Free Cucumber Salads
Make a cool, dairy-free cucumber salad to accompany dinner tonight. Cucumbers pair well with other fresh produce like tomatoes, avocados and onions. To keep these recipes dairy-free, we use ingredients like lemon juice and peppers to create tangy and bright dressings. Recipes like Tropical Cucumber Salad and Tofu Cucumber Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing are healthy, refreshing and a delicious addition to any table.
Sesame Kohlrabi & Chicken Salad
Rating: Unrated 2
Kohlrabi (a bulbous vegetable related to broccoli and Brussels sprouts but with a milder, sweet flavor) and almonds add crunch to this crowd-pleasing salad. Baked tofu or shrimp can be used instead of the chicken.
Chickpea, Artichoke & Avocado Salad with Apple-Cider Dressing
Rating: 4.5 stars 5

This delicious 400-calorie salad is a helpful tool for weight loss because it provides a good balance of fiber, protein and healthy fats from loads of veggies and beans, all tossed in a tangy apple-cider vinaigrette. To meal-prep these for lunch throughout the week, pack the dressing and the salad separately and make sure your veggies are thoroughly dried before packing them together.