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Take Your Salad To The Next Level With Daiya!

Posted on January 18, 2016

It might just be that pesky New Year’s Resolution talking, but we’ve found ourselves a salad lately – but not just any salad. We’re craving a salad that perfectly balances freshness and flavor, that’s hearty enough to serve as a stand-alone entrée, and that packs a tasty punch of the dairy-free deliciousness you can only get from Daiya.

Not sure what we’re talking about? You will as soon as you try one of these extraordinary, plant-based salad recipes:

Perfect Vegan Seven Layer Salad

Get the Perfect Vegan Seven Layer Salad Recipe, from Namely Marly

above view of 7-layer salad with side of pees and dairy-free mayo dressing

The name says it all: This salad is perfect. It’s packed with green veggies (think mixed greens, green onions and green peas) and delicious additions like vegan bacon bits and Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds. Seasoned tofu crumbles add heft, while the creamy dressing is one you’ll want to make again and again.

Mari Kale Salad with Daiya Mozzarella Shreds

Get the Mari Kale Salad with Daiya Shreds Recipe, from Denise Mari

plate of kale salad topped with daiya mozzarella cheese above view

Here’s a salad that’s all about simple pleasures. It’s made with just chopped dinosaur kale (which holds up to dressing better than lettuce) and Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds, gently dressed with a combination of lemon juice, olive oil, coconut nectar and chopped garlic. To turn it from a side into a main, try topping it with your favorite protein.

Creamy Vegan Pasta Salad with Daiya Mozzarella Cheese

Get the Creamy Vegan Pasta Salad with Daiya Cheese Recipe, from Vegan Daydream

plate of creamy vegan pasta salad with bow-tie noodles and peas

Some might say pasta salad doesn’t really count as salad – but regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, you should try this recipe. Daiya Mozzarella Style Shreds add cheezy oomph to the dressing, while the green peas provide some fresh sweetness. Consider adding other vegetables as well, like chopped celery, spinach or bell peppers.

Vegan Nacho Salad

Get the Vegan Nacho Salad Recipe, from Garden of Vegan

above view of a bowl of vegan nacho salad topped with avocado, lime, hot sauce, tortilla chips, peppers and cucumber

This might look like an ordinary salad but once you dig a little deeper, you’ll find it’s anything but. Beneath the crunchy layer of fresh baby spinach, butter lettuce, sliced cucumbers and carrot ribbons, you’ll find a bed of spicy nachos topped with bell peppers, red onion, seasoned lentils and chickpeas. Add some sliced avocado, a squirt of lime and a sprinkle of Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds, and you’re good to go.

Color Splash Chard Salad

Get the Color Splash Chard Salad Recipe, from Healthy Happy Life

color splash chard salad with BBQ shiitakes, tofu and quesadillas on a plate

Don’t let the long list of ingredients deter you; this salad is worth the work! It starts as a simple combination of fresh fruits and veggies (including apples, chard, bell pepper, radishes and your favorite citrus) dressed in a light vinaigrette, but then is topped with barbecued shiitake mushrooms and tofu triangles, and surrounded by cheezy triangles made with Daiya. Sure, it’s colorful – but it’s incredibly flavorful as well.

Vegan Cobb Salad

Get the Vegan Cobb Salad Recipe, from Namely Marly

bowl of vegan cobb salad with nuts, avocado, red onions, chicken, cheese and tofu

This fun take on a classic Cobb is nearly as much fun to make as it is to eat, and it can easily be adapted to suit what you have on hand. The combination of fresh veggies, plant-based protein, crunchy nuts and Daiya Cheddar Style Shreds create a wonderful blend of flavors and textures – and the vegan ranch dressing is out of this world.

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