The trick to eating – and LOVING – a big bowl of greens like this is to add in lots of contrasting flavors and textures so that it’s not all one (boring) note 🌱 ⁣

For example, the dressing is savory (a mix of dried coriander, salt, pepper, olive oil, and vinegar) but @greentablecafela also added dried cranberries to give the dish a touch of sweetness – which simultaneously adds a satisfying chewy texture, further offsetting the crunchy veggies.

A creamy element is also important. In this example, the avocado and vegan cream cheese work really well against the acidic, vinegary sauerkraut.

Tip: Any time I have something creamy in a salad, I also add in something pickled to cut through the richness. This method works with more than salad too..think burritos with creamy guacamole and pickled jalapeños, wine and cheese, veggie burgers with garlic aioli and zesty pickles…see what I mean? 👩🏻‍🍳☺️ ⁣

Hot/cold is another wonderful combo. Warm quinoa, roasted potatoes, or even seasoned grains like Spanish Rice atop a cold bed of crunchy lettuce is an easy way to excite the palette and transform an otherwise light salad into a satisfying main course.

The goal is a bowl of contractions. Contrast adds variety and keeps things interesting, which makes eating your veggies a lot more enjoyable.

Sweet, savory. Crunchy, chewy. Hot, cold. All roads lead to an exponentially more satisfying salad, so get creative and have fun coming up with new combinations!

Hope this was helpful! 

Lots of love,


Nicole Vranjican

Hey! I’m Nicole and I make practical vegan recipes for REAL life. I cook with simple, easy to find ingredients and I’m passionate about creating delicious plant-based meals that everyone will love!

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