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8 Creative Picnic Salads


This salad is dressed in a homemade Italian style vinaigrette, making it a versatile and easy-to-make dish. Follow the directions below or add your own flair by throwing in some of your favorite raw veggies.

Vibrant Italian Salad
serves 4–6

3 cups fresh tomatoes, cubed
2–3 cups English cucumbers, peeled & sliced
1/2 sweet onion, diced small
1 1/2 cups broccoli flowerets

Blender Ingredients
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup cold-pressed olive oil
1 tsp. onion powder
1 clove garlic
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 Tbsp. date sugar (or 2–3 dates, soaked)
sea salt/tamari to taste
3 Tbsp. nutritional yeast

Final Ingredients
1 1/2 large avocadoes, cubed
1 tsp. herb seasoning (such as Herbamare)
1/8 cup raw apple cider vinegar
1/2 Tbsp. basil
1 Tbsp. oregano
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2–1 tsp. sea salt

1. Place the tomatoes, cucumber, onion and broccoli flowerets in a large mixing bowl.
2. In a blender, whiz the Blender Ingredients. Pour over vegetables and marinate for an
hour. After marinating, add the avocado and final ingredients. Stir and serve.


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Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.


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7:13PM PDT on Apr 1, 2014

Thanks for the salad recipes :)

1:06AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Salads are always delightful!

5:59AM PST on Jan 27, 2013

Thank you Alisa, for Sharing this!

11:11PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

i love all the vegan recipes, thanks! would be cool to have pictures of the salads to go along with the recipes.

11:11PM PDT on Jun 20, 2012

i love all the vegan recipes, thanks! would be cool to have pictures of the salads to go along with the recipes.

7:43AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012

where are the pictures?

7:42AM PDT on Jun 13, 2012


11:54AM PDT on Jun 3, 2012


5:06AM PDT on May 10, 2012

Thanks so much for the vegan recipes. They sound great.

10:35PM PDT on May 1, 2012


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