Vegan Wedge Salad

This Vegan Wedge Salad recipe is bursting with fresh and flavorful ingredients like smoked apple bits, tomatoes, and a light and refreshing Vegan Ranch Dressing. You can serve a wedge salad as a side dish or even as a main meal by adding some vegan protein options.

A Spring Wedge Salad features cherry tomatoes, yellow peppers, and honey smoked apple bits

I’ll let you in on a little secret about me. I love salads. I could eat one every day…and I usually do!

Believe it or not, there are some salads that I gave up when I became vegan. I know what you must be thinking. That is some hardcore diet…when you can’t even eat a salad!

But before you get all crazy on me (thanks, Heart!), just take think about some of today’s salads. The base is all good, but the toppings don’t always weigh in on the healthy side.

A light, spring salad with vegan ranch dressing

Take for example your typical Wedge Salad. This one-time favorite found its way on my “forbidden” list because it usually includes blue cheese, bacon bits, and a dairy-based ranch type dressing.

It was easy to imagine this salad without the blue cheese. Pardon my bad French manners, but I never really liked blue cheese all that much anyway. I have a thing against mold I guess.

But no bacon? No ranch-type dressing? That means you’re left with just a hunk of iceberg left on the plate. What’s the point?

Two wedges of iceburg lettuce adorned with smokey apple bits waiting to be eaten.

But recently I felt motivated to give this salad a makeover. It was a challenge.

Then again, lots of things can be challenging to me.

I wanted a healthy alternative to bacon, not just the processed version, bacon bits.

A vertical shot of Namely Marly's Spring Wedge Salad

That’s when my secret ingredient came to mind.

Here’s a little something about me. I can’t keep a secret for too long. That’s why I wait until the last minute to by presents. Otherwise I just can’t stand the suspense of it all.

I feel the same way with you. I can’t keep my secret ingredient to myself, so I’ll just show you.

Looking down on a red apple that was used to create smokey apple bits for this salad.

Yes, it was that simple. I chopped up an apple into bit-size pieces, sauteed them in a skillet with a little bit of maple syrup and smoke sauce, added a little salt and there you have it! Smoky Apple Bits.

The texture is not crispy like bacon, but I didn’t mind that at all. Maybe it was because the iceberg lettuce provided the crunch I was craving.

Or maybe it’s just because I was so in love with eating this Spring Wedge Salad. Yep, that was definitely it.

Wedge Salad is a great summertime side dish.

And now I have another “secret” I want to share with you. It’s not a secret really, but I’m so excited it feels like a secret! Pull over a chair and I’ll whisper the tantalizing news in your ear.

How to Make Vegan Spring Wedge Salad

In a small bowl combine the mayo, soymilk, garlic powder, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Give it a good whisk or two to incorporate all the ingredients and place in the fridge. You know, so it can chill out awhile.

Get out that head of iceberg lettuce and get it ready to become a salad by removing the core and cutting it into quarters.

Arrange the quartered iceberg wedges on serving plates, drizzle them with that Delicious Vegan Ranch Dressing and top each each with the Smoky Apple Bits, sweet peppers, onions, and tomatoes halves.

Smoky Apple Bits

Seems like I’m always looking for ways to add a bit of smoky to my recipe. It’s a great substitute for bacon. For example, there’s my bacon-flavored almond slivers. In fact, that would be great on this recipe too.

Instead, I took bits of apple and infused them with smoky flavor. Take these ingredients:

  • 1 apple, cored and diced (I left the skin on…that’s the healthy part!)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons smoke sauce
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt

In a skillet over medium heat, add the apple slices, smoke sauce, and maple syrup. Cook over medium heat until the liquid is incorporated into the apple. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and then set aside to cool.

If you’d like a more “traditional” veggie bacon, just make this tempeh bacon and break it down into crumbles!

Main Meal Salads

I love eating salads as a main meal by adding some delicious vegan protein. Here are some of my favorite options:

Of course, if you want some more vegan salad meals, be sure to try my vegan cobb salad recipe. It’s full of all the tasty toppings!

Two wedges of iceburg lettuce adorned with smokey apple bits waiting to be eaten.

Spring Wedge Salad

This vegan Spring Wedge Salad is a crispy delight that is a perfect side salad for your favorite vegan dinner recipes.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spring Wedge Salad
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 344kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons plant-based milk make sure it’s plain…not vanilla flavored
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow bell peppers
  • 8 cherry tomatoes , halved (or as many as you’d like)

Smoky Apple Bits

  • 1 medium apple cored and diced (I left the skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons liquid smoke
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 pinch sea salt

Instructions

Spring Wedge Salad

  • In a small bowl combine the mayo, milk, garlic powder, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Give it a good whisk or two to incorporate all the ingredients and place in the fridge.
  • Remove the core of the iceberg lettuce and cut it into quarters.
  • Arrange the quartered iceberg wedges on serving plates, drizzle them with the vegan ranch dressing and top each each with Smoky Apple Bits, sweet peppers, onions, and tomatoes halves.
  • Serve immediately.

Smoky Apple Bits

  • In a skillet over medium heat, add the diced apple, smoke sauce, and maple syrup.
  • Cook over medium heat until the liquid is incorporated into the apple.
  • Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt and then set aside to cool.
Nutrition Facts
Spring Wedge Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 344 Calories from Fat 243
% Daily Value*
Fat 27g42%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 299mg12%
Potassium 391mg11%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 995IU20%
Vitamin C 49.5mg60%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Serve this salad with a tall glass of iced tea out on your deck or patio…because that’s the best way to eat a Wedge Salad. Enjoy!

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5 Responses to Vegan Wedge Salad

  1. Smoked apple bits? That’s freakin’ awesome! I usually go for coconut bacon but I so need to try this. By smoke sauce, do you mean liquid smoke?
    For some reason, I always hated blue cheese but liked the dressing, I really like your spin on the wedge salad.

  2. Lady, I am almost in tears because I am THAT thankful to have found this site. I recently decided to try being vegan within the last 8 months or so, but living in the south, in one of the most obese cities in the country (memphis, TN) it is SO hard to know where to go or what to get or how to make it. Since my (rocky) change, I’ve converted 1 friend to vegan living (who since making the switch has been completely cured of his diabetes) and several more to at least healthier diets. but I was living off of basic fruits and veggies and a few other vegan-friendly items, because I wasn’t sure how or what to make. Your recipes are great! And so my vegan convert and I are trying a few of these this week. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou!

    • Bethany, You just made my day!I’m all about fruits and veggies and finding creative ways to include them in your everyday life. But you know what? We have to have some fun with our vegan diets too!

      Good for you for being such a great friend. Can you imagine having such a disease like diabetes and finding a way to get off diabetes meds?

      Here are some of my favorites:

      Vegan Mac & Cheese.

      Lentil Meatball Sandwich with Cole Slaw. (LOVE this one!)

      Scrambled Tofu (Like scrambled eggs…but better!)

      Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Bars

      I usually get some good music going or a podcast I love listening to and enjoy moving around the kitchen. You can even catch me doing a few leg lifts. I figure why not let the kitchen be a workout!

      Keep me posted on how you’re doing. We vegans have to help each other all we can!

      Love and wishes,
      Marly

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