Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad

This is the perfect vegan quinoa spring salad brought to you by our BFF Silvia, is delicious and nutritious.  This salad is packed with greens and protein dense Toby’s Tofu that should fuel you through your longest days. The best part is that it’s completely vegan.

Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

Quinoa is a fantastic source of protein to add to a salad.  It allows for those of us that are vegan and gluten free to get all the protein we need to fill us up and gives the benefit of acting like a carby filler.  It’s a great source of fiber and aside from that it tastes great! Add pumpkin seeds to it or a little garlic and even some bruschetta and you will have a versatile protein source that can pair with breakfasts, lunches and dinners, check out more quinoa recipes here.

We might be a little biased but the tofu is our favorite part of this recipe! One for the taste and two for its nutritional value. For those of you that are counting calories, note that this recipe has our lite tofu, so fewer calories but with all the protein you need to fuel you through your day.  Enjoy notes of lemon and dill when adding this to your salad!

If you enjoy salads like this one check out the rest of our recipes for more vegan and vegetarian recipes.

Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad

Enjoy crafting this easy and delicious Vegan Quinoa Spring Salad with these savory and sweet simple ingredients!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1 cup cucumber, chopped
  • ½ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • ½ cup garbanzo beans
  • 1 clementine
  • ½ tomato, chopped
  • ½ cup mushroom, sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of lemon pepper

How – To:

1.  Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Let cool. Add quinoa and the rest of the ingredients to a bowl, toss until all ingredients are mixed.

Enjoy!

Spring Quinoa Vegan Salad

WinterLiteBlueSalad

Winter Lite Blue Salad

What makes the holidays better? Simple recipes. Well, I guess we have that mentality all year round here at Toby’s. Simple recipes just make life better. Of course, this Winter Lite Blue Salad is no different. Simple recipe, delicious food, life better.

It’s hard to go wrong with apple, candied pecans, blue cheese, and greens. Another new favorite winter ingredient for us: tangerines. Add that to the mix and impress your holiday eaters! We love this recipe – and we hope you will too.

WinterLiteBlueSalad

It’s really entirely unnecessary to walk you through the steps of making this salad, so we’ll make this quick. Start with your spinach greens. Thinly slice an apple (we recommend an apple like a gala or fuji – they have a nice sweet crunch).  Toss with candied pecans and a peeled and separated tangerine. Toss! Drizzle with Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing.

The Lite Blue Cheese is an important factor here because it drizzles just so much easier than the regular, thicker Blue Cheese. And, it’s an easy swap to make for a healthier holiday meal.

Winter Lite Blue Salad

This Winter Lite Blue Salad is a healthier holiday option without sacrificing any of the good stuff. Made with spinach, apples, pecans, tangerine and Toby’s Lite Blue. Go lite for dressing, and you’ll save half the calories and fat. Easy swap and same delicious taste!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and separated
  • Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing

How-To:

  1. Combine ingredients, drizzle with dressing, serve immediately!

WinterLiteBlueSalad

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

This cranberry almond and kale salad exudes wintertime deliciousness. Crisp kale, tart cranberries, crunchy almonds all go into making this salad irresistible. Add Toby’s Tofu Spread for a bit of protein to hold you over. Plus, pomegranate seeds, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic as light dressing. Silvia has done it again – blowing us away with her yummy creations.

It’s perfect for literally anything – serving at holiday parties, bringing to potlucks, or just to chow down on for lunch or dinner.

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch kale, chopped
  • 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • ½ cup cranberries
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ⅓ cup Toby’s Lite Tofu
  • Pinch of salt and black pepper

How-To:

  1. Mix all ingredients but Toby’s Tofu in a large bowl. Toss until combined.
  2. Add tofu on top and sprinkle with black pepper. Enjoy!

Cranberry Almond and Kale Salad

Winter Greens and Feta Salad

Winter Greens and Feta Salad

Continue to kick off your 2016 with another delicious salad using Toby’s Chunky Feta Dressing along with seasonal greens. This winter greens and feta salad, packed with some of our favorite veggies and topped with juicy pomegranate seeds is the perfect addition to any meal. Use as a starter or as the main course either way you do it you are sure to be left wanting more!

Winter Greens and Feta Salad

Winter Greens and Feta Salad

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups winter mixed greens
  • 1/2 cup snow peas, trimmed and cut into smaller pieces
  • 1 small cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • Toby’s Chunky Feta Dressing

How-To:

  1. Combine winter greens, snow peas, cucumber and avocado. Sprinkle pomegranate seeds. Serve with Chunky Feta Dressing and enjoy!

Winter Greens and Feta Salad

Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad

This Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad is super easy to put together as a side to any main meal. It’s perfect for winter with these cold weather crops. I swear kale and carrots just taste better in the winter. I’ve heard that when carrots have a layer of snow when they’re growing they taste sweeter. I’m not sure how true that is, but somehow it makes sense. Cold weather carrots are just so much better for some reason! I really just love using carrots in the winter. Just so good!

Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

Just look at those cold weather veggies! It just wouldn’t be the same eating this salad in July.

To prepare, just slice up your carrots and apples into matchstick sized slivers and add to a bed of chopped kale. Drizzle with Honey Mustard. Done! Salad making is so easy with Toby’s dressing. Just rely on a few staple veggies, a leafy green and you’re set. Simple salads are the best ones.
Thick, creamy goodness in this Kale, Apple & Carrot Salad

Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad

This Honey Mustard Apple, Kale, and Carrot salad is perfect for any winter meal. Not to mention those beautiful winter veggies!

Ingredients:

This serves one – so, just multiply by how many salads you’re making to serve for a meal with others!

How-To:

  1. Prep veggies. Combine kale, carrot, and apple. Drizzle with Toby’s Honey Mustard. SIMPLE!

Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

Strawberry Feta Salad with Chunky Feta Dressing - YUM!

Strawberry Feta Salad

This Strawberry Feta Salad is a go-to recipe. Easy to pull together and always delicious! Really though, anything with Toby’s Chunky Feta dressing is a family favorite at my house. I’m constantly pestered to bring it home to my in-laws. They mix it with coleslaw, dip veggies, and top all their salads with it. Seriously addicting! So, anytime I have to make a salad for dinner I always bring along Toby’s Chunky Feta Dressing. That way, I can never disappoint and I earn good daughter-in-law points.

This time, instead of just greens and whatever veggies I have lying around, I added a little fruit into the mix. Strawberries and feta naturally go together, so why not Toby’s & strawberries? Like I said, another reason to bring out the feta is always welcome, so we tried it out. Results were amazing! Definitely one we’ll be making again for family gatherings.

Strawberry Feta Salad

Since strawberries and feta are destined to be together, this salad pairs perfectly with Toby’s Chunky Feta and will not disappoint. Once you mix the ingredients, drizzle Feta and enjoy.

Strawberry Feta Salad with Chunky Feta Dressing - YUM!

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups (3 ounces) salad mix of choice
  • 3 beets, cooked and chopped
  • 1 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Toby’s Chunky Feta Dressing

How-To:

  1. Combine mixed greens and veggies. Serve with Chunky Feta Dressing!
Quinoa and Greens with Chunky Feta Dressing

Quinoa and Greens with Chunky Feta Dressing

This salad is the perfect lunch salad to get you through a dreary January day. Quinoa is a delicious and nutritious staple, and it pairs perfectly with our Chunky Feta Dressing and in salads (or both!).

Quinoa also has a ton of protein, so no need to add beans or meat to this salad – it’ll get you though the day!

Quinoa and Greens with Chunky Feta Dressing

We started with fresh, local winter greens and topped them with refreshing veggies – like tomatoes, radishes and cucumbers. Add avocado for fat, and drizzle with the world’s best Feta Dressing. Seriously, a lunchtime staple.

If you’re transporting your lunch, just wait to add the dressing until you’re about to eat. Or, add the dressing only in the quinoa and stir it up when you’re ready. That way, your greens and other veggies stay nice and fresh.

Quinoa and Greens with Chunky Feta

This quinoa and greens with chunky feta is about to become your new lunchtime favorite. This salad is packed with protein and healthy fat from the avocado. And, not without flavor thanks to the delicious feta. Yum!

Quinoa and Greens with Chunky Feta Dressing

Ingredients:

  • About 3 ounces (or three handfuls) mixed greens
  • 1/2 medium avocado, sliced
  • 2 radishes, sliced
  • 1/2 small cucumber, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 handful cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • Toby’s Chunky Feta Dressing

How-To:

  1. Arrange the salad starting with the mixed greens then veggies. Top with cooked quinoa. Drizzle with Toby’s Chunky Feta and serve immediately.

Easy Thanksgiving Salads

Family, friends, football, and of course enough turkey and pumpkin pie to send you into a weekend long food coma. Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and like many of you, we too have been scrambling to come up with delicious and easy Thanksgiving salads to put on the table.

Thanksgiving is all about tradition, but we wanted to spice things up a bit and create a few easy salads that will leave you and your guests feeling thankful and totally impressed!

Be sure to check out this tasty Vegetarian Turkey appetizer, sure to please everyone at Thanksgiving. Who doesn’t love a little bit of Toby’s Tofu!? Maybe just don’t tell your stubborn, tofu-newbie guests that it’s tofu. They’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Stacked Pear Salad

Presentation is a must at any holiday gathering, so why not wow your guests’ from the start. This stacked pear salad is the perfect starter dish to your Thanksgiving meal, and easier than anyone has to know. Start by slicing a pear and then stacking it in the middle of a fresh bed of romaine lettuce (as shown below). Add sliced roasted sweet potatoes, pomegranate seeds, and dried cranberries around the pear, and then drizzle with Toby’s Blue Cheese. A+ for presentation and taste!

Stacked Pear Salad - easier than it looks, and so yummy!

Pear Pom Salad

Adding seasonal fruits on top of fresh greens is a quick and easy way to spruce up any salad. We sprinkled a sliced pear and pomegranate seeds on top of spinach, and then added walnuts and Toby’s Chunky Feta dressing to finish it off.

Pear Pom Salad simple to put together and topped with Chunky Feta Dressing.

Roasted Delicata Squash Salad

Delicata squash are a unique squash with an edible outer skin. Start off by roasting your delicata squash. Halve them and scoop out the insides or pop them in whole. Once roasted, slice into half rings. Top with dried cranberries and Toby’s Chunky Feta. Easy “salad” for any Thanksgiving table!

Delicata Squash Roasted and tossed with dried cranberries and Toby's Chunky Feta Dressing. YUM YUM YUM

 

Not quite what you were looking to serve for Thanksgiving? We’ve got three more autumn salads for you right here!

Easy Thanksgiving Salads anyone can make!

3 Autumn Harvest Salads you'll be wanting to make all year long

Autumn Harvest Salad Ideas

Fall is in full swing, and with the leaves crunching below our feet and the crisp autumn air forcing us to layer up, we figured it was the perfect time to share some of our favorite seasonal salad recipes. That way, when you need a break from all of the hearty fall soups you are cooking up, you have some simple recipes at the back of your hand.

Read on to see what we’ve been creating in the Toby’s kitchen. These simple autumn harvest salad ideas will leave you feeling inspired all season!

3 Autumn Harvest Salads you'll be wanting to make all year long

1. Kale Crunch Salad

Fresh kale and apples are signature signs that autumn has arrived. This simple combination of kale, apple (we used Fuji), candied walnuts, and Toby’s Honey Mustard Dressing has the perfect balance of crunch, along with amazing autumn flavors from the apples, kale and candied walnuts.

Kale Crunch Salad | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

2. Harvest Cobb Salad

With the abundance of squash around right now, we tried a seasonal twist on the traditional Cobb Salad, and the result was simply amazing. Start off with a generous serving of romaine lettuce. Then layer each of your ingredients row by row. We used hard-boiled eggs, diced apples, candied walnuts, roasted butternut squash, and avocado. Drizzle with Toby’s Blue Cheese, and enjoy!

It’s a great way to use leftover roasted squash and make use of all the other fall goodies out there!

Autumn Cobb Salad | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

3. Apple, Cranberry, and Pecan Salad

The last of our harvest-themed salads is the perfect starter dish for any autumn gathering. Toss together spinach, apples, dried cranberries, and pecans, and drizzle with Toby’s Honey Mustard. Light and crisp just light the autumn air!

 

Spinach Pecan Apple Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing | 3 Autumn Harvest Salads

Check back next month for more harvest-themed salad recipes and perfect sides for Thanksgiving meals!

Toby's Salad Jar Tips

Tips for Salad in a Jar

Placing your favorite salads in a mason jar is a fun and creative way to transport your healthy lunch to work or school. And like me, I’m sure that all of you have plenty of old canning jars (or Toby’s dressing jars) lying around just waiting to be used.

Toby's Salad Jar Tips

Before you can enjoy your salad, you will need to follow a few simple packing tips in order to keep you salad as fresh and tasty as possible! Follow the steps below for a perfect salad in a jar.

 

  1. Always start with your dressing on the bottom of the jar. I know that sounds crazy, but trust me, it will all make sense in the end.
  1. Next, add all of your hearty vegetables. This could include carrots, beans, cucumbers, bell peppers, and any other garden fresh veggies you may have on hand.
  1. Any lighter vegetables will make up the next layer of your salad. This could include mushrooms, broccoli, tomatoes, corn, and avocado.
  1. The next layer is going to be made up of any nuts and cheeses you traditionally put on a salad.
  1. The fifth layer is packed with protein – hard-boiled eggs, meat, or quinoa.
  1. Lastly, add your favorite greens – lettuce, kale, spinach, etc.

Once you have your salad layered, screw on the lid and store up to 3-5 days in your refrigerator. When you are ready to eat your salad, shake everything up and pour into a bowl (or skip the bowl and eat right out of the jar), and enjoy!