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an easy vegetarian summer salad in a white bowl with dressing and strawberries on the side.

Vegetarian Summer Salad with Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders

Ready in under 20 minutes, this vegetarian summer salad includes Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders, balsamic vinaigrette, goat cheese, strawberries, and other tasty additions. To veganize this salad recipe, simply exlcude the goat cheese or use a vegan variety!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Servings 2


  • 7 cups romaine lettuce chopped
  • 8 Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders
  • ¼ cup goat cheese crumbled
  • 10 large strawberries sliced
  • cup pumpkin seeds (AKA pepitas)
  • 1 avocado sliced or diced
  • ¼ cup red onion*, diced

Homemade Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon maple syrup can also use honey if not vegan
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper finely ground
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped


For the Balsamic Vinaigrette

  • Mix all ingredients except olive oil in a jar with a lid or in a bowl with a whisk.
  • Add the olive oil and mix/shake very well. Taste test, and adjust salt, etc. as desired. (the perfect result really depends on your specific taste and ingredients)
    I recommend letting it sit in the fridge for at least half an hour before serving to really let the flavors come out.

For the Summer Salad

  • Cook the Crispy Tenders according to package directions, or in an air fryer at 400F for 8 minutes.
    Let sit for a minute. Cut into strips or pieces.
  • Mix all salad ingredients in a bowl and add the Crispy Tenders on top.
    Top with balsamic vinaigrette (I use about 2.5 tablespoon on each salad).
    Serve with more black pepper and enjoy!


*I recommend deflaming the red onions so they're not quite as potent. Notes for how to do this included in post. 
The dressing will keep in the fridge for up to a week. 
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