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Vegan Cobb Salad with Tangy Cheesy Dressing

This vegan cobb salad is a perfect breakfast (or anytime) salad. Its full of delicious, well rounded flavours and textures and will certainly satisfy. This tasty salad is a wonderful brunch or potluck option as well. It travels well, and the mushrooms taste great warm or cold. Ready for this?

vegan cobb salad in serving platter

How to make the Tangy “Cheesy” Dressing

Just add all the ingredients into your blender and process until smooth and creamy. Depending on the level of thickness you prefer in your dressing, you may add a little more or less water as desired. I personally enjoy a dressing that is slightly thicker in consistency. But if you want a thinner dressing, add an additional tablespoon or two of water. Transfer your dressing to a jar or container while you prepare the salad.

Vegan Salad Dressing in glass jar with spoon

How to prepare the smoky mushrooms

Scrub and slice your mushrooms, then add them to a large skillet, along with the tamari, maple syrup and smoked paprika. (If you don’t have tamari, and are not avoiding gluten, you may sub for soy sauce.) Sauté the mushrooms for about 7-10 minutes, until the liquids are absorbed and mushrooms reduced. The smoky deliciousness from the mushrooms will give your cobb salad that bacon flavour you’re looking for, minus the bacon of course!

mushrooms in large skillet

Once your mushrooms are ready, assemble your vegan cobb salad in a large serving dish. You may arrange the toppings in rows as I’ve done, or scatter them all on top. Either way, this salad will definitely impress! This crowd pleasing salad is:

  • smoky
  • sweet
  • rich
  • filling and satisfying

All while being…

  • oil free
  • plant based
  • gluten free
  • nut free
  • high in protein and iron

salad topped with tomato, corn, mushrooms, avocado, red onion

Serve the tangy dressing on the side and allow everyone to dress their own salad to their liking. I like just a drizzling of dressing on mine, vs drenching it, to maintain the crispiness of the lettuce. Especially if you’ll be transporting the salad somewhere, it’s best to keep the dressing separate.

salad topped with corn, tomato, smoky mushrooms, avocado, red onion and vegan cheesy dressing

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Vegan Cobb Salad with Tangy Cheesy Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keyword: gluten free, nut free, oil free, refined sugar free, vegan
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Mouthwatering vegan cobb salad with deliciously smoky mushrooms and tangy cheesy dressing. Perfect for your next pot luck.
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For the Dressing

  • 1 18 oz can white beans drained & rinsed (approx 2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp tamari
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp dill
  • 1/2 cup water
  • salt + pepper to taste

For the Salad

  • 1 14 oz (400g) package button mushrooms sliced
  • 3 tbsp tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1.5 tsp smoked paprika
  • 8 cups romaine or iceberg lettuce chopped
  • 1 avocado sliced
  • 1 cup corn thawed if using frozen
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup red onion diced


For the Dressing

  • Add all ingredients to your blender and process until smooth and creamy. Transfer to a bowl or jar and set aside.

For the Salad

  • In a large skillet, add the sliced mushrooms, tamari, maple syrup and smoked paprika. Sauté until reduced and liquids absorbed and evaporated. This should take about 7-10 minutes. Set aside.
  • Arrange your lettuce in a large serving tray and add all the toppings on top. I lined my toppings in rows, but you may arrange however you like. Serve your salad with the dressing on the side so everyone can dress their own salad as desired.
Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 857mg | Potassium: 1133mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 6030IU | Vitamin C: 12.5mg | Calcium: 97mg | Iron: 4.4mg
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*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.

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  1. Vanessa

    My sister made this and brought it over and it was so great! I especially loved the smoky mushrooms and tangy dressing!

  2. Meghna

    Such an amazing combo and those smoky mushrooms are making me just so hungry 🙂 Making it tonight for sure. Thanks a ton for sharing this wholesome cobb salad with us!

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