Crunchy Romaine Salad is healthy, alkalizing and nothing short of wonderful! It’s a simple mix of colorful fresh vegetables and raw almond-lime dressing for a delicious, well-balanced vegan lunch or dinner!

top down view of crunchy romaine salad with creamy almond dressing.

This is one of another new favorite salad here on TSV! It’s fresh, clean and full of vitamins, minerals and a healthy dose of protein, 18g to be exact, thanks to the creamy almond butter dressing.

I love healthy salads like this and can eat them every day! The sweetness and coolness of the cucumbers, carrots, bell peppers and leafy greens, combined with the slightly salty, yet sweet and somewhat citrus almond flavors make this a salad I can enjoy often.

I found myself tipping the bowl to get the last drops of this dressing, and I think you might too. Eating healthy has to taste good and this crisp romaine salad hits the mark!

top down view of ingredients used to make crunchy romaine salad recipe with almond dressing.

Ingredients You’ll Need

In this crunchy raw salad, a rainbow of veggies are nestled on top of crisp romaine and drizzled with a protein rich, creamy almond butter dressing, then topped off with a big squeeze of lime for a healthy and delicious vegan lunch or dinner.

Here is everything you will need:

  •  cucumber (or zucchini)
  • carrot
  • red + yellow bell pepper
  • scallions
  • romaine (or leafy greens of choice)
  • almond butter
  • pure maple syrup
  • tamari
  • lime

Optional Add-Ins

For additional crunch and flavor, try adding one or all of these:

  • sliced celery and/or radishes for extra crunch
  • chopped fresh cilantro for a nice herby flavor
  • add 1 inch knob of grated ginger to the dressing for added zestiness

side by side photos of chopped romaine and making almond butter dressing.

How To Make Crunchy Romaine Salad

(Note – The full printable recipe is at the bottom of this post)

  • Dressing: Start with the almond dressing first so it can sit and let the flavors mingle while cutting up the salad mix. Combine almond butter, tamari, maple syrup, lime and water, whisking well until creamy.
  • Prep veggies: Next, prepare your vegetables any way you like. Feel free to use as much as you like.
  • Assemble romaine salad: Layer romaine in individual bowls and top with veggies however you like. Drizzle with 1/2 of the dressing (as shown below) and a big squeeze of lime.

And there you have it, it’s quick, easy and AMAZINGLY delicious!

top down view of creamy almond dressing being poured over romaine salad.

How To Store + Meal Prep

  • Refrigerator: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.
  • Meal prep: This raw vegan salad can easily be made ahead for meal prepping. Simply store the salad and dressing separate until ready to serve, or toss it together before storing.

Adjusting For Dietary Restrictions

  • Nut-free: To make the dressing nut-free, replace the almond butter with tahini. It will still be delicious!

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side angle view of healthy romaine salad with creamy almond dressing.

If you try this romaine salad recipe, please let me know! I’d love to hear any tips or changes you made to the recipe in the comments below!



This healthy and alkalizing crunchy romaine salad is nothing short of wonderful! It’s a simple mix of fresh vegetables and a raw almond-lime dressing.

  • Author: Julie | The Simple Veganista
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: Serves 2
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: mix
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan




  • 1 cup cucumber (and/or zucchini), sliced
  • 1 cup carrot, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red + yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 12 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 heads romaine (or leafy greens of choice)
  • sprinkle of almond slices or pepitas, optional

Lime Dressing

  • 4 tablespoons almond butter
  • 24 tablespoons water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon tamari
  • juice from 1 lime
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional


Almond dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients until creamy. Let rest a few minutes so the flavors can mingle. Taste for flavor….more tamari? more sweetener? 

Prep veggies: Next, prepare your vegetables any way you like, using as much as you like. Taste dressing once more to make sure it’s to your liking.

Assemble romaine salad: In individual bowls, add the romaine and top with veggies however you like. Drizzle with 1/2 of the dressing overtop and enjoy. 

Serves 2

Store: Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 – 6 days.


Optional add-ins: sliced celery, radishes, or chopped cilantro.

Nutritional values are estimates only. See our full nutrition disclosure here.

Updated: Romaine Salad originally published October 2012 and has been updated June 2020 with new photos and helpful tips. 

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  1. Yum! Could you post the nutrition facts for this one?

    1. Julie | The Simple Veganista says:

      Yes, they are included in the recipe card. Let me know if you can’t find them.

  2. innerwonderings says:

    This looks awesome! I am trying this for lunch today :)

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