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Vegan Kale Caesar Salad
This Vegan Kale Caesar Salad is superior in every way to the traditional romaine-plus-dairy version. The hummus-based cream includes capers and garlic to establish a brine, earthy undertone. Tenderized kale and red cabbage are soft and easy to chew. Bread crumbs create a sticky texture that mimic the alternative. It's delicious a #WholeFoodPlantBased meal.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Caesar Salad
Caesar Dressing
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Caesar Salad
Caesar Dressing
Instructions
  1. Remove stems and chop kale. Chop red cabbage. Place in a large salad bowl. These hearty veggies are much more palatable once they are softened (easier to chew). Spritz with lemon juice and a pinch of sea salt. Coat your finger tips with a bit of olive oil. Massage kale and cabbage thoroughly. Set aside. In a few minutes, you will notice a big difference. By the way, if you prefer to avoid the oil, the lemon juice and salt will tenderize the kale, but not to the same extent. It's up to you.
  2. Combine the Caesar dressing ingredients in a blender or food processor. Puree until creamy and smooth. Taste. Decide if you want to add another date, more capers or salt, or the yogurt/mayo. Add more water if it's too thick.
  3. Add the rest of the salad ingredients (and any other vegetables you might like) to the softened kale and cabbage. I don't prefer the large croutons typical of caesar salad. I save the ends of my homemade sourdough bread in the fridge, and throw them in the blender with a bit of seasoning (onion powder, garlic salt, balsamic vinegar, maybe some Italian seasoning. The bread crumbs coat the greens, which creates an authentic Caesar texture.
  4. Toss the dressing into the salad. Serve as a side, a full meal, or top with a protein. See my favorites below.
Recipe Notes

If you don't have store-bought hummus, or prefer to avoid it, here's the perfect recipe from The Simple Veganista.

Peruse my favorite protein options:

Lentil Fritters


Eggplant Spaghetti Balls


Baked Garlic Tofu

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