North America Vegan Recipes

Recipe For a Healthy & Tasty Vegan Caesar Salad

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Vegan Recipe – North America

Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe

Introduction: Indulge in the classic flavors of a Caesar salad without any animal products with this delicious Vegan Caesar Salad recipe. Crisp romaine lettuce, creamy vegan Caesar dressing, homemade croutons, and dairy-free parmesan come together to create a satisfying and flavorful dish. For an added protein boost, consider adding grilled or breaded tofu. Whether you’re a vegan or just looking to explore plant-based options, this salad is a crowd-pleaser that captures the essence of the traditional Caesar salad while keeping it entirely cruelty-free.

Cooking Time: Preparation: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving: 4 servings

Ingredients:

For the Salad:

  • 2 large heads of romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
  • Grilled or breaded tofu (optional, for protein)
  • Dairy-free parmesan (store-bought or homemade, see tips)
  • Vegan Caesar dressing (recipe below)
  • Homemade croutons (recipe below)

For the Vegan Caesar Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Homemade Croutons:

  • 4 slices of day-old bread, cut into cubes
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Vegan Caesar Dressing:

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
  2. In a blender, combine the soaked cashews, water, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper.
  3. Blend on high until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
  4. With the blender running, drizzle in the olive oil and continue blending until well combined.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning as needed. Add more lemon juice, salt, or pepper if desired.
  6. Transfer the dressing to a container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Homemade Croutons:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. In a mixing bowl, toss the bread cubes with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper until well coated.
  3. Spread the seasoned bread cubes on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 10-12 minutes or until the croutons are golden and crispy.
  5. Remove from the oven and let them cool.

Assembling the Vegan Caesar Salad:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped romaine lettuce, croutons, and desired amount of vegan Caesar dressing.
  2. Toss the ingredients together until the lettuce is evenly coated with the dressing.
  3. If using, add the grilled or breaded tofu on top.
  4. Sprinkle dairy-free parmesan over the salad.
  5. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tips:

  • Dairy-Free Parmesan: You can make dairy-free parmesan by blending 1/2 cup of raw cashews, 3 tablespoons of nutritional yeast, 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt in a food processor until crumbly.
  • Tofu Options: For grilled tofu, marinate tofu slices in a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, and your choice of herbs before grilling. For breaded tofu, coat tofu cubes in a mixture of breadcrumbs, nutritional yeast, and seasonings, then bake or pan-fry until crispy.
  • Make-Ahead: You can prepare the dressing, croutons, and even chop the lettuce ahead of time to save time when assembling the salad.
  • Storage: Store any leftover dressing, croutons, and salad components separately in airtight containers in the refrigerator. Assembled salads are best enjoyed fresh.

With this Vegan Caesar Salad recipe, you can savor the classic flavors of a Caesar salad while staying true to your vegan lifestyle. Enjoy the creamy dressing, crunchy croutons, and satisfying plant-based goodness in every bite.

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