Crisp, hearty, and tangy, this kale caesar salad has to be one of the best “classic salads” I’ve had in a long time. I made it because I love caesar salads, but never find myself ordering them when I eat out.
- Caesar dressing tends to be highly caloric and heavy – making a light meal into a not-so-light meal after all.
- Romaine lettuce, although crunchy and wonderful, lacks fiber and nutrients, so I end up hungry 2 hours later.
- Croutons are not the healthiest additions to a salad, especially when they aren’t made in-house.
- Cheese just does not agree with me.
Here’s what I’ve done to 1-up this classic favorite:
- added de-stemmed dino kale to the romaine lettuce mixture for added fiber and nutrients
- made a vegan, tangy caesar dressing for those following a vegan diet
- added ground flax seeds to the dressing for added fiber
- created a crouton replacement with roasted chickpeas
- simulated a cheesy flavor and texture by combining ground flax seeds, lemon, sea salt, and olive oil
Enjoy my new favorite vegan kale caesar salad
Try this salad for lunch, serve it up for dinner with grilled veggies or chicken breast, or even serve it up for the holidays. Here’s how it’s done:
- 1 bunch of dino kale, washed, de-stemmed and sliced into 1” ribbons
- 1 bunch of romaine lettuce, washed, de-stemmed and sliced into 1” ribbons
- 1/4 cup roasted chickpeas
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3-4 lemons)
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup raw walnuts, soaked in water for 10 minutes, then drained
- 2 teaspoons garlic (roughly 2-3 large cloves)
- For the dressing, blend: lemon juice, olive oil, water, sea salt, dijon mustard, flax seeds, soaked walnuts, and garlic in a blender or food processor. (NOTE: This makes extra, so you can store it in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.)
- Toss washed/dried lettuce and kale in a bowl with 1/2 cup of the dressing (or more to taste). Be sure to toss it until all leaves are coated evenly.
- Serve with roasted chickpeas instead of croutons.
- Finish with an extra sprinkle of ground flax seeds, freshly ground pepper, and a pinch of sea salt.
Don’t miss how to Roast Chickpeas.
They are great for crouton replacements or a healthy snack.
Kale. All Day. Err Day.
Kale. All Day. Err Day.