Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad
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This vegan-style take on a traditional caesar salad is a perfect pre-prep option for the work week. It will stay fresh for 2-3 days in the fridge and is a great choice for the whole family!
Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 6 servings
  • 2 bundles kale, washed, de-stemmed and torn into bite size pieces**I used organic black or lacinato "dinosaur" kale (6-8 cups chopped)
  • 2 tsp avocado oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 avocado, large
  • 3 Tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (15 oz) chickpeas, washed and rinsed
  • *Optional ingredients: pumpkin seeds, apricots, peppers, tomato, grilled chicken, eggs
  • ** For more of a crouton like crunch, try adding roasted chickpeas
  1. Massage the prepared kale leaves with lemon juice, oil and salt.
  2. Mash, process or blend the avocado, nutritional yeast, hemp hearts and garlic until combined. It is ready when you have a thick and creamy sauce.
  3. Add the avocado mix to the kale leaves and massage well - get your hands dirty!!
  4. **Alternatively mix the kale and sauce in your food processor using the dough-blade.
  5. Top with chickpeas and any other desired proteins or vegetables

kale saladTraditional caesar salads are notorious for being high in calories, saturated fat and provide little value other than a yummy flavour. Using kale to replace the romaine not only boosts the nutrient density, but also serves as a perfect salad-base to make for the busy work week. Kale is a more robust-leaf relative to other salad greens which results in a salad that does not wilt after a few days! kale salad ingredients 1This salad uses simple, purely plant-based ingredients and takes less than 10 minutes to pull together. I like to make a double batch as this salad will get eaten much quicker than you think!!massaging kaleThe trick to making the kale less “tough” and more palatable in a salad, is to massage. Yes, this means getting in there and getting your hands dirty!! The massaging technique helps to break down the tough cell walls and leaves you with a silky smooth texture.

If you’re not one to get your hands dirty, try using the ‘soft dough-blade’ in your food processor and mix the dressing with the kale for 5-10 minutes.

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