I ate variations of this salad nearly every day for over a week. Some of that was to test the recipe, but I also just wanted to keep eating it. YUM. The chickpeas and pasta aren't necessary components of course, but they are a fun addition if you are going to make a meal out of it. I love kale salad but it's nice to mix it with a bit of romaine or hydroponic lettuce to add a fresh crunch.
Note about Croutons:
Use whatever croutons are your favourite. I like cubed multigrain bread tossed with lots of fruity extra virgin olive oil, salt & pepper. Pop them in a 375 F oven until golden. (make sure to keep tossing them around to cook evenly) When they were finished mine were a bit on the dry side so I just drizzled more olive oil on them and then they were perfect.
Note about bacon or "facon":
I think you could use whatever veggie bacon you want in this recipe too, but I have only been using the coconut bacon recipe from Avant Garde Vegan and I think it is perfect here. I have his Vegan 100 e book and I found it on that. You can also get it on you tube. It's just 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut mixed with a 2 tbsp each of soy, maple syrup, liquid smoke and 1 tbsp of veg oil, then baked in the oven at 375 until slightly caramelized. (Again making sure to toss it around to cook evenly) It crisps up as it cools. I did try his Caesar salad dressing first, though I knew it wasn't how I would approach it. So I guess this is slightly adapted from that, but I make buckets of non vegan Caesar salad dressing (literally BUCKETS) at the pub, and at other restaurant gigs before that.... so I kinda knew how I was going to approach it anyway...I do like my version better and I dare say you won't know it's vegan..it's just tastyyy.. so here it is!
Ingredients : Caesar Salad Dressing
For the salad I shred the kale into thin bite sized strips. (I prefer to cut it this way because kale is quite fibrous and this makes it easier to eat). I mix in some chopped romaine lettuce, (maybe equal parts romaine to kale) some pasta, chickpeas, coconut bacon bits, and croutons and toss with dressing. I like to add more cracked pepper to the salad and a lemon wedge on the side. Delish!!! This is one of my favourite examples of how delicious and easy veganism can be. Transitioning for some people can be intimidating, and there is definitely a learning curve to it. I hope that someone stumbles upon this recipe, gives it a go, and loves it as much as I do. I'll never have to miss caesar salad again!!
Ever try tossing cherry tomatoes into your Caesar Salad?? So good. I also added thinly sliced red onions and a handful of kale cabbage slaw. I love to switch things up. Delicious!!
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