Caesar salad is one of the most calorific salads there is, what with the fried croutons & Caesar Dressing.
Therefore my aim with this recipe is not only to make a Caesar Salad which is vegan, but one that is as healthy as possible (& gluten free) whilst retaining the flavour & punch of the traditional dish.
🥗We start off with a bed of chopped Romaine lettuce.
🥗Next comes marinated & oven baked (or air fried) tofu pieces. I marinated mine in a spray of avocado oil, soy sauce, black pepper & nutritional yeast to give it a meaty flavour.
I’ve also used homemade mayo, yoghurt & parmesan as I had them to hand, but feel free to sub shop bought for ease & speed.
🥗Then a drizzle of the Caesar Dressing – Recipe below
🥗 Next shavings & grated vegan Parmesan. I used my home-made cashew based cheeze, a recipe by http://www.veggiesdontbite (This is easy to make & stores well in the freezer).
🥗 I lightly toasted 2 slices of the quinoa & chia, Gluten-free bread I’d bought at the local health food shop. I then rubbed a little home-made garlic oil & put it face down in a frying pan to ‘toast’ further. I then chopped it into small cubes to make the croutons.
🥗 Lastly a final drizzle of the Caesar Dressing & hey presto!
Caesar Dressing Recipe:
- 2 TBS (homemade aquafaba) mayo or sub shop bought mayo
- 1/4 cup of (homemade) soya yoghurt
- 2 TBS unflavoured unsweetened plant ‘milk’
- 2 TSP Dijon mustard
- 1 large clove Garlic crushed
- 1-2 TBS Nutritional Yeast
- 2 TSP Capers
- 2 TBS Lemon juice
- 1 TSP Miso
- 1/4 TBS of caper juice (optional)
- If you want it sweeter, add a little maple syrup
Lower calories, healthier, gluten free & vegan – what’s not to love?
Aquafaba mayo recipe:
- 1/4 cup aquafaba (I used from a jar & it’s much thicker than tinned)
- 1/4 tsp mustard powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 – 3/4 cup neutral flavoured oil ( I use sunflower or avocado oil)
- Optional: stevia to taste or maple syrup
Please let me know if you try this recipe, or have any suggestions to improve the healthy less oil concept.