Plenty of the time, I draw recipe inspiration from non-vegan and non-keto dishes I see in or on a restaurant menu. This vegan keto kale Caesar salad isn’t any exception. I noticed a vegan Caesar salad at a restaurant the opposite day that featured crispy chickpeas and a cashew Caesar dressing. I’d have ordered it, however this place additionally had Beyond burgers on the menu and sides of Buffalo Brussels sprouts…and I feel you may most likely guess what I ordered… But anyway, I went residence and was nonetheless interested by that Caesar. It simply seemed so good, and thought that it might most likely be tailored to be low carb and keto-friendly fairly simply.
So, right here we’re. The key to the dietary worth of this salad is the dressing. Like with a number of sauces and dressings, you’ll discover I used hemp seeds right here. Not solely are hemp seeds wealthy in fairly just a few minerals, however they’re additionally loaded with protein and omega-Three fatty acids. Hemp seeds additionally mix up actually properly to make a creamy dressing and don’t impart an excessive amount of taste on their very own.
Okay, so it looks like form of a number of work for only a salad, but it surely’s actually tasty and completely value it. Plus, when you’ve made up the constituent components (i.e., the dressing and “croutons”), you may whip up the precise salad half very quickly flat. It’s even faster for those who purchase the pre-washed and pre-chopped bagged kale, which I 100% do. If you make this vegan keto Caesar salad, I’d love to listen to about it on social media or within the feedback beneath!
Substitutions & Notes on Making Vegan Keto Kale Caesar Salad (gluten-free, nut-free, coconut-free)
- Hemp seeds will be subbed for sunflower seeds, cashews or sesame seeds. Keep in thoughts that cashews are greater in carbs, although! The sesame seeds do have a extra distinct taste, so for those who don’t like tahini, I don’t suggest that substitution.
- For a protein enhance, add on some baked tofu (or baked hemp tofu).
- To cut back the quantity of carbs, you should utilize Romaine lettuce as an alternative of kale – I actually like kale, in order that’s simply what I exploit, however it’s a bit greater in carbs than many lettuces.
- If you need somewhat extra taste on prime, exchange the dietary yeast with the fake parm sprinkles from my Vegan Keto cookbook!
- To make this soy-free, substitute the soy sauce for coconut aminos and the lupini beans with roasted pepitas.
- If your blender doesn’t work with smaller batches of sauces, simply double the dressing recipe and avoid wasting for later.
- If you’re storing this for greater than in the future within the fridge, I like to recommend maintaining the lupini croutons separate, as they’ll get soggy if combined in with every thing else!
- While I attempt to supply correct vitamin data, completely different manufacturers and forms of substances have completely different dietary values, so your calculations might range.
Vegan Keto Kale Caesar Salad (gluten-free, nut-free, coconut-free)
This easy kale caesar is loaded with taste, protein and omega-Three fatty acids.
- 1/2 cup (83g) lupini beans, drained
For the Lupini Croutons
- 1/2 cup (80g) hemp hearts
- 1/2 cup (120ml) water
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp mustard (I like both Dijon or spicy brown right here)
- 1 tbsp soy sauce, tamari or coconut aminos
- 2 tbsp dietary yeast
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper, to style
For the Dressing
- four cups (10oz/283g) chopped kale
- 1/four cup (20g) dietary yeast
For the Salad
- To make the lupini croutons: Air-fry the beans at 375°F (190°C) for 15 minutes. Alternatively toss with 1 tsp olive oil and bake at 375°F (190°C) for round 45 minutes based on the instructions right here.
- To make the dressing: Process every thing in your meals processor or excessive pace blender till easy.
- To assemble the salad: Toss the dressing and kale collectively and prime with the croutons and dietary yeast or fake parm sprinkles.