When people ask if vegans only eat salad, I laugh. Most people, however, don't think about salad the way I do. Vegan kale pasta caesar salad, for example, isn't a typical salad. Instead, vegan kale pasta caesar salad is a rich, yet satisfying salad full of so many flavors, it's mind-blowing.
First, the base of the salad is kale, one of the most nutrient-dense foods on earth.
In fact, I love all kale salad, because it can be dressed in advance, which means I can make ahead of time! And, it also means I can take it for lunch the next day without worrying about it get soggy.
Even though most salads wilt over time, a dressed kale salad gets better as it soaks up the dressing. So, if you meal prep, vegan kale pasta caesar salad is great for days, so you can make a big batch and eat it all week long.
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CAESAR SALAD DRESSING
Regardless if you are making a Skinny Vegan Caesar Salad, or a vegan kale caesar salad, the dressing is the key to decadence.
Without a doubt, this oil-free dressing is not only low in calories, it's simply delicious. In order to get the creamy texture, all you need is a high-speed blender and a few, basic ingredients.
Not only is the dressing perfect for any salad, but it also makes a wonderful dip or sandwich spread. The Caesar dressing will last refrigerated for up to a week and can also be frozen as well.
And, as stated earlier, the salad can be dressed in advance to make preparation and serving easy.
VEGAN PARMESAN CHEESE MAKES A GREAT GARNISH
Once the salad is dressed, to make a perfect vegan caesar salad means it must be topped Vegan Parmesan Cheese!
Vegan parmesan cheese, for example, is easy to make, and stores in the refrigerator for several weeks. With very few ingredients, it can be made in minutes and stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
All you need is a few common ingredients:
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN CHICKPEA CROUTONS
Instead of eating regular bread croutons, vegan kale pasta caesar salad is topped with chickpea croutons.
Not only are chickpeas more healthy than bread croutons, but they also taste crunchy and wonderful.
In order to make crunchy chickpea croutons for vegan kale pasta caesar salad, all you need is a drained can of chickpeas and some seasoning.
Furthermore, the chickpea croutons can also be made ahead of time. In fact, chickpea croutons, actually make a yummy crunchy snack. So, if you're a snacker, baked chickpeas are a treat!
And, they are simple to make. Just season the chickpeas, and then baked them.
As a result, you have the perfect caesar croutons ready to top your vegan kale caesar pasta salad.
YOU CAN INCLUDE PASTA OR NOT...YOU CHOOSE!
Many people, despite the number of gluten-free pasta options available, choose to avoid pasta. In my opinion, gluten-free pasta today are fabulous, unlike many versions in the past.
Despite the availability of all kinds of pasta, vegan kale pasta caesar salad can easily be made without the pasta with the same delicious results.
In fact, I chose whole-grain bow-tie pasta for this vegan caesar salad recipe, but any type and shaped pasta can be used. Because some people in my family didn't want pasta, I separated half the salad and served half without pasta.
Then, everyone is happy!
MEAL PREP AND IDEAS FOR PLANNING AHEAD
As someone who plans meals in advance, I always make more than I plan to eat and prepare lunches in advance to take to work during the week. Although I usually meal prep on Sundays, I also just double recipes for dinner during the week, I plan to eat again for lunch.
Even if you aren't a fan of leftovers, there is a lot to be said for prepping food in advance and being creative so you don't eat the same food every day.
For instance, if you keep your ingredients separate, you can use ingredients for separate meals.
For example, if I made an entire box of bow tie pasta, I could use it for salad and pesto pasta. Planning in advance has its advantages.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂