Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon

  • prep time20 min
  • total time 45 min
  • serves 2 - 4

Caesar salad is something that non-vegans will swear can't be re-created! But the truth is, a vegan Caesar salad is so much healthier for you, you'll want to only want to eat this version from now on. It will leave you feeling light, clean, and energized.

Courtesy of Lauren Toyota and John Diemer for hot for food blog.

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Directions for: Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tempeh Bacon


Caesar Dressing (makes 2 cups)

¾ cup raw cashews (soaked for a minimum of 3 hours)

¾ cup water

1 bulb roasted garlic (approx. 7-9 cloves; feel free to do more/less depending on your taste)

1 pitted medjool date

1 lemon, juice and zest

3 ½ Tbsp nutritional yeast

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

½ tsp Dijon mustard

1 tsp sea salt

1 tsp ground pepper

Garlic Croutons

3 cups cubed bread (your choice)

¼ cup olive oil

1 Tbsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

½ tsp sea salt

½ tsp ground pepper

2 Tbsp go veggie! vegan Parmesan

Tempeh Bacon & Assembly

1 package tempeh (approx. 250 g)

½ cup tamari (can sub. soy sauce or Bragg's aminos)

½ Tbsp water

⅓ cup liquid smoke

⅓ cup maple syrup

1 Tbsp smoked paprika

1 - 2 Tbsp coconut oil, for frying

extra water for de-glazing the pan


Caesar Dressing (makes 2 cups)

1. Drain the soaked cashews and rinse with more water until it runs clear. Place all the ingredients in a Vita-mix or high powered blender and mix on high until smooth. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving on your salad.

Garlic Croutons

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a mixing bowl whisk together olive oil, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and pepper. Toss the cubed bread in the mixture until well coated. If you're adding the vegan Parmesan, then toss them in that next.

2. Lay out the bread onto a baking sheet and bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, turning over once in the middle of baking, until golden brown. Depending on the bread you use the time will vary so just keep an eye on them. Gluten-free bread takes longer, approximately 20 minutes and gluten free bread is always a bit gummy so don't expect them to be crispy crunchy croutons like when they're made with regular bread. Italian baguette is our favourite for this recipe.

Tempeh Bacon & Assembly

1. Thinly slice the tempeh.

2. Whisk together all the liquid ingredients and smoked paprika in a shallow dish that you can use to marinate the tempeh in.

3. Lay the slices of tempeh in the dish and pour in half the sauce.

4. Marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

5. To cook, heat a non-stick pan to medium and add 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil. When it's heated, add the slices of tempeh.

6. Once the first side starts to brown you'll want to start de-glazing the pan with left over marinade and a bit of water every so often to prevent them from sticking and to get them really caramelized and browned. Flip the slices and do the same thing on the other side.

7. You might want to use another Tablespoon of coconut oil on the other side to get them frying up nice. You'll start to notice the liquid becoming absorbed and the tempeh getting crispier and stickier. Cook time is approximately 15-20 minutes. Remember, you're trying to caramelize the tempeh - time may vary.

8. Remove from the heat to cool while you assemble the Caesar salad.

9. Assembly: All there's left to do is wash and chop your Romaine lettuce or kale! Garnish your Caesar salad with more black pepper, lemon wedges, and additional go veggie! vegan Parmesan if you like!

See more: Nuts, Salad, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


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