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Are you ready for the ultimate high protein vegan caesar salad? The one that’s covered in a creamy, vegan caesar dressing and topped with crispy tempeh bacon bits, crispy chickpea croutons and homemade vegan parmesan cheese.
This really is one of the best vegan salads, and something I make all the time when I’m hosting company. I get together with my mom friends every week or so for a lunch play-date. It’s a time when our kids can get together and more importantly, when we moms can catch up and eat!
I prefer to host these events because, well, I just love hosting. Even though our home is not made for large get togethers, it’s so fun to make a new recipe for my friends with the added bonus of not having to pack up Vander and drive anywhere.
Well, I made this high-protein vegan caesar salad for everyone last week and it was a HUGE hit. Most people know that I’m likely serving vegan/vegetarian food to them, but they all couldn’t believe that the dressing was completely dairy-free.
This high protein vegan caesar salad has lots of moving parts, but they can mostly all be made ahead of time for easy assemble when you are ready.
1. The vegan caesar dressing! This dressing recipe is adapted from one of my favorite cookbooks, Isa Does It. Her dressing recipe is a little more garlic heavy than mine, but I didn’t want it to overpower the other parts. Mix everything together in a blender, this dressing will keep for ~5 days in the fridge.
2. Tempeh bacon crumbles! Familiar readers will know this recipe, as it’s one that I use ALL the time. I love it in pasta and I really love it in this recipe. I prefer to cube the tempeh, but you can also crumble it with a grater. Just depends on the texture you prefer! This can also be made ahead of time, and then reheat (or don’t!) in the fridge.
3. Crispy chickpeas! I love adding these for a extra protein-crunch, but I don’t think they keep as well after they are made. Therefore, you can leave them out if you want to make this recipe for quick assemble during the week.
4. Mix of greens. This recipe will taste great with just about any green, but I like the combo of lettuce and shredded kale. I think the kale is a little more hearty and stands up to the dressing very well. If you don’t think you like kale, then try this method. Wash and dry, then remove the inner rib. Stack the leaves, and roll very tightly like a cigar. Then, starting from one end, slice the kale into thin ribbons.
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The Ultimate Protein Packed Vegan Caesar Salad! This is the salad to answer “where do you get your protein from!?” Well, how about a salad!? A vegan caesar salad with crispy tempeh bacon bits, crispy garlic chickpeas, vegan nut parmesan and the most amazing, briny vegan caesar dressing. 19-28g of protein per serving!
Tempeh Bacon Bits:
Vegan Caesar Dressing: