Vegan Caesar Salad with Soy Curls

A refreshing and classic vegan Caesar salad made with romaine lettuce and topped with soy “chicken” curls, vegan parmesan, fresh croutons and homemade Caesar dressing. It’s a healthy twist on a classic salad that everyone will love.

I was hoping to sneak this recipe in before Valentine’s Day. I mean, when it comes to the perfect romantic meal, a classic Caesar salad is at the top of my list! But I also wanted to make sure you had the recipes for my French crème brûlée And Pots of cream as well as my Shells stuffed with ricotta, cashews and spinach and there just wasn’t enough time to fit it all in.

But have no fear! A vegan Caesar salad is a meal you can enjoy any time of year. And once you try it, I’m sure you’ll do just that.

Let’s take a closer look at this delicious and hearty vegan salad.

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This salad is made with easy ingredients that you should be able to find at your local grocery store. Plus, this recipe allows for lots of variations!

Here’s everything you need.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Vegan Parmesan – You can either make your own from hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, and garlic, or buy vegan parmesan at the store. I am a HUGE fan of Violife Parmesan. Their Parmesan is exactly what I remember Parmesan tasting like.
  • Homemade croutons – These croutons are prepared with bread, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. If you prefer, you can use store-bought croutons.
  • Vegetables soup
  • Olive oil
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Spices – You will need oregano, salt, sage, thyme, salt and white pepper.
  • Soy Curls – You can find soy curls in the bulk section of most grocery stores or online(< If you don’t have access to soy curls, try this recipe with store-bought tofu, tempeh, or vegan chicken. You can also omit the soy chicken altogether for a lighter meal or side salad.
  • Vegan Caesar Dressing – There are several brands of store-bought vegan Caesar dressing. I am a fan of Follow your heart brand. If you want to make your own, you’ll need vegan mayonnaise (I recommend Just Mayo), lemon, garlic, vegan Worcestershire sauce, vegan parmesan, Dijon mustard, capers, salt and pepper.

For this recipe, you will need basic kitchen equipment, including a mixing bowlsa small blender, a frying pan and cooking tools. You will also need a baking sheets, and one silicone baking mat for the croutons. (<


Step by step instructions

First step: prepare the vinaigrette

Start by making a batch of vegan Caesar dressing. If you wish to skip this step, feel free to choose Vegan Caesar Dressing at the grocery store.

Step Two – Prepare the Croutons

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To do this, simply toss cubed bread in olive oil, salt and pepper and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake the croutons for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crispy.

Step Three – Make the Soy Curls

Place soy curls in a small bowl and top with vegetable stock. Allow the soy curls to rehydrate for 10 to 15 minutes.

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Once rehydrated, drain the excess vegetable stock from the soy curls. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the soy curls for 2-3 minutes. Add the nutritional yeast and spices and continue to stir-fry until the soy curls are golden brown on the outside and cooked through.

Step Four – Assemble the Salad

Assemble the salad starting with a base of romaine lettuce and kale (if using). Add vegan parmesan, homemade croutons and soy chicken fries. Toss with Caesar dressing and serve!

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Serve and store

Portion – Eat this salad a few hours after preparing it. When ready to eat, toss with the dressing and enjoy immediately

Storage – Prepare the components in advance, store them in the refrigerator and enjoy a salad for lunch all week long.

Tips and tricks

  1. To save time, consider using Store-bought Vegan Caesar Dressing.
  2. You can either use home made Or store-bought vegan parmesan. I recommend Violife parmesan if you can find it.
  3. I love chicken with soy curls. However, you can use any plant-based chicken option you like. For a lighter salad, omit the vegan chicken entirely.

Frequently asked questions

Can this salad be made in advance?

Yes! You can prepare the dressing up to 7 days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Homemade parmesan and croutons can be made up to 5 days in advance. These should be stored separately in airtight containers at room temperature.

If you’re looking for a lunch that will last several days, prepare a large batch of croutons and dressing. When it’s time to prepare the salad, heat the soy shavings (if using), chop the lettuce and toss everything together.

What are soy curls?

Soy curls are a dehydrated soy product made by soaking the beans in cool water and then stirring them constantly while cooking. They are then dried at low temperatures which retain nutrients, making soy curls a food rich in fiber and omega-3. Plus, they’re delicious.

Most well-stocked grocery stores carry soy curls in the bulk section. If you can’t find them at your local grocery store, collect some online.(<

Can I use something other than soy curls?

For sure! Try this recipe with store-bought tofu, tempeh, or vegan chicken. Or omit the protein for a light salad.


More Healthy Salad Recipes

Check out all my vegan salad recipes for more inspiration.

Vegan Caesar Salad with Chicken and Soy CurlsVegan Caesar Salad with Chicken and Soy Curls

Vegan Caesar Salad with Chicken

A refreshing and classic vegan Caesar salad made with romaine lettuce and topped with soy “chicken” curls, vegan parmesan, fresh croutons and homemade Caesar dressing. It’s a healthy twist on a classic salad that everyone will love.

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Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 12 minutes

Total time: 27 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Calories: 491kilocalories

Ingredients

homemade croutons

  • 2 cups bread, cut into ½” cubes
  • 2 soup spoons olive oil
  • ½ vs. tsp. dried oregano
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place soy curls in a small bowl and top with vegetable stock. Allow the soy curls to rehydrate for 10 to 15 minutes.

  • Toss the cubed bread in the olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper and place in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly browned and crisp. Remove from heat and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, in a blender or culinary robot combine Caesar dressing ingredients and blend until completely smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • To prepare soy curls chicken, drain excess vegetable stock from soy curls. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the soy curls for 2-3 minutes. Add the nutritional yeast and spices and continue to stir-fry until the soy curls are golden brown on the outside and cooked through. Remove from fire.

  • Assemble the salad by tossing the romaine in a large bowl with the Caesar dressing. Garnish with soy shavings, croutons and vegan parmesan. Serve immediately.

  • Serve immediately.

Remarks

Portion and storage – Eat this salad a few hours after assembling it. When you’re ready to eat, toss it with the dressing and enjoy immediately.
Make in advance -For a lunch that will last you several days, prepare a big batch of croutons and vinaigrette. When it’s time to prepare the salad, heat the soy shavings (if using), chop the lettuce and toss everything together. You can prepare the dressing up to 7 days in advance. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to use. Homemade parmesan and croutons can be made up to 5 days in advance. These should be stored separately in airtight containers at room temperature.

Recipe Tips

  1. To save time, consider using Store-bought Vegan Caesar Dressing.
  2. You can either use home made Or store-bought vegan parmesan. I recommend Violife parmesan if you can find it.

Variants – If you don’t have access to soy curls, you can use tofu, tempeh, or other store-bought products. plant-based chicken option you love. For a lighter salad, omit the vegan chicken entirely.

Nutrition

Calories: 491kilocalories | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 34g | Saturated fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 931mg | Potassium: 346mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 6368UI | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 190mg | Iron: 5mg

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