Vegan Caesar Chopped Salad! Salad lovers rejoice, we’ve got a classic with a twist that is brimming with nourishing plant-based ingredients.
Rich, briny, and nutrient-packed, this oil-free Vegan Caesar Chopped Salad is a healthy bowl of tastiness coated in a flavorful dressing that is sure to please even the toughest critic. Finely chopped kale, shaved Brussel sprouts, thinly sliced green onions, and chopped tomatoes are coated in a delicious hummus-based Caesar dressing that tastes like veggie goodness with every bite.
Whole Food Plant Based, Vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
Hi there, Ameera here!
This recipe was adapted from Tik Tok sensation Baked by Melissa. Mom and I loved the concept and made it Whole Food Plant Based with a few additional tweaks, twists, and turns. It features finely chopped healthy salad ingredients like kale, Brussel sprouts, green onions, and tomatoes all coated in a deliciously briny hummus-based Caesar inspired dressing.
Yasmeen simply couldn’t get enough of it. We were impressed by how much she loved it and kept begging for more. We totally loved it too, but this little toddler absolutely devoured it.
If you are all about eating those healthy nutrient-packed garden-fresh veggies, then you will love this chopped salad.
Mom and I are all about creating a ton of chopped salads. We have a whole line-up of chopped salads to come – stay tuned!
Tips for Success:
- Flavor Profile: This salad is like a very fresh tasting “Caesar” Salad. Because we use no oil, the flavors are not weighed down and come through as a beautiful, healthy nod to a Caesar salad.
- Base Salad Ingredient Amounts: We suggest not using more than the indicated amounts or you could end up with a dry salad.
- Kale Dicing: This salad is very “dip like” meaning that the ingredients should be finely diced. We suggest rolling the kale leaves and slice into thin strips, then chopping the thin strips into finer pieces.
- Brussel Sprouts Shaving Options: There are several options to effectively shaving Brussel sprouts. The first option is to remove any bruised leaves, then slice off the bottom core, then use the food processor with the slicing blade to thinly slice the Brussel sprouts. Then place them in a large bowl and sort through them discarding any hard-core pieces that will make eating the salad unpleasant. The second option is to remove any bruised leaves, slice the Brussel sprout in half, then create an up-side-down “V” cut ( ^ ) to remove the hard core from each half of the sprout, then thinly slicing the halves to create shavings. We felt the first option was the easiest, fastest, and most effective.
- Hummus: We used our hummus recipe – The Best Hummus. Please feel free to use your favorite hummus recipe or store-bought hummus.
- Dressing the Salad: We strongly suggest adding the dressing only to the portion of the salad that you plan to consume in one sitting as the salad ingredients tend to really soak up the dressing and mellow it out the flavor over time. The refrigerated leftovers flavor will not be as vibrant and the salad will be dry.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes are not typical for this type of salad, but we loved them in it. Feel free to leave them out if you wish.
- Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
- Nutrition Facts: The estimated nutrition facts below uses our hummus recipe, which does contain tahini. If you use less tahini than our recipe or omit tahini from your hummus, the fat content will drop significantly (with the assumption that oil is not present.)
Leftovers and Freezing:
Leftovers will generally keep for 4 to 5 days (undressed salad) in the refrigerator. Store in a covered container. We suggest only dressing the amount of salad that you plan to eat in one sitting.
This dish does not freeze well.
Kitchen Products Used:
- Whisk (or fork)
We certainly hope you give this deliciousness a try.Print
Base Salad Ingredients:
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups kale, finely chopped
- 2 1/2 to 3 cups Brussel sprouts, shaved*
- 6 green onions, thinly sliced (+/-)
- 1 cup tomatoes, finely diced (optional)
- ½ cup hummus *
- 2 Tablespoons capers, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon caper juice (from caper jar above)
- ¼ cup lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder (or 1 clove fresh garlic, minced)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (+/-) *
- 2 Tablespoons water
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- pinch to ¼ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
- Place all the Salad Base Ingredients into a large bowl, mix well, set aside.
- Add the Dressing Ingredients into a bowl, whisk well until emulsified. Taste test for flavor, add more ingredients to reach the flavor you desire.
- Pour the dressing over the salad ingredients, mix well to completely coat the salad ingredients. Taste test and add more seasonings as needed.
- Serve and enjoy!
*Please reference the blog post for Tips for Success, Pantry Items Used, Storage and Freezing, and Kitchen Products Used.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Servings: 3 to 4
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