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Vegan Cauliflower Caesar Salad

  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15-27 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 Servings 1x
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Oven
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

Turn simple, roasted cauliflower into a bold and flavorful salad with this oil-free and healthy Vegan Cauliflower Caesar Salad.


Ingredients

Scale

Cauliflower Ingredients:

  • 12 to 16 oz. cauliflower florets (fresh or frozen) *
  • Sprinkle garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • Sprinkle sea salt *
  • Sprinkle black pepper

Caesar Dressing Ingredients:

  • ½ cup hummus *
  • 2 Tablespoons finely chopped capers
  • 1 Tablespoon caper brine (+/-) *
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard *
  • 1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon pure maple syrup (optional)
  • 1 Tablespoon water (+/-) *
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • pinch to ¼ + 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (+/-)

Salad Base Ingredients:

  • Romaine hearts lettuce, chopped

Optional Salad Add-ins Ingredients:

  • Grated purple cabbage
  • Grated carrots
  • Cucumber ribbons
  • Kalamata olives

Optional Topping Ingredients:


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Place the cauliflower florets onto the parchment-lined baking sheet, sprinkle with seasonings listed in the Cauliflower Ingredients (garlic powder, sea salt, sweet paprika, and pepper).
  4. Place in a preheated 425 F oven and bake until roasted to the desired tenderness (approx. 15 to 27 minutes largely dependent upon frozen or fresh and size of the florets). Remove and allow to slightly cool.
  5. In the meantime, make the dressing by placing all the Caesar Dressing Ingredients into a bowl, whisk well until smooth and emulsified, refrigerate until ready to use.
  6. Create individual salads by placing some chopped Romaine heart lettuce along with any of the Optional Salad Add-In Ingredients into a bowl, toss to evenly distribute. Add some Caesar salad dressing, toss. Then add a generous portion of the warm roasted cauliflower on top, drizzle with some additional Caesar salad dressing.
  7. Serve topped with some Vegan Parmesan Cheese and toasted pine nuts.

Notes

*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:  2 to 3

*Nutrition Information: Using a hummus that has a smaller amount of tahini or no tahini at all will reduce the fat content.