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Vegan Caesar Salad with Hemp Seeds, Sourdough Croutons + Watermelon Radish

  • Author: Maggie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

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Ingredients

For the salad:
  • 23 thick slices whole wheat sourdough bread, roughly torn into 1 inch chunks (approx. 3 cups)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium watermelon radish, very thinly sliced
  • To serve: minced chives and hemp seeds
For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (from approx. 2 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 tsp white miso paste
  • 1.5 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • A pinch of freshly ground pepper
  • 24 tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place torn bread onto a large baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat. Bake for 10-12 minutes, tossing halfway through cooking, until golden brown and crunchy. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the dressing. Place all dressing ingredients except water in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape down the sides of the blender once or twice. The dressing will be quite thick. Add water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach a slightly runny consistency. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and pepper if necessary.
  3. Assemble salad. Place the lettuce, croutons and sliced radish in a large bowl. Drizzle with half of the dressing and toss, adding more dressing as you toss until the greens are lightly coated but not drenched. Top with minced chives, a sprinkle of hemp seeds and freshly ground pepper. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Hemp seeds can be a bit pricey, but are more affordable when bought from the bulk section of the grocery store. These powerful little seeds are high in protein, fiber, healthful fatty acids and vitamin E, making them a nutrient dense addition to your pantry. Add them to smoothies, sprinkle on oatmeal or top your salads.
  • To make this salad into a meal, serve alongside salmon or roast chicken, or (to keep it vegan!) toss crispy roasted chickpeas into the salad.