Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Tofu Croutons

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From: Eatingwell.com, July 2019

Swapping tofu for the bread in these meal-prep Caesar salad bowls bumps up the satiety factor with 18 grams of protein. These crispy tofu croutons originally appeared in Lauren Grant's recipe for Diabetic Living magazine (see Associated Recipes). Lacinato kale, also known as dinosaur kale or Tuscan kale, has flat, dark green-blue leaves—and its tenderness makes it perfect for eating raw, like in this salad.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Tofu Croutons
  • 1 (14 to 16 ounce) block extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into ¾-inch cubes
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • Salad
  • 8 cups chopped lacinato kale
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup bottled vegan Caesar dressing
  • 1 avocado

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  1. To prepare tofu croutons: Arrange tofu on a baking sheet between layers of paper towels. Top with another pan, place a heavy can on top and let drain for 15 minutes. Whisk lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic powder and onion powder in a large bowl. Add the tofu and toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes or refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Transfer the tofu to a plate, discarding liquid.
  2. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook half the tofu until golden and crisp on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain and cool. Repeat with the remaining oil and tofu.
  3. To prepare salad: Toss kale and nutritional yeast in a large bowl. Divide among 4 lidded single-serving containers. Top each with ½ cup of the croutons and 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds. Divide dressing among 4 small lidded containers or jars.
  4. Seal the containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days. Toss each salad with the dressing and top with ¼ avocado (sliced) just before serving.
  • To make ahead: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 2¾ cups
  • Per serving: 400 calories; 28 g fat(4 g sat); 9 g fiber; 19 g carbohydrates; 20 g protein; 90 mcg folate; 6 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 3,340 IU vitamin A; 51 mg vitamin C; 137 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 423 mg sodium; 670 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (85% daily value), Vitamin A (67% dv), Folate (22% dv), Iron (22% dv)
  • Carbohydrate Servings:
  • Exchanges: 5½ fat, 1½ medium-fat protein, 1 vegetable

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