Caesar Salad

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own food from scratch.

This dish was inspired by Stevie Yay’s recipe. You can check out her blog: Trading Waste For Abundance to find the original recipe and other zero waste inspiration!

Ingredients

Dressing
  • 1 cup vegan garlic aioli (or vegan mayo with chopped garlic added)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • Juice of 1 large lemon
  • 2 tbsp of capers and their juice (brine)
  • 1 tsp of Vegan Worcestershire sauce (regular usually has anchovies in it)
  • 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard
  • 1 tsp of maple syrup
  • Salt and pepper (lots of pepper!)
Chickpeas
  • 1 cup of cooked chickpeas (or 1 can)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of bitter-sweet paprika
  • ½ tsp of smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp of ground cumin
  • Salt and pepper
Salad
  • Fresh lettuce
  • Fresh spinach
  • Fresh kale
  • Or anything you want, you do you!

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.
  2. Drain and pat the chickpeas dry, before placing into a bowl. Add oil and spices to the bowl and mix well. Chickpeas should appear evenly coated.
  3. Spread chickpeas evenly onto a baking sheet and bake uncovered until crunchy (about 20 minutes). Allow them to cool before adding to your salad.
  4. Create your dressing by blending all ingredients together. I use a stick blender, but another blender should suffice. Place your dressing in the fridge to cool.
  5. Create your salad! I use whatever my garden is producing at the time. If I can not access my garden, I use what I can get from the grocery store that is plastic free (often lettuce or kale).
  6. Decorate your salad with chickpeas, dressing, and yummy toppings and enjoy the heck out of it!

*Dressing can last in the fridge for up to two weeks. I store mine in a yogurt jar that I recycled.*

Zero-Waste Tip: Planting your own spinach and lettuce is very easy and satisfying! When I started gardening two years ago, I had never successfully grown anything in my life. It turns out that planting food mostly consisted of placing seeds in a healthy soil and watering regularly, easy! Think of the carbon footprint you are saving by cutting out all that food and packaging-transportation! So, if you are feeling curious or inspired, start with a single plant on your windowsill and go from there.

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