"CEASAR" SALAD

This salad is anything but boring, making it one of my go-to meal prep lunches. Packed with nuts, seeds, legumes, and plenty of fresh veggies, this recipe won't leave you starving by 2 pm.

 

I chop all the fresh veggies and combine them in one bowl, then add in the toppings as I go throughout the week. The roasted chickpeas create a mock-chicken crunch and the vegan parmesan seals the deal.

 

For the croutons I like to use the last bits of a fresh loaf that is starting to get stale. Creamy and tangy, the garlicky sunflower dressing packs a punch and brings the salad together. Feel free to take liberties, substituting in your favorite veggies and nuts.

Prep time: 1 hour; serves 4
 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3–4 large curly kale leaves, thinly chopped

  • 5 oz romaine lettuce (I love Ugly Greens from Gotham Greens)

  • 1 cup chopped cucumbers

  • 1 cup shredded carrots

  • 1/2 red bell pepper

  • 1/2 cup raw sliced almonds

  • Crunchy Chickpeas (recipe below)

  • Garlic Sunflower Dressing (recipe below)

  • Homemade croutons (recipe below)

  • A sprinkle of Fake Parmesan


DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients

  2. To avoid wilting, do not add the chickpeas, dressing, croutons and parmesan until ready to eat

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 GARLIC SUNFLOWER DRESSING 

Total time: 1 hour; active prep time: 10 mins; store in the refrigerator 5 days
 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 1 cup filtered water

  • 4 TBSP fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

  • 1 clove garlic

  • 1 TBSP nutritional yeast


DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Soak sunflower seeds in boiling water for 45 mins

  2. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, scraping down the sides frequently until smooth

 CRUNCHY CHICKPEAS 

Total time: 30 mins; active prep time: 5 mins; store in the refrigerator 5 days
 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 1 can chickpeas

  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt

  • 1/4 tsp onion powder

  • Cooking spray


DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F

  2. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil

  3. Toss chickpeas with spices

  4. Bake for 20–30 mins, shaking the pan frequently to ensure crunchiness on all sides

 HOMEMADE CROUTONS 

Total time: 20 mins; active prep time: 5 mins; store at room temperature for 5 days
 

INGREDIENTS

 

  • 2 cups of chopped bread

  • Cooking spray


DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F

  2. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil

  3. Spread croutons evenly

  4. Bake for 15–20 mins, shaking the pan frequently to ensure crunchiness on all sides