Basil Caesar Salad With Polenta Croutons

Vegan Basil Ceasar Salad with Polenta Croutons

This salad is what would happen if your favorite, over-dressed Caesar salad from childhood spent a semester studying abroad in Italy and came back all cultured and superior and such. The classic Caesar has leveled up: behold, the Basil Caesar Salad with Polenta Croutons. Delizioso!

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Dilly Kale and Quinoa Salad with Easy Hummus Dressing

Dill Kale and Qunioa Salad with an easy hummus dressing

Friends, I have a confession. I love kale. I don’t care if it’s cliché at the point (“oh wow, another vegan who loves kale, shocking”) – I can’t and won’t stop.

It’s crunchy, sturdy enough to hold up under a generous amount of dressing, and healthy AF. And if you prepare it right, I promise it’s downright delicious.

Also potentially cliché- I love hummus. Again, don’t care if that’s the most basic thing ever. I like to say that things are basic for a reason: because a lot of people recognized what’s good.

This recipe combines BOTH of these awesome things: kale and hummus.

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Festive Kale, Roasted Cranberry, Sweet Potato, and Tempeh Salad with Maple Tahini Dressing

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Like many of you, I am all about sugar, flour, and fat this time of year.  I haven’t counted a calorie since I got married in September, and I’ve been avoiding my scale like the plague.  As I once heard, festive calories don’t count!

But we all still need a beautiful, impressive salad to add to the holiday table and accompany our more indulgent dishes.  I’ve been on a mission to create the perfect salad for this purpose to share with you all.

This salad takes a bit of prep but is well worth the time, especially on special occasions. You will love it because it has some of the best flavors of the season: juicy roasted cranberries, sweet and starchy sweet potatoes, smoky and salty tempeh, and crisp kale coated in just enough maple tahini dressing.  I top it with hemp seeds and chopped pistachios for a bit of crunch.

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