Vegan Test Kitchen: “Almond Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons” from Thug Kitchen

Caesar salad is one of those things people assume you can’t eat if you’re vegan.  Regular Caesar dressing usually uses anchovy paste for its characteristic salty kick.  Most vegan versions of Caesar dressing contain a fair amount of oil, making them extremely high in fat.  Thug Kitchen’s Almond Caeser Salad with Homemade Croutons is no different, with the dressing containing 1/4 cup of oil, and the croutons being tossed with 3 tablespoons of oil.  Each tablespoon of oil is 120 calories of pure fat.  Now, those calories taste delicious, but I’d personally rather spend them on something other than a tiny bit of dressing for salad.

I made the Caesar dressing without oil, and it didn’t affect the flavor one bit!  Capers give this dressing the extra pep that usually comes from anchovy paste.  I was not able to find the exact recipe online (I saw a few adaptations, but nothing with exactly the same ingredients) so you’ll have to check out Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck.  As I stated in my previous post, the Thug Kitchen blog has been famous for some time now for it’s colorful recipes and colorful language.  If you’re not a fan of curse words, DO NOT buy this book, or even click on the link to their website.  If you don’t mind, buy this book!  The recipes are worth it and it will make you laugh.Almond Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons1. Was the recipe easy to make?  Yes!  If you have a blender, a knife, and an oven, you can make this recipe.
2. How long did the recipe take? Total time was twenty minutes (plus time to pre-heat oven).  Not long at all!
3. Would I make the recipe again?  Yes, but I feel that I will mostly be making the dressing.  I’m the kind of girl who likes Caesar dressing on everything, so I may make it just as a handy sauce to have around.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetRecipe Comments:
-I used Ezekiel Bread to make the croutons.  I used the crusts as well, and it worked out just fine.  If you don’t have Ezekiel Bread or have another bread you like better, feel free!
-I made the homemade croutons both with and without a spritz of cooking spray.  The recipe calls for three tablespoons of oil, which is WAY too much.  However no oil at all will not help your spices stick.  After mixing the croutons with the seasoning, I quickly spritzed the croutons with organic cooking spray.  The non-spritzed croutons were quite bland since all the spices fell off.
-The recipe tells you to chop up your garlic.  If you have a high speed blender, don’t bother, because it can handle it.  Save yourself the step.
-For the dressing, I replaced the called for 1/4 cup olive oil with 1/4 cup veggie broth.  It blended just fine and didn’t affect the consistency or taste.  The only thing I noticed was that after sitting in the fridge overnight the dressing thickened up quite a bit.  So you might need to add a tablespoon or two of water the next day and give the jar a vigorous shake.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset

For Caesar salad, this was pretty freakin’ good!  Like I said before, I’m most likely going to just keep the dressing around instead of making this recipe multiple times.  Just lettuce, croutons and dressing is pretty boring to me, but you can add any combination of veggies you like to this salad and it will work wonderfully!
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Do you have any recipes from Thug Kitchen you’d like me to try?  Let me know in the comments!

2 thoughts on “Vegan Test Kitchen: “Almond Caesar Salad with Homemade Croutons” from Thug Kitchen

  1. Hi Hannah, You have totally made me want to make this dressing! Thanks for the excellent recipe review and tips on some different options. I like the veggie broth idea. 🙂

    • ThisVeganWhimsy

      Thanks Michaell! It’s now my mission to see how many different dressings I can replace the oil with broth in.

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