Whether you’re looking for an easy healthy side dish to compliment your Thanksgiving feast, or just trying to lighten up your meals in the days leading up to Thursday, this salad fits the bill. Vegan & gluten free, it appeases a crowd with myriad dietary restrictions, but tastes delicious enough to make everyone else around the table happy as well. The acidic bite from the lemon and capers in this dressing perfectly offsets all the classic buttery, creamy, rich Thanksgiving dishes, and serves as a welcome counterpoint to all the cooked and mashed vegetables. Shred the sprouts and whisk together the dressing the night before to take one item off your list. This salad also travels well and makes for delicious leftovers.
Total Time: 20 minutes
1/3 cup vegan mayo (Veganaise is a favorite)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
zest from 1 lemon
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon capers, minced, plus extra to garnish
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast flakes
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
flake sea salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
3 cups shredded Brussels sprouts
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
croutons of your choice (whole wheat, gluten free, even cornbread!)
4 almonds, grated to serve
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, olive oil, lemon juice and zest, minced capers, nutritional yeast, and mustard. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
In a larger bowl, massage the shredded Brussels sprouts with ½ the dressing to soften them slightly. Mix in the parsley and croutons, then transfer to a serving platter. Drizzle with the extra dressing to taste, then grate over the almonds with a microplane or zester to serve. Sprinkle over some extra capers, and enjoy!
Notes: Shred the Brussels sprouts with a food processor, or trim the ends, slice them in half lengthwise, then thinly slice them into half-moons.
This little salad stealer couldn’t wait for a bite!
Traditionally served as a roll wrapped in rice paper, this Vietnamese classic tastes just as good in a simple to assemble salad. Naturally gluten free rice noodles serve as the base for lots of bright and healthy vegetables, protein packed tofu, and a creamy peanut dressing you’ll want to put on everything. This super hydrating salad is light yet satisfying, and comes together in only 20 minutes. Healthy and delicious in a flash!
Okay, so this isn’t really an authentic Caesar salad. It does however have the same tangy, creamy, decadent feel as the original- but with a hefty nutritional boost from super food kale. If you’ve tried kale in the past and hated it, or are too nervous to try it, this salad will make you a convert. Working the kale with a little salt and olive oil gives it a more palatable texture while still keeping it raw and healthy. I’ve swapped the traditional heavy croutons for chopped almonds, which give you a similar crunch, but feel free to add the croutons back if you like. As is, this salad is a seamless way to ease into the lighter eating and cooking of spring. It would be a great accompaniment for a meal, or delicious on its own with any of the traditional Caesar salad toppings. Try grilled shrimp or chicken, or even a fried egg. The kale holds up well to the dressing, keeping well in the fridge for great leftovers.
Makes 6 servings as a side dish, or 3-4 as a main course.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
3 Bunches Kale (Try Lacinato or Dinosaur Kale)
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 pinch Kosher Salt
1 tbsp Lemon juice
4 tbsp Low Fat Mayo
1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
2 tbsp Fresh Parsley (minced)
1 clove Garlic (minced)
1 pinch Black Pepper
1⁄2 cup Raw Almonds (roughly chopped)
Wash and dry the kale, then cut off the hard stems (usually the lower inch or two). Roll the kale into a cigar shape (like you’re doing a chiffonade of basil) and slice thinly into even strips.
In a large bowl, add the kale, olive oil, salt, and lemon juice and massage everything together for 2-3 minutes. You’ll notice the kale will become darker and more silky- that’s the goal.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayo, mustard, parsley, garlic, avocado, and pepper. Once everything is smooth and combined, add the dressing to the kale a little at a time (you might not need all the dressing). Once your kale is nicely coated with dressing, add the chopped almonds, give everything another toss, season to taste, and serve your salad with additional chopped almonds on top if you like.
Notes: If you’re a vegetarian or a vegan, you can use Nayonaise in place of the regular mayo- it will still taste delicious!