September 6, 2017

Vegan Italian Chopped Salad with Zesty Vinaigrette



Our new favorite obsession --> this flavor-PACKED vegan Italian Chopped Salad! I've been making it on repeat with no end in sight 😉 It's full of healthy, plant-based ingredients and tossed with an (easy!) bold & zesty Italian vinaigrette for a total taste explosion. I've been wanting to post a veganized Italian salad for so long and finally got around to "perfecting" the recipe. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do! (Be sure to read the notes below the recipe for tips on the dressing and serving suggestions!)


Vegan, gluten-free, oil-free
Makes about 4 servings (or 8 as a side)

Ingredients
1 large head romaine
15 oz. can garbanzo beans
1 cup artichoke hearts (about 8 hearts)
1 cup roasted red pepper (about 2 large peppers)
1 medium carrot
1/2 small red onion
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives
Other additions: tomatoes, cucumber, vegan provolone, pepperoncini

{For the oil-free Bold & Zesty Italian Vinaigrette}
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
3 Tbsp. vegetable broth or water
1-2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/8 tsp. salt

Directions
Make the dressing: in a bowl combine all ingredients and whisk to combine. Add more salt, or pepper if desired. Set aside.
Chop romaine and finely dice onion. Add to a large bowl.
Remove excess liquid from artichoke hearts, roasted red pepper, olives, and chop. Add to bowl.
Shred or shave carrot. Rinse and drain beans. Add both to bowl.
Whisk dressing again and pour desired amount over salad (we usually use about the whole dressing amount.).
Toss well to combine. *OR, if not immediately serving see tips below:

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*Serving suggestions:
After dressing is mixed with entire salad, it's best eaten within a day. (Otherwise it gets soggy.)
If you're not sure if you'll eat it all within a day, I suggest keeping salad and dressing separate and pour desired amount of dressing on a serving-by-serving basis.
To prepare ahead of time, simply store salad and dressing separately (each covered in the fridge) and combine before serving.
If you have a little leftover dressing, it stores great covered in the fridge!

**Dressing note
Since the dressing is oil-free, it runs a bit thinner. If you prefer a thicker dressing, feel free to add chia seeds or arrowroot powder to slightly thicken.
Once the dressing is added to the salad, the flavors should really pop. If it's a little dull, simply add a touch of salt.

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3 comments:

  1. Looks fabulous! I am going to try it soon.

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  2. A perfect diet! this salad looks wonderfully amazing..all the ingredients are very healthy..i think black olives could aslo be added to this salad for a different flavor.

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