Chop Salad with Pecan Parmesan and Caesar Dressing

chop saladThere’s just something that feels so right about eating a colorful bowl of salad. Agree?

And something rustic yet subtly sophisticated about the name, “chop salad.” Throw in a salty, savory topping and a garlic-infused dressing, and that’s a two forks up in my book.

I’m sharing this recipe with my Sugar Pretox Challengers, and couldn’t resist sharing it with you as well. It comes together easily and is made with ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry or fridge.

The pecan parmesan is inspired by the recipe in Angela’s  Oh She Glows Cookbook. Watch those pecans when you toast them (a must for this recipe!). See this post for a tip on toasting nuts quickly and usually without burning them. Unless you step away to check email, wash a few dishes, referee an argument…let’s just say, I’ve been there before. 😉

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chop salad with pecan parmesan and caesar dressing

Prep Time: 25

Serves: 4

 

Ingredients

    For the Pecan Parmesan

    • 1 c. pecans
    • 4 tsp. nutritional yeast
    • 3 tsp. olive oil
    • ¼ tsp salt

    For the Caesar Dressing

    • ½ c. olive oil
    • 1 tsp. lemon juice
    • ¼ heaping tsp of ground mustard
    • ¼ heaping tsp. salt
    • dashes freshly ground pepper
    • 1-2 garlic cloves

    For the Chop Salad

    • Romaine lettuce, kale and/or spinach
    • Carrots
    • Cucumber
    • Celery
    • Snap peas
    • Alfalfa sprouts

    Instructions

    For the Pecan Parmesan

    Add pecans to a large dry saucepan or fry pan. Toast for 2-3 minutes over high heat stirring frequently, until fragrant and lightly toasted. Watch closely as the pecans can burn easily!

    Add toasted pecans, nutritional yeast, olive oil and salt to a food processor or blender and process until finely chopped.

    For the Caesar Dressing

    Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until fully emulsified. Leftover dressing can be stored in an air tight jar for several days in the fridge.

    For the Salad

    Wash and prepare all salad ingredients: kale and/or romaine lettuce or spinach, carrots, cherry tomatoes, alfalfa sprouts, snap peas, cucumbers.

    Over each serving, sprinkle pecan Parmesan and drizzle on salad dressing

    Recipe Notes

    The dressing and pecan parmesan keep well for several days if stored properly in an airtight jar in the fridge.

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