Vegan Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad
December 16, 2010

Vegan Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad | The Full Helping

A few days ago, I blogged about vegan Caesar salad dressing. Once upon a time, I thought that Caesar dressing would be impossible to veganize. Nowadays I know that pretty much nothing is impossible to veganize, which is one of the happy and exciting discoveries of transitioning into plant-based cooking.

Now that I have a vegan Caesar dressing, I figure it’s time for a vegan Caesar salad, which is of course how this kale and white bean salad with Caesar dressing came to be. The salad is inspired not only be Caesar salad, but also by Tuscan kale and white bean soup; you could say that it’s an Italian hybrid of sorts. The salad is both fresh and also hearty, a perfect mixture of bitter greens, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, creamy white beans and dressing. It’s a new favorite for me; pair it with some toasted garlic bread for dinner, or enjoy it as a light lunch.

Vegan Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad | The Full Helping

Kale and White Bean Salad with Caesar Dressing
Recipe Type: vegan, gluten free, soy free, no oil
Author: Gena Hamshaw
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Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 head dinosaur (lacinato) kale, stems removed and sliced into thin ribbons
  • 8 sun-dried tomatoes, sliced into narrow strips (you can use oil-packed or dry pack, but if you use dry-pack, be sure to hydrate as needed)
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked navy, cannellini, or great northern beans (1 can beans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 batch [url href=”https://www.thefullhelping.com/raw-vegan-caesar-salad-dressing/” target=”_blank”]raw, vegan Caesar salad dressing[/url]
Instructions
  1. Pour about 1/2 cup of the dressing over the kale and “massage” it with your hands, until the kale has gotten a bit soft and wilted in texture.
  2. Add the sun-dried tomatoes and beans to the kale and mix well. Add additional Caesar dressing as needed (you may use the whole batch, or you may only need 2/3-3/4 cup — use your judgment). Enjoy!
Notes
Leftover portions of salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge overnight.

Vegan Kale & White Bean Caesar Salad | The Full Helping

This salad was a perfect reward for the exertion of decorating my little tree:

Every Christmas eve, my mother and I sit across from each other at her kitchen table, and she stares with suspicion at the heaping plate of curly greens that I’m about to devour. I may offer her some quintessential vegan “comfort food” this year, but no matter what, kale salad will be on the menu. If it tastes this good, I’m willing to bet even she will love it.

And I hope you will, too!

xo

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    42 Comments
  1. This is a fabulous recipe! I doubled it, the kale bundles may have been bigger as I needed more dressing and a little more pepper and Himalayan salt. Used Great Northern white beans and did soak the sundried tomatoes. I ribbon cut the kale although the photo looks more like larger pieces. This is incredibly delicious, thank you!

  2. Gena, NOW I see what you meant on twitter!! Oh, my, this looks amazing. And yes, I am going to try it! I’ve used curly kale with my Caesar dressing, but this looks spectacular. I’m sure I’d love the beans, too! Thanks for the link. 😀

  3. Wow Gena!

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now, and never posted. Nor have I ever made one of your recipes also I always intend to. I finally did! I made this one and I am so glad I did. The dressing is to die for. I left out the celery cause I don’t like it, but otherwise, this is sooo yum and it will be going into my rotation.

    Thanks!

    And congratulations on your seismic life change! I think you will do fantastic.

  4. […] her comment on my last post, which was a kale and white bean salad with Caesar dressing, Averie said, “I also love that you posted raw, green, vegan food…at a time when everyone is […]

  5. YUM. vegan caesar, in all it’s forms, is my all-time fave salad, especially on kale instead of romaine! I love the heft of the kale. definitely going to try adding white beans to my next veg kale caesar, looks like the perfect compliment.

  6. Thank you as always for such simplicity combined with amazing flavor (texture, nutritional balance…). You give us “gifts” everyday!

  7. Looks sooo good…I imagine the dark greens with that creamy sauce is just divine.

    Thanks for sharing another winner Gena!

  8. Oh, I definitely get the weird looks at Christmas dinner. Its gotten better in the last couple years though. At least some of the family is willing to try things. Usually only one TEENY bite, but its a step in the right direction. Maybe I can trick them with this dressing! Muaahahaaha

  9. LOVE THIS POST! sure enough as im reading this i have my beans cooking… ironic? i think vegan appetite not.
    KALE QUESTION… if i was to massage kale with lemon and avocado and put in fridge how long would it last?

  10. So cute you have a tree even in a tiny apartment.

    The kale salad seems very festive. I like beans in my salad too.

  11. Yum. Sounds great as always. Be lucky your mom will eat your salads. My folks don’t seem to want to try anything I make raw, not even tasty sweet deserts. At least dad doesn’t – mom is more willing but still reluctant.

  12. Salad combo looks amazing, Gena! You got me seriously hungry considering your yummy “dense” salad contains all my favorites…. beans, sun- dried tomatoes, vegan caesar and kale! I just did a post recently on the amazingness of roasting veggies with sun- dried tomatoes. Really adds a flavor kick to dishes 🙂

  13. I love Tuscan kale and white bean soup, so this salad version looks great! I can’t wait to try your Caesar dressing. Caesar salad was always a fave of mine as a kid and I do kinda miss it.

    I can’t wait to hear what your life changes are. So mysterious!

  14. Gorgeous tree. I’ve got to make this. I ordered the Sea Caesar at Angelica for about two years straight!

  15. I love your little tree…and it doesnt even look that “little”!

    I also love that you posted raw, green, vegan food…at a time when everyone is posting chocolate cookies and decadent baked goods (and I am totally guilty of the later..haha!)

    I eat edamame or beans of some sort every day, on top of a big huge green salad. With homemade dressing. It is a staple in my life and although people may get bored with it so I dont blog about it much, I LOVE them. And I love that you post your salads. That makes me happy 🙂

  16. just bought a bunch of fresh kale yesterday….now I know what’s for lunch!!! Thank you!!!

  17. You have me very curious about your “seismic life changes!” I can certainly hypothesize on the various possibilities, but I will look forward to the big reveal whenever you’re ready. We clearly have some catching up to do! You must be totally under water this time of year though.

    Anyhoo, I too am a fan of the kale/white bean combo! Interestingly, I am craving more and more fresh vegetables as it has gotten colder, as opposed to their root veg or frozen counterparts, which are usually fine with me. Also cannot get enough rice! The rice cooker changed my life. No complaints there. 🙂 xo

  18. I luvvvv Kale, and I am so excited to try this recipe/dressing! I’m always looking for new ways to incorporate raw greens (kale, chard, collards) into my diet. Thanks for this idea 🙂

  19. i am all over this. yum! sometimes i think we share tastebuds.

    i’ve been a bad commenter lately, but i thought i’d reiterate that, as you know, i am so, so excited for you and your big life changes.

  20. I’m a huge kale fan and this salad looks great. I’ve been avoiding salads lately (brrrrrrrrrrr, baby, it’s cold outside) but I need to remember that salads are my friend (but maybe with a hot cup of tea or a small bowl of soup)

  21. Wow I am loving this salad! Tuscan kale is my absolute favorite along with white beans and who doesn’t love a yummy vegan caesar dressing?