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vegan kale caesar salad in wooden bowl

15 Minute Vegan Kale Caesar Salad with Smoked Tofu

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This yummy vegan kale caesar salad, with smoked tofu “croutons” and a nut-free caesar dressing comes together in just 15 minutes, meaning it’s ready anytime you have a craving! Super nutrient-dense, gut-friendly and so easy to make.
Course Lunch, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword kale, Tofu
Dietary Preference dairy free, egg free, Gluten-Free, low FODMAP, nut free, peanut free, vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 side dish servings


  • immersion blender or bullet blender, for dressing
  • Food Processor or bullet blender, if making homemade parmesan


  • 1 bunch curly kale destemmed and torn into small pieces
  • 1 package smoked tofu cut in 1 cm (½ inch) cubes
  • ½ cup vegan parmesan store-bought or homemade!
  • 1 batch vegan caesar dressing

Optional, for crunch!


  • If you haven't already, blend up the caesar dressing and vegan parmesan (if you're making your own)
  • Massage the kale: In a large salad bowl, drizzle kale with 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of oil, lemon juice or caesar dressing. Using hands, massage liquid into kale until the kale wilts and softens to about half the original volume.
  • Panfry the tofu: heat 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of oil in a medium nonstick pan over medium heat. Add tofu and cook until the tofu is heated through and golden on one or two sides, about 3-4 minutes total.
  • Assemble the salad: Toss kale with caesar dressing and top with cooked tofu and vegan parmesan.



This recipe will serve 2 as a hearty main dish or 4-6 as a side dish!
Want to save time? Smoked tofu is precooked so you don't actually need to cook it.