Joanna's Caeser Salad with Tempeh Croutons
You don't see a lot of salads on this site, but I do eat them. You know how it is - they've been a way of life since I was ten and ordering salads at chains with a side of ranch dressing and thinking croutons were great stuff while my sister ordered chicken strips.
Come late spring and summer, when I shop exclusively for produce at the farmers markets, I find myself making a lot of simple and boring ones at home. Sorry, it's true. These days I order salads by default when dining with my office at restaurants with limited options, and while I typically choose to take Portland restaurants up on dishes that don't bore me, I'll give a shout out to the Caeser salad with Tempeh Bacon at Hungry Tiger Too as a salad I dig.
Therefore, when the incredible Joanna Vaught of Yellow Rose Recipes shared her new recipe for Caeser Salad with Tempeh Croutons, I thought, "Hell yes", "I love Joanna" and "I need to buy tempeh"! It's going to be in her upcoming cookbook sequel, so stay tuned to her website for more on that. Joanna posts about her cooking projects, life and comical and informative lists of tips featuring smart grocery shopping and seitan troubleshooting. Her seitanic post includes a recipe for chicken seitan cutlets and if you've ever doubted your seitan making abilities or have yet to make it - read it! There are only so many food blogs I can handle, and this is one I make sure to follow*.
Leftover Tempeh Croutons on Teese'd Pizza
with cherry tomatoes, kale raab, maittake mushrooms, garlic, kalamata olives and homemade marinara.
Last night I went to Paradox Cafe for a dinner meeting and ordered a hot salad with tofu. Okay, #2 with tofu, which is really a stir fry with tossed with seasoned potatoes. Wholesome.
*Disclaimer: Fine, I'll out myself as being actual friends with Joanna Vaught, on and off the internet. Not to boast too much, but earlier today we exchanged emails about last night's episode of LOST that included multiple exclamation points, questions marks and my repeated love and respect for Mr. Linus and her squealing over the previews for next week. She rules, and so does the Caeser! A non-boring salad I'd make again, for sure.