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Vegan Parmesan Cheese and a Tupperware Salad Roundup!

Today I bring you a super simple, nifty recipe for vegan parmesan cheese! Thanks to the wonders of cashews, hemp seeds and nutritional yeast, all you vegans – and non vegans alike – can enjoy the favorite caesar salad topper with all the textures and flavors of the real deal.

But before you try my vegan parmesan …. are ya’ll ready for a crud tone of SALAD FUN?

Salads. They’re fun, are they not? Not only can you get half a days worth of greeny nutrients in one sitting, you can also a) clean out your fridge by using up random annoying leftovers b) experience multiple tastes and textures in one and c) discover new fant-asmic taste combinations you wouldn’t have otherwise thought of.  All by throwing a bunch of things together in one bowl. Or in my case… tupperware.

So what makes a good salad? For me, texture is a big component. There should always be something starchy (some type of potato, squash or rice) something firm and “meaty” (chicken, sausage, firm tofu, chickpeas ), something salty (feta or goat or vegan parmesan cheese), and at least two other contrastingly flavorful vegetables. Nuts are nice for crunch, and avocado is always a welcome addition. I love adding fruit (dried or fresh) for a burst of sweetness. And then the dressing. The dressing must be chosen with care to complement, but not overwhelm, the other flavors. A salad with heavier ingredients such as sweet potato and chicken pairs well with a creamy, thick dressing – such as with a miso or tahini base – while lighter salads containing more delicate ingredients such as carrots and lentils may pair better with a simple balsamic vinaigrette.   

So, seeing how I have a thing for salads, and seeing how I eat 8/10 of my meals out of tupperware containers, I mostly just wanted to pay homage to some of my favorite salad concoctions that I’ve recently packed and brought with me to school/work/rehearsal/you-name-it.  I’ve also included links to some of my favorite go-to salad dressings at the end. So for all you salad lovers, I hope you get some new ideas for your next tupperware lunch!

 

Spinach / feta / chickpeas / beets / avocado / superfood rosemary salad topping / balsamic vinaigrette 

Spinach / grated carrot / roasted potatoes / lentils / smoked tofu / smokey maple miso vinaigrette

Spinach / italian sausage / goat cheese / acorn squash / grated carrot / balsamic vinaigrette

Kale massaged in olive oil, apple cider vinegar, cumin and chili powder / roasted butternut squash / sautéed tomatoes and black beans / avocado

Spinach / Lentil raisin salad dip 

Spinach / avoado / goat cheese / quinoa sautéed with zucchini, red onion and balsamic vinegar

Massaged kale / sweet potato / chicken / peas / honey mustard dressing

Massaged kale / roasted potatoes / corn / italian sausage  – based on Alexi’s potato rosemary salad and vinaigrette

Massaged kale / sauerkraut / smoked tofu / peas / edamame / sweet potato /  BBQ ranch dressing

Spinach / tuna salad / sweet potato / peas / green and white onion / lemon dijon vinaigrette

Mixed greens / roasted sweet potato / chick peas / roasted beets / peas / sauerkraut / honey mustard dressing 

Mixed greens / scrambled curried tofu / roasted beets / kimchi / cabbage / pickled onion / carrot ginger vinaigrette

Kale and spinach / roasted sweet potato / cherry tomatoes / lentils / mixed nuts / vegan caesar dressing 

Ice berg lettuce and spinach / carrot ribbons / apple / tuna salad with mayo and greek yogurt

Spinach / curried chickpeas in tahini curry marinade / cucumber / red pepper  

Spinach / sweet potato / chickpeas / feta cheese / nut, seed and raisin trail mix 

Massaged kale in orange vinaigrette / caramelized butternut squash / wild rice  

Spinach / butternut squash / slow cooker artichoke chicken 

Kale / steamed kabocha / white beans  / avocado / miso vinaigrette

Kale / roasted sweet potato / roasted turmeric chick peas / vegan parmesan / vegan caesar dressing 

Holy salads batman! Check out this roundup. What is your favorite salad ingredient? #salads… Click To Tweet

Which brings me to my new favorite little recipe!

I’ve been loving the texture of this vegan parmesan on all my salads lately. It adds a hearty flavor and meaty crunch.  Its crazy packed with nutritional goodness – thanks to the use of them glorious hemp seeds and nutritional yeast – and takes a mere 5 minutes to prepare. 

 

Vegan Parmesan Cheese
A delicious vegan alternative to parmesan cheese. Minimal ingredients and a perfect, nutty texture to top your next vegan caesar salad.
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Total Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw cashews
  2. 6 Tbsp hulled hemp seeds
  3. 2-3 cloves garlic, depending on size
  4. 3 Tbsp nutrtional yeast
  5. 3 Tbsp good quality olive oil
  6. 1.5 tsp garlic powder
  7. 3/4 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor (or blender) and chop until all is crumbled together. Serve immediately or store in refrigerator.
  2. This will stay for a good few weeks.
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Some of my go-to vinaigrettes from other bloggers’ salad creations – which have been much of my inspiration –  include:

This Lemon dijon vinaigrette for every-day use

Both this and this Vegan Caesar Salad dressing are winners

My standard balsamic vinaigrette along with a recipe I’ve made a number of times

This creamy orange maple hemp vinaigrette and this Lemon Garlic Tumeric Hemp Dressing add a real nutrient power punch without being too heavy

My own super sweet and tangy miso vinaigrette 

My favorite quick and easy BBQ vinaigrette trick  

Heather’s orange vinaigrette is one of my new favorites

For a simple honey mustard dressing I simply combine 1 tsp honey mustard + 2 tsp apple cider vinegar + 2 tsp almond milk  + 1/2 tsp lemon juice 

Come see my collection of (non-tupperwared) salad recipes here, or follow my salad love on Pinterest

Linking up with Annemarie, Esther and Farrah for Foodie Friday!

Tell me,

What are your “must haves” when making a salad?

Favorite salad ingredient?

 

25 COMMENTS

  1. chasetheredgrape | 10th Feb 17

    I do love a salad but it has to be loaded with fillings!
    I always have a protein, mostly chicken or pork and then my favourite fillings would have to be cold roasted veggies, mostly squash and right now I’m loving roasted cabbage and carrots. Yep I’m pretty such im odd loving this cold but hey ho!
    I very rarely have a dressing though – mostly just let the veggies/ meat be the flavour but I do enjoy them when I have salads out and about!
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      I love cold roasted veggies!! Their flavors come out so much more. I loveee them with sweet potato and avocado.

  2. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 10th Feb 17

    I love how you salad. Salads are my favorite. The ultimate variety, you get to have so much fun, and you get to create each bite!
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Right?! Throwing things into a bowl is my play time.

  3. Erin | 10th Feb 17

    Such a fantastic round up. I always find making a good salad a challenge but I love how you broke it down in terms of the different components. Such wonderful inspiration!

  4. Julie @ Running in a Skirt | 10th Feb 17

    You are the salad QUEEN!! Gorgeous!
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Haha – I’ll take it!

  5. Heather @ Polyglot Jot | 10th Feb 17

    Woah you ARE a salad master!! 😀 If I’m going to eat a salad for a meal, it’s got to be interesting, filled with textures, and very filling. Lately, I’ve been loving some potatoes or rice on my salad to make it a bit heartier for the winter. Glad you love the dressing–thanks for sharing it! 😀
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Yes I’m lovvvving roasted potatoes on salad – especially for these winter months for sure.

  6. Annmarie | 10th Feb 17

    Loving your vegan parm cheese recipe! Can’t wait to give it a try!

    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      It’s such a great little thing to have in your fridge!

  7. Kat | 10th Feb 17

    Color me INSPIRED girl! These salads are incredible. I am literally the WORST salad maker in all of history. I will use the same ingredients every time. I have no imagination apparently when it comes to making salads lol I absolutely love all of the combos you have created!
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Not from the salads I’ve seen you make! Don’t matter if they have the same ingredients… if its delicious to you, then go for it!

  8. Emily Swanson | 10th Feb 17

    You know how to make such delightful colorful salads; you make those tupperwares BEAUTIFUL! :o) And vegan parmesan cheese sounds really intriguing.
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Salads are beautiful! Another reason I love them.

  9. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 10th Feb 17

    You are the queen of tupperware salads! My oh my, this one post is inspiration to the max. So beautiful too. This dressing sounds fabulous, but sadly, I can’t do the cashews. Would it be a complete fail without them?
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Oh right! Boo allergies. You would definitely need something… but now that you have me thinking about it… I think sunflower seeds would work brilliantly!

  10. Casey the College Celiac | 10th Feb 17

    Salads can definitely be THE BOMB when you do them right! I love mixed greens with sweet/regular potato, chickpeas, roasted veggies, avocado and some pumpkin seeds. The crunchy, chewy, roasted bites always get me!
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    • Cora | 11th Feb 17

      Mmmm roasted veggies. Yesssss. Always needs a little crunch thrown in.

  11. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 12th Feb 17

    Yum! What an awesome round-up. I’m not a big salad girl, but this is inspiring me to want to pack all of the Tupperware salads for lunch–with roasted squash or sweet potatoes and chickpeas on top. 😉
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    • Cora | 12th Feb 17

      Mmmm chickpeas and sweet potatoes are meant to be together.

  12. Kristy from Southern In Law | 12th Feb 17

    Yuuuummmm! I want to put this parmesan cheeze on ALL THE THINGS <3

    My favourite salad combination at the moment is fresh mango, avocado, feta and grilled chicken. Insanely ridiculously good!
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    • Cora | 12th Feb 17

      YUM. Mango and chicken!!! Oh that screams summer.

  13. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 14th Feb 17

    I love this homage to salads, one of my favorite ways to eat my greens. My salads must always have a crunchy component, more veggies, and lots of protein and delicious fats (hello cheese).
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  14. Agness of Run Agness Run | 26th May 17

    This is a wonderful and palatable salad recipe, Cora! I could eat it every day!
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