Have you ever considered a vegan diet? Plant-based diets have always intrigued me, but cheese has been the hardest thing for me to think about going without, I adore it. However, the vegan Parmesan cheese in this recipe has me thinking of changing my ways. Or at least made me realize it wouldn’t be as hard as I thought it would be. This hearty salad is so delicious and has so many wonderful health benefits.
Here are some of the main ingredient superpowers:
Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on earth. It is a great source of vitamin C, is loaded with antioxidants and can help lower cholesterol. Its high in beta-carotene, and is one of the best sources for vitamin K
Farro is rich in fiber, has 28 grams of protein in 1 cup, is full of antioxidants, and has less fat and less calories than brown rice and quinoa.
Beets are high in antioxidants and nutrients; they are an excellent anti-inflammatory, help boost your energy, and can help keep your blood pressure in check. The nitrates in beets promote dilation of blood vessels and improve blood flow through the body and to the brain.
Nutritional Yeast is a great source of antioxidants, trace minerals and vitamins (especially B). It contains ALL 9 essential amino acids, and just one tablespoon contains 2 grams of protein. It’s a wonderful plant based product with a cheesy, nutty, savory flavor.
*The recipe below, for vegan parmesan, makes more than you will need for this salad. You will love it so much, you will be happy to have extra to top on other salads, popcorn (my personal favorite), pizza, pasta, zucchini noodles, roasted veggies, soups, or anything else your heart desires.