White Bean & Heirloom Tomato Salad With Crispy Kale Croutons

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I used to love croutons as a kid – they add a nice crunchy / salty kick to a salad and balance nicely with a creamy dressing. This is my current version of croutons… kale chips. This salad was delicious 🙂

Ingredients:

For the salad:

  • 3 cups organic mixed greens, rinsed and dried
  • 2 small heirloom tomatoes (one yellow, one red), sliced
  • ½ cup canned organic cannellini beans, rinsed & drained
  • 1 tsp. capers
  • Dried dill spice, to taste

For the crispy kale ‘croutons’:

  • 2 cups curly kale leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • ½ tsp. garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp. onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. canola oil
  • Canola cooking oil spray
  • Directions:

For the creamy vinaigrette dressing:

  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. spicy brown mustard or Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. white cane sugar
  • ¼ tsp. iodized salt
  • A dash of black pepper, to taste

To Make:

For the crispy kale croutons:

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees. Rinse and pat dry the kale leaves, remove stems and put the leaves into a bowl. Add 1 tsp. canola oil, 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/4 tsp. onion powder and 1/4 tsp. salt. Mix ingredients together until the leaves are covered with the toppings.

Spread leaves into a single layer on a non-stick cookie sheet and bake for 8- 10 minutes (make sure to check them at 8 minutes, as oven temperatures vary).

For the creamy vinaigrette dressing:

Combine all ingredients in a glass jar with a lid. Shake and enjoy!

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For the salad:

Toss 3 cups of organic mixed baby greens in a large serving bowl with 2 Tbsp. creamy vinaigrette dressing. Top with ½ cup cannellini beans, heirloom tomato slices, 1 tsp. capers, a few sprinkles of dried dill spice and crispy kale croutons.

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