Jackfruit’s meaty texture works perfectly as a substitute for chicken in this Caesar salad. There’s a recipe for vegan Caesar dressing in the same post, so two for your money! Oh and garlicky croutons. What’s not to like?
2 cans jackfruit in brine (drained weight 280g/10oz), drained and chopped
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
For the croutons
4 thick slices stale white bread, cut into large cubes
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or crushed
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
For the salad
2 heads romaine/cos lettuce, torn
4 spring onions (aka scallions), chopped
280g/10oz cherry/plum tomatoes, halved
For the dressing
300g/11oz silken tofu, drained
3 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 tbsp vegan mayo
½ medium lemon's juice
½ medium lemon's zest
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp table salt
¼ tsp ground black pepper
½ tsp sugar
How to make
Preheat the oven to 200°C/390°F.
Pat the jackfruit dry with a paper towel. Heat the 2 tbsp olive oil over a medium heat in a medium frying pan. Saute for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside to cool.
While the jackfruit it cooking, heat the 3 tbsp olive oil for the croutons over a medium-high heat in a small frying pan. Fry the garlic for about 1½-2 minutes, stopping if it's browning too quickly.
Spread the bread out on a baking tray. Pour the garlicky olive oil over the bread and mix well with your hands so all the bread is coated. Bake the bread cubes in the oven for 10-15 minutes, shaking halfway through, and keeping eye on them so they don't burn. Set aside.
Put all the dressing ingredients in a blender and blitz well until smooth.
To assemble the salad, put the lettuce, tomatoes and spring onions (scallions) in a very large serving bowl. Put the jackfruit on top, then pour over ¾ of the dressing. Put the rest of the dressing in a small ramekin in case anyone wants extra. Mix the salad well then add half of the croutons and gently mix them in - you don't want them to become too soggy. Finally, top with the rest of the croutons and serve.