Kale Caesar Salad – Flavorful Salad Made with Real Ingredients

vegan caesar salad

If you shy away from salads because you find yourself hungry 45 minutes after eating one, you aren’t alone. This Kale Caesar salad is not your average salad. It’s actually filling, creamy and crunchy. Plus, this is a vegan caesar salad, so no bloating, cramping or bathroom runs from a dairy-filled lunch.

This combo of flavors is worth packing in your lunch.

ingredients for a kale caesar salad

Kale Caesar Salad Tips

Kale is clearly the star of this salad and it’s no wonder! This superfood is hearty and a bit more filling than romaine lettuce. If kale isn’t your favorite then swap for dark romaine or do half romaine, half kale and enjoy!

The Garlic Lemon Aioli is super easy to make, remember to give your cashews time to soak. If you forget to soak them ahead of time, pour hot water over them and let them sit for 10-15 minutes. The drain and add to the recipe.

The last time I made this kale caesar salad I actually roasted the chickpeas with some olive oil and seasoning and you have to try this! It gives them a crouton-like texture to add extra crunch to your lunch.

garlic lemon aioli in a glass jar

How to Make a Caesar Salad Vegan

I’ve got two drool-worthy secrets to making a vegan caesar salad and still enjoy it. First, I smother the whole creation with my Garlic Lemon Aioli. It is seriously good and super easy to make. If you forget to soak the cashews ahead of time then just pour some hot water over them and let them sit for 10 minutes before draining and using.

Second, I have a recipe for vegan Parmesan Cheese that totally tastes like the real deal and yet is completely dairy-free. I keep a jar of this wonderful creation on hand at all times since it goes with almost everything.

Vegan doesn’t have to be gross, less flavorful or boring. This kale caesar salad still has the creamy dressing and the crunch. It fills me up and doesn’t give me the uncomfortable side effects that dairy does.

delicious homemade salad with all plant based ingredients

Vegan Caesar Salad FAQs

Is caesar salad good for you?

It depends on what’s in it. The one you get at a restaurant, drowning in dressing and covered in croutons probably isn’t. Yet my version is 100% plant-based, creamy and filling.

What is in a vegan caesar salad?

Vegan Caesar salad omits the cheese and dairy-based dressing, replacing them with vegan ingredients. My salad has a vegan cheese sprinkle (that’s wonderful!) as well as a dairy-free dressing that you might need to double because it’s so good.

Why is caesar dressing not vegan?

Caesar dressing is dairy-based, which makes it vegetarian yet not vegan. My Kale Caesar salad has a cashew garlic aioli that is super creamy and flavorful and 100% vegan.

Tis’ The Season for Salads

With Spring rapidly approaching I know many of us are starting to plan our kitchen gardens. What is a kitchen garden? Well, it’s the perfect place to grow and harvest the ingredients you use daily. I’m talking leafy greens, herbs and your favorite veggies. Then toss them into one of these epic salads. Trust me when I say everything tastes better when you know you grew it yourself:

Simple Salad Dressings

A great salad has a great dressing. And a great dressing doesn’t come from a store. Here are some super simple recipes that will have you cleaning out your fridge to make room for all your new creations:

Don’t forget to leave a comment and review to let me know how your Vegan Caesar salad turns out! I love sharing my favorite recipes with you.

kale caesar salad with garlic lemon aioli

Kale Caesar Salad

Rate this Recipe Print Recipe

This simple salad is the perfect filling lunch. It’s made with 100% plants and is both creamy and filling. I love the flavor and bit of the kale paired with the creamy aioli.

Total Time1 hour 15th minutes



Garlic Lemon Aioli

  • ¼ cup cashews (soaked 1-4 hours)
  • 1 garlic clove (peeled)
  • ½ test Dijon mustard
  • squeeze of lemon

Salad Ingredients

  • 2 cups kale (stems removed and thinly sliced)
  • 1 . olive oil
  • 1 . lemon (juiced)
  • ½ cup canned chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 2 . pepitas
  • dash sea ​​salt
  • dash ground black pepper
  • 1 . vegan parmesan cheese


  • In a food processor, puree the Garlic Lemon Aioli ingredients until creamy. If needed, add a few tablespoons of water. The mixture should be thick and creamy.

  • Place the kale in a large serving bowl and drizzle it with oil. With clean hands, gently massage the kale until tenderized (5 minutes, at most). Squeeze the lemon juice over the top.

  • Mix in the chickpeas and Cashew Garlic Aioli until well combined.

  • Serve with pepitas and Vegan Parmesan Cheese.


  • Soaking the cashews is necessary to get the aioli creamy.
  • Massaging the kale helps relax the leaves as well as takes out some of the bitterness.
  • If you don’t have kale on hand, swap with spinach or romaine lettuce.
  • Kale does have a bite, so if you’re new to kale then use half kale, half romaine to start.
  • Toasting the chickpeas slightly before adding gives them a croton-like texture.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 281kcal (14%) Carbohydrates: 18g (6%) Protein: 11g (22%) Fat: 20g (31%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g Monnounsaturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 157mg (7%) Potassium: 591mg (17%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 6703IU (134%) Vitamin C: 84mg (102%) Calcium: 129mg (13%) Iron: 4mg (22%)


Vegan Parmesan Cheese – A Plant Based Alternative with Real Ingredients

vegan parmesan cheese

Today I’m sharing a pantry staple I use on the regular. It has replaced traditional parmesan cheese for me, and I don’t even mind. This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is super simple and quick to make, and it can be used on many savory dishes.

I love dairy, but my body doesn’t. I also love good food and won’t settle for a dairy alternative unless it is outstanding. I’ve got standards! So trust me when I say this cheese sprinkle’s got it all: texture, flavor and real ingredients.

ingredients for vegan cheese sprinkle

Vegan Parmesan Cheese Recipe

This recipe is so easy! Plus, you can make it once and use it over and over again, unless you’re like me and find you put it on everything. All you need is a food processor or blender with a pulse function.

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place or refrigerate up to several weeks.

Why do I love this recipe so much? I know exactly what’s in it, there’s no need for weird preservatives or dyes, and it’s got a seriously cheesy flavor and parmesan sprinkle texture. My body doesn’t handle dairy well, yet I don’t like using alternatives with average taste.

If you like parmesan cheese sprinkle, then I bet you’ll quickly fall in love with this vegan version.

vegan cheese recipe

Sprinkle Cheese Ingredient Swaps

My basic vegan parmesan recipe is easily customizable. Swap out the almonds and cashews for the nuts or seeds of your choice (know the flavor changes depending on what you use). Roasted, unsalted nuts can also be swapped in.

If you’re looking for a certain flavor, feel free to add the spices of your choosing. Onion powder, chili powder or smoked paprika are all great additions.

Vegan Parmesan FAQs

What’s in vegan parmesan cheese?

My recipes combines almonds, cashews, nutritional yeast, sea salt and garlic powder. Just toss in a food processor, pulse until it looks like bread crumbs, then top all the foods!

Is parmesan cheese vegan?

Parmesan cheese is vegetarian, yet not vegan. It does not contain meat; However, parmesan is a dairy product and therefore a by-product of meat. My vegan parmesan cheese honestly gives you the cheesy flavor you’re looking for and none of the dairy. It’s a win-win!

What is a non-dairy substitute for parmesan cheese?

This vegan parmesan cheese recipe is perfect for those looking for that cheesy flavor yet can’t do real sprinkle parmesan. It even has the texture of parmesan but without any weird additives, dyes or preservatives.

vegan parmesan cheese recipe

How to Use Vegan Cheese Sprinkle

Honestly, use this vegan version wherever you use regular parmesan cheese sprinkle. Here are a few inspo recipes for you to try:

Stuffed portobello mushrooms

Roasted spaghetti squash

Classic pizza

Healthy breakfast bowl

Roasted vegetables


How do you like to use cheese sprinkle? Drop a comment and let me know!

vegan parmesan cheese

Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Rate this Recipe Print Recipe

Your favorite cheese sprinkle without the dairy! This delicious mix works great on pizza, pasta, veggies and more. I seriously love it. Easy to whip up and store, vegan parmesan cheese will become your go-to meal topper in no time.

Total Time5 minutes



  • ½ c raw almonds
  • ½ c raw cashews
  • ¼ c nutritional yeast
  • ½ test sea ​​salt
  • ¼ test garlic powder


  • Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.

  • Transfer to an airtight container and store in a cool, dry place, or refrigerate up to several weeks.


  • Add spices to taste
  • Roasted unsalted almonds and cashews can be used instead of raw
  • This can also be made in a blender using the pulse feature
  • Feel free to swap the almonds and cashews with the nuts/seeds of your choice, just know the flavor will change slightly

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 51kcal (3%) Carbohydrates: 3g (1%) Protein: 2g (4%) Fat: 4g (6%) Saturated Fat: 1g (6%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 1g Sodium: 73mg (3%) Potassium: 72mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 1g (1%) Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 13mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

More Plant Based Dairy Recipes

Since my body doesn’t do well with dairy, I’m always looking for good substitutions. I love the way cheese tastes, yet I don’t love the way my stomach feels after eating it. Here are a few alternatives I’ve made that work so well yet leave the dairy at the door:

Let me know how this vegan parmesan cheese recipe turns out for you. I can’t wait for you to try it!

Energy Drink

Hi Ball Energy Review (Real Thing) – REIZECLUB

If you’re following a strict diet, Hi-Ball Energy is an excellent option because it has no calories and sugar. Aside from that, it’s filled with 160mg of organic caffeine and antioxidants that could match your fitness level.

All of Hi Ball’s six flavors can enhance your physical and mental performance without any jitters. However, Hi-Ball taste might be a little lacking if you have a sweet tooth.

For me, it is a good choice when I want a chill beverage with a neutral mood in my mornings. It also works great when I really need an energy boost.

Therefore, you can say that it’s a good option for caffeine without sugar and calories. Read on and let me give you some more specifics about Hi-Ball.

Let’s get started!

Hi-Ball Energy Nutrition Facts

Every can of Hi-Ball Energy is rich with organic caffeine, organic ginseng, organic guarana, and B Vitamins as shown in this table:

Content Amount Per Serving
Calories 0
Total Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carb 0%
Total Sugars 0%
Included 0g Added Sugars 0%
Protein 0g
Niacin (Vitamin B3) 150%
D-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B6) 150%
Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B12) 150%
Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) 150%
Nutritional Information of Hi-Ball.

Hi-Ball Energy Ingredients

Apart from that, it also contains the following ingredients.

  • Carbonated Purified Water
  • Natural Flavor
  • Organic Caffeine
  • Organic Guarana Extract
  • Original Panax
  • Ginseng Extract
Hi-Ball Energy can.
How the label looks on the can.

Are Hi-Ball Energy Drinks Good for You?

If you consume it responsibly, it can be pretty good. Apart from its ability to support your workout routine, it’s also keto-friendly. The idea behind a keto diet simply means consuming low-carb products.

As you cut down your consumption of carbohydrates, you’ll likely maintain or reduce your weight. According to this study, you can also Prevent some types of cancer if you practice having a keto diet. Therefore, Hi-Ball Energy can be pretty good if you’re following a keto diet.

If you’re looking for food that is low on carbs, here are some examples:

  • Fish and seafood
  • Low-carb veggies
  • Cheese
  • Avocados
  • Poultry
  • Egg
  • Nuts

Is Hi-Ball Energy Drink Healthy?

It claims to be, but I think energy drinks aren’t really healthy beverages.

That said, Hi-Ball has no carbohydrates, no sugar, no calories, and without even artificial sweeteners. This makes Hi-Ball a much healthier option than other energy drinks you can buy.

I’m not saying products with sugar, calories, or carb aren’t healthy. These elements can have an excellent benefit if it’s not over what’s recommended.

Take a look at this table below to have an idea of ​​what’s safe for your body. If you strictly follow the data shown, you can prevent weight gain and obesity:

Element Recommended Amount Per Day
Recommended Amount Per Day
Sugar 24g 36g
Calorie 2,000 2, 500
Carbohydrates 300g daily when eating a 2,000-calorie diet. 300g daily when eating a 2,000-calorie diet.
Recommended daily amount of sugar, carbs, and calories.

As I’ve mentioned, it doesn’t use artificial sweeteners either. For your information, artificial sweeteners are effective taste enhancers without using actual sugar. And it’s also safe for diabetic persons.

However, for me, this is a big minus point of Hi-Ball. This is because its makers could’ve improved the taste more if they had used artificial sweeteners.

How Much Caffeine is in a Hi-Ball?

Hi-Ball has 160mg of natural caffeine. With this moderate amount of caffeine, you’ll indeed have an increase in your brain and nervous system’s activity. However, I prefer a small dosage of caffeine because I think it helps me focus more.

Meanwhile, that’s not true for everyone. At first, I was nervous about its caffeine content, but that all went down the drain. While Hi-Ball lacks the taste factor, the good thing is that I didn’t feel any jitters.

Take note that the FDA advises taking only 400mg of caffeine per day for your reference. Consuming over that amount could lead to:

  • Headaches
  • Fever
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitations
  • Jitters
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia

How Long Does Hi-Ball Energy Last?

Like most energy drinks, its effects can last between 2-3 hours after drinking it. This means that taking it right before you go to work means it won’t instantly help you.

I advise you to drink it 30 minutes before your workout. This way you’ll feel its strong push when you start your exercise.

A girl is exercising on a mat.
Get the right timing.

If you’re talking about its lifespan, that depends. Energy drinks that are still unopened would stay on their best quality until they reach their expiry date. However, you have to store it in a dry room with a moderate temperature, just as the label usually says.

When Should You Drink Hi-Ball?

According to their website, It’s best to drink Hi-Ball in the morning. I actually agree.

Its taste suits the morning vibes because it’s not that sweet. Please don’t take it late in the afternoon or late in the evening as it may cause insomnia.

In addition, consuming it in the morning would remind you to consume less amount of caffeinated products as your day goes. But then again, if you don’t have any reason to consume caffeine or have a low tolerance to caffeine, you should avoid consuming it.

Where Can You Buy Hi-Ball?

You can get Hi-Ball from their official website. However, it’s also available on Amazon. A twelve-pack of a single flavor costs around $50. In short, you can buy each serving for around $4.

It’s obviously pricey. I think it’s much more convenient to buy online because it’s much more expensive in convenient stores if you really want to try it.

But then again there are other brands out there who can offer the same energy boost and nutrients without being that expensive. So if you think Hi-Ball is too much for your wallet, you can look at my list of brands here.

Hi-Ball Flavor Review

As I’ve mentioned, Hi-Ball Energy has seven not-so-sweet unique flavors.

For me, the flavors that caught my attention are Black Berry and Lemon Lime. They taste light, but it actually creates an advantage for the flavor. It’s like carbonated water with a bit of flavor that makes your tastebuds curious.

On the other hand, I’m not fond of the Grapefruit flavor much because it has a bland taste. The same goes with Watermelon Mint. If it’s super cold, you won’t get to taste the mint, so I think it’s best to take it chilled.

Vanilla Flavor is the sweetest flavor of Hi-Ball. It’s like vanilla soda, and the scent is like vanilla too. While the Peach flavor has a strong smell of peaches, it does not taste the same.

lastly, Wild Berry doesn’t taste like wild berry. It smells like lipgloss, and it’s like a watery cherry that won’t excite you that much.

Watch them uncover Hi-Ball from its ingredients to its price.

Can Anyone Drink Hi-Ball?

If you’re a healthy adult, you can drink Hi-Ball.

160 mg of caffeine is slightly above average, but not that strong either. So if you’re used to drinking caffeinated drinks, then you shouldn’t have any problem with Hi-Ball as long as you moderate your consumption.

However, if you’re still underaged, caffeine is not recommended for you. This is because caffeine can negatively affect your body’s development.

Furthermore, caffeine is also not advisable for pregnant or lactating women since it’s not good for the baby.

Alternative Energy Drinks to Hi-Ball

Runa Energy

Runa Energy promises a clean dose of energy with a refreshing tea taste. If Hi-Ball Energy gets its caffeine from natural sources such as ginseng and guarana, Runa uses a natural source of caffeine too.

Its 150mg of caffeine comes from guayusa leaves and will give you a different experience from most energy drinks that use ginseng. Aside from using organic caffeine, it also doesn’t contain any sugar and calories.

What makes it different from Hi-Ball is its four sweet flavors. You can also save money because it’s cheaper compared to Hi Ball’s price.


Celsius energy drink is much more affordable because each can is only around $2. It’s also available at powdered stick if you want a much more flexible energy drink. More than that, it’s also rich in nutrients and energy-boosting elements.

It has very low-carb and does not also have calories and sugar. However, it has a 200mg of caffeine content that’s not suitable for caffeine-sensitive persons.

For me, its flavor is much more interesting than Hi-Ball. However, if you had jitters on Hi-Ball, you shouldn’t try Celsius, for it has much higher caffeine content.

REIZE (Top Pick)

REIZE A powdered energy drink is also perfect for your mornings. It has a gentle taste that gives off a hint of lime. It’s not too sweet nor bland, just refreshing and energizing for me.

While it only has 50mg of caffeine, this amount can actually power you for hours without making you experience pesky side effects.

It’s also packed with B Vitamins and taurine, which have an essential role in your veins, heart, and brain. All of which are essential for a mind of body-building activity.

REIZE energy drink with some lemons.
REIZE Energy Drink.

And another advantage it has over Hi-Ball is that REIZE comes in handy 4g sachets that you can take with you anywhere! Just grab a glass and add some water, and you have a deliciously fizzy drink in your hand.

You can get REIZE for only around $1 per sachet and you can even have your orders shipped straight to your door.

Try REIZE now!

Other Notable Mentions

Final Verdict

Hi-Ball gets 6/10 from me. It has B Vitamins that are good for your overall health, and it doesn’t have any artificial products.

Although the taste is quite bland, the flavors are still refreshing, and they don’t have any strange aftertaste. This makes me recommend Hi-Ball for those who want a better substitute for their regular coffee.

And it seems like I’m not the only one who agrees to this. Don’t you know that it has around 4-5 stars rating on Amazon? That’s a high rating considering that it’s a bit on the expensive side with around $4 per can.

While it’s a good option, I think REIZE is still much better. That’s not only because it’ gives you more value for your money but also because you have a lower chance of experiencing a sugar and caffeine crash.