The perfect healthy meal. Make most of the salad ahead of time and assemble when ready. See the notes for many variations including gluten-free and oil-free options!
For the seitan, I like to marinate my tenders in my lemon mustard, Italian, or sweet and smoky marinades for this salad. Prepare and marinate the seitan tenders. Then make the salad dressing and parmegan. All of these can be prepared well in advance and stored in the fridge for several days so assembly of this salad can be quick and easy.
To make the salad: brush a grill pan or skillet with oil then place on medium-high heat. When hot, fry the seitan tenders a few minutes on each side until golden. Remove the seitan from the pan and slice into thin strips.
Add the romaine to a large bowl and drizzle with the salad dressing to taste. Toss well to evenly coat the lettuce in dressing. Top the salad with the seitan tender slices, croutons, and parmegan. Serve fresh.
Make ahead tips: the seitan, dressing, and parmegan can all be made ahead of time so assembling this salad can be quick and easy. If you plan on enjoying this seitan more than once throughout the week, grill multiple seitan tenders at once, then either quickly rehead in the microwave or enjoy cold.
Gluten-free tips: buy or make gluten-free croutons by simply subbing the bread for a gluten-free bread, or sub the croutons for a nut or seed such as walnuts or sunflower seeds. Sub the seitan tenders for my Tofu Bites.
Oil-free tips: use a good non-stick pan or a bit of broth or water to "fry" the seitan. Skip the croutons and instead replace them with a nut or seed such as walnuts or sunflower seeds for some added crunch.
Sam Turnbull https://itdoesnttastelikechicken.com/vegan-seitan-caesar-salad-vegan-chicken-caesar-salad/