At Chop’t, we think food should taste better no matter what you crave. That goes for VEGAN, too. Whether you’re trying our new Venice Beach Vegan destination salad or crafting your own 100% plant-based creation, we dare you to try vegan with these helpful tips from guest blogger Emily Cacioppo-Monus of Jersey City Vegan.
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Customer Craft Salad: “Jersey City Vegan Classic” with soy-marinated tofu, avocado, charred broccoli, sunflower seeds, carrots, corn and tomatoes chop’t with kale and Chop’t’s homemade, small-batch Balsamic Vinaigrette
How Emily Does Chop’t
I am someone who takes my salads seriously (which is why I love Chop’t!). In fact, I have an acronym that I made up that I think is the key to crafting the perfect salad: CPS. Color. Protein. Sprinkle.
The more colors in your salad means more variety of veggies means more fantastic and nourishing vitamins and minerals for our bodies! Picking the right veggies for a vegan salad can mean the difference between feeling like you need something more or feeling completely satisfied after you’ve finished. Go for veggies like broccoli and carrots!
Protein will be what makes the salad fill your belly and makes you feel full. In this case, I chose the soy-marinated tofu. Plant-based proteins are a great and satisfying way to go, and Chop’t has the widest selection of them that I’ve found in salad joints. I mean, I’m stoked if I see one kind of tofu, but Chop’t has TWO (and MORE!).
Lastly is the sprinkle – the component that brings the salad full circle. Sunflower seeds totally fit the bill. Plus, they bump your salad’s protein content up quite a bit as well as add to the variety of texture to your salad. I think a variety of textures makes the salad fun to eat. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I like it when eating is fun… right?
I always craft my Chop’t salads with kale. You wanna know why? Not only does it contain a plethora nutritional delights (kale is the new black, y’all!), but it also can take your stomach a little bit of time to digest which will help to make you feel fuller for longer. I chose Balsamic Vinaigrette, because it is a classic and my favorite go-to dressing in general – it just goes with everything. Another great thing about this dressing is that the oils paired with the “massaging” (chopping) that the Chop’r does makes for a harmonious combination for our taste buds: Doing so sweetens up the kale so it is more palatable for folks and less bitter.
Emily is a fierce vegan animal advocate. She lives in Jersey City with her wife and five cats. If you want more tips or recipes or just some cool vegan information, please visit her blog: Jersey City Vegan.