Oh She Glows Chakra Caesar Salad (Vegan & GF) + Cookbook Giveaway! // picklesnhoney.com

Oh She Glows’ Chakra Caesar Salad

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If you’ve been reading vegan or healthy recipe blogs for more than a nanosecond, you’re likely already a fan of Angela and her popular Oh She Glows blog. I first started following along four years ago, right around the time I began my very crappy cubicle job. Angela’s posts, particularly the ones about her own career change and struggles along the way, immediately resonated with me. I found her ability to switch directions and create the life she wanted so inspirational—she motivated me to start doing the same. And then of course, I began making her recipes, and I was doubly inspired. Angela is one of those people who make me scratch my head and go “How does she do it all?” and on top of that, she’s also a genuinely nice person, just as you imagine from reading her posts.

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I was so honored to be offered a review copy of Angela’s much-anticipated Oh She Glows Cookbook. It’s every bit as beautiful as I expected, and the recipes are an extension of those she shares on her blog—simple, whole foods, prepared in a way that’s comforting and familiar, yet thoughtfully elevated to something noteworthy. These are the kinds of recipes you will want to make again and again.

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Oh She Glows Chakra Caesar Salad (Vegan & GF) + Cookbook Giveaway!  // picklesnhoney.com

Today’s recipe for Chakra Caesar Salad with Nutty Herb Croutons is a perfect example of that. It’s so reminiscent of traditional caesar salad, Aaron said that if it had been served to him in a restaurant he wouldn’t have known it was vegan. I love it when that happens.

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Oh She Glows’ Chakra Caesar Salad

Oh She Glows Chakra Caesar Salad (Vegan & GF) + Cookbook Giveaway! // picklesnhoney.com

Oh She Glows’ Chakra Caesar Salad

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: 4-6

Prep Time: 12 hours

Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Soaked raw almonds create the creamy, healthy base in place of raw eggs or mayonnaise. And I promise you will never look at croutons the same way again after trying these nutty, crunchy, flour-free delights.

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Oh She Glows’ Chakra Caesar Salad



For the Nutty Herb Croutons:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped sweet onion
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh parsley, or 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons packed fresh basil, or 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, or to taste
  • Herbamare, for sprinkling on top

For the dressing:

  • 1/2 cup whole raw almonds
  • 1 whole head garlic, for roasting, plus 1/2 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt, to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the salad:

  • 2 heads romaine lettuce, chopped, or a mix of romaine and destemmed torn kale leaves (about 10 cups)
  • 1 recipe Nutty Herb Croutons

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 12 hours Cook Time: 1 hour 15 mins

Soaked raw almonds create the creamy, healthy base in place of raw eggs or mayonnaise. And I promise you will never look at croutons the same way again after trying these nutty, crunchy, flour-free delights.


  • To make the croutons: Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a small bowl, combine the flaxseed, oil, and 2 tablespoons water and stir. Set aside for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the mixture has thickened.
  • In a food processor, pulse the garlic to mince it. Add the almonds and process until finely chopped. Add the onion, parsley, basil, thyme, rosemary, oregano, salt, and flaxseed mixture and process until a sticky ball of dough forms.
  • With your fingers, sprinkle small portions of the crouton dough onto the prepared baking sheet, using roughly 1/2 teaspoon of dough per crouton. Place the croutons 1 inch apart on the baking sheet and sprinkle with Herbamare.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then gently flip the croutons and bake for 10-15 minutes more, until golden. Watch the croutons closely near the end of the baking time to make sure they don't burn.
  • Let the croutons cool on the pan for 10 minutes. They will firm up while cooling. Cool the croutons completely and store in an airtight glass jar for 2 to 4 weeks.
  • Make the Dressing: Place the almonds in a bowl and add enough water to cover. Soak the almonds for at least 12 hours, or overnight. Drain and rinse the almonds. Pop off the skins by pressing the base of each almond between your thumb and forefinger. (Removing the skins yields a smoother dressing, but it's not absolutely essential.)
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  • Cut off the top of the garlic head so all of the raw cloves are exposed. Remove any loose skin. Wrap the head in foil and place it on a baking sheet. Roast the garlic for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the cloves are soft and golden. Let cool for 10 to 15 minutes, until cool enough to handle. Remove the foil and squeeze the garlic cloves out of their skins and into a food processor.
  • Add the soaked almonds, oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, salt, dry mustard, pepper, and 1/4 cup water to the food processor and process until smooth, stopping to scrape down the bowl as needed. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed. Add the minced raw garlic if you'd like the dressing to have a more intense garlic flavor - otherwise, leave it out.
  • Place the lettuce in a large salad bowl and pour your desired amount of dressing on top. Toss until fully coated. Sprinkle the Nutty Herb Croutons over the salad just before serving.

Recipe reprinted by arrangement with AVERY, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © GLO BAKERY CORPORATION, 2014.

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  1. Stefani Phelps says

    I have been following Oh She Glows for several years now and have made many of her recipes, I want this cookbook!!! I do many things that help me “glow”! Number one is spending time with my 5 fur babies. Following a vegan diet and running, are other important ones. I feel so much better knowing I am doing something to help the animals, the environment, and myself.

  2. Lori says

    Looks delicious! I love trying Angela’s recipes

  3. Nicollette says

    I talk to myself the way I’d talk to my best friend–kindly, no self-deprication (well, maybe the occasional joke)…

  4. Sandy Z says

    I haven’t gotten to Vegan yet, but trying. I love this cookbook is Vegan, Gluten Free, Soy Free. Shortly after I went vegetarian, my migraines completely disappeared. Good Luck to Angela and her new cookbook.

  5. Megan Ross says

    I glow by cooking healthy meals for my family and taking my son and dog on daily walks! Not only is it healthy but it makes us all happy and our whole daily glows! 🙂

  6. Michelle says

    One thing I try to do to glow is to laugh and think of happy things to make me smile! I’ve heard awesome things about this cookbook and would love to try it out for myself.

  7. Ashley says

    I love Angela’s blog and I’m so excited that her cookbook is finally here! I appreciate how her recipes emphasize whole, fresh ingredients–definitely key to achieving a “glow” 🙂

  8. Angela says

    Amanda, I’m so happy to have you take part in my cookbook tour!! Thank you for this gorgeous post and your kind words. The nutty herb croutons are my absolute fav. and I’m so glad you enjoyed the salad! xo

  9. I go to yoga, so I will glow from the inside out!

  10. Abby says

    Get a workout in five days per week, including some strength training! Love the burn and the accomplishment.

  11. Moira says

    I have been following Angela since I decided to make the transition to vegan. I have my mom hooked on her recipes as well. So cooking and yoga make me glow!

  12. I exercise to glow! To literally glow (it’s good for your skin) and it’s also great for boosting my mood and health 🙂 Welcome to Facebook, by the way! 😉

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks for the welcome, friend! I have no idea what I’m doing on Facebook, but I will figure out how to use it eventually! haha

  13. I eat whole real foods that fuel my body!

  14. Nat says

    I like to drink Green Monsters!

  15. Faith says

    I drink a green smoothie everyday to help myself glow from the inside out!

  16. I eat a plant-based diet and exercise at least 5 days per week!

  17. court says

    I exercise every morning-and really think this makes me glow!

  18. Lee says

    I try to get enough sleep. (Though this worked better pre-baby!)

    1. Amanda says
  19. Ashley P says

    I glow with green smoothies!

  20. Christina says

    I like to cook from scratch, using sustainable and local ingredients, so I can minimize my intake of toxins and artificial ingredients!

  21. Heather says

    Daily yoga. It’s a source of relaxation, energy, and usually laughing at myself.

    1. Amanda says

      I love what you said about laughing at yourself! I’ve found the same thing to be true for me when I do yoga.

      1. Heather says

        It’s therapeutic in many ways 🙂

  22. Emily says

    I Glow with yoga! Everybody needs a little time for themselves!

  23. elvina says

    green smoothie everyday!

  24. Danielle says

    Yoga and eating right.

  25. Kelsey says

    I exercise when I have the time and try my best to be optimistic and positive!

  26. Heidi says

    I go to bootcamp at 5:30am while the rest of my family is sleeping. I not only get to exercise but also some much needed ‘me’ time.

  27. stacie m. says

    Get enough sleep, drink enough water, and use natural oils on my face, body, and hair. Smells yum too 😉

  28. Kaysia Saliba says

    I find fun, new ways to exercise!

  29. Laura says

    Exercising for a good sweat daily!

  30. Jeni says

    I glow by eating a healthy plant based diet!

  31. Jessica says

    I’m SO excited for this cookbook! I glow by starting each morning with lemon water.

  32. Lucia says

    I’ve been following Angela’s blog for ages; she’s such an inspiration! I’m a college student, and I’ll be making the transition from meal plan to cooking for myself next semester. Having Angela’s cookbook on my side will be such a help!

  33. Amy says

    Eating a chopped apple with nuts, hemps seeds, cacao nibs, doused in almond milk.

    1. Amanda says

      Oooh, that sounds good! I think I know what I’ll be having for an afternoon snack!

  34. Meredith says

    I glow by getting enough sleep! 😉

  35. robin says

    I’m so excited for this cookbook! I cook (and bake) for family and friends — nothing makes me glow like sharing good, tasty, healthy food with the people I love!

  36. Ann says

    I cook and share with love!

  37. Jacqui says

    To glow, I love eating clean and doing yoga daily!

  38. Laura says

    My morning run gets me glowing!

  39. Jon says

    To glow I get up early and have some me-time!

  40. Holly says

    My strategy is a pint of water first thing every morning, plus yoga or running just about every day. And trying to eat less sugar…

  41. Eri says

    I make sure to give myself some “ME” time – whether that’s trying a new recipe, or carving out time for a run!

  42. Melissa C says

    I glow by cooking healthy meals for my family and by running!

  43. Leah says

    To glow, I get enough sleep at night!

  44. Diana says

    Share the word of the Lord.

  45. paula rothman says

    drink a green shake, and workout

  46. Ashley says

    Trying to eat healthy, most of the time! Thanks for the giveaway!! 🙂

  47. Heidi says

    I like sinking into my covers and really feeling the warmth and comfort of my bed! Gratitude makes me glow 🙂

  48. Cooking and sharing food with the ones that I love is my way to glow.

  49. Kelly says

    Switched my family to a vegan diet 🙂

  50. I eat plenty of healthy fats for my skin and hair!

  51. Meridith says

    Bikram yoga, smoothies + hanging out with my dog.

  52. Navya says

    I drink plenty of water to keep my skin hydrated for it to glow…

  53. Erika says

    Cuddling with my baby girl makes me glow. Does that count?

  54. Sophie says

    As a fellow woman in recovery from an eating disorder, Angela is an inspiration with every new post! What a wonderful relationship with food she inspires. Fingers crossed to have her new cookbook on my shelf (under my pillow, haha)!

  55. Laura J says

    Singing makes me “glow;” and baking 🙂

  56. Julie says

    Hiking and lots of water!

  57. L says
  58. Tori says

    Hot yoga and lots of water (+ my fair share of avocado haha) 🙂

  59. April says

    I have only recently gone vegan, just over 4 months ago. We I looked online for the initial support for my vegan diet Oh She Glows is one of the first blogs I found and began using. It’s made the transition to being vegan go so smoothly! What I do to glow is go hiking as much as I can, to enjoy the outdoors!

  60. Michaela says

    I get my mandatory 9 hours of sleep every night!

  61. Jessica says

    I feel my best when I eat lots of fruits & veggies, sleep plenty, and don’t let stress get to me.

  62. Breana says

    Preparing all my own meals and sharing them with friends!

  63. Hugging my doggie makes me glooooow

    1. Amanda says

      I could not agree more! Dogs are the best!

  64. Christina Schueler says

    Yoga always makes me glow!

  65. Meghan says

    I’m not totally vegan, but a mostly plant based diet help me glow!

  66. Nicole says

    To glow from the inside out, I try to stay plenty hydrated, get plenty of sleep, eat foods that make me feel good, and spend as much time as I can with those I love 🙂

  67. Angela Moore says

    I try to eat leafy greens at least twice every day, including getting my kids to eat them. 🙂

  68. Terri Cole says

    Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet helps me get my glow on!

    1. Terri Cole says

      Pinterest wouldn’t let me pin the giveaway. It called your link spam!

      1. Amanda says

        That’s weird, I’ll look into it. Thanks for letting me know!

  69. Stacey says

    I love Angela’s recipes! I never feel as if there is anything lacking from the recipes that I have tried. Looking forward to getting her cookbook!

  70. Danielle says

    I try to drink lots of water and smile a lot! Thanks!

  71. Emily C. says

    I keep trying new types of exercise especially during the winter. Thanks for the giveaway!

  72. Katie says

    Lots and lots and lots and lots of water helps me “Glow”- I swear it makes my complexion so much more bright!

  73. Noella says

    Eating a 98% organic clean whole foods diet with nothing processed. Oh she glows recipes are one of my instant go-to’s.

  74. I adore Angela’s blog! Her recipes have never led me astray.

  75. Jennipher says

    I exercise to glow!

  76. Kelly says

    One thing I do to glow is to take time to relax when I’m feeling stressed.

  77. Dana says

    My morning smoothie makes me glow!

  78. I eat organic mashed potatoes with vegan butter a few times a week! Not sure if it makes me glow, but it definitely makes me smile. Yum.

    1. Amanda says

      haha I love that!

  79. Molly says

    Accept others (and myself) for who they are and appreciate the differences, as well as the likenesses, between us. I accept that everyone gets to be who they are meant to be. This can often be a challenge, but this feeling toward others makes me glow!

  80. Missa Lynn says

    Getting enough sleep, eating right and exercise helps me “glow”!

  81. sarah says
  82. sarah robinson says

    morning devotional – totally makes my day brighter.

  83. Abby says

    moisturise with oil to get the glow

  84. I love Angela at Oh She Glows! One thing that makes me glow is my yoga practice!

  85. Alissa says

    judging by all these comments and my own experience angela’s blog and recipes have inspired many…what an honor that she asked you to be a part of her journey! i glow when i inspire others to make their health a priority!

    1. Amanda says

      Yes, I was so happy when Angela asked me to be a part of her blog book tour. She’s amazing!

  86. linda says

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway; the cookbook sounds awesome!

  87. Giulia says

    I eat a plant based diet and run! 🙂

  88. Kristina says

    Plenty of exercise and a whole foods plant-based diet.

  89. emily says

    one thing I do to “glow” is take a 6 am spin class twice a week. it sounds crazy, but those two days of getting up early are the days I have the MOST energy! I love the feeling of power and accomplishment I get knowing that I’ve challenged myself hours before my peers are even awake!

    1. Amanda says

      I keep thinking about taking a 6am spin class at my gym, but it sounds SO early! You’re motivating me to get my butt out of bed though and at least give it a try!

  90. Beth says

    I love Oh She Glows as well – and what a great name with so many positive messages! I glow by doing yoga!!

  91. Becca F says

    Eating Vegan and doing kind acts for others

  92. Nataliya M says

    I definitely glow when my husband who loves meat approves of my vegan cooking. Everything tastes better when it’s husband approved, right?

  93. Marina says

    To “glow from the inside out” I set aside a day for myself that is full of rest, recovery, and relaxation. This is so important for our bodies and it makes us happier too 🙂

  94. Melanie says
  95. Sherry (BTLover2) says

    The thing that makes me glow the most is exercise. It’s something that makes me radiate from the inside out.

  96. Beth says

    I love Oh She Glows! My favorite is her walnut oatmeal raisin cookie recipe.

  97. Lindsey says

    A good workout always makes me glow 🙂

  98. Elizabeth says

    I LOVE cooking Angela’s recipes. Knowing they are safe for my very allergic son to eat makes me glow!

  99. Carey says

    Well, going vegan is what I did to glow! Almost two years ago now, Oh She Glows has been guiding me through my transition to veganism. I have to say… her site made it pretty easy, and I have been glowing so much I cannot imagine switching back to any other lifestyle! It’s so cool to see her having so much success, congrats on the cookbook! 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      That’s awesome, Carey! And I agree – Angela is so deserving of her success! She’s helped a lot of us make the switch to veganism.

  100. Laurie says

    I drink tons of water. 🙂 That salad looks so refreshing!

  101. Kelsey says

    I love to eat a nice lentil filled stir-fry for dinner.

  102. Jessie says

    One thing I do to glow is eat less dairy! I swear, reducing my dairy has really cleared up my skin and given me more of a glow! I’d love to go completely vegan and have been contemplating purchasing Angela’s cookbook in the hopes it would spur me on to making the change!

  103. Alina says

    This book sounds great! One thing I do to glow is to get enough sleep! It doesn’t necessarily result in a glow, but it does mean my skin looks better!

  104. I workout regularly to glow!

  105. Shana says

    Green juice=glow juice.

  106. Richa says

    oh wow. i love those croutons., must make this salad!

    1. Amanda says

      The croutons are a new favorite for us!

  107. Lori T says

    I mediate and that helps me glow.

  108. I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I am gluten intolerant and do love Oh She Glows’ recipes because many of them are naturally gluten free! Plus, even though I eat meat, I don’t eat a lot of it, so vegetarian and vegan recipes are often in our weekday meals. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Amanda says

      The same is true for Angela’s cookbook – I’d say all but a few are naturally gluten-free, which is awesome!

  109. laura z says

    to glow from the inside out, i try to spend some time in thoughtful prayer and reflection each day. sometimes i do it, sometimes i forget, but when i do, i can feel the difference it makes in my day!

  110. Jan says

    Water and exercise are helping. Just joined the gym….time for me:)

  111. Nicole says

    I drink lots of water & try to journal daily. It helps to get everything out! 🙂

  112. Debbie says

    Drink and eat my greens:)

  113. Becky says

    We glow with a vegan whole foods plant-based diet, exercise and trying to use as few chemicals as possible in household and personal care items. It’s so worth it to feel good!

  114. Nicole says

    In order to glow, I need LOTS of sleep. A good 8+ hours.

  115. Shelley says

    yoga and meditation!

  116. Jennifer Barkett says

    To glow from the inside out I try to exercise, drink lots of water, eat clean and not eat too much sugar. I have a huge sweet tooth 🙂

    1. Amanda says

      I’m with you on the sugar thing, Jennifer!

  117. Kelli E says

    I use apricot kernel oil on my skin 🙂

  118. Britny W says

    I make a conscious effort to put good food in my body and maintain a positive attitude!

  119. kay says

    I lover her website and would love to own her book too . I want to win a copy.

  120. Kait says

    KOMBUCHA! I drank a lot of it this week since I had a stomach bug (booo) and incorporated the boozy kombucha (do they have the ones with alcohol warnings on them in Boston?!). And have my class this week. So. much. fermented. goodness. xo

    1. Amanda says

      Nice! I don’t think I’ve seen the original kombucha formulation around Boston. Not that it surprises me – MA has silly alcohol laws.

  121. Sabrina says

    I eat my fruits and veggies! Laughter, exercise, and a good night’s sleep don’t hurt either. 😉

  122. Abby says

    I love putting spinach into my smoothies!

  123. Alex says

    Veganism and exercise is all I need to glow!

  124. Jennifer S says

    Doing anything crafty makes me glow!

  125. tiffany says

    I get my glow on my doing yoga and eating vegan 🙂

  126. Mari says
  127. Shannon says

    I eat greens every day

  128. Cynthia says

    Eating foods that make me feel great (lentils! rice noodle stir-fries with tofu & veg! fresh fruit juice) and staying away from foods that make me feel less than great (sugary drinks, really anything with tons of sugar) makes me glow.

  129. Heather says

    Plenty of sleep and an afternoon cup of tea with lemon.

  130. Debbie P. says

    Eating way healthier than I did growing up in hopes of having a fulfilling life ahead without degenerative diseases!!!

  131. Irene Keeley says

    I glow when I RUN!!

  132. Green monstas were my first introduction to Angela’s site. I have at least one a week!

  133. Michaela says

    To help me “glow” I do yoga everyday! and of course eat healthy green filled meals 🙂

  134. Marisa P. says

    Loving myself for who I am makes me glow from the inside out!

  135. Nikki Nisly says
  136. chelsea says

    I snuggle my dog.

  137. Brynn says

    I laugh every day, guaranteed glow :D!

  138. Jennifer says

    eating plant based, drinking lots of water, smiling and laughing often!

  139. Becky says
  140. Annette says

    One thing I do to glow is to stay positive. It attracts other positive people and makes for more happiness/less drama.

    1. Amanda says

      I love this! It’s so true.

  141. Therese says

    I am to work out 3-5 times a week to “glow.”

  142. Lauren Kay Weber says

    I drink a green smoothie every morning and juice fresh fruits and veggies.

  143. Jen E says

    Smoothies make me glow!

  144. Liz says

    Sleep and exercise!

  145. Kelsey says

    I try to make sure i drink a ton of water and eat plenty of veggies! I find my glow fading when I eat too much sugar.

  146. I listen to my mind, body, and spirit to let me know what’s best for my whole wellbeing at any one moment.

  147. Nina says

    Daily green smoothies make me glow!

  148. Lauren says

    I glow with smoothies and fresh juice!

  149. Calli says

    workout with some jillian michaels and take time for myself to read blogs, pinterest, or whatever, 1 hour a weeknight at least 🙂

  150. Alissa says

    I live, love, laugh and eat a yummy plant based diet largely thanks to Angela’s awesome recipes!


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