Anyway, I have been wanting to make a vegan version for a long time. Not sure what I've been waiting for but I'm so glad I finally got around to it. It's soooo good.
I decided to turn it into more of a side dish rather than a dip so I added some pasta. But if you want just the dip, leave out the pasta. You will not be disappointed either way.
Let's talk about the "bacon". I've tried most types of vegan bacon that I can find. The only one I really prefer is LightLife Fakin Bacon. It's tempeh which is an excellent source of protein. So, with that said, you can use whatever kind of vegan bacon you like but at least try the tempeh stuff in the salad.
Let's get to the recipe. Here is what you will need.
1 - 6 ounce package of LightLife Fakin Bacon (or your favorite vegan bacon)
8 ounces of pasta of choice
1/2 cup vegan mayo
1/2 cup vegan sour cream
1 - 2 cups shredded romaine
2 medium tomatoes diced
Cook the "bacon" according to package directions. I cook the tempeh bacon in a really small amount of oil to help get it crispy. Remove from the pan and let it cool. Once cooled, chop it up into bite size pieces.
Also cook the pasta according to package directions. I used Fusilli but you can use whatever pasta you like. Once it's done, let it drain and cool.
In a large bowl, combine the mayo and sour cream. I do this now to make sure it's mixed well. Add the bacon and pasta and mix again.
When you are ready to serve, add the lettuce and tomato and give it a good stir again. Enjoy.
As always, I cut the recipe in half, so if you want to make a bigger batch, double everything.