The Ultimate Vegan Caesar Salad

Who doesn’t love Caesar salad? Creamy dressing, crunchy lettuce, cheesy parmesan… Although a classic Caesar is tasty, it offers very little in terms of nutritional value which is why we created a healthier, plant-based, protein packed version that will leave you feeling satisfied for longer. Kale and romaine lettuce are topped with Chickpea Croutons (inspired by none other than Oh She Glows) and Quinoa Parmesan. All these ingredients are then tossed in a creamy, garlic dressing that is quick and simple to make. A perfect accompaniment to any meal or substantial enough to serve on its own.

Serves: 4-5 as sides; 2 as main
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

Chickpea Croutons
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and dried
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
1/2 lemon

Quinoa ‘Parmesan’
1/4 c cooked quinoa
2 Tbsp nutritional yeast
1 Tbsp hulled hemp seeds
1/4 tsp garlic salt
Squeeze of lemon

Caesar Dressing
*This will make more dressing than you will need but I always like to have extras.
1 garlic clove, minced
1 Tbsp Dijon
1 tsp Worcestershire
1/2 lemon
1 Tbsp capers, chopped
1 1/2 tsp caper brine
3 Tbsp hummus (alternatively you could use tahini but reduce the amount)
Sea salt to taste
1/2 c olive oil

Salad
1 head of romaine lettuce (about 5 cups), washed and chopped
2 c kale, washed and chopped
1/2 c cucumber, halved and sliced
1 radish, halved and very thinly sliced

Steps:

  1. Prepare the Chickpea Croutons. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the chickpeas and pat to dry. Toss in sea salt and olive oil. Bake for 20 minutes moving the chickpeas around several times to prevent burning. Remove from oven and squeeze lemon over chickpeas. Set aside.
  2. Prepare the Quinoa Parmesan by mixing together the quinoa, nutritional yeast, hulled hemp seeds, garlic salt and lemon. Set aside.
  3. Prepare the dressing by mixing the garlic, Dijon, Worcestershire, lemon, capers, brine, hummus and sea salt together. Slowly pour in olive oil while whisking. Set aside.
  4. Prepare the salad by washing and chopping lettuce, kale, cucumber and radish. Place in a bowl. Top with 1/2 cup of chickpea croutons and the quinoa parmesan.
  5. Drizzle about 1/2 cup of dressing over the salad and toss together.

4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Vegan Caesar Salad

  1. […] In our final week of Happy Healthy And Green, we will be sharing healthy, plant-based snacks. We begin with an easy, versatile recipe that provides a delicious snack everyone can enjoy. Roasted and tossed with lemon and sea salt, these chickpeas provide a healthy alternative to chips while satisfying that craving for crunchy salt and giving your body a boost of fiber and protein (18 g in 1/2 cup)! Enjoy these alone or use to top salads such as our Ultimate Vegan Caesar Salad.  […]

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