Creamy, Classic, Cool. Caesar Salad. Why drop 8 dollars or more at a restaurant when you could make it at home? Loaded with healthy fats and high in protein, this caesar salad has a creamy tofu-based dressing and roasted chickpea “croutons.” Using silken tofu instead of the traditional soaked cashews as the base for the dressing cuts down significantly on the amount of fat without affecting any of the taste!

Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad [Vegan, Grain-Free]





For the Caesar Salad Dressing:

  • 5 ounces of silken tofu
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1-2 tablespoon fresh parsley
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoon vegan parmesan
  • 3 teaspoon capers
  • 1/4 cup virgin olive oil

For the Roasted Chickpeas:

  • 1 can or 1 cup of chickpeas, rinsed
  • Smoked paprika
  • Thyme
  • Garlic powder
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

For the Caesar Salad:

  • Kale
  • Dandelion leaves
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • Slice of lemon
  • Vegan parmesan, for topping


To Make the Dressing:

  1. Add everything to a high speed blender and mix away. Add more spices if you desire. Set in the refrigerator while you make the rest of the salad.

To Make the Roasted Chickpeas:

  1. Drain and rinse a cup of chickpeas and coat evenly in spices.
  2. Preheat your oven to 400°F.
  3. Spray a baking sheet or cover with parchment paper.
  4. Spread the chickpeas evenly on the sheet and bake for 40 minutes or until crispy and golden.

To Make the Salad:

  1. Chop up your onions, massage the kale, and chop the almonds.
  2. Combine all the ingredients and add those roasted chickpeas from earlier along with a tablespoon or two of the caesar salad dressing.
  3. Top with even more vegan parmesan and some fresh lemon juice to take your salad to the next level.

Nutritional Information

Per Medium Salad: Calories: 132 | Carbs: 8 g | Fat: 9 g | Protein: 5 g | Sodium: 260 mg | Sugar: 1 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.