This vegan kale caesar salad recipe tastes just like classic caesar salad, despite being vegan! Enjoy it as a side dish, or as a meal with some bread on the side or whole grains on top.
I am obsessed with kale caesar salads lately. Something about the creamy, savory dressing and the hearty chew of the kale goes so well together. I’ve been buying vegan kale caesar salads out a fair amount lately (our local Mom’s Organic Market has one I LOVE) and finally decided it was time to make one myself at home!
This recipe is made even more awesome by the addition of some crunchy dijon-garlic roasted chickpeas, which act as a sort of crouton and add some protein (and more fiber) to the mix. (Thank you to the White House chef for the roasted chickpea crouton idea – see also the Mason Jar Kale Salad Recipe I shared a couple weeks ago!)
The dressing for this salad is super easy to throw together, too – all you need is a food processor, a blender, or an immersion blender! The secret to making it creamy but still vegan? Silken tofu – and some nutritional yeast to add a “cheesy” flavor. Yum!
Simply toss all the salad dressing ingredients together and blend. Ready in seconds!
The roasted chickpeas take a little longer to make, but they are worth it, trust me.
The full recipe and instructions are below. Enjoy this salad as a side dish, or enjoy as your entrée with some crusty bread on the side or whole grains on top! I made a double batch of the dressing and had variations on this salad for two of my packed lunches last week. It’s good with brown rice added, and feel free to add additional toppings, too – cabbage gives it a nice crunch, as would other veggies!
For the dressing
For the chickpea croutons
For the salad
What’s your favorite way to enjoy kale? I love kale salads but kale chips (baked kale so it’s crunchy like chips) are a close second. 🙂
Love salads? Here are more recipes to try:
- Mason Jar Kale Salad (gluten free, vegan without cheese)
- Spiced Raisin and Pine Nut Barley Salad (vegan)
- Strawberry and Fennel Barley Salad
- Zesty Kumquat Quinoa Salad (vegan)
- Caribbean Shrimp Quinoa Salad (gluten free)
- Creamy Vegan Salad Dressing (vegan, gluten free)
- Shrimp, Cucumber, and Feta Orzo Salad