Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

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.

kale caesar salad

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!

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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!)

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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!

kale caesar salad ingredients

Simply toss all the salad dressing ingredients together and blend. Ready in seconds!

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The roasted chickpeas take a little longer to make, but they are worth it, trust me.

roasted dijon garlic chickpeas

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!

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad Recipe

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(4 servings)

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the chickpea croutons

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste

For the salad

  • 1 large bunch tuscan kale, stem removed & thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup toasted pepitas


  1. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender, food processor, or container to use with an immersion blender. Blend until smooth and set aside.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Toss the chickpeas in the garlic, dijon, nutritional yeast, olive oil, and salt and pepper. Roast for 30-35 minutes, until browned and crispy.
  3. Toss the kale with dressing to taste, massaging lightly to tenderize the kale.
  4. Top with the chickpea croutons and pepitas and enjoy!


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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:


  1. 1

    Delicious! Brilliant re-imagining of the classic Ceasar, and the use of chickpea croutons and nutritious kale is great.

  2. 4

    This looks great! I can’t eat tofu, so maybe I’ll try a cashew cream or greek yogurt? The chickpeas look delicious! Can’t wait to try this.

  3. 8
    Roadrunner says

    Looks delicious!!! Thanks for sharing it.

  4. 9

    Ceasar is always my favorite salade. Never had it with kale.

  5. 11

    Where do you get your nutritional yeast?

  6. 13
    Ali Rodney says

    I think Fitnessista pointed me over here to this recipe and I am glad she did because it was delicious! I haven’t really liked the roasted chickpeas I’ve had in the past but these were great. I subbed soft tofu for silken in the recipe (silken seems to be hard to find in my neck of the woods for some reason) and it worked perfectly (I wrapped it in paper towel for a bit to soak up some of the water). I’m sure I could fool the non-vegans with this dressing ;-)

  7. 15

    Thank you so much for this recipe idea – I will be trying it in the near future!

  8. 16

    I needed a healthy salad to serve at dinner for a group and came across this – everyone loved it! I’d never used silken tofu before, but this was easy and tasty.


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