Vegan Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpea “Croutons”

Ever since the weather here in California has been so hot, I have been craving fresh salads for almost every meal. I put together a vegan version of one of my favorites: Caesar salad! This caesar contains a dairy-free, homemade dressing and is topped with capers, avocado, slivered almonds, and chickpea “croutons”. Enjoy!

Preparation + Cook Time: 60 minutes

Dressing Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C Unsweetened, Unflavored Cashew Milk
  • 1/2 C Tahini (I prefer Sadaf brand)
  • Juice of 1/2 of a Lemon
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 1 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper

Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 Can of Chickpeas, Drained
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 tsp Dried Basil
  • Dash of Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Head of Romaine Lettuce, chopped
  • Avocado, chopped
  • Capers
  • Slivered Almonds


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Make your chickpea “croutons”. In a small bowl, combine the chickpeas with the 1 Tbsp Olive Oil, 1 tsp Nutritional Yeast, 1 tsp Dried Basil, and dash of salt & pepper. Transfer onto a lined baking sheet and bake for 45 minutes until the chickpeas are crispy.
  3. While the chickpeas are baking, combine all of the ingredients for the salad dressing in a small container. Whisk together until completely combined.
  4. When you are ready to serve, put the chopped romaine lettuce in a large bowl.
  5. Top the lettuce with your desired amount of the caesar dressing and toss.
  6. Top your salad with chopped avocado, a sprinkle of capers, slivered almonds, and the chickpea “croutons”.

A few of the many benefits of this recipe:

-Chickpeas help control blood sugar levels, improves digestion because of high fiber content, helps protect against heart disease, is a good source of protein, and contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals such as zinc, folate, phosphorus, and B vitamins.

-Tahini is a great source of calcium, helps regulate blood pressure and cholesterol, it can help balance hormones, and  helps improve skin health.

-Romaine Lettuce is a great source of antioxidants, boosts heart health, promotes healthy eye sight, boosts immunity, and helps digestion.

The information on the benefits of the ingredients was researched from

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