Game-changing recipe right here! This creamy vegan Caesar dressing takes 5 minutes to make and is a super easy recipe for plant-based beginners or seasoned vegans. A crowd-pleasing recipe with a healthy substitute for the butter-soaked croutons. Crispy spiced chickpeas just work so much better in this recipe, in my option, making this caesar a super clean and healthy salad recipe.Jump to Recipe
My husband is such a caesar salad lover, especially with fresh lemon slices that he drowns his salad in. But as a plant-based mama, we could no longer enjoy the flavours of the creamy caesar dressing at home. Plus I’ll share a little truth with you all.
Back in my younger days, I use to work at an Italian restaurant. I loved working there and the perks of eating a gourmet dinner every time I worked a dinner shift. I learned so much about food, cooking and people in those 7 years. But I also learned the truth about how croutons are made. I had NO idea how much butter and oil the bread needed to soak up. Just thinking about crouton prep makes my stomach turn!
Crispy Chickpeas to the rescue, bread crouton substituent!
As someone who is sensitive to oil, this was one of the things I had to cut out of my diet so bye-bye oil-soaked bread! But when I decided to veganize this restaurant dish I knew I needed a crispy aspect to this creamy Caesar salad.
And to be honest the addition of these chickpeas croutons make this salad a higher protein meal and way more of a well-balanced meal! The crispy flavours go so well with the flavours of this vegan Ceasar salad dressing. Spiced with paprika and cumin and caramelized with maple syrup, these chickpeas bring the right amount of sweet and flavour to this salad.
And BONUS is that you can make these chickpeas for anything. I often use them in Buddha bowls or as a soup topping or in a creamy pasta dish (like this easy vegan alfredo veggie loaded pasta
A clean version of the traditional Caesar salad dressing
Not only is this a healthy plant-based recipe, but the dressing only takes 5-minutes to make. Plus, the entire recipe is made is a 30-minute meal! And if you are a fast chopper it comes together in even less time. A perfect easy plant based lunch and it also keeps well so go ahead and save this as an easy work lunch option or family outing meal.
I actually love brining this salad out with us on our family outings because it is healthy and transports well. Lets be honest many times the kiddos beg us enough to get them a ‘treat’ or special food when we are out. So taking this healthy and clean salad as our lunch ensures they eat a healthy meal so they can go ahead and enjoy a treat afterwards. Life is about balance after all and a treat once in a while is no bog thing!
Making a creamy vegan Caesar salad dressing
Anyways back to making this dressing super creamy! So I only started blending the dressing ingredients recently. Not sure why I didn’t do that before but it makes such a creamy dressing if you blend it. especially when using capers and tahini, not bending the dressing makes it kinda chunky (which is fine if you want to taste the capers or have that texture).
So just pop all the ingredients into a small blender (I use my magic bullet) and blend until smooth. I gets a frothy and creamy. You can save the dressing to pour over the salad when you are ready to eat or dress it right away. If I am not eating the salad right away I will wait because I LOVE crispy romaine lettuce.
The dressed salad will last a few days in the fridge but the lettuce will start to wilt after the second day.
For more healthy chickpea recipes check these out:
- 1-pot chickpea curry
- Chickpea pepita-pesto
- One-pot veggie soup with crispy chickpeas
- Creamy Alfredo veggie-loaded pasta
Anyhoo, thanks for reading and I hope you love this recipe! If you make this recipe please like and comment below, that would mean a lot to me! I would love to see your creation over on Instagram so please tag me (@at.my.table) so I can like and share!
Until then, tchau
5-minute Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad with Crispy ChickpeasCourse: lunch, dinnerCuisine: vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, plant basedDifficulty: Easy
A delicious creamy vegan Caesar salad that will please any crowd. Easy to make and perfect as a healthy and clean meal option. Topped with crispy chickpea crouton making this a vegan AND gluten-free and nut-free recipe. A well-balanced meal perfect as an easy lunch idea, family outing recipe or easy work lunch. Made with all whole food ingredients and sweetened with maple syrup this is a winning dish!
- Crispy Chickpeas
1 1/2 cups or 1 can cooked chickpeas, drained
2 tbs soy sauce
1 tbs sesame or olive oil
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
- Vegan Caeser Dressing
1/2 cup lemon
1/3 cup sesame tahini
1/4 cup water
3 tbs capers
1 tbs maple syrup
1 tbs dijon mustard
1 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp salt
- Salad ingredients
2 romaine lettuce, washed and chopped
10 radishes, washed and sliced
3 stalks of green onion, rinsed and sliced
- To make the chickpeas: Into a bowl, add the chickpeas, soy sauce, maple syrup, oil, and lemon. Mix to combine. Then pour into a warm pan (medium high heat). Cook the chickpeas for 5 minutes then add in the paprika and cumin. Continue to cook until all the liquid has absorbed and the chickpeas are crispy (about 15 minutes)
- Meanwhile, add all the ceaser salad dressing ingredients to a small blender. Blend for 1 minute or less if you want the capers to be chunky. I like to have it fully blended so it is nice and creamy.
- To a large salad bowl add the chopped lettuce, sliced radishes and green onions.
- While the dressing takes 5 minutes to make, the entire salad recipe will take longer because of the chopping and the time to cook the chickpeas