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Vegan Caesar Salad with chickpea Croutons in a bowl.
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Vegan Caesar Salad with Chickpea Croutons

The crunch, the garlic, the creamy dressing and the lettuce and the yummy chickpea croutons! This vegan take on the classic Caesar is delicious !
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Salad, Snack
Cuisine: American, Vegan
Keyword: caesar salad, chickpea, salad, salad dressing, Smoked tofu
Servings: 2
Calories: 704kcal
Author: Louise-Claire Cayzer

Ingredients

For the Dressing

  • 3 tbsp tahini
  • 3 tbsp capers finely minced/smashed
  • 1 tbsp Caper brine the liquid that the capers comes in!
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, (or to taste) around ½ lemon
  • ½ tsp maple syrup (or coconut nectar)
  • 3 tbsp fresh minced garlic 4-5 cloves
  • warm water to thin as needed

For the Croutons

For the Salad

  • 500 g Cos Lettuce (About 1 head) Washed, dried & torn to bite size pieces
  • 200 g smoked tofu sliced into 1cm slices (about 1 pack)
  • 3-4 tbsp chives and parsley- chopped optional, but pretty and tasty
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Instructions

For the Chickpea Croutons

  • Preheat the oven to 180C/Gas mark 4
  • Drain the chickpeas and tip onto a baking tray
  • Drizzle over the oil, paprika and garlic powder. Add a little salt. Mix them all around well so all the chickpeas are covered in the oil & seasoning.
  • Bake for 20 mins, then stir and put back in the oven. Bake for a further 15 mins or until crispy. Depending on the day & your oven you might need to bake longer. Keep stirring until the chickpeas are crispy but avoid burning them.

For the Salad Dressing

  • In a jar with a lid, mix together all the ingredients and shake well. 
  • Add a little water and mix- add more if needed so the dressing is creamy, yet pourable.
  • Taste the dressing. Add more salt, lemon juice or maple syrup to balance the flavours as needed

For the Salad

  • Brush a griddle or fry pan with a tiny bit of oil. Griddle or fry the tofu on each side
  • Tear the lettuce. Then on a nice plate arrange the lettuce & tofu. Sprinkle with herbs. Drizzle over the dressing and toss some chickpea 'croutons' over.
  • Serve with extra dressing on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 704kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 39g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 1612mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 23583IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 370mg | Iron: 12mg