I’m addicted to the vegan caesar salad at my local Kreation in Marina Del Rey. I don’t even want to admit how many I’ve purchased in one single day.
But, they cost me at least $12 a pop. I wanted to make a large caesar salad recipe for dinner, and I wanted to make a large batch of dressing that I can use during the week.
I must of recipe tested and consumed dozens of vegetarian caesar salads in a short few weeks. And, they still didn’t compare to the caesar salad dressing from Kreation.
Finally, I tried a healthy vegetarian caesar salad dressing from Epicurious and I fell madly in love. I modified the recipe by omitting the garlic, salt, and curry powder. I knew that I was going to add spicy and salty chickpeas to the salad and I felt that the dressing would be too heavy with salt and curry powder. And, I wanted the final recipe to be as close to low-fodmap as possible.
Let’s get to it.
How to make a healthy vegetarian caesar salad
Combine the cashews, nutritional yeast, fresh lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, dijon mustard and black pepper in a food processor. While the motor is running, add 1/4 cup plus 2-3 tablespoons of warm water. You need to ensure the water is warm or it will be difficult to process the cashews. Process until the mixture is smooth, scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice, about 3 minutes.
If you love the taste of garlic and you don’t need to worry about low-fodmap (lucky you) then you can add 1-2 cloves of garlic before you process the dressing.
If you are going to add regular dried chickpeas than you can consider adding salt and other dried seasonings such as curry powder to the dressing. But, I love spicy dried chickpeas from Saffron Road and incorporate at least 1/4 cup.
I toss the romaine with the vegetarian caesar salad dressing, then I add hemp seeds, nutritional yeast, spicy chickpeas, capers, and sliced avocado.
This healthy vegetarian caesar salad recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, vegetarian, spicy, salty, creamy, thick, cheesy, crunchy, flavorful, nutty, and oh so delicious!
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CRUNCHY healthy vegetarian caesar salad recipe with raw cashews, fresh lemon juice, nutritional yeast, avocados, spicy chickpeas, and hemp seeds that will serve 2-8 people in under 30 minutes.
Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
1/2 cup raw cashews
3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 Tablespoon dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Optional Salad Dressing Ingredients
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1–3 cloves garlic
Vegetarian Caesar Salad Recipe
8 cups bite-size pieces romaine lettuce
2 avocados, sliced
1/2 cup dried spicy chickpeas
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup capers
1 Tablespoon nutritional yeast
Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Combine the cashews, oil, lemon juice, yeast, mustard, and pepper in a food processor. While the motor is running, add 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons of warm water. Process until the mixture is very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Allow the dressing to come to room temperature before tossing with the salad.
Let’s Make The Salad
Toss the romaine with the dressing using your hands. Add hemp seeds and nutritional yeast and toss again using your hands. Add avocado slices, spicy chickpeas, and capers to the top of the salad. Divide the salad among four to eight plates. Serve immediately.
Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe Ingredients
Vegetarian Caesar Salad Serving Notes
- You can make the salad dressing and save half for the following day if you need a smaller portion.
- I omit the salt, curry powder, and garlic because the spicy chickpeas are high in salt. However, if you omit the chickpeas or use another flavor, I recommend adding salt and another seasoning to the dressing prior to processing the dressing.
- This caesar salad recipe was adapted from Epicurious
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♥ Lorally B
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