Healthy Caesar Salad

Who knew Caesar Salad could be healthy? This version is so packed with flavor you won't remember it's good for you, too!

Healthy Caesar Salad

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Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

FOR THE DRESSING:

  • 1/2 cup  raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup  water
  • 2 tablespoons  extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice
  • 1/2 tablespoon  Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1 small  garlic clove  (you can add another if you like it extra garlicky!)
  • 1/2 tablespoon  vegan Worcestershire sauce  (I use Wizard's gluten-free brand. You can also substitute regular Worcestershire sauce)
  • 2 teaspoons  capers
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly shaved or grated, to garnish

FOR THE SALAD

  • 1 small/medium  bunch lacinato kale, leaves only  (5 cups chopped)
  • 2 small  heads romaine lettuce (10 cups chopped)

FOR THE ROASTED CHICKPEA "CROUTONS"

  • 1 (15-ounce)  can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon  extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon  fine grain sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon  cayenne pepper  (optional)

Instructions

  • Soak cashews in a bowl of water overnight, or for at least a few hours. Drain and rinse.

For the dressing

  • Add the cashews and all other dressing ingredients (except salt) into a high speed blender. Blend on high until the dressing is super smooth. You can add a splash of water to help thin it out if you have trouble blending it. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For the chickpea croutons

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Drain and rinse chickpeas.
  • Place chickpeas in a clean tea towel and rub dry (it's okay if some skins fall off -- that's what you want!).
  • Place onto large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle on oil and roll around to coat. Toss to coat.
  • Roast for 20 minutes at 400°F, then gently roll the chickpeas around in the baking sheet.
  • Roast for another 10 to 20 minutes, until lightly golden.
  • Remove from the oven and add sprinkle on the garlic powder, salt, and optional cayenne while the chickpeas are nice and hot.
  • Set aside.

Prepare the lettuce:

  • De-stem the kale and then finely chop the leaves. Wash and dry in a salad spinner. Place into extra large bowl. Chop up the romaine into bite-sized pieces. Rinse and then spin dry. Place into bowl along with kale.

Assemble:

  • When ready to serve, toss the kale and romaine with the dressing and garnish with chickpeas.

Notes

Lightly Adapted from Oh She Glows.
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