Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

5 from 5 reviews

You will love this easy Kale Caesar Salad – made with a vegan caesar salad dressing that is nut-free and ready in 30 seconds. Add seasoned roasted chickpeas for some extra fiber and protein. Perfect meal prep salad, side dish or appetizer.



Roasted Chickpeas

  • 2 (14 ounce) cans chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 heaping teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Kale Salad

  • 1 medium-large bunch of kale, equal to about 8 cups chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Vegan Caesar Dressing

  • 1/2 cup hulled hemp seeds
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice (about 1 ½ medium lemons)
  • 3 tablespoons water, to thin
  • 1/2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 10 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon capers in brine
  • 1 teaspoon brine juice
  • 1 teaspoon coconut aminos
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup, to taste*


  1. Roast chickpeas: Preheat oven to 400ºF and line medium baking sheet with parchment paper. Make sure chickpeas are completely dry and loose skins removed. In medium bowl add oil, chickpeas, nutritional yeast and spices. Mix to combine and transfer to baking sheet. Bake for about 30-40 minutes, until crispy. Remove pan from oven and allow chickpeas to cool so they get crunchy. 
  2. Prepare the kale: While the chickpeas are roasting, prepare the kale by removing thick stems from kale, chop, wash and spin dry (I use this salad spinner). Add chopped kale to large bowl with a little bit of olive oil, then massage oil into kale leaves.
  3. Make the dressing: in a small blender, combine all dressing ingredients and blend until smooth. Note: add everything but maple syrup, then taste test before adding 1-2 tsp, to your liking.
  4. Assemble: Toss kale with about half of the caesar dressing, add roasted chickpeas and serve. Top with more dressing as desired, maybe some vegan parmesan cheese. Enjoy!


Nutrition approximate, calculated without dressing. Dressing as 8 servings calculated, per serving is: 133 calories, 12g fat, 4g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g sugar, 4g protein.


Keywords: vegan caesar salad, vegan caesar salad dressing, kale caesar salad