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Kale Caesar Salad with Crispy Chickpeas
with artichokes / avocados / croutons

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We featured a similar version of this Caesar salad back in 2019 but this version includes avocado and crispy lemon black pepper chickpeas.
Smarts: This recipe includes homemade dressing and croutons, but store-bought versions of those ingredients will make this meal extra simple.


Vegetarian Caesar Dressing:
  • Garlic - 1 clove, chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Mustard, Dijon - 2 tsp
  • Lemon juice - 2 tsp
  • Soy sauce - 1 tsp
  • Oil, olive - 4 Tbsp
Crispy Lemon Pepper Chickpeas:
  • Cornstarch - 2 tsp
  • Lemon zest - 2 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1 tsp
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Sugar - 1/4 tsp
  • Beans, garbanzo (14 oz / 397 g) - 2 cans, drained and rinsed
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Kale Caesar Salad:
  • Bread, any type - 6 oz, cubed (we like sourdough or rye bread here)
  • Kale, any type - 1 bunch, stems removed and leaves shredded
  • Lettuce, romaine - 1 heart, shredded
  • Artichokes, marinated in oil (6.5 oz / 184 g) - 1 jar, drained and rinsed
  • Avocados - 1, cubed

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Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Make vegetarian Caesar dressing - (If prepping right before cooking, get oven heating before continuing.) Chop garlic. Combine garlic with mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, soy sauce, and olive oil. If you prefer a smooth dressing, you can blend it with an immersion blender. Season with some salt and pepper. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  2. Bread / Kale / Lettuce / Artichokes - Prep as directed. If artichoke hearts are large, roughly chop them. Store separately. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  3. Make seasoning - Combine cornstarch, paprika, lemon zest, black pepper, salt, and sugar.
  4. Avocados - Cube avocados.
  5. Beans - Drain and rinse beans.

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Most Helpful

Next time get the beans going whilst prepping everything else (used store bought croutons because who has the time???) Loved it though, exactly the amount of veg I was craving

By: Sophie
Posted: Mar 02, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
1 Helpful

43 reviews

I have made this salad a bunch of times. I just grill plain chicken. It is so good and easy.

By: Kimberly
Posted: Apr 28, 2021
Diet: Paleo
0 Helpful

Chickpeas didn't turn out as crispy as I'd like, but overall this was a tasty meal. Did the store-bought croutons - I'm sure home made would have been great, but would have added way too much time for a weeknight meal (we already do meal prep, but would have made that a lot longer too...)

By: Jennifer
Posted: Apr 13, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

couldn't decide so we made both the chickpeas and the chicken and it was delicious! lemon pepper seasoning was awesome. did manage to set off the fire alarm - watch for smoke when cooking with butter at high temperatures :)

By: Kayla
Posted: Mar 17, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

Very good! The instructions mention to add paprika to the seasoning mix but it's not listed in the ingredients. I added a couple of dashes and it gave the chickpeas a nice kick.

By: Katie
Posted: Mar 16, 2021
Diet: Vegetarian
0 Helpful

I haven't made the complete salad yet, just the dressing, and it was amazing! I had never made caesar dressing or tasted anchovies on their own before. I discovered I love anchovies (they are so deliciously salty) and I will definitely be making this dressing again. The only reason this one didn't get 5 stars is that I have no idea what the rest of the recipe tastes like.

By: Kristen
Posted: Mar 15, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful

Our three kiddos loved the chicken. I had thighs on hand and used a lemon pepper seasoning blend in coating to save time. Granulated garlic instead of a fresh clove in dressing worked out better than expected; hubs said later in the evening "I ate the rest of the salad, I hope you didn't need it for another meal." These are words I would never expect from him prior to CookSmart!

By: Mackenzie
Posted: Mar 13, 2021
Diet: Original
0 Helpful