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Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad With Chickpea Croutons

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 20 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 20 ingredients

Roasting adds another dimension to one of our favorite pantry staples, canned chickpeas. It gives them a crispy crunch and makes for a wonderful gluten-free substitute for croutons in this not-so classic version of Caesar...


For the Baked Spiced Chickpeas:

  • 2 (15 ounces) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 ½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Yogurt Caesar Dressing:

  • 1 small garlic clove
  • Salt, to taste
  • 3 anchovy fillets, drained and minced (see Chef Tips)
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1½ tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
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Nutrition Facts


232 cals


8 g

Saturated Fat

2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

3 g


32 g


7 g


9 g


11 g


461 mg


  1. To prepare the dressing: Chop the garlic clove finely and sprinkle with a pinch of salt, continuing to combine the garlic and salt until almost a paste in texture. In a bowl, whisk the garlic and salt “paste”, minced anchovies, mustard, yogurt, pepper and 1½ tablespoons cheese until well blended. This can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to eat.
  2. To prepare the chickpeas: Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. After rinsing, dry chickpeas by wrapping them in a kitchen towel or paper towels.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk the oil, turmeric, paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and black pepper. Add the chickpeas and toss to coat evenly. Transfer chickpeas to prepared baking sheet, spreading them out in a single layer. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, shaking the pan a few times to move them around, until golden and crispy. Remove the pan from the oven and let the chickpeas cool.
  4. To prepare the salad: In a large bowl, combine the kale and ½ cup dressing and mix thoroughly until dressing evenly coats kale. Let sit at least 30 minutes before serving. Top with 1 cup of baked spiced chickpeas and remaining 1½ tablespoons of cheese.

Chef Tips

Kale is very fibrous. By “massaging” the leaves of kale with your fingers, it helps to break up the fibers, making it easier to eat. If you’re not into the veggie massage business, this can also be achieved by either tossing the kale with a few tablespoons of lemon juice, which will help to break down the fibers in the kale, or you can simply toss your kale in the Caesar dressing and let it sit for 30 minutes or so before eating for the same effect. If you go this route, add the crispy chickpea “croutons” just before eating so they don’t get soggy.

Kale remains a nutrition powerhouse of vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium and folate. Add this to the list of foods for bone health.

Chickpeas are loaded with fiber and are a great plant-based source of protein. Spices are a great way to add seasoning and phytonutrients to the diet without needing to add salt to increase the flavor.

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