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Overhead image of a kale caesar salad with chickpeas and coconut bacon on a plate.

Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

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  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Amercian
  • Diet: Vegan


This vegan caesar salad features the most amazing plant-based caesar salad dressing plus coconut bacon and roasted chickpeas for a crowd-pleasing meal.


For the Roasted Chickpeas

For the Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 150 g of soft tofu, approx. 1/2 cup
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp white miso paste
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

For the Kale Salad


To Make the Roasted Chickpeas

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Use a paper towel or cloth to blot the chickpeas dry.
  3. Place on a parchment or silicone baking mat-lined baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle with the oil then sprinkle with garlic powder, salt and pepper then roll them around until they’re all coated.
  5. Roast for 30-40 minutes, shaking the pan after 20 minutes, until crisped and light browned,

To Make the Caesar Salad Dressing

  1. Blend all the dressing ingredients until smooth and creamy. Store any extras in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To Assemble the Salad

  1. Place the finely chopped kale in a bowl, pour some of the dressing over and stir well. Let it sit for 5 or 10 minutes so the kale can soften a bit. Top with chickpeas and coconut bacon and enjoy!


For a classic caesar salad, use romaine lettuce instead of kale and traditional croutons instead of chickpeas. The coconut bacon is optional either way.

The coconut bacon and roasted chickpeas make enough for about 4 salads. Store any leftovers in an air-tight container.

Find instructions on how to make coconut bacon here.

This salad is best enjoyed fresh but can be stored in the fridge for a couple of days. If there are leftovers and it’s possible to store the kale, dressing, and chickpeas separately, do that and assemble as needed.