Blueberry Kale Caesar Salad with Smoky Chickpeas (Vegan)
The most incredible Blueberry Kale Caesar Salad features a vegan tahini Caesar dressing, crispy chickpeas, and sliced almonds. Vegan, gluten free, and rich in fiber and plant protein, these salad will become a staple.
1(15.oz) canchickpeasdrained, rinsed, and patted dry
2Tbsp.extra virgin olive oil
1tsp.soy sauce or tamari
1/4tsp. eachsalt and black pepper
Tahini Caesar Dressing
3Tbsp.tahini (such as Soom brand)
2Tbsp.fresh lemon juice
2Tbsp.nutritional yeast(sub grated Parmesan if not making vegan)
1/2tsp. eachsalt and black pepper
2 to 3Tbsp.water
1large (or 2 small)bunch(es) lacinato kale (stems and ribs removed), chopped
2tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4cup sliced almonds or chopped walnuts(optional)
Roast Chickpeas:Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Add chickpeas, olive oil, soy sauce or tamari, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper; toss well to coat. Roast the chickpeas for 20 to 25 minutes, shaking the pan once halfway through, until golden brown and crisp. Let cool for 10 minutes while you prepare remainder of salad.
Prepare Dressing:In a medium bowl, combine tahini, lemon juice, nutritional yeast (or Parmesan), capers, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; stir to combine. Gradually whisk in 2 to 3 Tbsp. water until the dressing is creamy and smooth.
Assemble Salad:Place kale in a large bowl and add 2 tsp. olive oil and 1/4 tsp. salt. Use your hands to massage the oil into the kale leaves until they start to soften, about 30 to 60 seconds. Add blueberries, almonds, and 3/4 of the Tahini Caesar Dressing; toss to combine. Scatter crispy roasted chickpeas overtop, and drizzle with remaining dressing.
Make-Ahead: Prep the dressing up to 3 days in advance and store in an airtight jar in the fridge.Store: Store salad and chickpeas separately so the chickpeas don't get soggy. Refrigerate leftover salad for up to 2 days, and store chickpeas at room temperature for 3 days. (The chickpeas will inevitably lose their crisp, however their flavor remains sharp.)