Kale Caesar Salad with Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


For the Crispy Parmesan Roasted Chickpeas 

  • 1 Tbsp  olive oil 
  • 1 Tbsp  olive oil 
  • ½ tsp  garlic powder 
  • ½ tsp  grated lemon zest 
  • 2 Tbsp  grated Parmesan cheese 
  • ½ tsp  cayenne pepper 
  • salt and ground pepper to taste 

For the Salad 

  • 4 cups  kale  chopped and fresh, stems removed 
  • 1 Tbsp  olive oil 
  • 1 Tbsp  lemon juice 
  • 4 cups romaine lettuce   chopped 
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese   grated 
  • pinch of salt 

For the Caesar Dressing 

  • 1 Tbsp  olive oil 
  • ¾ cup  plain Greek yogurt 
  • 3 Tbsp  grated Parmesan cheese 
  • 2 Tbsp  fresh lemon juice approx. the juice of one medium lemon 
  • ½ tsp  dijon mustard 
  • 1 tsp  Worcestershire sauce 
  • ¼ tsp  garlic powder 
  • Salt and pepper to taste 



  • Preheat oven to 356 Fahrenheit on circulating air. Line a big baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside. Drain and rinse chickpeas. In a large bowl toss chickpeas with oil, garlic powder, lemon zest and salt & pepper. Arrange in a single layer on baking sheet and bake until crisp and light brown (approx. 30 mins) tossing halfway through cooking. Remove from oven and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. 


  • While chickpeas are roasting prepare dressing by combining all dressing ingredients in a medium bowl and thoroughly mixing. You may need to add a small amount of water to thin dressing to desired consistency. Refrigerate dressing until ready to serve. 


  • De-stem the kale and tear or chop into bite size pieces. Place the kale, olive oil and lemon juice and a pinch of salt into a large mixing bowl. "Massage" the kale (with your fingertips) for approx. 3-5 mins. This process helps to tenderize the kale, making it softer and sweeter. Set kale aside. 


  • When ready to serve salad, combine kale, Romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese and desired amount of dressing. Plate greens and top with crispy Parmesan chickpeas. 
Keyword Vegetarian

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