Vegan Kale Caesar Salad

vegan kale caesar salad
By: Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Just because you’re eating salad, doesn’t mean you’re making a healthy choice — typically, Caesar salad comes with a heavy dressing and deep fried bread. The only plant-based ingredient is lettuce! This salad is a healthier option: It’s full of loads of nutrients and phytonutrient compounds from the kale and snow peas, to the cashews, pumpkin seeds and chickpeas.



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For the salad: 

  • 1 cup of kale leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups of mixed salad leaves
  • a large handful of snow peas, chopped, with their tops and string removed

For the dressing: 

  • 1/2 cup (75 g) raw cashews, soaked in hot water for 1 hour and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) filtered water
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp whole seed mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chopped capers

For the healthy croutons: 

  • 1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup roasted chickpeas (spices are optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Line a baking tray and roast the pine nuts and pumpkin seeds for 7 minutes.
  3. Add all the Caesar dressing ingredients (except chopped capers) to a high-speed blender and blend until creamy. Add in chopped capers and combine well.
  4. To roast chickpeas, you can use the linked recipe or  roast 1/2 cup of cooked or canned chickpeas, with a drizzle of olive or coconut oil, salt and pepper and cook for 30-40 minutes or until crispy.
  5. Throw greens into a bowl, pour and stir in the dressing and top with all your nutrient dense pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and chickpeas.


Kale – salad leaves

Salad leaves – lettuce

Snow peas – cucumber

Pumpkin seeds – sunflower seeds

Pinenuts – chopped almonds

Chickpeas – toasted wholemeal bread cubes

Cashews – macadamia

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 40 minutes

Total time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4 servings

  • Nutrition per serving:

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

Claire Georgiou, Reboot Naturopath, B.HSc ND

Claire Georgiou is an Australian Naturopath, Nutritionist and Herbalist who has completed a Bachelor of Health Science (Compl. Medicine) and an Advanced Diploma of Nutrition, Naturopathy and Herbal Medicine. She has more than 14 years of clinical experience specializing in liver disease, autoimmune disease, thyroid conditions, diabetes, insulin resistance, digestive disorders, chronic infections, children’s health, fertility and pregnancy care. Claire consults in private practice in Sydney and also offers consults out of area and is an accredited member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society. Claire has worked closely for many years with Dr. Sandra Cabot, who is known as the “Liver Cleansing Doctor” and has written more than 25 health related books. Claire writes health related articles, creates healthy recipes and is one of the nutritionists who runs our Guided Reboot programs.

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