Healthy Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is delicious, but it's name is a little misleading. Usually filled with greasy bacon, high-calorie dressing and pieces of chicken, it's hardly the healthy option most of us want. This version is made with fresh vegetables, high-protein chickpeas and tossed with a home-made, cashew-based dressing.

Ingredients for the Caesar salad

  • 2 pieces of sourdough bread, cut into chunks
  • Olive oil spray, as needed  
  • 160g tinned drained chickpeas
  • 200g cos lettuce, roughly chopped
  • 120g Lebanese cucumber, diced
  • 250g cherry tomatoes, quartered, or regular tomato, diced
  • 2 tbs Pimp My Salad - Cashew Vegan Parmesan, or more to taste
  • 2 tbs Pimp My Salad Coconut Bacon, or more to taste
  • 2 tbs Caesar dressing, or more to taste (see below)

Ingredients for the Caesar dressing

  • 100g raw cashews
  • 250ml water (reserve 4 tbs)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, or black pepper if you prefer less spice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbs nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove

Instructions for the Caesar salad

  • Place sourdough onto a tray and lightly spray with oil.
  • Place the bread under a grill to toast for approximately 5 minutes, tossing throughout to cook all over. Watch the pieces carefully to ensure they don't burn.
  • Place toast pieces, chickpeas, lettuce, cucumber, tomato, parmesan, bacon and dressing (see below) into a large bowl and toss to combine.
  • Divide salad into two bowls and serve.

Instructions for the dressing

  • Combine cashews and water, and either set aside for at least 30 minutes or microwave for a few minutes until cashews have softened.
  • Drain cashews, reserving 4 tbs of water.
  • Combine cashews, reserved water and remaining ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

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