Vegan Caesar Salad with Cashew Bacon

Overhead view of Vegan Caesar Salad in a large grey bowl being served up into two small black bowls.

5 from 11 reviews

Vegan Caesar Salad is full of garlicky flavour with crunchy cashew bacon, crispy chickpea croutons and a lemon tahini dressing. It’s dairy-free and gluten-free, and works well with kale or romaine lettuce. Enjoy it as a side salad or pot luck dish!



For the lemon tahini dressing:

For the cashew bacon:

For the crispy chickpeas:

For the remainder of the salad:


  1. Prepare the dressing: Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. You should get about half a cup of dressing.
  2. Make the cashew bacon: Pre-heat oven to 350F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small bowl, add the cashews, maple syrup, tamari, oil, paprika and pepper. Stir until the cashews are well coated. Spread out in a single layer on the baking sheet and bake for 13-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them as they start to burn quickly. Remove from oven and let cool fully on baking sheet. They get crunchy as they cool.
  3. Assemble the salad: Add the kale to a large bowl and massage with your fingers for a few minutes until it starts to reduce in size. Add the dressing, cashews and chickpeas and toss until well combined. Serve immediately.


  1. The dressing is garlicky. If you like it a little less garlicky, just use one clove instead of two. You can also add more lemon juice if you like, or use less water if you like a thicker consistency. Also, feel free to add more or less salt and pepper to taste.
  2. To prep this salad in advance, just prepare and store everything separately and assemble when ready to enjoy. Store the prepped kale and dressing in the refrigerator and the cashews and chickpeas in containers at room temperature.
  3. If you don’t have kale, you can use romaine lettuce or other hearty greens.

Keywords: kale caesar salad, vegan kale caesar salad