salad with dressing drizzled over it.

Healthy Caesar Salad

  • Author: Maggie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This healthy Caesar salad will have you rethinking your lunch game. It’s loaded with plant protein and is super tasty. The caesar dressing is made with yogurt (egg-free!) and the crispy chickpeas replace traditional croutons for a high protein swap. 



Yogurt Caesar Dressing:

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • half of a lemon, juiced (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1.5 tbsp anchovy paste
  • 1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 23 tbsp of water to thin, as desired

Crispy Chickpea Croutons: 

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp caraway seeds (if you have them) 
  • 1/8 salt
  • 1/4 cracked pepper


  • 23 bunches of romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 cup of quinoa, cooked
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, shaved from wedge (optional)
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Garnish with freshly cracked black pepper and additional caraway seeds


  1. Yogurt Caesar dressing: Blend all ingredients in a small blender or use an immersion blender until smooth. Add additional water to thin it out as desired. 
  2. Crispy Chickpea Croutons: Heat oven to 400F. Place chickpeas on a sheet pan and season with all ingredients. Bake for 15 minutes at 400F, stir then bake for an additional 15 minutes until crispy. Let them cool for at least 5 minutes before placing onto the salad
  3. Assemble the healthy Caesar salad: Divide all ingredients into 4 separate containers for individual salads or place everything in a large bowl for family style. Top with crispy chickpea croutons and drizzle with yogurt caesar dressing prior to serving. 

  • Category: Salads, Dinner, Lunch
  • Method: Assemble
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Healthy Caesar salad, Caesar salad recipe, vegetarian Caesar salad, crispy chickpea croutons, yogurt caesar dressing

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