Guy Fieri Recipe | Spanish Caesar Salad With Chickpea Croutons

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Typically I’m not a huge fan of salad. I’ll eat them if they’re creative and interesting, but salad is forever ruined for me because a gross, boring, bland salad is always the go-to vegetarian or vegan option when you’re stuck dining at a place that isn’t veg-friendly. My sister, who is also vegan, will not eat salad or lettuce of any kind, but I’m a little bit more forgiving. Especially when it comes to creamy, peppery Caesar salad dressing.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but this salad was so incredibly delicious and actually HEALTHY! A healthy recipe from Guy Fieri! I don’t know why it took me this long to roast chickpeas, but I’m now going to be constantly making and snacking on them. This dish is satisfying, simple and would be perfect for a lazy late summer dinner.

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Serves 2-4 (2 as a main dish, 4 as a side)

Dressing:
1/2 cup vegan mayo
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup cilantro leaves
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 large sheet of nori seaweed, chopped
1/2 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce (you can substitute soy sauce or tamari)
1 tablespoon prepared mustard (I used spicy brown)
1 teaspoon chopped jalapeƱo
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper

Chickpea Croutons:
1 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 tsp canola oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp fine salt
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
Juice of 1/2 lime

2 heads romaine, halved, washed and dried

Combine all dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth. For the chickpeas, preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Combine oil and spices in a bowl and toss chickpeas in the oil/spice mixture until evenly coated. Spread chickpeas out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10 minutes. Take chickpeas out and stir them around the baking sheet and then bake again for another 10 minutes. Let cool.

Plate the romaine halves, drizzle with dressing and finish with chickpeas. Serve immediately.

 

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