Cavolo Nero Caesar Salad with Smoky Chickpeas

Cavolo Nero Caesar Salad with Smoky Chickpeas

If you fancy rustling up something a little different to your bog-standard ceaser salad, The Lady recommends this delicious meat-free alternative recipe by Vegan food blogger Cupful of Kale, who has created this delicious new recipe for a Cavolo Nero Caesar Salad with Smoky Chickpeas. Discover more great veg recipes here.

As well as being tasty, versatile, and speedy to prepare, cavolo nero is also brimming with health benefits. It is a good source of vitamins A and C which help the immune system function normally, lutein which can help with eye health, and vitamin K which helps to maintain normal bones. It is also a source of fibre and calcium, and contains manganese, copper and iron.

Prep: 10 minutes. Cook: 35 minutes. Serves: 2 Skill. Level: Easy.


  • 200g cavolo nero
  • 3 slices sourdough
  • 2 avocados
  • 6 sun dried tomatoes, in oil
  • Vegan parmesan
  • Smoky chickpeas:
  • 1 tin (400g) chickpeas
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Black pepper


  • 1 cup/140g cashews
  • ¾ cup / 180ml water
  • 4 tbsp nutritional yeast 
  • 2 tsp capers
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Drain chickpeas and place on a baking tray with 1 tbsp of oil. Place in the oven for 10 minutes. Toss with smoked paprika, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and black pepper and place in the oven for a further 15 minutes.
  2. Wash and destem the cavolo nero. Roughly slice into 1-inch pieces. Drizzle with some olive oil and massage with your hands for a few minutes. It will reduce in size and darken in colour.
  3. Place the dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender and then pour over the cavolo nero. Toss until well coated.
  4. Cut the sourdough into crouton sized pieces and drizzle in some olive oil, salt and pepper. Pop in the oven for 5-6 minutes until toasted and golden.
  5. The chickpeas should be crispy, remove from the oven. 
  6. Assemble the salad. Slice avocado and place on top of the cavolo nero along with the chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, sourdough croutons and shavings of vegan parmesan!


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