This past week I’ve been feeling a heaviness regarding a personal matter and I really just needed something light and green and happiness inducing. No, I’m not talking about those kind greens, I’m talking about a salad. A f***ing amazing bowl of beautiful green things. Hope you’re with me on this…
I was inspired by a salad image I found on pinterest of a kale Caesar with roasted chickpeas. I honestly haven’t had Caesar dressing in many many years, so I’ve forgotten how it tastes. But this creamy dressing has tang and heat, umami and a touch of sweetness. It’s pretty damn delicious and I’ll be spreading it on sandwiches and avocado toast from now on. Roasted spiced chickpeas add crunch and flavor and are addictive as a snack on their own. Creamy green avocado seemed like a logical addition to this salad, and we had cucumber on hand so I sliced it up and tossed it in. After the fact I realized I had forgotten about hemp seeds, which would have been delicious, and the chive blossoms from the garden for flavor and beauty. You can really add anything you want to this, I love that about salads.
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Ode to Caesar
Any real Caesar fans out there, please let me know if this dressing can compare. But, I think you'll like either way!
Roasted Spiced Chickpeas
- 1 1/2 cups cooked and drained chickpeas
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 teaspoon house seasoning (I'll have our blend in the shop soon)
- 1/2 cup extra firm tofu
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon rocket cider/fire cider or apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon mustard (I use our own but Dijon works well)
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon packed parsley leaves
- 1 teaspoon capers
- 1/2 clove of garlic
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 head of lettuce (I used red leaf)
- 1 cup of sliced cucumber
- 1 avocado sliced thinly
- 1 tablespoon drained capers
- optional: hemp seeds and chive blossoms (wish I had remembered these!)
Prepare Roasted Chickpeas:
- Preheat oven to 400˚F.
- Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet and toss with oil and seasonings.
- Bake for 15 minutes. They will still be tender inside. Bake longer (20-25 minutes total) if you want them crunchy.
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Blend all ingredients on high speed until emulsified, smooth and creamy.
- Toss salad fixings, roasted chickpeas and dressing (to your taste) all together in a large bowl.
- Serve immediately. Keep extra dressing in the fridge for spreading on sandwiches, avocado toast or a smaller salad. Enjoy!
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