Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

To be honest, I just wanted an excuse to make roasted spiced chickpeas. I’ve been seeing them everywhere in the supermarkets – all of a sudden, someone must have declared that crispy chickpeas are all the rage.

Let me tell you, I get it.

There’s something about a spicy, crunchy chickpea that’s inexplicably fascinating.

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Before we get to this vegan caesar dressing, let’s talk about sweet potatoes. Sweet potato noodles aren’t just for pastas and noodle buns. These noodles can be used as a side dish, in a breakfast scramble or to simply fill out a salad, like with today’s recipe. Sweet potato noodles fill you up, they’re loaded with beneficial nutrients like Vitamin C. Plus, their inherent sweetness adds such depth of flavor.

The sweet potato noodles with the spicy chickpeas bring protein and texture to this salad and what better dressing than a vegan caesar to top off the fluffy, tough kale? I’ve been seeing vegan caesar dressing recipes all over the ‘net using avocado or cashews. I sprung for the cashews. The trick is to pre-soak the cashews so that they soften and are easier to blend (especially if you don’t have access to a quality, high-speed blender.)

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

I actually used my Nutri-Bullet to make this dressing and it worked like a charm! I soaked the cashews for 2 hours (you can soak them overnight for easier blending) – just placed them right in a bowl of water when I woke up and made my coffee.

This caesar dressing has the consistency of a traditional caesar dressing, without the thick mayonnaise aftertaste or the anchovies. If you’re not vegan and just dairy-free, you can add a little less than a teaspoon of minced anchovy filets for that classic caesar taste.

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Also, if you’re not vegan, you can add some grilled chicken for extra protein and flavor. I love this salad as is – the warmth of the kale and sweet potato noodles is an idyllic combo for a crisp fall day.

I’ve just gotta get moving on that fall bucket list. I’m slacking! I feel like the weeks fly by (aren’t we all so busy?!) and then when the weekends come, I either have something to do or Lu has something to do or my friends have something to do, so I can’t ever tackle the bucket list.

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

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Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Servings: 4

Vegan Kale and Sweet Potato Noodle Caesar Salad with Crispy Spiced Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • For the salad:
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled, Blade C
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3 packed cups chopped kale
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 large cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the chickpeas:
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, patted dry
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a small bowl, combine the cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper and salt and whisk together. Add in the chickpeas, toss to coat, and then drizzle with the olive oil. Toss again to mix. Place the chickpeas out evenly over a parchment-paper lined baking sheet and bake 30-35 minutes or until crisp, shaking the pan half way through.
  2. Twenty minutes into baking the chickpeas, place a large skillet over medium heat and add in the olive oil. Once oil heats, add in the sweet potato noodles and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cover and cook, uncovering occasionally to toss, for 5-7 minutes or until sweet potato noodles are cooked through. Set aside in a large bowl when done.
  3. While the sweet potato noodles cook, place all of the ingredients for the dressing into a high speed blender and pulse until creamy. Taste and adjust (more tang? more lemon! more spice? more pepper! more flavor? more dijon!) Set aside.
  4. When sweet potato noodles are done, wipe the skillet clean. Coat with cooking spray and add in the kale. Sautee for 3 minutes or until the kale is warmed up and slightly wilted, seasoning lightly with pepper and add to the large bowl with the sweet potato noodles.
  5. When the chickpeas are done roasting, prepare the salad. Pour the Caesar dressing over the kale and sweet potato noodles and toss to combine thoroughly. Portion onto four plates and top with spiced chickpeas. Serve immediately.
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Comments

  1. This looks perfect for fall. Can’t wait to try it.

  2. Oh man that sounds awesome! As a lover of both chickpeas and sweet potato, I can say I am drooling over that salad. Wish I had a big bowl of it right now :)

  3. This looks amazing! And best part? I already have all the ingredients, so I can make it today!!

  4. i want this NOW!

  5. Looks delicious! Chickpeas and squash — two of my favorites!

  6. Bought the Skinnytaste cookbook at Target the other day and OMG what a cookbook! I love, love, love it.

  7. I want to win because if this recipe is just a sampling this book looks wonderful!

  8. I’ve been wanting to find another thing to do with all the kale growing in my garden. This just made it to the menu for the week. Thank you!

  9. love roasted chickpeas! can’t wait to make this :)

  10. Such a unique combination of flavors! I am going to make this for a lunch meeting between my professional pre-med fraternity officer, hope he loves this truly unique twist :) I already have all the ingredients!!

  11. Such a unique combination of flavors! cant wait to try it out!

  12. This recipe sounds awesome. I’m trying to find a good Caesar dressing recipe that will please my very picky husband, so I’ll have to give this one a try. And I really like the combination of flavors you’ve come up with. I will add some chicken to up the protein level. Really looking forward to making this.

  13. This looks delish. I see it serves four but seeing how only one in my house eats sweet potatoes I will have to rework this a bit ;-) Anyone out there in cyberland know how long the chickpeas will keep? Thanks!

  14. love new healthy recipes!

  15. sounds good to me

  16. I’m too tired to cook tonight, but…I’d love it if someone would make this for me! Roasted chickpeas are sooooo much better than croutons. And this recipe gives a good protein kick. It looks like fall is here…

  17. My husband and I are trying to lose weight and this book looks like it would have some great healthy recipes.

  18. Just made it for dinner! Added some white meat chicken, cut up, that we had left over from yesterday. Another winner. Light but filling. Good and nutritious. Winning combinations! Thanks again, Ali!

  19. Made this tonight for dinner. Added some white meat chicken, cut up, that was left over from yesterday. Really good, really nutritious! Another winning combination, Ali — thanks again!

  20. Wow! This just makes my body feel healthier just by looking at it! I can not wait to try this out! And i have to mention what a great dish for anyone needing the extra Iron in their system, which many women need extra or are depleted. I can make this & save for a few lunches this week for work as well as save over a handful or 2 of the roasted chickpeas for snacking. Win-win! Scooore!

  21. How do you spiralize and cook sweet potato without it totally falling apart? Mine goes to mush. Am I overcooking?

  22. Tried this evening. My meat and potatoes husband gave it a thumbs up. I loved it.

  23. You are an inspiration! I love your daily recipes.

  24. Just tried this tonight and it was amazing! I added a few pepitas on top. Everyone loved it! Thank you

  25. I have a serious issue trying to spiralize sweet potatoes. They seem to be to touch for my spiralizer.
    What am i doing wrong?

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