Caesar Salad

This Caesar salad recipe is guaranteed to impress dinner party guests! It's topped with homemade croutons, crisp veggies, and a rich, tangy dressing.

Caesar salad

If there’s any recipe that’ll convince someone that they love salad, it’s this Caesar salad recipe. Its base is chopped romaine lettuce and crisp veggies, but shaved cheese, homemade croutons, and a bold, creamy dressing fill it with so much flavor and texture that it hardly feels like you’re eating a plate full of vegetables!

This Caesar salad recipe would be a fantastic side dish for a holiday dinner party, but, lately, we’ve even been loving it as a meal on its own. It’s the perfect fresh, yet still satisfying, break from the holiday rotation of appetizers and sweets. Pretty, nourishing, and so, so delicious, this is a recipe you don’t want to miss!

Caesar salad recipe ingredients

Caesar Salad Recipe Ingredients

My Caesar salad recipe starts with 4 basic components:

  • Romaine lettuce – Chop it into bite-sized pieces that’ll mingle with the other ingredients! You don’t want any big chunks of romaine here. Butterhead lettuce would be delicious in this recipe as well.
  • Cheese – I like to scatter shaved pecorino cheese over my Caesar salad, but a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese would add the same nutty, savory flavor.
  • Homemade croutons For crunch! These are so yummy and easy to make – just toss bread cubes with olive oil and salt, spread them on a baking sheet, and toast them in a 350-degree oven until they’re golden brown.
  • Caesar dressing – Traditional Caesar salad dressing is made with raw egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce, and anchovies, but my version is much simpler and just as good. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, a minced garlic clove and capers, Dijon mustard, and black pepper. You’ll end up with a creamy, rich mixture that tastes every bit as tangy and savory as the classic version.

To make this recipe extra fresh, I add a few unconventional components to the classic Caesar salad template. First, I pile on a generous amount of roasted chickpeas. They add protein to this recipe, along with lots of extra crunch. Finally, shaved red radishes, pine nuts, and a sprinkle of chives take the whole thing over the top.

Caesar salad dressing

Caesar Salad Serving Suggestions

With its rich dressing and hearty toppings, this Caesar salad recipe could easily make a meal on its own. However, it’s also a lovely dinner side dish. Pair it with your favorite protein, or serve it with any of these vegetarian main courses:

Whether you’re passing it at a potluck or packing it for lunch, this Caesar salad recipe is a great one to make ahead of time. Toast the croutons, stir together the dressing, and prep the veggies in advance. Then, store the components separately until you’re ready to eat. If you’re making this salad ahead, roast the chickpeas at the last minute, or omit them and toast a few extra croutons in their place. The chickpeas are best eaten right out of the oven!

Caesar salad

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Caesar Salad

rate this recipe:
4.89 from 44 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This easy Caesar salad is a stunning dinner side dish, but it's also hearty enough to be a meal on its own.

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Make the croutons. Place the bread cubes on the baking sheet, toss with olive oil and salt, and bake 10 minutes, until toasted.
  • Assemble the romaine on a platter. Drizzle with half the dressing, sprinkle with the radishes, croutons, and chickpeas, and drizzle with the remaining dressing. Top with the pecorino, chives, and pine nuts. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Notes

*To make this recipe vegan, omit the cheese, and replace my Homemade Caesar Dressing with this vegan dressing recipe:
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons capers, drained
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Freshly ground black pepper
 
In a high-speed blender, place the cashews, garlic, lemon juice, mustard, capers, water, and a few grinds of black pepper. Blend until creamy.

 

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  1. OHHH!!
    What a coincidence – we just had Caesar Salad tonight – veggi style – and we totally love it:-)

  2. Nippon
    12.18.2019

    5 stars
    Indeed one of the perfect work, I have ever came across!!

  3. Scarlet
    12.19.2019

    Caesar salad is my husband’s favorite kind so I am glad to find this recipe and try making it at home for him. Thanks!

  4. Sarah
    12.22.2019

    Any vegan alternatives for the dressing? Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday!

  5. Alessandro Cipriano
    04.27.2020

    This Cesar Salad looks so delicious. It’s one of my favorites. Keep up the good work. Aless 🙂

  6. Mitra
    12.08.2020

    5 stars
    wow really great recipe and pictures

  7. Nicole
    02.15.2021

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! So many flavours and textures to explore. Will definitely be making this one again

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      02.15.2021

      I’m so glad you loved the salad!

  8. Anna Bartels
    04.07.2021

    Delicious recipe – has become a standard in my lunch rotations. The dressing is creamy but brine-y and fresh!

  9. Susanna wolfe
    04.08.2021

    I loved this salad. Love the addition of the garbanzo beans. Leftovers for tomorrow.
    Yum.

  10. Brooke Stone
    04.09.2021

    5 stars
    Yum!! I love caesar salad but have never made it at home and don’t order often because of the guilt 😬 now I don’t think I’ll ever be able to order one again after tasting this version. I didn’t have greek yogurt so subbed half sour cream half plain whole milk yogurt. Also no pine nuts so I sprinkled some hemp seeds instead. Just delicious. Light but filling, and my two year old is digging it too (crunchy lettuce!), especially the crispy chickpeas. Thanks for this fantastic recipe, it’s going to be a regular!

  11. Kaitlyn Coroso
    04.10.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious!! I used the vegan version. 🙂

  12. Marissa van allen
    04.10.2021

    This salad is so easy and delicious! A big hit with the family!

  13. Andrea Brady
    04.10.2021

    5 stars
    Delicious!! I couldn’t find organic radishes and swapped croutons for roasted cauliflower. I made it with the vegan dressing and added vegan parmesan to mine and real cheese to the others. Will definitely be making again soon! Thank you!

  14. Maria Hatfield
    04.10.2021

    Added cucumber and red bell pepper…Loved the roasted chickpeas!

  15. H
    04.10.2021

    5 stars
    I made this salad like 20 times last year I love it. I made the vegan version for the first time today and it was very good although the creamy yogurt dressing is to die for.

  16. Lisa day
    04.10.2021

    5 stars
    Loves this! Will definitely be making this again!

  17. Elaine Scanlon
    04.10.2021

    4 stars
    This was a hit at my house! I used cashews instead of the pine nuts and it was delicious. It will definitely be in my rotation. Thanks!

  18. Tara Fehon
    04.11.2021

    5 stars
    This was so good and EASY. I love a quick to-make salad that’s delicious and filling.

  19. Hannah Bahler
    04.12.2021

    Just made this for lunch, so delicious and easy and the dressing (!). I used pepperoncini peppers instead of capers in the dressing, was a great substitute. Thanks for a delicious recipe

  20. Meredith Price
    04.12.2021

    5 stars
    This was a delicious and refreshing recipe to bring out the best in the newfound sunshine in the PNW this week.

    I made the recipe as is with everything homemade. I thinned about 1/3 of the dressing a touch with water to drizzle and then the rest left thick for eaters to add on.

    Served with some grilled chicken as well. On the keepers list

  21. Kaitlin Jamieson
    04.12.2021

    5 stars
    I loved this salad, I will definitely be making it again! It is great for the spring/summer months ahead. I especially loved the vegetarian dressing 🙂

  22. Caitlin Brown
    04.12.2021

    This was so fresh and easy to make! I loved the addition of radishes!

  23. Cari Lynch
    04.13.2021

    5 stars
    Yum! Such a good riff on caesar dressing and I had everything I needed on hand… love when that happens! Substituted beautiful baby heirlooms for the radish b/c we’re not fans. A bright and tasty salad that stole the show from the main course (which was just tortellini!). Thanks for the inspiration!

  24. Elizabeth Warren
    04.13.2021

    5 stars
    I loved the idea of adding chickapeas, radish, chives, etc.. Caesar salad has never been my favorite since it often seems too plain for my taste, but this recipe changed my mind! The dressing was so easy to make and contains ingredients that I always have on hand. This salad paired well with Baked Ziti!

  25. Eve-Marie Williams
    04.14.2021

    I made this with the vegan dressing. I cooked the chickpeas and croutons in my air fryer. It was delicious!

  26. Brooke West
    04.14.2021

    5 stars
    We just made huge portions of this for dinner, and it was DELICIOUS. Best vegetarian caesar salad recipe I’ve tried so far! We probably had too many croutons on our salad, but we balanced it with a ton of protein from lots of roasted chickpeas, so our bellies are full and very happy. Thank you!

  27. Anna Brannin
    04.15.2021

    Delicious! I was out of cashews and couldn’t make the vegan Caesar dressing, so I just used the regular Caesar recipe and subbed in vegan yogurt. It was yum, but next time I need to add more mustard or pepper (or remember to buy cashews!). Do not skip toasting the chickpeas or pine nuts – the pine nuts especially added a fantastic flavor to the whole salad. For fun, we also added watermelon radish and garlic plantain croutons. This is great for spring and summer, and will definitely be a repeat for us!

  28. Tracee Cole
    04.17.2021

    5 stars
    This Caesar Salad is amazing. I love the dressing using Greek Yogurt. And I’ve never thought of adding radishes to the salad, such a great add in.

  29. Jessica Zelenak
    04.17.2021

    I loved this salad! So fresh, tasty, healthy and YUMMY! Making it wa s really easy and my toddler loved helping make the roasted chickpeas.

  30. Shelley Engelhardt
    04.17.2021

    4 stars
    The dressing is wonderful! We used croutons this time, but I think we’ll try the roasted chickpeas next time! So yummy!

  31. Sarah Rae
    04.18.2021

    5 stars
    This made a great lunch! I loved the dressing and it felt a lot lighter than a classic caesar dressing. I didn’t have pine nuts so used sunflower seeds instead, it worked but I suspect pine nuts would be even better.

  32. Samantha Barnett
    04.19.2021

    5 stars
    This was delicious! Thank you for the recipe!

  33. Sara Redman
    04.19.2021

    5 stars
    My husband loves Caesar salad, and thought this was as good as any he’s had. So great to have a healthier option!

  34. Katie Lebow
    04.19.2021

    5 stars
    This salad was delicious and paired very well with the pizza I made for dinner. It was very satisfying after a day of spring gardening out in the sunshine.

  35. Megan Rodgers
    04.19.2021

    5 stars
    My fiancé and I have been craving Caesar salad lately and this one is delicious! Love the idea of adding chickpeas and radishes, and I was lucky that the chives in my garden were ready to use. Will definitely make this again!

  36. Tova Teitelbaum
    04.20.2021

    5 stars
    This was soo good! I used homemade sourdough bread for the croutons. Love how healthy it is and that it comes together quickly.

  37. Holly
    04.20.2021

    5 stars
    Made this with the vegan Caeasar dressing and was blown away by how simple and delicous it was. Really had that Caesar flavor. Used Zaa’tar for the roasted chickpeas and crispy pita for the croutons, since we were out of bread, and gave this salad a slight Mediterranean lean. Will definitely make this again. Nothing like a delicious big salad for dinner on warm nights!

  38. Shira Isenberg
    04.20.2021

    5 stars
    This was a yummy and easy salad. Thanks for including a vegan option for the dressing. And the crispy chickpeas were a great addition!

  39. Jessica Erwin
    04.22.2021

    I added tomato and skipped the croutons. It was a perfect light lunch! The dressing was spot on!

  40. Stephanie Ham
    04.22.2021

    5 stars
    Such a yummy recipe – thank you!

  41. Jenni Taylor Swain
    04.22.2021

    5 stars
    Great salad! Especially for last minute. I used arugula and a Belgium endive in place of romaine, and added some fennel for extra crunch. Crunchy chick peas take it over the top. Nice spin on dressing….. thanks for the idea!

  42. Shilpa Y.
    04.23.2021

    I’m not a huge salad person but the vegan dressing was amazing!!!!

  43. Amy Groves
    04.25.2021

    5 stars
    Loved making this one! So fresh!

  44. Laenie Fletcher
    04.25.2021

    5 stars
    This was so fun to make! Added pickled radishes from the blog and it was delicious

  45. Stephanie Peterson
    04.25.2021

    5 stars
    Such a great recipe! I subbed pumpkin seeds for pine nuts because of a nut allergy, I love the Caesar dressing! So good! Your cooking club is such a fun idea!

  46. Marina
    04.26.2021

    5 stars
    Thoroughly enjoyed this recipe – especially the crispy chickpeas and homemade croutons. I will definitely be making it again! {modifications that I made: spring mix instead of romaine because that’s what I had on hand; no pine nuts because of personal preference}

  47. Carrie McCormack
    04.27.2021

    5 stars
    This salad was a huge hit! The dressing was a revelation and I loved being able to make it with staples I always have on hand. I didn’t think I was a radish fan, but I liked the zippiness they brought. We added sliced grape tomatoes because everything is better with tomato 🙂 This is a highly versatile and easy side dish recipe – definitely a keeper!!

  48. Wendy Hamill
    04.27.2021

    I made this for dinner last night and had leftovers for lunch today. Really yummy, I loved how light and delicious the dressing was.

  49. Christine B
    04.27.2021

    5 stars
    This was delicious! The radishes were a nice addition to this salad. The air fried chick peas and pine nuts added a really nice crunch.

  50. Kate Laubacher-Smith
    04.28.2021

    5 stars
    This is my favorite salad recipe ever! I leave out the pine nuts due to an allergy, but otherwise, make it as is.

  51. Emily Davis
    04.28.2021

    Delicious with grilled salmon!

  52. Amy Clute
    04.28.2021

    5 stars
    Made this with the vegan dressing. Never made salad dressing with blended nuts before and it did not disappoint!!

  53. Andrea Lloyd
    04.28.2021

    5 stars
    Love the Greek yogurt dressing! Can’t wait to make it again!

  54. Ashley Kimble
    04.28.2021

    The best Caesar Salad seriously ever. So good, so easy to make. I have no need to eat store bought Caesar dressing ever again! Would recommend to anyone and everyone!

  55. 5 stars
    Just made this for cooking club and it’s amazing! I love that there’s a healthy and easy Caesar dressing out there. Thank you!

  56. Carla Merrick
    04.28.2021

    4 stars
    I really enjoyed putting this beautiful salad together. The dressing is delicious and would also be good as a dip for fresh vegetables. I subbed fat free Greek yogurt for full fat for a healthier version. I added a few more capers and additional lemon for extra zing. Loved the radishes. Will definitely make again!

  57. Candace Jurado
    04.28.2021

    5 stars
    I made this with the vegan dressing option. I added some chopped red pepper, parsley and tomato because I needed to use them up. It was Delicious, I will definitely make this again!!

  58. Haley Smith
    04.29.2021

    SO GOOD! Im never having caesar salad without crispy chickpeas again.

  59. Adrienne Mayo
    04.29.2021

    My husband isn’t usually a chickpea fan but loved these roasted! The color and textures or radishes, nuts and chives were fun too!

  60. Bridget Cassun
    04.29.2021

    5 stars
    This salad was delicious and so easy. Made the Vegan caesar dressing; so yummy; glad to be able to still enjoy Caesar Salads!

  61. Stevie Smith
    04.29.2021

    I made the vegan version and it was so simple and delicious! Nice to have an easy, creamy and delicious salad dressing!

  62. Lacy Fry
    04.30.2021

    4 stars
    I made this last night and it was really tasty! I did the roasted chickpeas with smoked paprika & sliced radish for crunch. I didn’t make my own croutons as I had some in the cupboard already. The dressing was really tasty after it sat for a few hours in the fridge. I also thinned it out a bit with water.

  63. Kaila Schroeder
    04.30.2021

    5 stars
    OMG this salad was so yummy and easy! Totally forgot about the radishes 🤦‍♀️ but will definitely be making this again, with radishes next time!

  64. Food Recipes
    05.07.2021

    4 stars
    Nice Salad Recipe

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