This super satisfying, flavorful Vegan Kale Cesar Salad is one of my all-time favorite salad recipes. Simple and rustic, but saturated with flavors and texture, this salad recipe works well with everything, from veggie-burgers and taco night to a more elegant menu with stuffed acorn squash or baked lasagna. Rugged kale stands up nicely to the delicious, plant-based creamy Vegan Cesar dressing, which gets a sea taste compliments of capers and seaweed. The home-baked croutons are flavored with garlic and nutritional yeast. The elements of this recipe all come together into a delicious, healthy salad which will soon be your go to favorite!

Homemade vegan cesar dressing
Homemade croutons



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Vegan Kale Cesar Salad

  • Author:
    The Plant-Powered Dietitian

  • Total Time:
    20 minutes

  • Yield:
    12 servings 1x

  • Diet:


This super-flavorful, healthy BEST ever Vegan Kale Cesar Salad pairs beautifully with a hearty soup, veggie-burgers, tacos, and beyond.


  • 2 (8-ounce) bunches kale, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained


Vegan Cesar Dressing:

  • ¼ cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons tahini
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ tablespoons capers, rinsed, drained
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • ½ teaspoon sea kelp flakes seasoning (i.e., Maine Coast, Bragg)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Vegan Parmesan:

  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Pinch salt


  1. Chop kale and add to large salad bowl with capers.
  2. To make croutons: Place whole grain bread on baking sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with nutritional yeast and garlic powder. Bake at 400 F for about 8 minutes, until toasted. Set aside.
  3. To make dressing: Place mayonnaise, tahini, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, capers, nutritional yeast, garlic, and black pepper in the container of a small blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.
  4. Toss into kale salad and blend well.
  5. To make vegan parmesan: Blend cashews, nutritional yeast, and salt in a small blender or process until fine. Sprinkle over kale salad.
  6. Sprinkle croutons and vegan parmesan over kale salad.
  7. Serve immediately.
  8. Makes 12 (1-cup) servings.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 minutes
  • Category: Salad
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 serving
  • Calories: 93
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 121 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 6 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 5 g

Keywords: cesar salad, vegan cesar salad, best vegan cesar salad, easy vegan cesar salad

Try a few of my other favorite plant-based salad recipes:

Purple Cauliflower Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Mandarin, Quinoa, and Kale Bowl
Arugula Salad with Radishes and Avocado and Truffle Lemon Vinaigrette
Pomegranate Avocado Quinoa Salad

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