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Grilled Caesar Salad
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5 from 3 votes

Grilled Caesar Salad

Take your Vegan Caesar Salad to the next level of elegance by grilling your lettuce, and with a few ingredients, you will be in salad heaven.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 mins
Total Time14 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 278kcal


  • 2 heads tightly packed Romaine lettuce heads cut lengthwise
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Oil-Free Garlic Croutons

  • 4 slices Oil-free Multi-grain bread or any bread of choice FROZEN; gluten-free bread also works
  • ¼ cup aquafaba chickpea fluid or almond milk will work as well
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 cloves minced fresh garlic

Vegan Caesar Dressing

  • ½ cup raw cashews soaked overnight, drained
  • 3 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 small garlic clove you can add another if you like it super potent
  • ½ Tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce I used Amy's
  • 2 teaspoons capers
  • ½ teaspoon fine grain sea salt and pepper or to taste

Additional Ingredients (Optional)



  • Turn the grill on medium heat.
  • Cut the Romine lettuce heads intact, lengthwise.
  • This process is quick; 2 minutes on the cut side only, and you need to watch it.
  • Most recipes call for brushing it in oil, but you don't need oil at all.
  • Washing the lettuce gives it what it needs to be grilled without the oil.
  • You will place it directly on the grill rack, or you can use a grill mat.
  • Serve with tomatoes and croutons or any of your other favorite toppings. This is one of my FAVORITE!


  • Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender; blend until smooth
  • Place in an air-tight container and place in the refrigerator.
  • Vegan Caesar salad dressing will last in the refrigerator for 7 days.


  • Freeze four pieces of bread
  • Place aquafaba in a small shallow bowl and use a basting brush to brush both sides of each piece of frozen bread.
  • Cut each piece of bread (while frozen) into strips and then equal sized ½ inch cubes, or smaller, depending on what size you prefer
  • Place damp, frozen bread cubes in a large ziplock bag or bowl
  • Combine seasonings, and add slowly to bag bread and shaking gently
    In a  Non-Stick Pan for Oil-Free Cooking, add fresh minced garlic and cook for 1 minute
  • Add all bread cubes, and cook on low
  • Allow the croutons to cool for several minutes before flipping with a spatula.
  • Continue to cook until crispy and crunchy.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Allow cooling
  • Move to a bowl for serving; leave uncovered until serving.


  • Place the grilled lettuce on each plate.
  • Remove the core of each head of lettuce y cutting the bottom and removing (this is optional)
  • Drizzle with dressing
  • Add garlic croutons
  • Add possible additional ingredients: sliced tomatoes, red onions, capers, and cucumbers



Of course, there are always other ingredients you can add to your grilled caesar salad to make it even tastier:


Calories: 278kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.4mg | Sodium: 2583mg | Potassium: 1381mg | Fiber: 12g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 28302IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 6mg