Caesar Salad w/ Chickpea Croutons


Caesar Salad w/ Chickpea Croutons

  • Servings: Makes 1 Serving
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Each Serving Contains:

  • 1 Veggie Serving (adjust quantity to your individual food plan)
  • 1 Protein Serving
  • 1 Fat Serving


Veggie Serving

  • 3 oz salad greens or dark leafy greens
  • Salad veggies like cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or carrots to reach your desired veggie weight

Protein Serving

  • 1/2 Recipe of Caesar Dressing (1/2 protein)
  • 1 oz dry roasted chickpeas** (1/2 protein)

**NOTE: When you buy roasted chickpeas, be sure to buy the kind for snacking, which are NOT the same as dried chickpeas. I buy the kind shown below, which I can find at most grocery stores in my area. Alternatively, you can try making your own)

Fat Serving

  • 2 oz avocado, or 1 tablespoon of olive oil to toss in the salad

Condiments & Spices

  • Zest of a lemon
  • Fresh ground pepper

Maintenance Modifications

  • Grain Additions: Add 4 oz cooked quinoa
  • Protein Additions: Add more chickpeas or nuts
  • Fat Additions: Add avocado, oil, or nuts


  1. Make the dressing, in advance or shortly before mealtime. It’s quick.
  2. Weigh veggies, add weighed protein, add dressing, toss, and serve!
  3. Sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and lemon zest.

(Below is my maintenance meal with quinoa, fruit on the side not pictured)



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  1. This is delicious! We double the dressing recipe, so we (hubby and me) have enough for 2 meals for each of us. We roast the chickpeas ourselves (2 cans, because they shrink and once roasted don’t weigh much) and keep them weighed and packed in the pantry.

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  3. Katie, I wish I could hire you to cook for me! Your creations look incredible. And they look simple. But my family has such different tastes, I feel like I spend any free time that I could be using to prep food for my week on the meals they prefer (one’s a vegetarian who won’t eat beans, another’s a carnivore who enjoys soups for lunch). I’m glad to help them eat well but I end up having campbells soup for lunches. Anyway, venting!! Thanks for your incredible recipes, you’re talented for sure!

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