Caesar Salad with Chickpeas and Parmesan Potatoes
This Caesar Salad with Chickpeas adds a contemporary twist to a well-loved classic, with the addition of scrumptious Parmesan Potatoes. Here’s a surprisingly simple way to transform an already delicious Caesar Salad into a head-turning meal – quickly and easily!
The Caesar Salad – Origin Story
The Caesar Salad probably has one of the most glamorous origin stories ever. As legend has it, on a busy weekend in 1924, celebrated restaurateur Caesar Cardini turned on the magic when he was left with only eggs, romaine lettuce, and a few condiments at hand. Something had to be whipped up, and quickly. Deft improvisation, a table-side flourish of culinary genius, and patrons were treated to what would subsequently become one of the most recognisable dishes in the world.
90 years later, you’ll be glad to know that this modern reboot still offers you the unmistakable flavour and nuance of the original. Plus, you’re adding valuable protein and fibre, while still keeping it gluten-free.
Caesar Salad with Chickpeas – and More
While the drawcards here are the oh-so-crispy potato nuggets chickpeas, let’s not forget about the mainstay of every Caesar salad – Romaine lettuce.
For some, this might be unfamiliar territory. Romaine lettuce isn’t something you’d typically add to a mild, sweet garden salad. It’s seriously crisp, slightly tarter than its Iceberg cousin, but perfect for a Caesar salad with chickpeas.
Remember, this is a tightly packed lettuce, so dirt and grit need to be carefully washed off. It’s a good idea to give the individual leaves a thorough rinse once they’re separated, too. Cut the base off of the lettuce, pull the droopier outer leaves away, and get to the heart.
The goal here is to preserve the crackly freshness of those beautiful inner leaves, so just pat them dry with paper kitchen towel and set them aside. Don’t tear any of the leaves just yet, either – save that for the last minute.
Dressed for the Occasion
Another really appealing attribute of a Caesar salad – and its almost alchemic blend of flavours – is the dressing. Salad leaves are designed by nature to repel water – so watery ingredients like Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice just slide right off.
The answer? It’s called an emulsion, where the watery and oily ingredients are blended together to make a sticks-to-everything dressing. Add those dazzling flavour notes of egg yolk, anchovies, and garlic, and you have a winner on your hands.
And, of course, I’ve added crisp golden potato pieces and delicious baked chickpeas to the original, along with lashings of Parmesan cheese. If you’ve never thought of a salad as comfort food, that’s about to change.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can I leave out the anchovies?
You could, but honestly, the flavour is surprisingly subtle when combined into the dressing – so consider leaving them in. You’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Is this recipe suited to a gluten-free diet?
Yes! Gluten-free, high in fibre, rich in healthy protein – this Caesar salad with chickpeas and Parmesan potatoes is a fantastic choice.
Can I use olive oil instead of canola?
Don’t use olive oil initially in your blended dressing – stick with canola or a similar high quality neutral oil to start with. When mixed using an electric blender, olive oil breaks up and becomes bitter. Instead, add a dash of extra virgin olive oil afterward and gently blend it in by hand if you’d like to.
Can I add chicken to the salad?
Yes! Some leftover shredded roasted chicken, or a chicken thigh cooked up lovely and crisp would be a great addition if you are after some extra protein. I love this method for cooking chicken thighs, as they come out perfectly crispy and juicy every time.
What if I can’t find Romaine?
Sub the romaine for baby gem lettuce.