Gouda Cashew Kale Caesar

Gouda Cashew Kale Caesar

This cashew kale Caesar completely does a 180 on the traditional Caesar to deliver an ultra-cheesy, super nutty, crunchy, and sweet version that might just be better.

CourseLunch, Salad, Side Dish

Keyword30 minute meal

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4 people


1/2 cup chickpeas drained. and dried

3 cup dino kale chopped

2 cups curly kale chopped

3 oz Artikaas 18 Month Aged Gouda

1 cup candied cashews

1 apple sliced thin, julianne, or diced

Gouda Caesar Salad Dressing

1/2 cup mayo

1 anchovy

1 small garlic clove

2 tbsp lemon juice

3 oz Artikaas 18 Month Aged Gouda

1 tbsp neutral flavored oil ie. avocado, canola, or vegetable


Gouda Caesar Salad Dressing

In a small handheld blender, add the mayo, anchovy, garlic clove, Artikaas Gouda, lemon juice, and oil. Blend until smooth. Season with a pinch of salt to taste, and feel free to thin the dressing with 1-2 tbsp of water if it is too thick.

Gouda Cashew Caesar

To make the crispy chickpeas, place the drained and dried chickpeas on a sheet pan. Add a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of salt, then toss to coat. Roast them in a 400°F oven for 25-30 minutes or air fry at 390°F for 10 minutes.

While the chickpeas are crisping, remove the kale from the stems and roughly chop the leaves. Place the kale in the bowl, add a squirt of lemon juice, and massage the kale for 2-3 minutes to break it down.

Add the desired dressing and 3 oz of grated Gouda. Toss to coat.

Add in the cooked chickpeas, cashews, and apple. Serve immediately.


The Gouda Caesar salad dressing can be made a few days in advance and stored in an airtight container for up to a week. Many of the components of this salad can be made in advance. The kale can be washed and cut and stored in a Tupperware or ziplock bag 1-2 days in advance. The chickpeas can be made 1 day in advance but may need to be thrown back into the air fryer or oven to crisp up. Sadly, once the salad is dressed, there is no going back.

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