Grilled Caesar Salad

Grilled Caesar Salad RecipeThis easy grilled caesar salad recipe gives the traditional version a run for its money. All you need is a barbeque to grill your lettuce, a bean salad mixture, and vegan caesar salad dressing.

My favourite way to get the true taste of summer is to barbeque EVERYTHING. There’s definitely a misconception among my meat-eater friends that vegans don’t BBQ, but we absolutely do! When I lived in a condo, I could only use a communal barbeque on my roof, but now that I’ve moved into a house with a backyard, I’m finally able to have my very own Barbeque!Caesar Salad

For this recipe, I partnered with Napoleon to show you how to make an easy, grilled caesar salad using my new Napoleon Barbeque! I chose the Rogue XT 425 model but all Napoleon barbeques are worth checking out if you’re looking to get a new barbeque this summer! As always, my opinions are 100% honest and only promote what I genuinely love.

I was always nervous about using a bbq in the past, but when my Napoleon barbeque arrived, it was super easy to assemble, turned on with no issues, and heated up really fast with no flare-ups while cooking. Truly #flawless .

What I love is how big the cooking area on the Napoleon barbeque is! It has the ability to fit 26 burgers on the grill which is perfect for when I can have friends over a housewarming party this summer, or even an Edgy Veg team get together in my backyard. With all the grill space, you can easily cook different foods at different temperatures which is great for cooking different veggies, fruit (looking at you grilled pineapple!) and plant-based meats on the grill.

Related Recipe: Vegan Caesar DressingVegan Grilled Caesar Salad

GRILLED CAESAR SALAD

VEGAN | GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE

If you don’t want tofu in your salad, you can substitute however you please. I love the taste of grilled romaine and tofu with the smoky, charred flavour they have from being grilled on the barbeque.

INGREDIENTS FOR GRILLED CAESAR SALAD (VEGAN):

Bean Salad topping:

  • Canned white beans (you can use any beans you like)
  • Dijon mustard
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Capers (optional)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Parsley (optional)

Optional Toppings:

Grilled Caesar SaladKITCHEN EQUIPMENT I USED:

Related Recipe: Easy Marinated TofuHow To make grilled Caesar Salad

HOW TO MAKE GRILLED CAESAR SALAD

  1. Cut and marinate your tofu in triangles. Follow instructions here!
  2. If you don’t have Caesar dressing at home, you can make your own using my Caesar Dressing recipe! Follow instructions here!
  3. To make the bean salad, in a medium-sized bowl, whisk together dijon mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, minced capers, and lemon juice.
  4. Add white beans and parsley. Toss, taste and season with sea salt and pepper.
  5. With prepping romaine lettuce, remove the outer leaves. Cut romaine in half so it’s easier to grill. Drizzle olive oil over romaine hearts, season with salt and pepper.
  6. Optionally, with cooking the tofu, you can use wooden skewers so it’s easier to flip or just use tongs. If you use skewers, my tip would be to soak them in water before putting in tofu.
  7. On medium heat, grill the tofu for 5 minutes per side on Barbeque, leaving nice char marks, brush with extra marinade as needed.
  8. Grill romaine lettuce cut side down for 2-3 minutes, until they get char marks.

How to Assemble Grilled Caesar Salad:

  1. Place romaine hearts on the plate, top with white bean mixture and tofu slices.
  2. Drizzle with caesar dressing and optionally garnish with bacon bits, nutritional yeast, capers and parsley.
  3. Serve with a side of hummus, if you’d like.
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This easy grilled caesar salad recipe gives a regular salad a run for its money. All you need is a barbeque to grill lettuce and tofu, a bean salad and caesar salad dressing. You can serve it with a side of hummus as well.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 block tofu, pressed and cut into triangles
  • Tofu Marinade
  • Caesar dressing
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tbsp capers, minced
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 14oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • sea salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 hearts romaine lettuce, rinsed, cut in half lengthwise and pat dry
  • Vegan bacon of choice, or simulated bacon bits, to garnish
  • Nutritional yeast, to garnish
  • Hummus, to serve, optional, but recommended
Instructions
  1. Place cut tofu into the tofu marinade and allow to marinate for 30 mins, set aside.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together dijon mustard, 1 tbsp olive oil, minced garlic, minced capers and lemon juice.
  3. Add white beans and toss. Taste and season with sea salt and pepper.
  4. Add half of the chopped parsley, leaving some for garnish, toss to combine and set aside.
  5. Heat up the BBQ, and bring down to medium heat.
  6. Using soaked wooden skewers in tofu or tongs, place the marinated tofu onto the BBQ and grill for 5 minutes on each side, until there are nice char marks, brushing with extra marinade as needed.
  7. Meanwhile, drizzle 1 tbsp of olive oil on the romaine heart that are cut in half, sprinkle with some salt and pepper and place them onto the grill, cut side down.
  8. Grill the romaine for 2 to 3 minutes or until you have some nice charred grill marks.
  9. One at a time, place the romaine hearts onto a plate, top with bean mixture, and a few pieces of tofu. Drizzle with Ceasar dressing, and you can adsitionally garnish with bacon bits, nutritional yeast, capers, and chopped parsley. Serve with a side of hummus, if using.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 342 Fat: 14.5g Carbohydrates: 24.5g Sugar: 5.8g Sodium: 528mg Fiber: 14g Protein: 20.75g
The Edgy Veg eating Grilled Caesar SaladHey, I’m Candice & welcome to The Edgy Veg! I veganize popular food recipes for vegans, plant-based diets, eco-conscious eaters & people who are trying to eat more plants over… y’know animals or by-products of animals. I hope you enjoy this tasty vegan recipe!

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4 Comments

  • Ruchama says:

    Caesar salad is NOT an Italian creation. It was invented by a restaurant Chef in Tia Juana Mexico during the 20’s or 30’s. Tia Juana was a favorite get away for Hollywood stars during the period. It was meant to be made with great panache by the chef with a huge wooden bowl on a cart and using coddled eggs (these later became a no no in all but those who insist on authentic Caesar despite the cautions about the dangers of eating raw or under cooked eggs. I love this salad and i try new recipes whenever they appeal. This one does. it’s also my test for any vegan restaurant I am thinking of frequenting. Sadly few are willing to take the trouble to do it well.

  • Ryan says:

    Never thought to grill my lettuce on a BBQ! Omg the char taste was SO GOOD! Really tastes like summer! I just made without tofu and had my own Caesar dressing. Bean salad mix was delicious!

  • Chris P says:

    Really easy and an honestly great recipe. I used store bought caesar dressing, but will use your recipe next time! The grilled flavor with the flavor of the beans was spot on. Will be making again this week!

  • Molly says:

    I can’t wait to get the chance to serve this to my friends and family at a summer BBQ party!

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