Convenience Caesar

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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1/3 cup olive oil

One 15-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed 

1 teaspoon chili powder 

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 

One 32-ounce bag chopped romaine (6 to 7 cups) 


1 cup store-bought Caesar dressing

3 tablespoons store-bought pesto 

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder, optional 


Parmesan, for shaving

Fresh parsley leaves 


  1. Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the chickpeas and season with the chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper and cook, shaking the pan occasionally, until crisp, about 12 minutes.
  2. For the dressing: Add the Caesar dressing to a bowl. Stir in the pesto, black pepper to taste and chili powder, if using. Set aside.
  3. Add the romaine to a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Place on a platter, then drain the chickpeas on a paper towel-lined plate. Sprinkle the crispy chickpeas over the salad while they are still hot. Shave over the Parmesan and scatter the parsley leaves, then enjoy.