A warm broccoli salad with the most delicious creamy Caesar dressing! The addition of roasted chickpeas, avocado and garlic toast make this an easy and healthy 30 minute meal that comes together very easily. If you’re looking for a warm vegetarian salad with a touch of decadence, this is the recipe to try.
Is this a totally weird concept? Maybe, but I happen to think it’s a genius one.
Mr. Veggie was really skeptical when I told him we were having a warm broccoli salad for dinner, though he had the good grace to pretend to be excited and only confess his reservations after trying and LOVING it.
When you can put together a big bowl of broccoli and beans and think it’s the most amazing dinner ever, you’re on to something good. I am ridiculously enthusiastic about this broccoli recipe, and that is not normal behavior for me. Like, at all.
I think warm salads might be my new favorite thing. I guess a warm salad is similar to a “bowl” recipe. I dunno. But it’s a good way for me to focus on recipes that do not start with carbs as the base.
You will remember this approach from my Roasted Kale Caesar Salad. The recipes are very similar. Same method, same dressing. But I felt like trying it with broccoli, and then I felt like the broccoli version deserved its own moment.
How to make this warm broccoli caesar salad
So, the broccoli and chickpeas are roasted – the best way to prepare either of these ingredients if you ask me. They roast together in one pan, no fuss.
Halfway through their cooking time you add your garlic baguette. To the same pan. I said no fuss!
Meanwhile, you will prepare your dressing. The dressing is, of course, what makes the dish. It is soooo good, and its creamy and cheesy qualities pair perfectly with broccoli. It gets into every little crevice.
The Yummiest Ever Vegetarian Caesar Dressing
We keep it vegetarian by using capers instead of anchovies, and it’s yogurt based which is a healthier swap and yet somehow even more delicious. There’s a good amount of cheese in the dressing but that is not enough to stop this from being a really balanced and healthy dinner (by my standards anyway).
The dressing is easily made in a blender, hand blender or mini food processor while the other ingredients are in the oven.
Once the broccoli and chickpeas are ready, you throw them together with some avocado and your Caesar dressing, and serve alongside your garlic toasts.
Your feast awaits!