When chef Mariela Alvarez developed this salad for Public Records in Brooklyn, she flavored her creamy vegan Caesar dressing with mellow chickpea miso, sweet-tart lemon juice, and maple syrup. Here, we’re tossing jewel-toned chicories in the umami-laden dressing, and toasting walnuts in it, too, for a salty-sweet crunch. Use a white or chickpea miso here; they’re fermented for less time than funkier red misos and won’t overpower the dish.

February 2020


Credit: John Kernick

Recipe Summary

25 mins
25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together oil, miso, lemon zest and juice, maple syrup, and cumin just until blended.

  • Place walnuts in a small bowl; toss with 1/4 cup miso dressing. Transfer walnut mixture to a large skillet, and cook over medium, stirring often, until fragrant, about 1 minute and 30 seconds.

  • Stir together capers and remaining 1/2 cup miso dressing. Toss bitter greens and walnuts with 3 tablespoons (or to taste) miso-caper mixture, and season with salt and pepper. Divide salad evenly among 4 plates.

Make Ahead

Store prepared dressing in an airtight container in refrigerator up to 3 days. Bring dressing to room temperature and stir before using.


Look for white miso and chickpea miso in the refrigerated section of the produce department of your local supermarket or Asian grocery store.