Who doesn’t love a ceaser?

Well maybe a few people, but I am not one of them. There  is risk involved in ordering this dish because a caesar can go oh so wrong resulting in a calorie-laden fiasco with too much bottled dressing, heaps of cheese, and generic croutons.  A good caesar is rich and satisfying with that iconic dressing covering the coldest, crispest tears of romaine. When you find a good one, its culinary gold. Well folks, I have found one and in the interest of full disclosure, I must tell you it is vegan. Imagine that. I made this recipe, from the wonderful cookbook The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone, for dinner last night. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I am not vegan myself and havent taken immediately to all vegan recipes in the past. Let me assure you folks, this is one of the good ones. This salad is a healthier alternative that does not compromise lux taste one iota. It is rich and creamy and tangy-  just enough. Give it a shot next time you want an amazing, decadent yet healthful salad. Sky is the limit with veggies or meat that you might want to add but here are the basics:

Serves 6-8

Dressing

2 Tbsl blanched almonds (soak almonds in water for 20 minutes and remove skins)

3 Garlic cloves minced

2 Tbsl soy

3 Tbsl dijon mustard

1 Tbsl tahini (this is a paste made from sesame seeds and can be purchased at any whole foods)

3 Tbsl fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsl extra-virgin olive oil

Fresh pepper to taste

Croutons

3-4 slices of french bread, cubed to equal 1 1/2 Cups (or whatever god bread you can get your hands one, whole wheat preferably)

Drizzle of Olive oil

1/2 Tbsl dried rosemary

1/2 Tbsl Garlic powder

1/2 Tsp Sea Salt

Preheat oven to 325. Place bread in large bowl, drizzle with olive oil & toss to coat. Mix spices together and sprinkle over bread, tossing again to coat. Spread in single layer on cookie sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes. Cool.

Place all dressing ingredients in blender and process until smooth.

Rip 1 huge head or 2 smaller heads of romaine, toss with dressing and croutons, sprinkle with fresh ground pepper and serve.

 

 

 


One Comment on “Who doesn’t love a ceaser?”

  1. […] Owen, who also created the layout from this blog, is off to business school. We had pizza and this caesar salad and probably a little too much wine. Another friend brought cupcakes from Lulu’s in the North […]


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