minimalist in the kitchen: creamy vegan caesar salad dressing

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I’ve been enjoying lots of delicious salads this month, and I recently discovered the joy of making my own salad dressing.  I grew up eating salad every night with my own family, but my parents never strayed from the standard “oil and vinegar” dressing.  Well, my husband hates oil and vinegar salad dressing, so a little creativity was in order.  There  are plenty of vegan caesar dressing recipes on the internet, but I am not a huge fan of tofu or miso (unless it’s soup!), so I adapted several recipes to create a simple dressing that includes ingredients I always have on hand.  This vegan caesar dressing is so easy to make – toss the ingredients into a blender and wa-laa!  Delicious creamy caesar dressing, vegan style.  This recipe is vegan, soy-free and gluten-free – I have not tried making it without the oil, but you might be able to skip that ingredient too given the nuts in the recipe.

Without further ado, the ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of raw almonds (you can substitute walnuts here if you like)
  • 1/2 cup of raw cashews
  • 1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil (or your favourite vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 2 cloves of garlic (you can use one if you are not as in love with garlic as I am!)
  • juice of one lemon, organic if you can!
  • salt and pepper to taste

I like to pre-soak the cashews and almonds for a minimum of 30 minutes – the nuts will absorb some of the water and that way they turn out creamier in the blender than had they not been soaked.  Soaking will also help loosen the almond skins, so if you prefer your caesar dressing to look more like a standard caesar dressing then by all means remove them.  If you don’t care, feel free to keep the almond skins intact for a little bit of extra fibre and nutrients in your dressing!

After you have soaked the nuts, place all ingredients into a blender or food processor and blend until you have reached a smooth and creamy consistency.  You can use this dressing immediately, but I find it tastes even better the second day.  This caesar dressing will keep for several days in the fridge, so if you don’t use it all right away (good luck with that one!) you can enjoy it for a few days afterwards.

Toss this dressing on your freshly washed Romaine lettuce, or take a walk on the wild side and throw it on some kale and enjoy your caesar salad, guilt free!

Adapted from recipe at Oh She Glows.

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