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Caesar Salad Nouveau [Vegan]

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Did you know that Caesar salad isn't actually Italian? It was actually invented by Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant and restauranteur, in Tijuana, Mexico. The traditional recipe has a ton of Parmesan cheese, egg yolks, and fishy Worcestershire sauce, but this plant-based version packs all of the same tangy, cheesy flavor. Sometimes it's best to break tradition!

Caesar Salad Nouveau [Vegan]

This Recipe is :

Dairy FreeVegan

Ingredients

Salad:

  • Romaine, chopped
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Radish, cut into rounds
  • Cucumber, diced
  • Fresh mint, chopped
  • Fresh dill, chopped
  • Fresh Parsley, chopped
  • Avocado, diced
  • Croutons (recipe below)
  • Caesar dressing (recipe below)
  • Black pepper

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews soaked in water for at least 10 minutes
  • 2 small-ish garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon dulse flakes or powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Croutons: 

  • 5 or 6 pieces of sprouted-grain bread

Preparation

To Make the Dressing:

  1. Drain and rinse the cashews and place them in your blender along with the rest of the dressing ingredients (garlic cloves, mustard, nutritional yeast, dulse, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire, sea salt and water) and blend until super creamy, about a minute.
  2. If you have a nut allergy or want a lower fat version, use 1/2 cup tofu instead of cashews.

To Make the Croutons:

  1. Take 5 or 6 pieces of sprouted grain bread and cut them into good hearty chunks, a little bigger than bite-sized.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat and place the bread chunks in the skillet.
  3. Cook for five minutes, flipping them occasionally so they get toasty on all sides.
  4. Add some dried and fresh herbs and spices and a little sea salt and continue cooking. You can add whatever herbs and spices you like, but a pretty solid combo is onion and garlic powder, paprika, a little chili powder and some fresh dill.
  5. Cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently so nothing burns. When the croutons are toasted and crisp on the outside and slightly soft on the inside, that’s when you know you hit perfection. Turn off the heat and allow them to cool.
  6. A good trick is to save the end pieces of your bread in the freezer and when you’re ready to make croutons, bust them out and use those.

To Assemble the Salad:

  1. In a large bowl add the romaine, red onion, radish, cucumber, fresh herbs (just a little of each), avocado and croutons.
  2. Add the dressing and then mix until everything is coated in the yummy dressing.
  3. Top with fresh black pepper and serve.

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AUTHOR & RECIPE DETAILS


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Molly Patrick is the co-founder of cleanfooddirtygirl.com Molly is a food coach, specializing in healing people's relationships with food by focusing on how, what and why they eat. She has a Plant-Based Nutrition Certificate from Cornell University in conjunction with the T. Collin Campbell Foundation. Her popular Saturday emails have turned into a Saturday morning ritual for her readers around the globe.


 

 



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20 comments on “Caesar Salad Nouveau [Vegan]”

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Inessa Desgranges
6 Months Ago

btw if you ask for this "Italian" salad anywhere in Italy, locals will stare at you puzzled


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Chelsea Bush
6 Months Ago

Um... that's like saying if I painted something in China, that I am a Chinese painter and all my paintings are Chinese designs.


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Mena Ardizzone Keifer
6 Months Ago

Viva Mexico, yes! But your logic is skewed. Just because my last name is German does not make me German nor am I Australian because I was married in Australia. Concept I am an Italian American who cooked while I was visiting England. Hey this English Girl can Cook! What the What.


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Viv Mun
6 Months Ago

Viva Mexicó!,


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Rae Cannon
6 Months Ago

An Italian immigrant in Mexico is still Italian.


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Pendar Tabrizi
6 Months Ago

Sameen Nabipour


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Sameen Nabipour
14 Nov 2015

❤️

Mena Ardizzone Keifer
6 Months Ago

Are you kidding??? The Country of origin designates an inventors creation. I believe you are confused and WRONG.


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Queade Di Ilio
6 Months Ago

Yes I knew this... funny eh?


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Sandeep Choudhary
6 Months Ago

Delicious!!! GO VEGAN!!!


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Nora R. Alazzah
6 Months Ago

Exactly! Makes no sense


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