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People often ask what kind of salad dressings they can use after going raw or vegan. Some of the ‘tastiest’ creamy dressings, are also the ones loaded with dairy and other nasty additives that don’t promote health and kind of de-grade the beautiful bed of greens you’ve got in your bowl. This creamy caesar is completely dairy and additive free, and it’s really simple for you to make at home and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Caesar salad is my favourite indulgence, the dressing is notoriously higher in fat so just keep that in mind if you’re intending on keeping your fats low through out each day. In the right amount, healthy fats like the ones found in pine nuts and macadamia nuts are great for your joints, brain, hair and skin!
A good caesar dressing should be creamy, tangy, and bold in flavour. I tested this recipe on Caleb and our friend here in the OC before posting it up for you. Everyone went for seconds and I had to make another batch that would last us a bit longer than one night after getting rave reviews. So here you have it, a dressing that anyone who loves caesar will enjoy, whether they’re vegan or not!
Ingredients for the dressing:
- 1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts
- 1/4 cup Pine Nuts
- 3-5 Medjool Dates (depends on how sweet you like it)
- 5 Basil Leaves
- 1 tbsp. Nutritional Yeast
- 3-4 thumb sized Cloves of Garlic
- 1/4 tsp. Himalayan Salt
- 1/4 Cracked Black Pepper (or more to taste)
- 1/4 cup Coconut Water
- 4-5 lemons *juice only
Soak your pine nuts for up to 4 – 6 hours, add in your dates and maca nuts in the last hour. You don’t really need to soak macadamia nuts or dates but it helps to soften them and make for shorter blend time when you’re making your dressing. Once soaked, drain and add the nuts, dates and all other ingredients into your Vitamix. Blend on high, using your tamper to vigorously stir around the mixture until it’s totally creamy. You may need to turn off the Vitamix after 30 seconds or so and let it cool down before you keep going, just so it doesn’t heat the mixture too much.
Make a Caesar Salad:
- Romaine Lettuce (we try to eat at least 1-2 bunches of greens per day)
- Caesar Dressing
- Garnish with Lemon Wedge and cracker black pepper
- Chopped Medjool Dates
- Spirulina (1-2 tsp. per serving)
- Sprouts (sunflower, iceberg lettuce sprouts etc.)
- Dulse Flakes
- Kelp Flakes
Storage: I use mason jars for storage, which you can purchase by the case on Amazon. You can keep this dressing for up to 7 days in the fridge.
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