I find that many of the vegan Caesar Salad recipes going around use an awful lot of processed vegan mayonnaise to try and get that authentic Caesar Salad taste. Well here’s a recipe that gives you the taste without all of the processing. This dressing is loaded with fiber, something processed oils can’t give you, because sesame tahini is used as the oil/egg base for the dressing. Don’t forget the fresh garlic! I know you are going to love this salad with REAL Caesar Salad Sun-dried Tomato Filets and REAL Caesar Salad Croutons! Enjoy!
REAL Caesar Salad Croutons
4 slices of REAL gluten-free bread
1/2 cup of vegan parmesan cheese or our REAL cashew cheese
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
1 Tablespoon of minced garlic
1 Tablespoon of chopped parsley flakes
freshly ground pepper to taste
Place 4 slices of the REAL gluten-free bread on a sheet pan, brush each slice with olive oil and divide the cheese evenly between all 4 slices as well as the remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 “pizza style” for about 15 minutes or until the croutons are toasted to a golden brown. Remove and let cool to room temperature. Once they are cool to the touch cut each slice into thirds or quarters.
REAL Sun Dried Tomato Filets
4 sun dried tomatoes (packed in olive oil)
1/4 teaspoon kelp powder (optional)
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Place the sun dried tomatoes on a cutting board evenly spaced (with room to grow) and cover them with a piece of kitchen parchment paper and then a tea towel and flatten them by lightly pounding them with a kitchen mallet. Remove the towel and parchment and then sprinkle a pinch of kelp powder on each as well as salt and pepper. (WARNING: Kelp powder goes a long way so use sparingly.) Slice the tomatoes in ribbons about 1/2 inch wide and use as a garnish on the REAL Caesar Salad.
2 heads of Romaine lettuce
Sun Dried Tomato Filets (above)
1 Tablespoon of nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon of capers (drained)
Freshly ground pepper to taste
REAL Caesar Dressing
Wash and spin dry the Romaine lettuce and then hand tear into bite-sized pieces in a large salad bowl. Toss with the nutritional yeast and capers then add about a half a cup of the REAL Caesar Dressing and toss until the leaves are completely coated. Serve the salad on large plates and garnish with REAL Caesar croutons and REAL Caesar Sun Dried Tomato Filets. (Salad serves 4 entree-sized portions or 8 side salad portions.)