Thursday, March 19, 2009

Caesar Salad Dressing and Signs of Spring

I love Caesar salad. If you have dressing prepared it is one of the easiest salads to put together. Add a protein and it is a complete meal. However, it is very difficult to find a vegan version premade. And honestly, this is so easy to make that there is no real reason to purchase a bottled dressing, plus it keeps quite well in the 'fridge. 

The first time I made this I used the recipe from Veganomicon. While I know there are plenty of you out there who love that recipe as-is, I found it to be rather flat and overwhelming garlicky. So I continued tweaking it until I found the right balance of flavors for me. It might seem like a lot of ingredients, but don't be deterred. It only takes a few minutes to measure and blend everything together. If you have a well-stocked vegetarian pantry you will probably have everything you need on hand.

Everything you need to make this.

Lowfat, High Flavor Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
Serving Size: 16, 2 tablespoon servings   Preparation Time: 5 minutes

12   ounces tofu, silken lite
2     cloves fresh garlic, peeled (only use 1 clove if your garlic is large)
3     cloves roasted garlic, peeled
2     tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2     tbsp flax oil
1/4 cup lemon juice (approx. the juice from one lemon, to taste)
1     tbsp capers, plus 1 tablespoons brine
1     tsp agave
1     tsp prepared mustard
2     tbsp white wine vinegar
1/4  tsp fresh ground  pepper
2     tbsp nutritional yeast flakes
2     tsp miso, yellow or brown rice
1/4  tsp kelp powder, or dulse flakes (totally optional, provides a touch of fishy flavor a la anchovies. Also a good source of iodine which supports the thyriod, especially for those of us who don't use iodized salt)
1/2  tsp salt, to taste

Put everything into a blender and blend until completely smooth.

Nutrition Facts: 
Per 2 tbsp Serving: 45 Calories; 4g Fat (69.0% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 2g Carbohydrate; trace Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 120mg Sodium.  Exchanges: 0 Grain(Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Fat; 0 Other Carbohydrates.

Look at how creamy and rich looking (but it's good for you!)

And I just wanted to share this little sign of spring. These lovely little flowers have been springing up all over - "weeds" most noticable in overgrown yards around here. This little lady doesn't care how you classify them, she's too busy enjoying the bounty.



I agree about the garlic in the VCon's cesar salad dressing. I only use 1 small clove when ever I make it.
Great, now I'm craving cesar salad. And I just made it a few weeks ago.

Bethany said...

I'll have to try making the caesar's dressing. I have been a total slacker when it comes to making salads.

that pic of the flower and bee is so cute.

to answer your question on my blog, I sort of learned to knit a long time ago, but never really got into it. Then I tried some more complicated things, but was lacking some basics, so I took a beginner's class and glad that I did. I'm now focusing on more complicated patterns and I even knit 1 sock.