Food Friday: Vegan Caesar Dressing

By Megan Vick

 

Now that the farmers market produce stands have more veggies, especially the yummy stuff like Bibb lettuce and Romaine, I get into the salad mood. During the spring and summer, I could eat salad all day, everyday – no problem. I miss the days of classic Caesar salads, but now I’ve found a raw/vegan Caesar dressing recipe that is just delightful! You can check out the original post here.

 

RAW VEGAN CAESAR SALAD DRESSING

SERVES
1 cup

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (or raw sunflower seeds)
  • 1/8 cup raw sesame seeds (or raw pine nuts) or 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1/8-1/4 cup sunflower seeds (depending how thick you want it)
  • 3-4 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1-2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp mild miso (I use Genmai soy and brown rice miso)
  • 1/4 tsp kelp granules or other seaweed seasoning *optional (I used Bragg’s kelp)
  • 1/2 tsp of dried dill
  • 2 dates or 1-2 tsp agave or other liquid sweetener
  • 1/2-2/3 cup filtered water (to thin as desired)
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste

PREPARATION

  1. Using a hand blender or in a regular blender, combine all ingredients(starting with 1 date or 1/2 tsp agave nectar) and purée until very smooth.
  2. Taste test. Add additional dates or agave nectar, garlic or lemon if desired to achieve the taste you are looking for.
  3. Add additional water to thin dressing if desired.

NOTES

This dressing will thicken after refrigeration; you can thin it by stirring in 2-3 tsp water if desired. When thick, this dressing can be used as a veggie dip.
Cashews are higher in fat than sunflower seeds, so it’s up to you which you would prefer to use. Cashews will yield a creamier dressing, but be higher in calories.

 

Enjoy!!

 

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