Sunday, November 2, 2008

Caesar Dressing! (Vegan, Raw, Healthy, & Delicious)


Here is the Caesar Dressing recipe that I use. I got it from Traci Sellers. Her website is bestfoodist.com.

This dressing is healthy, vegan, and chemical free. It does take some preparation, but if you don't enjoy salad and vegetables very much, this dressing is a spectacular way to liven them up and help you enjoy your daily greens!



First, you will need to prepare Traci's Almondaise. This serves as the creamy base of the dressing. You should start a minimum of 5 hours in advance due to almond soaking. If you are planning further in advance, soak 1/2 cup of raw, whole almonds overnight before you begin.

Almondaise
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup of Raw, Whole Almonds Soaked Overnight
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 cup (approx.) Light Olive Oil
  • 3 Tbsp Lemon Juice

Instructions:
1. (Optional) Peel almonds. Peeled almonds will produce a whiter, finer textured end product. (I have never peeled the almonds. It sounds like a lot of work, and since I use the Vita-Mix, there is no problem). Have the rest of the ingredients handy.
2. Place the almonds in a blender and grind to a smooth paste. If it's necessary add a little additional water to keep it moving.
3. With the blender still running, remove the top insert and drizzle in the olive oil gradually until the mixture is thick. A bead of oil should rest on top of the churning mixture.
4. Add lemon juice. Blend for 1 minute longer, stopping the blender to stir down the sides as the mixture thickens.
5. Store in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for 5-7 days. The water tends to separate. Just stir before using.

Caesar Dressing
Ingredients:

For the "parmesan"
  • 1/3 cup dry almonds
  • 2 tsp of nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

For the dressing:
  • 1-2 cloves of pressed garlic
  • 1 cup of Almondaise
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions:
1. In a dry blender, pulse almonds with yeast and salt until crumbly
2. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend to combine

You are done!

1 comment:

Savage said...

You are so amazing!