caesar salad

caesar dressing & a quick caesar wedge salad

5th July 2020

I love a creamy dressing and using a greek style yoghurt achieves that creaminess. If using a plant-based yoghurt, find one that is thick and especially rich.  The sauce lasts for a week in the fridge and can be used as a dip for crunchy cucumbers or vegetable fries, spread over bread, drizzled over salads or roasted vegetables.

It’s in the quietness, the calm, the release and only then I realise how much I was holding…

caesar dressing

Makes approximately 1 cup.

Preparation 5 minutes

Recipes adapted from here.

ingredients

½ cup/85g full-fat greek yoghurt or plant-based yoghurt

¼ cup/50g olive oil

3 Tbsp/38g lemon juice

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (can use grated parmesan)

¼ tsp tamari

½ – 1 tsp dijon mustard

1 Tbsp/15g liquid sweetener – honey, agave, maple syrup (optional)

¼ tsp fine rock salt

preparation

1. In a food processor or immersion blender, combine the yoghurt, olive oil, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, tamari, dijon mustard, sweetener and salt. Blend; until everything is combined and dressing is smooth and creamy.

2. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, taste and adjust the seasonings. Store the dressing in a lidded jar in the refrigerator.

quick & easy caesar wedge salad

Serves 3

Preparation 5 minutes

ingredients

6 small heads romaine lettuce, washed, dried, and cut in half, then half again lengthwise

1 serving caesar dressing (above)

extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling

1 cup croutons*

2 Tbsp pinenuts, toasted and roughly chopped

preparation

1.  Arrange the lettuce wedges on a medium plate, then sprinkle with pinenuts and croutons, drizzle the wedges with caesar dressing and olive oil.

2. Season with a few rounds of salt and pepper.

*stove-top croutons, heat 2 Tbsp oil or ghee in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering, add the bread cubes, sprinkle with salt, toss to coat, arrange in a single layer. Toss every minute or so, until golden on all sides – approx 5 minutes. Remove and allow to cool. 

variation

  • add ¼ cup parmesan flakes, shaved with a vegetable peeler
  • optional addition; avocado, grilled zucchini slivers

brussels sprouts & baby kale caesar salad

23rd February 2016

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drippy, dark, drizzly, damply days with candles burning in-between…

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– fallen leaves, branches & gum nuts on the path

-hibiscus petals, vivid & lovely – taken by Yasmin

-fragile & found

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brussels sprouts & baby kale caesar salad

Serves 4

If baby kale leaves are not available, mature kale will work just fine, remove the stems, tear the leaves into bite-sized pieces and lightly saute, as in the recipe.  If you would like to keep this recipe dairy-free, omit the parmesan cheese and sprinkle with pine-nut parmesan.   I like to serve this salad on a bed of warmly cooked millet, with large wedges of roasted pumpkin and an extra drizzling of caesar dressing.

croutons

2 cups torn 1-inch pieces crusty sourdough bread

2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

salad

350g brussels sprouts

2 cups loosely packed baby kale leaves

¼ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese (I like to shave pieces using a potato peeler)

2 Tbsp lightly toasted pine nuts

caesar dressing

makes approximately 1 cup 

cup raw cashew nuts, soaked for at least 2 hours

cup filtered warm water + extra if needed

3 Tbsp lemon juice

3 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp nutritional yeast (can use grated parmesan)

½ tsp tamari

1 tsp Dijon mustard

tsp turmeric powder (optional, just for colour)

1½ Tbsp liquid sweetener – honey, agave, maple syrup

salt & pepper

to make the croutons

1.  Preheat the oven to 200C/400F.

2.  To make the croutons, toss the bread with the olive oil and spread evenly onto a baking sheet – bake for about 8 minutes, tossing halfway through, until crisp and golden.  Set aside to cool.

to make the salad

3.  Shred the brussels sprouts to whisper-thin shreds, using a mandolin, or alternatively, a knife. The key is to get them light and feathery.  You should have about 3 cups.  Place the shredded brussels sprouts in a medium-sized salad bowl.

4.  Wash and dry the kale leaves.  In a small pan over medium heat, drizzle in a teaspoon of oil, add the kale leaves and toss around for 1 – 2 minutes, until just wilted.  Alternatively, you could lightly steam them.  Set aside to cool, then add to the salad bowl.

for the dressing

5. Drain the cashews, and place in a blender/food processor with the remaining dressing ingredients – blend on high until you have a smooth mixture.  Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more lemon or sweetener if needed.  Slowly add extra water until you have a dressing that will pour easily.

6.  When ready to serve, drizzle over half of the Caesar dressing and toss until evenly coated. Sprinkle over the toasted pine nuts, shaved parmesan flakes and croutons.  Once dressed, this salad is best served immediately.

Serve on a bed of warmly cooked millet with large slices of oven roasted pumpkin and drizzle lavishly with extra dressing.  Delicious!

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