Oh She Glows Crowd Pleasing Caesar Salad
Who doesn’t love a great Caesar salad? The cool crisp romaine, the crunchy croutons, and the creamy dressing that makes it come together perfectly! The problem is, the traditional Caesar dressing is full of calories, being in large part made up of olive oil and egg yolks. While cardiovascular benefits of olive oil have been demonstrated as part of a Mediterranean diet, oil is a processed food which lacks most of the nutrition found in the original fruit (in this case, the olive). The healthy monounsaturated fats provide a much greater health benefit when consumed in the whole food form where fiber and phytonutrients remain intact.
The Oh She Glows blog came up with a unique method of creating a delicious Caesar dressing which gets it’s creaminess from soaked cashews. While the recipe does contain olive oil, there is only a small amount. The brininess of anchovies found in a traditional Caesar dressing is replicated by instead adding capers.
I love to simply eat this flavorful dressing on top of a bed of greens or use it as a dip for raw vegetables. You have the option of making crispy chickpea croutons which can add fiber and protein, as well as a vegan “Parmesan” cheese for extra flavor and texture. While the salad is delicious even without these accompaniments, they make the dish a complete meal if you’re willing to give a little extra effort in preparation!
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