Looking for a bomb caesar salad dressing recipe for those summer gatherings? Look no further!!
I have always, always had a slight obsession with caesar salad. It all started when my mom found an amazing recipe that has now been in the family since my childhood. It is a recipe that my entire family craves, and it is always the go-to for summer dinner parties, pot-lucks and other events. However, as I find myself eating more and more plant-based foods, I realized that my fridge was starting to lack mom’s classic caesar dressing ingredients. And since I have had to go out and buy ingredients anyway, why not find a plant-based alternative?
That’s when this recipe came in. It is *almost* comparable to my mom’s recipe, which is saying a lot considering that literally every caesar salad I have had from other restaurants comes no where close. The only difference is that this recipe uses some admittedly interesting ingredients, but when combined together, somehow it all works. And – works WELL!
- 1/2 cup of raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
- 1 lemon
- 1 tsp capers with brine
- 1/3 cup cold water
- 3 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
- 3 garlic cloves
- Salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 3 heads of romaine lettuce
- Croutons (roasted pumpkin seeds are another different and delicious substitute for gluten free folks)
- Make sure to soak your cashews in a small container of water. Fill the container up so that cashews are fully submerged. They should soak for at least 8 hours (overnight or during the day).
- After 8 hours, drain the cashews, juice the lemon, and combine everything together in a blender until smooth. The cashews should have the same consistency as parmesan.
- Pour the dressing over your prepared romaine lettuce and add croutons or pumpkin seeds.
- I tripled the garlic from the original recipe that this one is adapted from! The original recipe only had 1 clove, but I am a garlic lover! If you aren't, feel free to tone down the garlic.
If you try this recipe out, be sure to let me know what you think!