This salad was thrown together last minute in my haste to get to Robin’s House Warming party. I wanted to bring something delicious to my bestie’s gathering, but I had just flown in the night before from a trip visiting my family and didn’t have time to hit up the grocery store. Fortunately, it was market day and I could quickly walk there to pick up some fresh produce. And made this:
I have only made caesar salad a few times and only by carefully following a recipe. My salad dressing skills are almost nonexistent as I favour spritzing some fresh lemon juice and drizzling a bit of olive oil over my greens. But I hit a home run with this one.
I did a quick check online and consulted several recipes to get the base idea and then added my own flair.
1 cup of cashews (soaked 2-8 hours – the longer the better as the dressing will come out richer & creamier)
1/4 cup of artichoke hearts & a couple of tbsp of the oil
2-4 large cloves of garlic
2 tbsp of nutritional yeast
1 tbsp of miso paste
1 tsp of capers
salt & pepper to taste
Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and mix it, adding a bit of water (about 1/4 cup) until it comes out smooth.
I didn’t have romaine lettuce on hand, so I took a head of red leaf lettuce, washed & dried it and tore it into bite-sized pieces. I added most of the dressing to the lettuce and massaged it in (reserving a bit to dip veggies or crackers in for a snack later in the week).
You can enjoy it plain like it is.
Or you can make some “bacun bitz” to add on (I just tossed some coconut flakes with some maple syrup, coconut aminos & liquid smoke & toasted them for 10 minutes). While your add it – try some Angela’s amazing croutons!! I made mine with gf bread and couldn’t stop eating them. Yum. I also added a bit of vegan parmesan cheese. So good!
I enjoyed mine loaded and had a Quinoa burger with it with some vegan mayonnaise (Just Mayo) and some homemade ketchup. And a good book.
Happy Hump Day – see ‘ya’all back here on Friday for Healthy Vegan Fridays. There will be a giveaway!!!! =)
Picture from the housewarming: