Creamy Caesar Dressing
- Course/Dish: Salads, Dressings
- Meals: Lunch, Dinner
- Main Ingredient: Lemon, Young Coconut, Dates, Basil, Macadamia Nuts
- Difficulty: Easy
- Cuisine: American
- Equipment Needed: Blender
- Rainbow Green Cuisine: Phase 2
- Makes: Roughly 1 Cup
Gone are the days when enjoying a tasty salad dressing also means enjoying loads of fat, salt, and processed ingredients. You will love this creamy rich caesar salad dressing by Young and Raw. It works very well as a dip for veggie crudités and of course as a healthy and vegan alternative to the traditional caesar dressing found in many restaurants and stores. Sheleana from Young and Raw states that, "A good caesar dressing should be creamy, tangy, and bold in flavour." and this particular dressing hits the mark on all 3 fronts. Don't be afraid to share this dressing with non-vegan friends, they will love it just the same.
1/2 cup Macadamia Nuts
1/4 cup Pine Nuts
4 Basil Leaves
Thumb size of Garlic (I used elephant garlic)
1/4 tsp. Himalayan Salt
1/4 Cracked Black Pepper (or more to taste)
1/4 cup Coconut Water
2 tbs fresh lime or lemon juice
1 tbs coconut vinegar
1) Soak your pine nuts for up to 4 – 6 hours, add in your dates and maca nuts in the last hour. You don’t really need to soak macadamia nuts or dates but it helps to soften them and make for shorter blend time when you’re making your dressing.
2) Once soaked, drain and add the nuts, dates and all other ingredients into your Vitamix. Blend on high, using your tamper to vigorously stir around the mixture until it’s totally creamy. You may need to turn off the Vitamix after 30 seconds or so and let it cool down before you keep going, just so it doesn’t heat the mixture too much.
Make a Caesar Salad:
Romaine Lettuce (we try to eat at least 1-2 bunches of greens per day)
Garnish with Lemon Wedge and cracker black pepper
Storage: Store in a large mason jar. You can keep this dressing for up to 7 days in the fridge.