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Caesar Salad

This new take on Caesar salad has no animal products and less fat and fewer calories than the traditional version. Nutritional yeast and ground almonds substitute nicely for the flavor and texture of Parmesan cheese.



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3 to 4 slices whole wheat or French bread, trimmed and cubed (about 1 ½ cups)
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½ tsp. dried rosemary
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½ tsp. dried marjoram
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½ tsp. garlic powder
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½ tsp. salt
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2 Tbs. blanched and ground almonds
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3 cloves garlic, minced
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3 Tbs. Dijon mustard
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3 Tbs. nutritional yeast flakes
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2 Tbs. soy sauce
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3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
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¼ cup water
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1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil (optional)
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1 large head romaine lettuce, torn into large pieces


1. Croutons: Preheat oven to 325°. Lightly coat bread slices with vegetable oil cooking spray. In small bowl, mix remaining crouton ingredients. Add bread; toss to coat. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet. Bake until croutons are dry and lightly toasted, 10 to 15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

2. Meanwhile, in food processor or blender, combine almonds, garlic, mustard, yeast flakes, soy sauce, lemon juice, water and oil if desired; process until smooth and well blended.

3. To serve, toss together lettuce and croutons. Add dressing and toss to coat. Serve right away.

Nutrition Information: 

2 g
Total Fat: 
9 g
Saturated Fat: 
1 g
10 g
118 mg
2 g
6 Servings

Comments on this Recipe

I have made this recipe numerous times over the last few months, and it has been superb each time!!Although the salad needs no alternations, I made it with gluten free bread, and I mixed fresh kale in with the romaine lettuce. The dressing is absolutely amazing!!You can even use it as a spread for sandwiches!

I just made the dressing and it was delicious! So glad I found this recipe.

This is a classic from Veg Times and I can't believe others have not discovered this dressing -- loaded with B vitamins and flavor -- this is my "house" dressing

How long does the dressing last? I'm a fan of 'make-one-big-batch-to-feed-face-for-weeks' style of dressing making...

Its only now that I have discovered this dressing. If in case I didn't accidentally come across this site, I would not know. I'll be searching for the same recipe at for the next hour.

Excellent! My meat-loving boyfriend and caesar salad fanatic loved this, too.

the dressing taste better on the second day after all the flavors have co-mingled. Instead of water, i used white wine and subjected the amounts according to how thick or thin I prefer the dressing