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