This version comes from the Chloe's Kitchen: 125 Easy, Delicious Recipes for Making the Food You Love the Vegan Way by Chloe Coscarelli (the cookbook from which this tasty Baked Macaroni and Cheese came from). It's a simpler, nut-free dressing--easy to whip up from pantry items. There was a recipe for Maple-Wheat Croutons that went along with the salad dressing recipe but I had some leftover crusty garlic bread I wanted to use, so I cut a thick slice up into pieces and toasted them in a pan on the stove with about a teaspoon of olive oil. I did leave in the capers that Chloe had in her salad because any chance I get to add capers to something, I take it.
From Chloe 's Kitchen, Chloe Coscarelli
(Makes about 3/4 cup dressing)
1/4 cup soft tofu
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp white or apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp white miso paste
1 tsp sea salt (I used 1/4 tsp)
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Taste for seasoning.
Notes/Results: Full of flavor, light on the fat and cholesterol. This dressing is creamier than it looks on the salad--I don't think my romaine was quite dry enough when I dressed the salad and took pictures. Whoops... Also, I don't like to be "drowning" in dressing so I used 2 tablespoons of this dressing (about 76 calories) for small head (about 4 oz) of chopped romaine. The flavor is very good--garlicky and tangy. I do think the slivered almonds in Post Punk Kitchen's dressing give it more of a Parmesan-cheesy texture and vibe which is nice, but this one is still satisfying and I love the capers. Homemade croutons are my usual topping, although sometimes I get wacky and cook up a few of these Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders and have a "chicken" Caesar. So, if unlike me you are not eating mostly meat and dairy free, why would you bother to try a vegan Caesar salad dressing?! It's about half the calories and fat from the average Caesar dressing with no cholesterol and it tastes really good. And, if you are eating these for lunch or dinner until either your craving, or your jumbo pack of romaine runs out, you can't argue with that! ;-)
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