I wasn't going to post this recipe until next week, but I got a few requests via Facebook for my vegan caesar dressing, so voila, here it is!
My alltime favorite caesar dressing has always been at a restaurant called Houston's in my city of...wait for it....Houston. Their dressing is a bit different than typical caesar because it was a bit peppery. It was SO addictive and it always came on the largest salad you ever saw. My hubby and I used to always eat there and having the salad was the best part of the meal.
I kid you not....I'm so obsessed with this dressing, I have been eating a manly size salad every single day. I'm actually craving salads over chocolate lately....wait what? Did I just say that? Who the heck is typing this?!
I wanted to create a vegan caesar dressing that did not use cashews, oil or soy/tofu. Of course traditional caesar dressing recipes can contain raw egg yolks, anchovies or lots of oil/mayo....sounds kind of gross doesn't it? Sure, does taste good though.
Well, I knew I needed to come up with a version that was just as good without all those ingredients......and, I did. Quite honestly, I was eating it just with a spoon, on beans, on chips.....I'm totally serious. I love that I am able to recreate all the old foods I used to LOVE and them be healthier and still taste incredible.
The nut of choice is pine nuts...not cashews. Reason being is that pine nuts have a more oily, buttery taste to them and are slightly sweet....which basically, means a perfect caesar dressing.
Feel free to use your favorite greens for the salad. I used an Italian salad blend and also added lots of fresh broccoli and pine nuts because I love the added texture it gives. I also sprinkled some extra nutritional yeast on top.....so delicious!
Be sure to leave me feedback below after you make this Raw Vegan Caesar Dressing! You can also snap a pic and tag me on Instagram with hashtag #thevegan8 @thevegan8. I love seeing your creations of my recipes!