kale caesar with sun dried tomatoes
The other day I was at a restaurant and the person at the table next to me was eating a traditional caesar salad. It's a dish that I used to eat all the time before going vegan. I became a little nostalgic and thought to myself, "RIP Caesar Salad days." Then, "hold up, just because I can't buy vegan caesar salad doesn't mean that I can't make a healthier version at home, like I do with pretty much all of my old faves." Fast forward to today, and I am eating the best caesar salad of my life because I swapped out all the BS ingredients and made it with a Lux Lake twist. Let's begin with the dressing. I find salad dressing to be such an annoying thing because it basically turns a healthy bowl of greens into a sugary/fatty/dairy/additive/salty soup. The Caesar dressing that I made includes none of that but is still super creamy and delicious. It's a combo of cashews, dijon mustard, lemon, olive oil, garlic, water and nutritional yeast. For those of you who don't know, nutritional yeast is my new favorite thing- it's a magical ingredient. It looks like fish food but tastes like parmesan cheese and is packed full of nutrients, gluten free, vegan, contains little fat, is packed full of protein and vitamins and is all natural. Just magnificent.
I also swapped out the traditional ice berg lettuce, as it provides little nutritional value, and swapped in kale. These dark leafy greens are as good as it gets, they're high in iron, calcium, vitamin k, vitamin c, vitamin a and full of antioxidants. What does this even mean? I'm so glad that you asked. Iron is essential for an efficient liver and cell growth. We all know that calcium keeps your bones strong but did you know that Kale provides more calcium than milk? Vitamin K protects you against certain cancers. Vitamin A helps your skin glow. Antioxidants, which we talk about all the time, keep you looking fabulous by destroying free radicals in the body.
Enjoy the healthier version of this classic favorite and let me know what other classics you think need a remix!
I N G R E D I E N T S
1 bunch of Kale
2 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
2/3 cups of lemon
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon of pink salt
1/2 cup of cashews
2 garlic cloves
1 1/2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
5 tablespoons of water
R E C I P E
-Soak the cashews in a glass of water for 20 minutes then drain
-Add all the ingredients except the kale and tomatoes to a blender and mix until very smooth
-wash the kale and take the leaves off of the stems
-chop the kale leaves and put into a large salad bowl
-add in half of the dressing (this recipe makes enough dressing for two salads)
-sprinkle flax seeds, chopped sun-dried tomato and nutritional yeast over the top