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Caesar Goes Vegan—Salad Dressing and Homemade Croutons

It’s spring in Central California, time to clean up the fountain and bring out the patio furniture. Wherever you live, it’s the perfect time to create this dairy-free Caesar with a dressing so good that people will be begging to know what’s in it. Instead of buying those packaged, processed croutons that are so full of salt they have you chugging water, considering making your own out of pocket bread. They cook while you combine the dressing ingredients, and you’ll have an almost-instant Caesar salad.

 

Bonnies Vegan Caesar Dressing Salad with Homemade croutons

How To Make Healthy Homemade Croutons

 

These delicious crunchy croutons are not only super easy to make, but they are a much healthier option than any store-bought or fried varieties. Using pocket, or pita bread, cut it into squares and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with seasonings, bake in the oven, and enjoy your yummy warm croutons. Try to make sure some make it to the salad as well!

 

The best part is how versatile the flavor can be with these bite-size toppers. Spice them up to go add to a Southwest Quinoa Salad, or go with dill and fennel to go on top an amazing tabbouleh or fattoush salad! 

 

What Do I Need To Make Vegan Caesar Dressing?

 

For those of us that love this tangy and bold, creamy dressing, but don't want the dairy, or sometimes even anchovies, 😝 here's a great simple 6-ingredient concoction sure to please!

 

Here's what you will need for plant-based Caesar Dressing:

 

  1. Almonds 
  2. Yeast
  3. Mustard
  4. Liquid aminos
  5. Lemon juice
  6. Garlic

Take these six simple ingredients in a high-speed food processor with about 1/4 cup of water and blend! Mix until combination is smooth and creamy. If there is any dressing left over after this amazing meal, store dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

 

This combination in itself is absolutely satisfying, BUT... there's one more step if you really want to go the extra mile for your amazingly already upgraded salad. Try making our homemade parmesan cheese, it's super nutritious, delicious, and ready in 5 minutes! Check out this easy vegan parmesan cheese recipe and let us know what you think! Share below and follow us for more great plant-based recipes.

 

VCaesar Goes Vegan—With Homemade Croutons

Caesar Goes Vegan—With Homemade Croutons

Yield: 3-4
Author:
prep time: 30 M cook time: 10 M total time: 40 M

ingredients:

  • 2 rounds pita bread, cut into squares
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, rinsed, dried, and cut bite-size
  • 1/4 cup blanched slivered almonds
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp bragg's liquid aminos (substitute soy sauce or tamari)
  • 1 tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, cut into 3-4 pieces
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

instructions:

Caesar Goes Vegan—Salad Dressing and Homemade Croutons

  1. Preheat oven to 325° and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or grease well.
  2. Combine italian seasoning, garlic powder, and sea salt. Toss the pita squares with oil, then lightly coat and toss with seasonings.
  3. Bake the pita chips for 10 minutes, flipping chips after 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.
  4. In high-speed processor blend almonds until they are powder.
  5. Add yeast, mustard, liquid aminos, lemon juice, garlic, and water.
  6. Process until thick and smooth. In a large bowl combine lettuce, croutons, and about half the dressing.
  7. Add dressing until romaine and croutons are coated. Top with pita croutons and a squeeze of lemon to top it off!
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