"Let’s get one thing straight – I don’t avoid bread because I don’t like it, I avoid it because it makes me feel sick. Sure, there are some foods (like cheesy French bread) that are hard to replicate sans grains, but croutons . . . croutons I took a stab at. This Caesar salad, which relies on a traditional dressing for added authenticity, also uses a clever oven trick I’ve picked up that turns ordinary potatoes into the perfect crouton replacement."-Casey Joy GarciaRecipe excerpted from cookbook Fed & Fit: A 28 Day Food & Fitness Plan to Jump-Start Your Life with Over 175 Squeaky-Clean Paleo Recipes by Casey Joy Garcia
Delicious and easy-to-make, this chilled soup is perfect for those hot sunny days when all you want is something cool and refreshing to eat.
This soup will last three to four days in a tightly sealed container. I recommend letting it chill down and percolate together for three to four hours up to overnight before serving — the flavors really meld together.
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Buttermilk and avocado lend tang and creaminess to this light, bright summer soup. To read more about cucumbers, visit Wall Street Journal's "Off Duty" section.
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Here's our spin on Caesar salad. Instead of the usual mild romaine, we use robust, slightly bitter dandelion greens, which make for a heartier, more deeply flavored salad. The piquant cheese, anchovy, and peppery Sicilian extra-virgin olive oil balance the strong flavor of the leaves, and the egg yolk adds a lovely richness.
If you can't find good dandelion greens, try using escarole, frisée, chicory, or Treviso radicchio. You want something that's sturdy and slightly bitter. Avoid arugula and baby spinach — they are far too delicate for this dressing and will quickly wilt.
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Any type of winter pumpkin or squash, such as Sugar Pie pumpkin or butternut squash, can be used for this soup. Just remove the seeds, cut it into wedges, drizzle with olive oil, and roast in a 350-degree oven. The roasting softens the vegetable and reinforces its natural sweetness. The addition of stock and cream gives the soup a velvety smoothness, and the croutons and bacon chips add a nice crunch. — From Field Peas to Foie Gras, Jennifer Hill Booker
Who doesn’t love Caesar salad? I haven’t met anyone yet... And it’s been a favorite of mine ever since my college days in California. Back then, any trendy restaurant would assemble it right at your table. The waiter would arrive with his arsenal and furiously whip an egg to make the dressing. Going out for dinner and not ordering one was inconceivable!
For me, this favorite recipe has evolved though. First, I find the egg-based dressing a bit rich, so I’ve come up with one that’s just as creamy and flavorful but sits better in my stomach.
Then, whenever possible, I like to use young romaine lettuces that I serve whole. It makes a gorgeous presentation and looks less predictable than the torn-up pieces of mature, thick romaine leaves. The real bonus of course is that these young romaines are utterly succulent! You won’t find them in your grocery store though, so head out to your local farmers market to pick a bunch. And I dare say you haven’t tasted a romaine until you taste these young lettuces!
Lastly, I like to make my own croutons. I’ll admit it’s a fetish of mine, but I just don’t enjoy the boxed, super dehydrated ones. Spiked with a little chili powder, they are good enough that my husband Marc always tries to steal a few before I’m ready to serve.
A few tweaks on this classic recipe make a modern and light Caesar salad that’s also bursting with flavor... In fact, I always eat twice my share!