Eccentric Caesar Salad Recipe

Eccentric Caesar Salad Recipe
Staff Writer
Eccentric Caesar
Chronicle Books

Eccentric Caesar

When I created this Caesar salad, I did a silly dance around the kitchen. Seriously—it is that good. And the name is perfect for it. I’m betting that this Caesar salad dressing is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. It is extremely eccentric and undeniably delicious. Who would have thought that curry powder would be the perfect addition to a Caesar dressing? Not me before I took the risk of adding it—but now I am a total convert. And the nutritional yeast gives this dressing a cheese-like flavor that could please even the most omnivorous Caesar salad connoisseur. This recipe makes extra dressing that you can store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Topped with our Quick Garlic Croutons, capers, avocado, and hemp seeds, this dynamic salad will delight your adventurous taste buds. —Marea Goodman, Straight From the Earth Cookbook.

4
Servings
852
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Nutritional yeast has a delicious, savory, cheesy flavor that’s especially welcome in many dairy-free recipes. It’s also extremely nutrient dense, packed with amino acids, B-vitamins, folic acid, selenium, zinc, and many more important minerals. It gives our Caesar salad dressing a yummy, cheesy flavor, and we also love it sprinkled on popcorn, soups, beans, and pasta. Many people add it to vegetable juice to enhance the nutrition. It comes in both flake and powder form (we prefer the flakes for our recipes) and is available in natural food stores, both in bulk and in cans.

Note that nutritional yeast is different from baker’s yeast, and it’s also not the same as brewer’s yeast (which is a by-product from the beer industry). Nutritional yeast is made from a single-celled organism called Saccharomyces cerevisiae, which is typically grown on molasses and then harvested, washed, and dried with heat to deactivate it. It should be stored in a cool and dry place in an airtight bag or container.

Ingredients

For the dressing

  • 1 Cup raw cashews
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 3 Tablespoons nutritional yeast (see Note)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

For the salad

  • 2 large heads romaine lettuce, chopped or torn into bite-size pieces
  • 1 ripe avocado, medium dice
  • 1/2 Cup hemp seeds
  • 1/3 Cup capers
  • 2 cups croutons

Directions

For the dressing

To make the dressing: Combine the cashews, oil, lemon juice, yeast, mustard, garlic, salt, curry powder, and pepper in a food processor and add ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons warm water. Process until the mixture is very smooth, 2 to 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice.

For the salad

Toss the romaine with ½ cup of the dressing. Add more to taste if desired. Divide the lettuce among six plates, and top each with some of the croutons, avocado, hemp seeds, and capers. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
36g
51%
Sugar
19g
21%
Saturated Fat
18g
75%
Carbohydrate, by difference
109g
84%
Protein
27g
59%
Vitamin A, RAE
23µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
5mg
7%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
122mg
12%
Choline, total
6mg
1%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
173µg
43%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
219mg
68%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
8mg
57%
Pantothenic acid
1mg
20%
Phosphorus, P
545mg
78%
Selenium, Se
39µg
71%
Sodium, Na
1129mg
75%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
44g
2%
Zinc, Zn
4mg
50%

Caesar Salad Shopping Tip

Stores often carry pre-washed, pre-trimmed romaine celery hearts, a major time-saver.

Caesar Salad Cooking Tip

It's not hard to make your own croutons. Cube some old bread, place into a 350 degree oven, and toss and turn every 10 minutes until golden brown.