Eccentric Caesar Salad Recipe

Eccentric Caesar Salad Recipe
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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.
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • 3 tablespoon nutritional yeast (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 large garlic clove
  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.