Welcome my friends! I decided to share one very simple recipe with you but there is something very special that make all the flavours dance together when combined.
I love eating salads and one of the popular salads out there is a Caesar Salad, but I had to put a twist to it and make a plant-based version. I also decided to ditch readymade croutons, which are usually deep-fried, and make my own with almost no oil. No kidding!
The base for this salad is of course iceberg lettuce but what makes it really extraordinary is the dressing. It’s super creamy and bursting with flavours. The creaminess comes from cashews and coconut cream. Cashews are very good in sauces and dressings because of their creaminess, but they need a bit more time to “release” the creaminess. They have something I call ‘sandiness’ in them, so I always find that I need to blend a bit longer for that sandiness to go away. The easiest way to know if the sandiness is still there or cashews need more blending is to take just a bit of the sauce in between your fingers and rub. If the cashews need to be blended for longer, you will feel the this sandy structure.
I teach these kind of tricks in my online cooking classes, so if you are ready to amp up your cooking skills, check out the variety of the classes and let’s cook together.
Besides the cashews and coconut, I used mustard, garlic and shallots for a boost in flavour. The original Caesar Salad is usually sprinkled with parmesan, but since we are going with the vegan version of Caesar Salad, I chose to use savoury yeast in the dressing for the cheesy flavour. And finally, I wanted to have that dance of sour and sweet, so my recipe for the dressing calls for apple cider vinegar and maple syrup!
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Prep time: 10 mins
C, GF, RSF, DF, VEG, V
How did you like my twist to Caesar Salad? Did you use any extra toppings? If you are into bacon, feel free to top your salad with bacon, but if you want to keep your Caesar Salad vegan, check out my coconut bacon. It will blow you away!
Don’t be afraid to experiment and share your wholefood stories on my YouTube channel.
With love from my kitchen to yours,
Chef Cynthia Louise xx
Chef Cynthia Louise is an Internationally acclaimed MasterChef, speaker, author, restaurant consultant, teacher and television presenter in wholefood, dairy-free cooking. She also has the worlds first online cooking classes focused on dairy-free plant-based whole foods with recipes that people are raving about and changing people's health, one delicious bite at a time. Chef Cynthia loves nothing more than educating people about the simplicity and vitality of a plant-based, whole foods lifestyle. Each dish is like art on a plate and her flavour combinations nourish the soul and get everyone talking.