Caesar Salad

Caesar Salad (from Straight Up Food)

For the salad:

  • 1 large head romaine lettuce (about ¾ pound), coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, seeded and chopped (about 1½ cups)
  • 1 medium, ripe avocado, chopped (optional)
  • 1 ounce raw, unsalted cashews or walnuts (about ¼ cup; for optional garnish)
  • Ground black pepper

For the dressing:

  • ½ cup water
  • 2 ounces raw, unsalted cashews (about ½ cup)*
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons mustard (I like Dijon or stone ground)
  • 1 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 medium clove garlic, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb seasoning
  1. Place all of the dressing ingredients (water, cashews, lemon juice, mustard, raisins, garlic, and herbs) into a blender, and set aside for 15 minutes (so the cashews can soften).
  2. Place the lettuce, bell pepper, and avocado (if using) into a large salad bowl.
  3. Blend the dressing ingredients until smooth. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss well. Season with pepper to taste, and garnish with ground cashews or walnuts, if desired.

*For a lower fat version, use 1/2 cup cooked white beans.

This salad is also great with fresh tomatoes in the summer.

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