I have this (dairy free) vegan Caesar salad dressing recipe memorized because I make it every week for Johny. You probably know that I transitioned to a nutrient-dense, whole food, plant strong diet when I got sick with EBV (Epstein Barr Virus), Lyme disease, and SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) in 2015.
I’ve done a lot of healing and am feeling great these days. A nutrient-dense diet has been a significant piece of my healing. I continue to eat a plant strong diet and I feel really really good! My body is regenerating, instead of degenerating!
I’m 99.9% vegan, and after watching the Game Changers movie, Johny has been willing to eat 98% plant based. 🎉 But even before that, this has been his go-to dressing for years now. It’s a million times healthier than Ranch.
If you want to learn more about a truly healthy diet, check out this recent post I did “What is the healthiest diet“.
The vegan Caesar salad dressing recipe below is double the original recipe and it lasts 5-6 days, so I only have to whip it up once a week. If you are making it for a holiday gathering, maybe double it again.
It’s easy and everyone loves it, even the conventional eaters.
I got the recipe from a colleague who runs a plant based recipe group online. So that is why it’s called Plant Feastings 🙂
It’s not my recipe but it’s well loved at the Konoske House!
Plant Feastings (raw vegan) Caesar Salad Dressing
1 cup raw pine nuts * see note below
1 cup filtered water
juice of 1 lemon
2 tsp raw honey
Fresh garlic, or garlic powder, to taste
2 tsp dried parsley (or fresh!)
½ tsp black pepper
½ tsp sea salt *
I blend it up in the food processor with the S blade. Let it run a couple minutes so it’s nice and creamy. And then I store it in a glass container.
*Because pine nuts are SO expensive, I often substitute some other nuts.
For example, you could do 1/2 pine nuts and 1/2 raw unsalted sunflower seeds.
Or 1/2 cup pine nuts and 1/2 cup raw cashews.
I omit the salt and we only use salt at the table. If I were to add salt to the dressing, Johny would still salt the dish (!) so this keeps his intake down. (Yes, he salts his salad. You probably do too you just don’t know it. Ranch and olives etc are loaded with salt). Salt isn’t the biggest battle to fight, but it does dehydrate us and it can pickle the liver. Think beef jerky and what salt does to meat before we invented other ways to cure meat.
Enjoy your plant based, real food, Caesar dressing!
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