Raw Caesar Dressing

May 2, 2008 at 7:20 am 11 comments

This is Matt’s current favorite dressing…it has amazing flavor and when paired with super crisp romaine, it’s so satisfying!

Caesar Dressing
“Living on Live Food” by Alissa Cohen

3/4 cup pine nuts
1 T flax or olive oil
1 1/2 t sea salt (preferably Himalayan Pink Sea Salt)
1/3 cup olive oil
1 date, pitted and soaked or 1 T agave nectar
1 large clove garlic
2 1/2 T lemon juice (1 large lemon juiced)
2 T water
1/2 T white miso
Sea salt/lemon as needed to taste

1. In a food processor, blend/pulse the pine nuts, 1 T oil, and sea salt until grainy. Do not over blend.
2. Remove from processor and place in small bowl.
3. In a blender, combine 1/3 c olive oil, miso, date/agave, garlic, lemon juice and water and blend until smooth.
4. Remove this mixture and place in the same bowl as the pine nut mixture.
5. Mix well by hand.
6. Serve over a generous portion of crisp romaine lettuce. Add your favorite salad “fixins” 🙂 It helps to put a plate over your salad bowl and vigorously shake it to spread the dressing around. It’s a thick dressing, and needs a little help coating the salad leaves.

Note: It’s important NOT to “cream” the pine nuts with the other liquid mixture, as you want them to retain a grainy texture. This is what will give it a cheesy taste. If the dressing needs more “bite” add more lemon juice and sea salt.


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  • 1. Tami  |  May 2, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    Any advice on where to find miso in the store? I haven’t found straight miso yet. Maybe I’m looking in the wrong area.
    Today is day 4 of “raw till noon”…actually I’ve eaten raw until dinner. At dinner we have either vegetarian or I throw chicken in there. My husband and kids have are not completely on board with raw although I will admit joy that my husband opted for a green smoothie this morning! I am already feeling a little different. My energy level is better. Not the best but better. Coffee…all but gone. I have maybe 1/2 a cup and that’s not until the late afternoon or evening. I drank several cups a day. And this morning when I woke up…oh my. I was awake! I didn’t get to bed until after 11 but by 6 I was awake and ready to great the day.

  • 2. livelightly  |  May 2, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Tami!
    Congratulations on making such great changes…that’s awesome. Miso can be found in the cooler section of your health food store…near the tofu and other soy products. Sometimes you can find it on the shelf in the Asian food section. You can easily leave it out … but it does add a nice flavor.

  • 3. Melissa  |  May 3, 2008 at 4:28 am

    Yum! This dressing really helped us transition off of regular store bought dressings when we were just starting out on this raw journey. We all LOVED it! I actually haven’t made it in quite a long time, so THANK YOU for the reminder … I think I’ll whip some up tomorrow!

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  • 5. flipflopmamma  |  May 3, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    perfect! My husband just asked me the other day if there was a salad dressing that I could make!! Yay!

  • 6. Yardsnacker  |  May 5, 2008 at 3:21 am

    On my to do list! Thank you!:D

  • 7. sjsd  |  May 5, 2008 at 4:47 am

    so yummy. big hit tonight around our evening bonfire potluck!!
    can’t wait to eat more tomorrow 🙂

  • 8. Tami  |  May 6, 2008 at 2:49 am

    This was wonderful! I had a big ole salad and the dressing was perfect…is definitely the favorite hands down.

  • 9. clbeyer  |  May 7, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Thanks so much for all these recipes you just posted. I am so excited about making meals this week, and NOT cooking! 🙂

  • […] could be as simple as a romaine lettuce and fresh vegetable salad tossed with a raw, pine nut-based Caesar dressing. For something more elaborate, experiment with zucchini “noodles” in a raw tomato […]

  • 11. amy lapain  |  June 21, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    yummy! i just made- did it w/o the miso because i have trouble w/ soy sometimes. i may try the miso next time. it was very good w/o it but I do think the flax oil (which i DID use) gives it that anchovie/cesear taste!


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