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Caesar's Secret Salad

Caesar's Secret  Salad

Serves: 4

Category: Salads, Dressings, Dips and Sauces

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Discover the secret to making a totally good-for-you Caesar salad. It’s elegant enough to serve to guests yet easy enough to enjoy every week.

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For the Salad:
15 cups (or about 25 ounces) romaine lettuce leaves, chopped or left whole
1/4 cup Nutritarian parmesan (see note)
For the Dressing:
6 cloves roasted garlic (see note)
1 cup unsweetened soy, hemp or almond milk
1 cup raw cashews or 1/2 cup raw cashew butter
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon black pepper


Divide romaine lettuce between four plates. Sprinkle with Nutritarian parmesan.

Blend dressing ingredients together and drizzle desired amount over lettuce.

To make Nutritarian parmesan, place 1/4 cup nutritional yeast, 1/2 cup raw almonds, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon onion powder in a food processor and pulse until it reaches the texture of grated Parmesan. Store in a sealed container and refrigerate.

To roast garlic, break the cloves apart, leaving the papery skins on. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 25 minutes until garlic is soft. When cool, remove the skins.

Calories 306; Protein 15 g; Carbohydrates 22 g; Sugars 5 g; Total Fat 19.3 g; Saturated Fat 3.1 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 88 mg; Fiber 7.5 g; Beta-Carotene 9213 ug; Vitamin C 12 mg; Calcium 176 mg; Iron 4.9 mg; Folate 253 ug; Magnesium 160 mg; Potassium 799 mg; Zinc 4.4 mg; Selenium 9.6 ug

Comments (10):



11/18/2015 10:27 PM

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Nom-nom-nom! I ate the whole thing by myself. So good!


09/24/2016 03:16 AM

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Is there a substitute for nutritional yeast? I can't eat gluten.


09/24/2016 09:45 AM

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I just checked the label of my nutritional yeast. As I did not think there was any gluten in it. There is no gluten written on the label, however, "packaged in a facility that processes soy,wheat,milk and eggs and peanuts" this is the Red Star brand. I was,however, not happy to read that it contains "folic acid". Which if I am correct is the SYNTHETIC form of folate! I am surprised because I know from reading that Dr. F has written against using the synthetic. I hope I helped you AmyjL.

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04/18/2019 01:51 PM

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What about Bragg brand of Nurtritional Yeast? I checked and it has Folic Acid...doesn't say Synthetic.

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07/12/2019 04:49 AM

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Sari Foods makes a nutritional yeast with no synthetic vitamins, nothing added at all. You can get it on their website or Amazon. 


09/24/2016 09:47 AM

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P.S. Just went onto the site, Dr. F sells a yeast WITHOUT synthetic folate.


01/28/2017 11:48 AM

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This is such a delicious salad dressing, I use it on everything.  On top of lentils vegy burger, served as a sauce on slightly steamed vegies. I absolutely love it


02/20/2017 02:33 PM

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This is a staple in our home. I absolutely love that dressing. Sometimes, I add a bunch of cilantro to it for a change. Either way, there is always some in my fridge. Thank you for that wonderful recipe.


05/13/2017 02:57 PM

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I love this salad.  I made it for someone who can only eat almond and peanuts due to a severe nut allergy.  I was surpised that I like it even better.  I think the almond skins add good flavor and color.  I will make it with almonds in the future.

I topped it with "quinoa crumbs" for the crunch like fake croutons.  I make a batch of quinoa, seasoned or plain.  I spread it out on a large sheet pan on parchment or silpat and cook it in the oven until dry.  (274-300 degrees?)


03/10/2019 01:54 PM

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Just delicious.  I 'hid' a cup of white beans in there and added more black pepper, lemon juice, some oregano and a second tbsp of Dijon and a tbsp apple cider vinegar. Tweak this according to your taste buds using this model as a base. Wonderful ideas on this site! You can also briefly bake up a slice of sprouted grain bread with garlic powder on it in the oven for a few minutes, and cut into small croutons.

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05/25/2019 05:30 PM

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Did you substitute the cashews for beans or added beans to the recipe? That sounds delicious!!


07/19/2019 11:24 PM

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This salad is fabulous!  KAL makes an imported nutritional yeast that is unfortified.


09/24/2019 04:48 PM

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This is by far my favorite Dr. Fuhrman dressing recipe.  I absolutely love just having the romaine, the Nutritarian parmesan, and the dressing.  Just fabulous!