Caesar Dressing Recipe

It's summer & with that comes the desire to enjoy delicious, crunchy & cool salads. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine principles, changes of season like going from winter to spring/summer and summer to fall/winter signals our body to a change in cravings. Soups and stews (unless chilled) take a back burner to salads and raw veg. Unfortunately, many of us know how laden with crap regular salad dressings can be. I encourage you to try out a homemade dressing like the Caesar Dressing recipe I have included here. I Cleaned it up from my favourite Joy of Cooking selection.

From my kitchen to yours...

Caesar Salad Dressing

Serves 6 – 8


Ingredients:

  • 5 anchovy fillets, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. In a small bowl well combine 5 anchovy fillets, 2 cloves minced garlic and ½ tsp salt.
  2. Then whisk in lemon juice and Worcestshire sauce.
  3. Add olive oil in a slow, steady stream while constantly whisking.
  4. Serve with loosely chopped Romaine lettuce and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese (optional).

Tip: Looking for an extra crunch, but don't want to resort to croutons? Try breaking up Mary's Gone Crackers overtop of your salad or use roasted sunflower seeds or chickpeas.

Vegetarian Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Kisses

Vegetarianism a hot topic! I assume most people out there think that all naturopathic doctors are vegetarian when in fact many of us aren’t. I myself am not a vegetarian, however, I do believe in incorporating meat-free meals into my omnivore diet. That is why I am so excited to have a fabulous resource for you. New York Times best-selling author, Tosca Reno, has finally debuted her Eat-Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook. It is full of healthy, clean, and tasty vegetarian recipes as well as informational pages covering many aspects of vegetarian health. Tosca has generously shared one of her recipes here with us:

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup (120 ml) old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) vegan unsweetened protein powder, as natural as possible
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) hulled hemp seeds
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) flaxseed, cracked
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1⁄4 cup (60 ml) vegan semisweet natural chocolate chips
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup (240 ml) all-natural peanut butter, sugar and salt free
  • 2 Tbsp (30 ml) brown-rice syrup, yacon syrup or pure honey

Directions:

In a large bowl, mix together oats, protein powder, hemp seeds, flaxseed, dried cranberries, chocolate chips and sea salt. Add peanut butter and syrup or honey and mix together. Using your hands, knead mixture together thoroughly. Drop by rounded teaspoonful onto a baking sheet, or use a mini ice-cream scoop. Using your hands, roll into balls. Wrap kisses in squares of aluminum foil, twisting tops to seal, or store them unwrapped in an airtight container.

Most importantly, enjoy!

Should you choose to be vegetarian just remember that it requires a lot of education and diligence about one's health. Vegetarians need to be extra cautious about iron levels, vitamin B12 levels, protein intake and carbohydrate selection. It’s easy to be a bad vegetarian who relies solely on fats and sugars. Oh my!

Meat-free meals are just what the doctor ordered!