Guiltless Caesar Salad

 

Happy Labor Day Weekend!!! During a holiday when you’re going to be surrounded by temptation, it’s always a good idea to bring a guiltless dish to share at that family party or barbecue. And who doesn’t love the taste of a good Caesar salad? It’s crunchy enough to make you feel like you’re having a nutritious meal but has a whole lot of creamy decadence. Unfortunately, conventional Caesar salads are full of mucus-forming dairy, high sodium, and gluten-filled croutons. Yuk! Here’s an alternative that I like to make when I’ve really got a creamy craving.

Time: About 15 minutes

Ingredients (I don’t measure out portions precisely, so you may want to play around with the measurements)

2 cups of kale, romaine, or spinach
1 handful of crushed Mary’s Gone Crackers (to replace croutons!)
1/4 cup of kalamata olives
2 tablespoons of pine nuts
1 clove of garlic
3 tablespoons of tahini
the juice of one lemon
1-2 drops of liquid stevia
1 tablespoon of namu shoya or gluten-free tamari
1 tablespoons of olive oil
a pinch of salt

Salad Dressing

Whisk or blend tahini, lemon, olive oil, namu shoya/gluten-free tamari, and a drop of stevia.

Grated Nut “Cheese” (optional) 

Mix pine nuts, garlic, and sea salt  in a food processor.

Mix in all ingredients, making sure the dressing touches all parts. Add the nut cheese on top for taste. Enjoy!

 

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