Caesar Salad with Pignolia Cheese

Y’all.  This salad really does taste like Caesar salad!  Inspiration for this dressing definitely came from forksoverknives.com, so definitely check them out!  I have also gotten multiple accolades for the croutons, and they’re so simple to make!  I’ve served this salad at a couple dinner parties, and it works great alongside Italian food, especially with red sauce dishes.  Let me know what y’all think!

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Ingredients

Dressing

  • 1-2 Tbsp. cashew butter
  • ½ tsp. red or white wine vinegar (red adds a nice sweetness)
  • ½ lemon, squeezed
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ½ tsp. pepper

Salad

  • 1 head kale or any lettuce, chopped
  • 1 pinch sea salt (if using kale)
  • ½ cup red onion, diced
  • 1 cup barley or quinoa, cooked
  • 2-3 slices bread, cubed

Pignolia Cheese

  • 1 cup pignolias (pine nuts) or any nut of your fancy
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. oregano
  • ½ tsp. thyme (optional)

Method

Salad

  1. For the croutons, preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Place bread on parchment-lined baking sheet
  3. Bake for approximately 10 minutes (or until they’re golden brown and perfect)
  4. For the cheese, combine all ingredients in a blender
  5. Pulse until the mixture looks like crumbs
  6. If using kale, massage kale in a bowl with some sea salt until the leaves are slightly wilted and turn a vibrant green
  7. In a salad bowl, mix together the greens, onion, grains, and dressing until all are well-incorporated
  8. Enjoy!

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“To the roots of the mountains I sank down;
the earth beneath barred me in forever.
But you, Lord my God,
brought my life up from the pit.”
-Jonah 2:6

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