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Caesar Salad w/ Homemade Croutons (dairy & egg free)

This recipe creates a delicious Caesar Dressing that is free from dairy and eggs, making it suitable for those with dietary restrictions or preferences. The combination of garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, and vegan Parmesan creates a rich and savory flavor profile. Whether used to dress a classic Caesar salad or as a versatile dip, this dairy-free and egg-free Caesar Dressing is sure to delight your taste buds.

The homemade Italian Croutons are quick and easy to make, and they add a delightful crunch and Italian-inspired flavor to your dishes. With the combination of olive oil, sea salt, onion powder, and Italian seasoning, these croutons elevate any soup or salad to the next level. Enjoy the irresistible aroma and satisfying texture of these crispy croutons as they enhance your favorite Italian-inspired dishes.

Vibe: A perfect song that pairs well with this Caesar Salad & Italian Crouton recipe is "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5. This smooth and laid-back pop tune sets the perfect ambiance for a relaxed brunch. With its catchy melodies and easygoing vibes, "Sunday Morning" complements the flavors and simplicity of the Caesar salad and Italian croutons. Let the soothing sounds of this song create a mellow and enjoyable atmosphere as you indulge in the delicious combination of fresh greens, creamy dressing, and crispy croutons during your Sunday brunch.

Booze: To complement the flavors of the Caesar salad and Italian croutons, a crisp and refreshing white wine like Sauvignon Blanc would be an excellent choice. The bright acidity and citrus notes of Sauvignon Blanc work harmoniously with the tangy dressing and herbaceous flavors of the salad. Its lively character and hints of tropical fruits can enhance the overall dining experience and provide a delightful contrast to the savory elements of the dish. Consider serving a chilled Sauvignon Blanc to elevate your meal and create a delightful pairing with the Caesar salad and Italian croutons.

Croutons Ingredients:

3 cups sourdough loaf, cut into cubes

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Crouton Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sourdough cubes, olive oil, sea salt, onion powder, and Italian seasoning. Toss well to evenly coat the bread cubes with the seasonings.

  3. Spread the seasoned bread cubes in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the croutons turn golden brown and crispy. Make sure to stir them halfway through baking to ensure even toasting.

  5. Once golden brown, remove the baking sheet from the oven and let the croutons cool completely.

  6. Serve the Italian Croutons as a delicious topping for soups, salads, or even as a flavorful snack.

Salad Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed

  • 1 tsp anchovy paste

  • 1 Tbsp 100% lemon juice

  • 1 tsp brown mustard

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated vegan Parmesan

  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

  • 1/4 tsp freshly cracked black pepper

Salad Directions:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine the minced garlic cloves, anchovy paste, lemon juice, brown mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Stir well to blend the flavors.

  2. Add the vegan mayonnaise and whisk until smooth and well combined.

  3. Stir in the freshly grated vegan Parmesan, sea salt, and black pepper. Mix until the ingredients are evenly incorporated.

  4. Taste the dressing and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more salt, pepper, or lemon juice if desired.

  5. Transfer the Caesar Dressing to a jar or airtight container.

  6. Refrigerate the dressing for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.

  7. Serve the dairy-free and egg-free Caesar Dressing over a fresh salad, or use it as a flavorful dip for vegetables.

  8. Enjoy the creamy and tangy goodness of this homemade Caesar Dressing, knowing it is entirely vegan-friendly.



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