Flash in the Pan: Quick Creamy Caesar Dressing (Dairy Free, Egg Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free, Anti-Candida)

[Sometimes, you just want a dish that’s quick and easy–no fuss.  I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so simple to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at right).]

[“Caesar” with smoky crumbled tofu, grape tomatoes and romaine.]

Blame it on the rain.

Don’t worry, I’m not referring to the song by that two-hit wonder duo from the 1980s.  I’m talking about the fact that ever since January 1st here in Toronto, the weather has been much less like winter and much more like soppy springtime (believe me, I am not complaining).  Rain translates to warmer weather, which translates to fewer winter stews and more salads. Lots and lots of salads.  All dressed in this rich and delectable, easier-than-the-girls-on-The-Bachelor, Caesar dressing.

Or we could blame it on my fierce desire to resume a stricter anti-candida(ACD) regimen these days, thereby consuming more veggies. . . which translates to more salads.  Lots and lots of salads. All dressed in this Caesar dressing. . . .

Or maybe we could blame it on my erstwhile osteopenia diagnosis, and the goal of ingesting more greens, ideally more than once a day.  Which translates to. . . . . lots and lots.  All dressed in . . . .

Whatever the reason, I’m so glad I discovered this super quick and ridiculously easy salad dressing.  It’s called “Caesar,” but really, it’s a lush, velvety, pungent topper that could be used for myriad purposes–salad, as a garlic mayo, a veggie dip, the base for a vegan mac and cheese sauce. . . and whatever else you dream up.

Warning: you may end up eating more of this dressing than you anticipated.  It’s okay.  Blame it on me.

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  1. I am loving new dressings these days! This looks fantastic, Ricki! I bet it would be great with kale, sun-dried tomatoes and white beans! 🙂

  2. Ok, this dressing sounds incredible. I might even be able to convince hubby to try it. He generally wont eat salad unless doused in Caesar dressing. Thank you hero!

  3. Oh how I love a new dressing recipe. And this one is right up my alley. I’m consuming more veggies too. Not sure if it’s weather-related. I think I just get it now 🙂

  4. This sounds lovely! Simple is definitely me! Printed! Thank you!

  5. What a neat use of zucchini!

  6. I’ve been gobbling salads at a crazy pace lately. And they are especially yummy with cashew or pumpkin-seed-based dressings. Maybe it is a sign of spring, though it doesn’t feel like spring. Interesting use of zucchini — I’ll have to remember that.

  7. wonder if this would work with the ground cashews I have in the freezer – see them every now and again and think I must use them up – definitely salad weather here – glad your winter is being kind to you

  8. Love the flash in the pan recipes! I tried a similar Caesar from Blissful Bites last week, but the zucchini is a cool twist.

    • I love the Blissful Bites recipes, too! Must give her Caesar a try as well. (and I’m putting zucchini in most of my dressings these days. . . allows me to eat some zucchini, about which I’m not crazy otherwise!)

  9. Oh my gosh. This sounds absolutely wonderful. I am loving the idea of the zucchini in this! My oldest son, who will eat most other veggies, does NOT like zucchini (unless I make zucchini fritters). But he would never know that it was in this dressing.

    And I am still laughing at your easier-that-the-girls-on-the-bachelor comment! Now THAT is funny!!

  10. Oh Ricki, this looks fabulous! We’ve had a fair bit of rain here too, but I’m less pleased about that than you as it’s supposed to be summer here. I want my proper summer! *pout* That said, it’ll be 28 here tomorrow for Australia Day, so yay!

    Love, love, love the look of this! Pungent and creamy is perfect in my books 🙂

  11. OK, yum! This recipe is just perfect. I will be trying as soon as I can get to the store to get zucchini! Also – I love the quick recipes like this. It’s all I have energy for at the moment!

  12. Mmmm. This sounds and looks marvellous. Thank you! I just ran out of spinach, and now I know exactly what to put on my next bunch 🙂

    I get what you mean about the weather! On those few days when the temperature dropped to about 20 below, I’d stocked up on some organic canned soup. Now, the cans are looking up at me sadly from the bottom of my pantry. Oh, your time will come soon, soup! We still have February to face… 😉

  13. Caesar salad dressing? One of my favorites – perfect! I really, really want to make all of my own dressings to avoid those pesky preservatives – they don’t preserve the human body very well. Thank you!

  14. thank you {sincerely} for sharing this dressing, and thank you {sarcastically} for getting milli vanilli stuck in my head. 😉

    although it’s still much colder up here than in toronto, i too have been all over big salads these days & have been loving mine doused in tahini-based dressings.

    • Jess, I have to admit that I couldn’t get the song out of my head all day yesterday. . . I kept humming it and driving my hubby crazy! 😀 Glad you like the dressing, though. And salads are always good, I think. 🙂

  15. Ooo excellent, I need a good vegetarian Caesar dressing!

  16. You’re speakin’ my language- this is exactly what I need right now! Yum!

  17. Yum!!!! I think Kim already said everything I can think to say except take out son and insert husband 🙂

  18. i just got my csa box today.. and guess what .. i have a large head of spinach, lettuce and 3 zukes! and i havent had a caesar salad is a looooong while! i love the zucchini in the dressing.. i am going to throw in some spicy roasted chickpeas in there for some crunch instead of croutons!

    • Richa, love the idea of the chickpeas! I’m usually too lazy (or too rushed) so just use the lettuce and dressing–and that’s enough for me! But I think I’ll have to try the chickpea option. 🙂

  19. I can’t wait to try this! Pinned! I love plain chickpeas on salad. They give it that something extra. I have a favorite Moroccan Vinaigrette on my site, but this looks like a very nice addition. Thanks!

  20. Ooooh, zucchini in the dressing–love it! Will make for sure. Thanks, Ricki!


  21. I can never get enough vegan Caesar recipes! Amazing.


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