I made the dressing not knowing what I would use for the salad ingredients, but I’m happy that I found this Cucumber Caesar Salad Dressing combination and I wanted to share it with you right away.
I decided to try this dressing because my daughter likes Caesar salad dressings.
And I enjoy cucumbers, especially when I can find really great tasting ones. That usually means a trip to the Farmers Market though. Yet, sometimes I find that the mini packaged cucumbers taste good too. Yet, the best cucumbers I’ve ever had were those that I grew in my own garden. I wish you the best in finding some good cucumbers for this salad.
Caesar Salad Dressing
1/4 cup raw cashews
1/8 cup raw pine nuts, or raw sesame seeds (I didn’t have either, so I used tahini paste.)
3 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 clove garlic
1 tsp miso paste (I used a mellow white. See note* below.)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp kelp granules (I used powdered kelp.)
1 tsp honey, or liquid sweetener of choice
1/4 cup of water (I added more for a thinner version.)
1 TBS extra virgin olive oil, optional (Omit for oil-free version).
Mix all the ingredients in a small food processor or in a blender until smooth.
*Note about miso paste:If miso paste is kept in the freezer it will last for at least a year. It never freezes solid, so it’s easy to measure out what you need as you need it.
SERVE: I served over a salad of sliced cucumbers, split cherry tomatoes and chopped celery. I will definitely make this Cucumber Caesar Salad again in the near future (like tomorrow).
It is so YUMMY! It’s quick and easy. I hope you will try it soon.
This chickpea salad spread has two options. It can be prepared as “chicken” salad or “tuna” salad substitutes. See “tuna” flavor salad add-in options below under the ingredients section.
Ingredients:Of course substitutions can be made for many of these ingredients, but this list serves as a general guideline.
One 15 ounce can of chickpeas (or 1 1/2 cup home cooked), drained and rinsed
1 stalk of celery
1 green onion (or 2 TBS red/white/yellow onion or 1 scallion), finely chopped
1 – 2 TBS tahini (or homemade vegan mayo or any dressing of your choice)
1 1/2 tsp mustard of choice
1/4 cup of nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, etc)
1 – 2 TBS dried cranberries
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
dash of paprika
salt and pepper, to your liking
Add-ins for the “tuna” flavor:One or the other will do just fine
1 sheet of nori seaweed, crumbled
4 mini sheets of any nori seaweed snacks
1/2 – 1 tsp of kelp powder
Add all the ingredients to a food processor then mix/chop. Or mash the chickpeas with a fork and then add remaining ingredients.
I offered the chickpea “chicken” version salad to someone who had never tried anything similar to this before. I was informed that he was not a fan of hummus. I put the spread into a tortilla wrap with avocado and jalapenos. After the first bite, the response was, “Not bad.” But when the plate was empty, he asked for the recipe.
This technique makes creating a mid-day lunch or dinner snack easy. It also helps with creating a variety in your meals.
What I like to do is put various toppings together into containers and add the salad dressing too. Ideally, choose any ingredients that you would like to marinate in the salad dressing. For me, this is everything other than nuts and soft lettuces, but I will add kale and cabbages because they are tougher lettuces.
Toppings in this photo: beans – edamame and chickpeas, fresh sweet corn, zucchini, artichokes, bell peppers and olives.
Tex-Mex is my favorite without a doubt. I really enjoy corn tortillas, and my preference is organic corn tortillas. Yet, it’s so difficult to find organic corn tortillas or the right organic corn meal (masa) to make my own tortillas (still looking though). But this tortilla recipe is just as satisfying. It’s very mild tasting so it would make a good wrap for anything you wish to put inside.
The original recipe is from Elavegan, but when I didn’t have any chickpea flour I decided to try fresh, cooked chickpeas instead – and it worked!
These always turn out well, even when I have difficulty with the mix. If you think it's too sticky add more chickpeas.
I have even used much less water to form a dough that I rolled out using a pin to form the tortilla before cooking on the griddle.
As per Elavegan's recipe (see link above) you can use chickpea flour in place of the chickpeas in this recipe.
1 cup chickpeas (they should be cooked until very tender)
1/2 cup tapioca starch
3/4 cup of water, to start
1/4 - 1/3 tsp salt (optional)
Preheat stove-top griddle/pan
Add chickpeas to a food processor, and process until very grainy.
Add tapioca starch and pulse to mix in.
Add water while processing to form a batter which should be pourable.
Pour the batter onto a hot griddle/pan to the desired size. You may need to spread a bit with the back of a spoon or spatula.
Cook until bubbly on top (just like pancakes) and flip over to cook the other side.
As you may already know, I live in Texas. Houston has been my home for my entire life. (Actually now I live in Pearland, but if I just drive for 5 minutes I’m back in the Houston areas.) Therefore, it should be no surprise that my favorite dishes are “Tex-Mex” combinations which include lots of beans, rice, salsa, guacamole, corn, grilled onions, etc. Yeah, I know, you might be thinking…”What about the cheese?” Well I don’t eat cheese anymore, (gasp), and I don’t miss it one bit.
This is my chance to add a little nutrition/health info…so I’m going to do just that.
I grew up eating cheese and many dairy products (ever heard of Borden milk and Blue Bell ice cream?) I never imagined my life without cheese/dairy. But about a decade ago, when my allergies had become unbearable…I decided to test the theory that perhaps the milk and cheeses were causing most of my issues…and that was exactly the case.
But, since that’s the only change that I made during that time and the fact that I haven’t been bothered by seasonal allergies since then….well one thing is for sure – the milk and the cheeses didn’t agree with my body. I had these issues since a small child and they disappeared when I took milk and cheeses out of my diet. The relief that I now experience makes up for any losses I initially felt when I gave up dairy.
For you – Do you battle seasonal allergies? If so, I suggest that you try changing your diet by removing dairy from your diet. You will know in a matter of weeks whether it’s had a positive affect.
I won’t try to explain the science behind it all. Just some basic principles. I talk about this more in the online courses and in some of the nutrition blog posts too. Here is the recipe:
* Home-cooked beans are preferred, but organic canned is a quick and handy option
** Fresh corn is preferred, but organic frozen corn works well too
Most of the ingredients in this recipe are some that you can keep on hand in your fridge/freezer ready to grab. This makes preparing meals so easy.
1 clove garlic
Fresh slices of colored bell peppers, chopped
Onions (of choice)
Prepared beans of your choice*
Leafy greens, chopped (collards, kale or chard)
Diced tomatoes (fresh)
Sweet Corn** (fresh or frozen organic is a quick and handy option)
Pico de gallo (topping)
Cooked Brown rice or quinoa
Grill the onions and bell peppers together on the stove-top, adding garlic last so it doesn't burn
Add beans, tomatoes, corn until heated thoroughly
Toss in chopped leafy greens
Serve in a bowl on top of a bed of rice/quinoa. Add toppings such as guacamole and/or pico.
Polenta is a corn-meal porridge. You can top polenta with anything you like which makes it a delicious options for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.
Polenta is identified as a yellow corn-meal. The way it’s process produces a more whole form of what many know as grits and contains 6 g of fiber. ( The most popular form of grits only have .7 g – yet I believe there is a white corn that can be used to create white polenta “grits” which reserves the whole kernels.
If cooking on the stove-top it takes about 30 minutes. Use 1 cup of polenta to 6 cups of water.
But I prefer the much easier option of using an Instant Pot. This recipe makes 4 – 6 servings.
1 cup polenta
6 cups water or broth
Vegetable Toppings: (in photo)
`1 bell pepper
2 stalks green onion
8 ounces mushrooms
4 ounces cherry tomatoes
4 cups spinach
Salt, pepper and crushed red pepper (optional)
Directions: (for Instant Pot)
Add polenta, water and sprinkle with a little salt (optional) into Instant Pot and stir.
Cook for 10 minutes (manually set or use ‘Rice’ button).
After time is up, Press ‘Cancel’ to switch to ‘Off’ and allow natural pressure release (usually 10/15 minutes).
Stir to combine water and corn-meal. Using a whisk makes this easier.
Heat griddle or pan on stove-top.
Add 1 tsp of oil and/or 2 TBS water to the pan.
Add all vegetables except for spinach and stir-fry (stir-steam) until desired tenderness, sprinkle with seasonings of choice.
Remove vegetables to a plate, turn off heat, add spinach and allow to wilt. (Adding a bit of water to create steam will help spinach wilt.)
Serve by adding polenta to a dish and topping with the vegetables.
This is my go-to recipe for breakfast (in addition to a morning smoothie which I usually have while cooking pancakes). Notice there aren’t any sweeteners, gums or extra fillers in this gluten-free recipe. Just the basic ingredients and I enjoy them with unsulphured molasses, a touch of maple syrup and cold-pressed flax seed oil (an optional boost of Omega-3’s).
Ingredients: 1 cup buckwheat flour 1 cup millet flour 2 TBS ground flax seeds (can add up to 4 TBS) 2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp sea salt 1 tsp apple cider vinegar (or lemon juice) 2 cups nut milk (or water will work just as well) 2 tsp baking powder
Heat a hot griddle or skillet over low to medium heat.
Mix all ingredients together well, except for the baking powder
Allow to sit about 2 – 3 minutes for the flax seeds to help bind the mixture. (The ground flax seeds is a plant-based substitution for eggs.)
Add a bit more nut milk or water to attain the consistency needed to pour the pancake batter onto a griddle.
Add baking powder and mix slightly. ( You can add another tablespoon of water to help the powder dissolve easily.)
Add just a touch of oil if needed(I prefer coconut oil when needed) to your griddle or skillet.
Cook the pancakes. (They should be easy to pour from the bowl and form round circles on the cooking surface. If not, you can use a spoon to spread a bit or add more liquid).
Note: I make my own buckwheat and millet flours using a Vitamix grain container that has a specific blade for grinding grains.
Suggestion: Mix all the dry ingredients together and store in an airtight container. To use, add liquid of choice in 1:1 ratio of dry mix. Allow to sit for 1 minute. Then, if using, add lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Cook on hot griddle.