Vegan Caesar Dressing:
¼ cup raw cashews
1 clove garlic
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ ripe avocado
1 teaspoon drained capers (or 1-2 anchovy fillet if you aren't vegetarian)
¼ -1/2 cup water
¾ teaspoon salt
Fresh black pepper
1 head Romaine lettuce
2 cups croutons
¼ cup grated Parmesan, if you like
Make the dressing (allow several hours or make the day before): Soak cashews in about a cup of water for at least 4 hours and up to 12. Drain.
Combine dressing ingredients in a blender jar or food processor. Drain the cashews before adding and discard the soaking liquid. Add ¼ cup water and blend. Add more water if necessary to get a pourable consistency.
Wash and tear Romaine. Refrigerate until cold and crisp.
Toss with about ¼ cup of dressing and garnish with croutons or Parmesan.