• Ingredients:

    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

    Salad:

    1 head Romaine lettuce

    2 cups croutons

    ¼ cup grated Parmesan, if you like

    Directions:

    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.