I use this recipe a lot. Everytime I've served it people have raved about it. My 7 year old will eat 5 helpings of salad if this is the dressing. It comes from a vegan cookbook and may have some ingredients you don't normally have in your fridge if you're not a vegan or a foodie. I would go out and get them and make this dressing if I were you - but it's your call. Also, once you have the ingredients they keep a long time and you can make this dressing anytime you want. One of the ingredients called for is miso, which has such a great flavor. If you can't find mellow white miso you can substitute another kind, just go easy with it. I also like to just throw a spoonfull of miso in a cup and stir it up with some boiling water and drink it, yummy instant soup. You could even have some with this salad and then it would be soup and a salad, what more do you need?
In the cookbook the recipe is called Pseudo Caesar Salad, but I think it's better than your average caesar (even though it doesn't have cheese in it. . . what is better without cheese? This dressing I guess)
Miso Master: I just love this guy
This is the finished dressing: it tastes more exciting than it looks
2 cloves of garlic
1 Tablespoon Tahini (sesame paste)
1 tablespoon mellow white miso paste
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice (about 1/2 a lemon)
1 teaspoon (be generous) soy sauce
1/4 tsp. worcestershire sauce (vegetarian if you are one)
1/3 c. olive oil
There are 2 ways of making this:
- Put the garlic into a mini food processor and give it a whirl
- Add all the other ingredients (except the romaine, but did I really need to mention that?) Give it a whirl. There you go, dressing made.
Here is the other way, if you don't feel like lugging out an appliance
- Crush the garlic and put it in a jar(with screw on lid).
- Add all the other ingredients
- Give it to your kids to shake as hard as they can (good background music for this includes Outkast's Shake it - as long as your kids are too young to understand the real meaning of the lyrics)
- Toss with romaine leaves and eat. . . adding some homemade croutons is good too, but not strictly necessary.