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Caesar Salad with Cashew Dressing & Tofu "Croutons"

  • 1 h
  • 1 h
Lauren Grant
“In this healthy salad recipe, blended cashews and flaxseed take the place of oil in the dressing, while seasoned tofu works as a lower-carb crouton alternative. Cashews are packed with potassium and iron, but also have more carbs than many other nuts (they have 8 grams per ounce vs. 4 grams for walnuts).”

Ingredients

    • Dressing
    • ¼ cup raw cashews
    • 3 tablespoons water
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons flaxseed
    • 1½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
    • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • ⅛ teaspoon salt
    • Tofu "Croutons"
    • 1 (14 to 16 ounce) block extra-firm tofu, drained and cut into ¾-inch cubes
    • ¼ cup lemon juice
    • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon onion powder
    • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
    • Salad
    • 8 cups chopped romaine lettuce (9 oz.)
    • 1 cup thinly sliced English cucumber
    • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley
    • ¼ cup thinly sliced scallions
    • 1 ounce shaved Parmesan cheese

Directions

  • 1 To prepare dressing: Place cashews in a small bowl and add enough hot water to cover. Soak for at least 30 minutes.
  • 2 Drain the cashews and transfer to a blender, along with 3 Tbsp. water, 2 Tbsp. lemon juice, flaxseed, mustard, anchovy paste, 1 tsp. Worcestershire, ½ tsp. garlic powder, and salt; puree. Set aside.
  • 3 Meanwhile, prepare tofu "croutons": Arrange tofu on a baking sheet between layers of paper towels. Top with another pan, place a heavy can on top and let drain for 15 minutes.
  • 4 Whisk lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic powder, and onion powder in a large bowl. Add the tofu and toss to coat. Let stand for 15 minutes or refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Transfer the tofu to a plate, discarding liquid.
  • 5 Heat 1½ tsp. oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Cook the tofu in two batches until golden and crisp on all sides, 6 to 8 minutes; drain.
  • 6 To prepare salad: Combine romaine, cucumber, parsley, and scallions in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Top with the tofu "croutons" and Parmesan.
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