Thursday, October 16, 2008

Eggless Caesar Dressing

I came across this recipe in a March 2007 issue of Redbook magazine. It is the Culinary Institute of America's "Guilt-Free Caesar Dressing." It was created to be a less fattening alternative, and subsitutes soft tofu for eggs. Eggless and less fattening works for me! The dressing tastes awesome.

2 ounces Parmesan cheese, cubed (can also Trader Joe's Shredded Parmesan - it has microbial rennet)
2 to 3 garlic cloves
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard (I just use regular mustard and it tastes great)
1 and 1/2 tsp white-wine vinegar
1 and 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (make sure you get some without anchovies)
salt and pepper (to taste)
1 cup silken tofu
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


  1. Place cheese in blender and pulse or chop until it settles uniformly into the bottom of the container.
  2. Add garlic and continue to blend until minced.
  3. Add mustard, white-wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and tofu, and process until thoroughly combined.
  4. While the blender is running, drizzle in olive oil and process until smooth. Add water if necessary to achieve the desired consistency.
  5. Adjust seasonings to taste.
For Caesar salad I mix Romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese, and the dressing. It is fabulous. Enjoy!


Almost Vegetarian said...

Oh big yum! I adore a good salad dressing. But can you find a vegetarian Parmesan cheese? All the hard cheeses (well, almost all) seem to be processed with rennet which, as you know, comes from cow stomach and, of course, is no good for a vegetarian diet. A decent Parmesan without rennet would be a great find.


Anonymous said...

Great question! I will update the post with this information. I use Trader Joe's shredded parmesan cheese. It is with microbial rennet: click here for Trader Joe's rennet information. Here is a link to my post on Trader Joe's products: Trader Joe's Vegetarian, Vegan, and Animal Rennet-Free Products. Unfortunately their unshredded parmesan cheese has animal rennet.