Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Bistro Caesar Salad

This is absolutely, hands down, the most delicious and ridiculously simple eggless Caesar salad I've ever had. EVER. I nicked it from a friend in 1993 and I've been making it ever since. My sister-in-law hates Caesar's but she loved this one - it's consistently amazing every time!

Ironically, it's usually the raw eggs and anchovies that (understandably) freak people out about Caesar's - well, problem solved! This one never had eggs and the anchovies are easily left out.

Eggless Bistro Caesar Salad
Serves 4

1 large garlic clove, pressed (minced works too but using a press squeezes all the yummy juices out to really activate the garlic - tastes better, but be forewarned!)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
4 anchovy fillets or 1-1/2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon tobasco (the secret ingredient that totally makes this work)
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
1 head Romaine, washed and hand-ripped (knives turn lettuce brown. boo.)
1-1/2 cup croutons
1/2 cup vegan Parmesan (if you have a dehydrator, here's a recipe to try making your own)
salt and pepper to taste

In the serving bowl, whisk all seasonings until combined. Add oil slowly while continuing to whisk. Add lettuce and toss to coat. Throw in the Parmesan and croutons and toss to re-coat just before serving.

This pairs perfectly with Mom's Portabella Mushroom Fettucine!


  1. I would love to make this but I haven't seen vegan parmesan at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Any suggestions on where I might find it? I don't have a dehydrator either.

  2. Eat in the Raw makes a vegan parmesan called Parma - I've heard good things but can't say I've tried it myself. Here's a link to stores (real and virtual) where you can find it -

  3. Looks yummy! Which vegan parmesan did you use?

  4. I actually used a soy parmesan made by The Original Soya Co (, but unfortunately it's only available in Canada. For any Canadian fans, here's a link:

    Luckily my cousin brought some over for me, but I know that's not a big help. Sorry guys. Would love to know if anyone has found a similar product in the US, Europe or an online source. If so, please share!!!

  5. I live in Toronto so yay! Thanks :)


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