So I kind of conflated two of Isa Chandra Moskowitz’s vegan Caesar salad dressing recipes and produced a rather delicious one that also happens to be low in fat. The hummus, which is part of the recipe, does contain tahini, so there is nutrient-dense fat! This is important because fat facilitates the absorption of nutrients in the vegetables. You want to make sure your fat is nutrient dense, however, as opposed to nutrient neutral. Nuts and seeds provide fat and are nutritionally intense, while something like olive oil provides fat, but is nutritionally neutral:
Since fats help you absorb the nutrients in vegetables, replacing the olive oil on your salad with nuts and seeds reduces cardiovascular risk and calories absorbed while providing the maximum nutrient value from the salad.15In addition to increasing the absorption of nutrients in vegetables, nuts and seeds supply their own spectrum of micronutrientsincluding plant sterols, minerals, and antioxidants.
From: “Olive Oil is NOT a Health Food” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman.
Vegan Caesar Dressing
1/2 cup homemade hummous
1/2 cup vegetable broth
3 1/2 TBS fresh grated garlic
4 TBS nutritional yeast flakes
4 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 TBS capers with brine
Blend it all up in the bullet or the Vitamix and you’ll have enough dressing for many Caesar salads!