Homemade Caesar dressing spices up virtually any protein and provides a host of nutrients that are essential for a healthy pregnancy. This dressing makes it simple to throw together a quick and delicious snack or meal without very much effort.
It’s always good to have basic, flexible recipes on hand that don’t require much time or dish washing. These gems make it much easier to stick to a real food diet.
Quick and Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing for Lunches, Dinners, and Snacks
Homemade Caesar dressing is easy to whip up on the fly. The most obvious way to use it is on a chicken caesar salad. Cook up chicken breast–bone-in of course–then throw it in a bowl with some chopped romaine lettuce and top it with dressing.
You can also use salmon in place of chicken. Steam a fillet for about seven minutes. To see if it’s done, stick a fork in the thickest part and twist it a little. When it’s ready, the fish will flake apart a bit. Mix the salmon with some chopped romaine and combine it with the dressing.
For a super-quick lunch, you can use a can of tuna or canned salmon instead. Or use it as a dipping sauce for meat left over from last night’s dinner. I also like it with a burger and some sauerkraut. Weird combination, I know, but it’s tasty!
Homemade Caesar Dressing:
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 raw egg yolk
- 6 anchovy fillets, finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Freshly-grated parmesan, asiago, or romano to taste (optional)
Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and creamy.
You can tweak this recipe to suit your tastes. Add herbs and garlic or use more or less of the lemon and mustard. Add more or less anchovies. Change it up to create variety.
Anchovies: Preparation is Everything
Don’t be afraid of the anchovies. In my opinion, they are gross eaten right out of the can. Once they’re in the dressing it’s a different story. Chop them up finely and they actually add a nice salty taste. Plus also, they’re high in omega-3s, which you need a whole lot of right now.
Egg Yolks: Perfect Pregnancy Food in a Small Package
If you follow Weston A. Price, you know that eggs yolks are common foods among traditional societies for fertility and a healthy pregnancy. Yolks are rich in choline, which is vital for nervous system development. They’re also a good source of B vitamins and minerals.
Using a raw egg yolk might freak some people out, but foodborne illnesses that result from eggs are extremely rare. Eggs with the yolks still in liquid form aren’t fully cooked, but we’re not as freaked out about over easy and sunny side up eggs as we are when they come Rocky-style.
One in every 20,000 eggs might contain salmonella bacteria, which means that your chances of getting a contaminated egg are 0.005 percent. If you maintain your healthy gut flora, poisoning is even less likely.
As with anything else, the cleaner and fresher your eggs the better. Farm-fresh eggs from locally raised chickens are better for you all around.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil: Try to Get the Real Thing
Do you know if the olive oil you’re buying is really olive oil? Many olive oils carried in supermarkets are reduced with polyunsaturated vegetable oils. I recently read a post on Mark’s Daily Apple that described a way–albeit not foolproof–to test if your olive oil is authentic:
First of all, does it solidify if you put it in the fridge? Authentic olive oil will stiffen up when chilled. I didn’t know this and wondered why some would congeal and others wouldn’t.
Taste your olive oil to see if it gives you a bit of a peppery bite on the back of your throat. This is caused by the healthy polyphenol content in authentic olive oils.
Domestic varieties are less likely to be diluted with harmful vegetable oils. Baja Precious is an affordable olive oil created in California, and it’s one that I use. Bariani is another California-based favorite.
Check Labels for Additives in Dijon
An organic Dijon mustard found in our local supermarket contains all whole ingredients: water, organic mustard seeds, organic vinegar, salt, organic turmeric, and organic spices. Be careful that the mustard you choose is free of artificial additives.
Keeping simple and flavorful nutritious recipes on hand helps you to make healthy food choices when you don’t feel like spending much time in the kitchen. This homemade Caesar dressing tastes so good with a mixture of proteins and vegetables, creating variety and convenience.
© Liz Davis 2012 Homemade Caesar Dressing