When you make the decision to take the path of a restricted diet of some sort, be it GAPS, AIP, Paleo, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Soy-free or some combination of all of the above, you very quickly realise that many of your pantry staples are no longer a viable option.
All those bottle and jars that you kept in the fridge to make a quick sauce, dress a salad, marinade some meat etc can no longer be used because they always seem to have just one ingredient lurking that you can't have anymore.
Salad dressings are one of those things that most of us just grab from the supermarket shelf and throw in the trolley without giving it a second thought, but the truth of the matter is, they are super quick and easy to throw together. Often it's just a case of putting all the ingredients in a jar and shaking it, or at most blending them up in a jug with a stick blender.
Caesar dressing absolutely falls into this category! The dressing is really easy to make and you can tailor the salad to your own personal tastes. Jazz it up with some fresh salmon in place of the chicken, or use left over meat from your the bbq or roast you had the other night to clean out the fridge. If you can't be bothered with making croutons, or don't have any GF bread lying around, then just leave them out.
It's quite funny actually. My husband and eldest daughter absolutely HATE anchovies, and yet this is one of their favourite salad dressings!! Lol! Better not tell them I sneak liver into their mince dishes every now and then either! Shhhhhhhhh - that's our little secret! 😉
I always make extra when we have Chicken Caesar Salad so hubby can take some to work for the next day or two, and the girls and I have it for lunch again the next day. So long as you just put the dressing on when you serve it, the salad itself will keep well in a sealed container for a day or two.
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Cindy Kennedy is a Nutritional Medicine Practitioner & Clinical Herbalist who lives and breathes Hashimoto’s on a personal and professional level. Her true passion lies in turning gluten and dairy-free living from a restricted diet into a delicious and abundant family-friendly lifestyle.