Faux Caesar salad dressing (no oil)...


There's nothing as good as a very good salad!

When I get home from school after a busy day and assuming that I'm not teaching an evening course, making dinner from scratch is a bit of a stretch.  To calm down and pull myself together, I'd rather relax with an adult beverage and listen to Michael Savage rant about important things.  But, what about dinner?  No problem, as I have plenty of "pre-cooked" meals ready to eat, just like the nation's servicemen and women.  All I have to do is nuke the MRE in the microwave.  (The trick is to make two or three additional servings when cooking dinner from scratch and to freeze them for use when you don't have enough time or energy to cook.  Just don't leave them in the freezer for too long!)

Making an excellent salad, like my Dad's Caesar salad or Salade au Minette, takes a bit of energy and time that I'd rather spend relaxing.  And that's precisely where this "faux" Caesar salad dressing provides a perfect solution.  It is quick and easy to make.  It has a good, fresh, and sharp flavor.  All of the ingredients should already be in the refrigerator (assuming that you keep buttermilk in the refrigerator).  It is a low calorie, healthy option because this particular recipe contains no oil.  And, best of all, it can be made days ahead because this salad dressing holds up well in the refrigerator.


Upon reviewing the list of ingredients, one might wonder "Just how can Worcestershire, Tabasco, lemon juice and buttermilk work together?"  Well, try it out and taste for yourself!  It is a faux Caesar salad dressing without any oil.  Perhaps some ground anchovies in the dressing would round it off nicely, but I don't particularly care for anchovies!  Don't forget to use fresh parsley, thinly-sliced red onions (or Vidalia's), and halved grape tomatoes.

PS: Notice in the picture above, the pasta fork and spoon mentioned in "For kitchenophiles only."  The fork's middle tine is rounded at the end and the spoon has an indentation in its center made to fit the fork's center tine so that "spinning" pasta around the fork is simple.  Also, if you're interested, my Dad's Caesar salad and Salade au Minette will soon be featured on The Motley Monk.  My Dad's Caesar salad has ground anchovies in it and, for some odd reason and despite what I state above about anchovies, I love this excellent salad.



Like the idea?  Here's the recipe:



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