Vegan Caesar Dressing.

Vegan Caesar Dressing.
Vegan Caesar Dressing by Knead to Cook.

Happy Monday!  Last one of April.  Insane, right?  Well hopefully all of these rainy days will turn over to a beautiful, flower-filled May.  This weekend was busy and fun.  We had our neighborhood garage sale – a success but a pain in the tush.  I’ll admit, I’m not a fan but it’s a great way to clean out and make some cash!  Clutter buster! It felt good to clean out and pair down. Then Sunday we rode in our first bike ride/race.  More about that later.

Today, I was craving a Caesar salad.  Salads are healthy but dressings and toppings can be the downfall of any bowl of healthy greens.  Unhealthy fats, sodium and an overload of cheese can have more than 50 grams of fat and more sodium than a bag of chips.  This will revamp your greens and make you swoon over this healthier version.  This dressing comes together quickly and is perfect to keep on hand when you’re craving hits.   Okay I’ll stop babbling and move onto the recipe…
Ingredients:

1/2 cup of walnuts – soaked
2 juiced lemons
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Nutritional Yeast flakes
2 tablespoons of Maille Dijon Mustard
3-5 cloves of garlic
1/4 teaspoon salt
Pepper

Directions:

Soak your walnuts with fresh, cold water for 1-2 hours.  Drain.  Add all of the ingredients to your high powered blender, like a Vitamix.  Blend on speed 10 for about 1 minute or until creamy and smooth.  If the dressing is too thick, add a tablespoon of water to thin it out.  If the consistency is good, pour into a container and refrigerate until needed.

You can use this dressing on a regular garden salad, atop roasted veggies, as a dip or over romaine and kale Caesar salad greens.  The dressing will keep for 14 days in a sealed container refrigerated.

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I took Friday and  Saturday off. We were participating in our neighborhood yard sale and I had a lot of work to do.  Plus I needed some rest days.  I was told by my cardiologist that I can continue to run but had to defer races until next year as we are waiting for all of my tests to come back.  I did that.  But Sunday did participate in my first organized bike ride/race.  They had 20/40 and 60 mile options.  It was my second ride of this year and we opted for 20. Plus we rode to and from (10 more miles).  Afterwards, we got to watch semi pros and professionals race on a short course (42 laps of a mile course).  See pics below.  It was such a fun day.

Saturday:  Rest Day.
Sunday:  30 miles cycling (20 mile hilly ride/10 miles to and fro)
Monday:  6 outdoor miles

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The ride was through many farmlands and Amish areas.  There was one significant hill/mountain that almost killed me at mile 12 post rest area but I did it!  Lowest gear and legs screaming. Several people were seen walking their bikes up the hill – I had to do it and dug deep.  I was thrilled when it was over.
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After showers, we headed back down to watch the races.  My father met up with this super cutie pie who was more interested in watching the cyclists flying by.  
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Such a fun day!

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Today’s run was hard– I won’t lie.  I was thrilled with this pace because I thought I would be closer to a 10 minute mile.  My legs felt like cement.  But the end of the month is coming… got to get these miles in!
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Wishing you an awesome week!

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— Knead to Cook

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