Caesar salad is neither from Italy nor invented by Julius Caesar. It is Mexican (!!), invented by a restaurant in Tijuana in the 1920s, by a guy named Caesar Cardini. Despite this unexpected origin story, the Caesar salad, based on crisp romaine lettuce, is savory and delectable—a perfect way to welcome the warming weather every year. Drizzle this dressing over your next Caesar to enjoy health benefits to the max: avocado oil, organic herbs, and a Primal pedigree. This is Primal Kitchen's Caesar Dressing, ready for your leafy greens, no fuss, no work. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
When it comes to salad dressing, oil quality matters. Canola oil, the previous favorite for the heart-healthy crowd, has been thoroughly shown to be less than ideal: too much processing, too little connection to real food. So what's left in the veggie oil world are actually a trio of fruits: olive, coconut, and avocado. It is the latter that is under-appreciated for mellow flavor and wonderful versatility.
Primal Kitchen's Caesar dressing is creaminess and garlicky flavor on overload, balancing the punchy acid of lemon juice against herbs, spices, and delicate-tasting avocado oil. Adding to the nutrient density is a dose of nutritional yeast, and coconut aminos for zing.
Of course this dressing is phenomenal on a standard Caesar salad (don't forget those anchovies!), but there's much to love when drizzled over a Cobb with all that bleu cheese and hearty meat. It works just as well with any salad completely dominated by greens - kale, arugula, spinach, you name it. It works great on spinach, too! And then there's that famous massaged-kale salad that this dressing seems made for, especially if you add some chunks of avocado at the very end to sweeten the deal, and perhaps some dried cherries for extra antioxidant punch.
And yes, it works beyond the bowl of greens. How about a finishing sauce over some heirloom beans, or a marinade or last-minute topping for your favorite fish recipe? If your recipe loves herbs and lemon, this dressing is for your recipe.
Why Primal Kitchen Caesar Dressing is so good for you
The first and major ingredient is avocado oil, pressed using a cold press process and then centrifuged for purity. Just how awesome is it? Avocado oil, like olive oil and hazelnut oil, contains oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that may help to lower cholesterol.
Avocado oil is notable for its fat composition, fatty acids which are anti-inflammatory in nature. It’s also notably high in Vitamin E and monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acids. In a recent study, both high and low doses of avocado oil enhanced alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and lutein absorption from a salad by as much as 15 times compared to a salad without avocado oil. That's right: this dressing makes your salad even healthier.
Ingredients in Primal Kitchen's Caesar Dressing: Avocado Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Water, Organic Lemon Juice, Organic Coconut Aminos, Organic Cage-Free Eggs, Organic Roasted Garlic Powder, Organic Cage-Free Egg Yolks, Sea Salt, Organic Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Nutritional Yeast
About Primal Kitchen, in their own words
Ok, seriously, who HASN'T heard of Mark Sisson in the paleosphere by now? Mark's Daily Apple? Sorry, it's just that his influence is vast and his values in the nutritional world are strong and well-known.
"My name is Mark Sisson, and I’m a former elite endurance athlete who has made health and fitness my life’s work. Since trading in my professional running shoes 26 years ago, I’ve written a series of best-selling health and fitness books, I’ve designed natural state-of-the-art, health-enhancing nutritional supplements and educational diet and exercise systems, and I’ve published MarksDailyApple.com. My mission is to empower more people to take responsibility for their own health and enjoyment of life by investigating, discussing and critically rethinking everything we’ve assumed to be true about health and wellness. Primal Kitchen expands this mission, bringing uncompromisingly delicious, high quality, nutrient dense sauces and dressings to kitchens everywhere. In the world of real food, it’s often what you put on your food that keeps it interesting."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
What kinds of avocados are used?
Our avocados are sourced from handpicked, organically grown, premium Spanish avocados. We are working on obtaining our organic certification.
Why is this dressing so CREAMY?
It's all of that wonderful oil, blended just so with herbs and nutritional yeast for a hint of thickening. The emulsifying pasteurized eggs is the final magic ingredient, adding richness and nutrition.