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Caesar Salad Dressing

by Deliciously Organic on July 25, 2013

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe via www.DeliciouslyOrganic.net

Military members, their families, and military retirees have the opportunity to shop at grocery stores called commissaries. Many stationed in remote or oversees locations rely almost exclusively on commissaries for their grocery needs. The commissary claims to be 30% cheaper than competing grocery stores in town and offer a wide assortment of foods. Our current base in Florida features one of the largest commissaries in the country. Spanning over 15,000 sq.ft., you’d think the selection would be outstanding. Sadly, I visited the store several weeks ago and found that instead of a greater selection, there was just more of each product on the shelves. Instead of five rows of pop tarts, I saw ten, instead of two rows of bleach, I found eight. You get the picture. I walked up and down the aisles with my kids searching high and low for organic, unprocessed foods. We found a tiny produce section, some organic milk, eggs, and some organic (and highly priced) meat in the freezer section. I left very disappointed.

I think it’s time to change things. If we need our troops, retirees, and their families to be strong and healthy, we need to provide them with the necessary resources. This means making healthier foods available in the base commissaries.

I wrote on my Facebook wall about this predicament and asked if others were in the same situation. Within minutes many commented, lamenting the lack unprocessed food options.

Instead of just being frustrated, I contacted the head office for the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA). I also contacted Organic Valley since they already sell several products in the commissaries. I talked to a sales representative at Organic Valley who was more than happy to try and get more of their products in our stores. I talked with the head of dairy and others at DeCA headquarters. They said they’ll listen to the needs and desires of commissary patrons, then work to meet them.

So, if you’re a military family, please take a few minutes to fill out the DeCA survey, letting them know what you need at your local commissary. Also, if there are specific products, go to this link and list the items you’d like to see. I also suggest contacting other organic companies via social media or email to let them know we’d like to see their products in stores.

Here are some companies to consider contacting:
Organic Valley
Applegate Organics
Eden Organics
Straus
Bob’s Red Mill
Frontier Coop

If you are a military member, do you find it difficult to find organic or unprocessed foods at your local commissary? What foods would you like to see available? Please let me know as I will be sending your feedback to DECA headquarters. 

If you’re not a military member, could you please take a few minutes to write companies via Facebook or Twitter – letting them know we need more unprocessed, organic foods in our stores? It’s a small way you can help the troops here and abroad.

Caesar Salad Dressing

The other night, we hosted several families from our squadron for dinner. We had a great time getting to know some of the people who serve in our squadron. I served baked Shrimp Scampi, Caesar Salad, Grain-Free Cheesy “Cornbread”, and Vanilla Ice Cream with Homemade Magic Shell. You can find the “Cornbread” recipe in the grain-free adaptations to my first cookbook, Deliciously Organic. One 11-year old guest said, “That was the best salad dressing I’ve ever had!” I was delighted he enjoyed a healthy salad in our home. Many asked for the recipe, so I’m sharing my Mom’s Caesar Salad Dressing I’ve made since I was a kid. You can simply toss it with romaine and serve or add extra protein via grilled chicken or shrimp.

 

Caesar Salad Dressing

Total Time: 25 minutes

Serving Size: Makes 1 cup

Caesar Salad Dressing

Traditional Caesar salad dressing is made with raw eggs. When using raw egg yolks, I buy organic, pastured eggs and wash the egg shell water before cracking (salmonella comes from sick chickens so make sure and use good quality eggs). If you’re not comfortable with raw yolks, you can purchase pasteurized eggs at the grocery store.


Ingredients

  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 anchovy fillets (don’t worry, the dressing won’t taste fishy)
  • 1 raw organic, pastured egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

Instructions

Place garlic and lemon juice in a bowl and let sit for 10 minutes (this will help take the “bite” away from the garlic). Pour garlic mixture into a blender. Add remaining ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Adjust salt to taste. Serve.


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Katrina @ WVS July 25, 2013 at 10:32 am

Love this classic!! Great recipe!

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gretchen July 25, 2013 at 11:19 am

thank you for this post… i’m so incredibly disappointed in the selection at the post commissary where i live. they are currently expanding the building, so one can only hope they’ll be filling the new, additional aisles with organic, whole foods… but i won’t hold my breath. i filled out the survey. maybe just maybe they’ll catch up with some of the major grocery store chains and the options they even carry these days!

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Karen July 25, 2013 at 11:28 am

I’m so happy to see all your dressing recipe posts. So many think it’s easier to grab a bottle off the grocery store shelf, but what goes in them is appalling to me! Fresh is best! Your ranch recipe is one of our favorites. I will definitely be trying this recipe. I have an old classic from one of the very first cookbooks Nordstrom sold, it’s yummy too and so easy!

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Donna Smith July 25, 2013 at 11:40 am

Carrie, this dressing recipe looks yummy! I made your Green Goddess dressing yesterday and am excited to serve it with tonight’s dinner. A couple of comments: The Green Goddess dressing recipe makes a LOT for one week. I’d recommend halving unless you’re feeding quite a crew. And, are you sure about washing the eggs for the Caesar recipe in soap and water? I recently started raising backyard chickens, and from what I’ve read, you don’t want to wash eggs because they’re porous and the bacteria will be driven inside the egg by the water. Any thoughts? Thanks for your ideas! I have your cookbook and refer to it and your website frequently.

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Carrie July 25, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I am military and I completely agree!! Once they built a Whole Foods in my town (8 months ago?), I haven’t looked back. I actually stopped in the commissary about a week ago for convenience’s sake, and realized I shouldn’t have bothered – the organic produce section is miniscule, and other organic/healthy options just aren’t there. I will continue driving to the other side of town for my groceries!! And don’t even get me started about what we pay the military to serve us on deployment…

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Marie @ Little Kitchie July 25, 2013 at 4:42 pm

I’m addicted to kale caesar salads right now, would love to try this dressing!!

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Eileen July 25, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Wow! Thank you for doing this Carrie. We live next to a small commissary and sadly we rarely shop there. And when we do it mostly for non food times. There is a very small section labeled natural food, they sell Lara bars and some Bobs Red Mill products, a few gluten free items and that’s about it. There is a large selection of meat sold very cheap but we choose not to purchase any of it, as its all conventional. Also the produce section isn’t that great, there is one small section of organics but its usually only tomatoes and bagged lettuce, the conventional produce that is offered doesn’t always look that fresh. We also have visited a larger Comissary (further from where we live ) and had the same experience as you, there really isn’t much more of a selection offered just a lot more of the same items on the shelf. Luckily we live in an area where we are not reliant to a commissary, we have Whole Foods, Trafer Joes, several other grocery stores and local farmers markets. But like you said for others the comissary may be there only (or closest) choice. I have also seen the food that is served on bases and on boats.

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Karen July 26, 2013 at 9:03 am

I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new look! So natural and organic, I honestly can’t remember what the old one looked like, ha! Well done!

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Deliciously Organic July 26, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks, Karen! I’m excited!!

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Kelly @ The Nourishing Home July 26, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Just wanted to let you know that I absolutely LOVE your new design! So clean and inviting! Congrats!! And I also love how much you care about getting real food out to more and more of our military families! You are such a blessing!! Lots of blessings to you, sweet friend! :) Kelly

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Deliciously Organic July 30, 2013 at 6:26 am

Thanks, Kelly! I’m really excited about the new design. I also hope we can begin to provide our military with better food options. :)

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Emily July 27, 2013 at 4:34 pm

I don’t even bother going to the commissary. Even the organics that they do have, including Bob’s Red Mill are priced the same, or HIGHER, than where I normally shop. They do not carry local produce even though Ohio has outstanding CSA’s and local farms and dairies, and eggs. I cannot believe how terrible this commissary is even though they just remodeled and expanded. When I did ask for some of the organic products that I normally buy, I was told that they “were not on the list and could not be ordered.” I don’t know how they come up with their numbers but the 30% savings is certainly not on real food.

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Angelia July 30, 2013 at 11:28 am

Carrie – I shop at that same commissary…..plus about a half a dozen other places just to find everything we need:) It seems as if they keep carrying less and less. Every time we travel for whatever reason and then come back there is another item that has been dropped……so frustrating. If it wasn’t for offthevine, publix, winn dixie(one particular one) ,the fresh market, staff of life, the golden almond, online ordering, etc we would be totally lost. I will try to find the time for the survey very soon. Thanks for going through the trouble to get the ball rolling so to speak. I have often thought of complaining, contacting someone, etc but honestly sort of felt it was hopeless since whenever I have requested something it may appear for a short period of time and then it goes away again – I can’t keep up – haha. Take care – don’t you miss Whole Foods?

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Teresa July 31, 2013 at 4:52 am

Hi Carrie,

I am military and find myself at the commissary less and less. When we lived in the Virginia Beach area there were three huge commissaries to shop at and one of them had a decent selection of organic and unprocessed foods. Now we’re at a tiny one and there is very little that I buy there. I just feel sad very time I walk through there. The products I do get are cheaper so that’s why I go there but there is no selection!

Thanks for this post!

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Ashlee August 1, 2013 at 12:14 am

I’m so glad I stumble upon your blog and this post! We are a military family, currently overseas in Japan. The organic selection is slim and extremely overpriced! $20 for 7-8 chicken breasts! I shop exclusively off base for my produce but it’s difficult for other items because I cannot read the labels, it is super frustrating! I will most certainly be following along for more recipes =)

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Patty August 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Ha, I live overseas and I avoid the commissary like the plague. Too much junk food. I don’t even know many military families who are willingly go for the junk; however, the few organic options are always sold out. People know to stock up when they get a new shipping in. I mostly rely on German stores, they usually have a great selection of organic foods. Thankfully I live in an area with lots of little organic farms. Raw milk? No problem.

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Shelley September 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Worcestershire Sauce in the salad dressing? The commercial one with high fructose corn syrup? Or do you offer a recipe for homemade?

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Shelley September 9, 2013 at 10:05 pm

I found a good sounding recipe so I can make my own! http://www.marthastewart.com/258132/homemade-vegan-worcestershire-sauce

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Deliciously Organic September 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

Here’s another good recipe (I use olive oil instead of the vegetable oil called for in the recipe): http://www.americastestkitchenfeed.com/recipes/homemade-worcestershire-sauce/

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Shelley September 10, 2013 at 6:57 am

Thanks for this link: I like the addition of the fish sauce and anchovies in this one! (May leave out the cloves though.)

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Abbie Art November 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Hello. I am so glad I purchased your cookbook. I made this dressing this evening. How long do you think it would keep in the refrigerator if I made a bit too much ? Thank you.

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Deliciously Organic November 27, 2013 at 5:20 am

It will keep for about 4 days in the fridge.

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