Tofu Caesar Dressing

Warning: Do not read this immediately before making the dressing.

You’re totally going to read it now, aren’t you?

I bought my very first can of anchovies to make this dressing. I’m typically a pretty adventurous eater, but something about eating whole fish kind of skeeved me out. Whatever. I was instructed to use anchovy in the dressing. I figured that I would at least comply the first time that I made it.

As I was standing in the kitchen mixing up the ingredients, I got to the anchovy part, thought “Here goes nothin’!” and threw them in there. It smelled a bit fishy, not so much in the dressing, but just because I was standing next to an open tin of anchovies. I immediately tossed them in the trash.

I continued to mix up the dressing, with Duke by my side sniffing like a mad man when it occurred to me that those anchovies in the trash can might not smell so good in a few days. It also occurred to me that since Chris was out of town it might be quite a while before I filled the kitchen trash can enough to take it out to the garage. (Well, without wasting a trash bag anyway.)

What would a logical person do here? They would dig the anchovies out of the kitchen trash and place them in the garage trash.

What did I do? I saw Duke with his nose in the air sniffing like crazy. I dug the anchovies out of the trash and poured them in a bowl. I set the bowl in front of Duke and told him to “wait” for what probably seemed like an eternity to him.

Duke is a drooler. He waited, and waited, and as the drool began to hang in long ribbons from his cheeks I finally said “Good boy! Go on!” Duke promptly ate his anchovies. He loved the anchovies. He licked the bowl and the whole floor surrounding the bowl clean.

So why was this such a bad move?

For the rest of the night, my puppy, who trails me around the house like a shadow and sits next to my favorite chair with his head on level with mine was burping anchovy. Duke is big, he weighs in at over 200 lbs. Duke’s burps are like man burps.

That smell like anchovy.

The moral of the story is that you should have a plan for how to use the remainder of the anchovies when you open the can. A better plan than I had.

One last thing:  Although I don’t recommend feeding the anchovies to your giant dog, I did really enjoy them in the salad dressing.

Adapted from Back to Her Roots

  • 1/4 cup silken tofu
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 anchovies, minced
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp fat free mayonnaise
  • Dash Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar


  • Whisk all ingredients together.
  • Let chill in refrigerator at least two hours for flavors to meld.

As Cassie mentions in her recipe, don’t leave out the anchovies! I was hesitant to put them in also, but they didn’t make the dressing fishy. All was well!

Servings ~ 8
Calories ~ 26, Fat ~ 1 g, Carbohydrates ~ 2 g, Protein ~ 2 g

  1. Lisa said:

    I LOVE that picture; I did not truly realize how big Duke is until now. As a side note, I also make the mistake of feeding my dog things and then really wishing I hadn’t for much the same reason…

    • Jena said:

      Holy Dog! Duke is huge!

      Ick, anchovey’s make me want to vomit. I’m pretty adventerous when it comes to eating as well, but I can’t do anchoveys. Nope. Not happening.

      I try hard not to feed our dogs things that might upset their tummies, or that are going to lead to nasty poops, or farts. Wyatt farts, oh mah gaw, nasty stinky farts.

      Chris will feed them anything and everything =/

      • Brit said:

        My Chris never feeds dogs human food. I was bad when I fed Duke the anchovies, but it seemed so logical at the time. I also feed Duke scrambled egg yolks when I cook something that only uses egg whites.

    • Brit said:

      Yeah, he’s pretty huge. I don’t always realize, but once in a while if we walk past a reflective store window or something I think “Geez, it looks like I’m walking a lion!”

  2. Stephanie said:

    I want a Duke! lol

    He’s huge but looks like he’d be a big baby and just want to cuddle.

    • Brit said:

      He’s a sweet pup. I would totally get another “Duke”.

  3. Hm, weird, I thought I commented but it isn’t showing up, hope this isn’t some kind of comment repeat! Anyway — great/hilarious/gross story. Duke is a hoot!

    (PS. what is yogurt butter? I’ve seen it in a few of your latest recipes… I must be behind the times…)

    • Brit said:

      Yogurt butter is butter made from yogurt. The up side of yogurt butter is that it has half the calories of normal butter but tastes just like it. The down side of yogurt butter is that it is not “clean” or all natural.

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