caesar dressing

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

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Looking for a bomb caesar salad dressing recipe for those summer gatherings? Look no further!!

I have always, always had a slight obsession with caesar salad. It all started when my mom found an amazing recipe that has now been in the family since my childhood. It is a recipe that my entire family craves, and it is always the go-to for summer dinner parties, pot-lucks and other events. However, as I find myself eating more and more plant-based foods, I realized that my fridge was starting to lack mom’s classic caesar dressing ingredients. And since I have had to go out and buy ingredients anyway, why not find a plant-based alternative? 

That’s when this recipe came in. It is *almost* comparable to my mom’s recipe, which is saying a lot considering that literally every caesar salad I have had from other restaurants comes no where close. The only difference is that this recipe uses some admittedly interesting ingredients, but when combined together, somehow it all works. And – works WELL! 


Vegan Caesar Dressing
Serves 10
A super yummy, garlic-y and healthy option for your caesar salads this summer. This recipe actually has some nutritional value and still tastes delicious!!
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Total Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
For the dressing
  1. 1/2 cup of raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in water overnight and drained
  2. 1 lemon
  3. 1 tsp capers with brine
  4. 1/3 cup cold water
  5. 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  6. 1 teaspoon of dijon mustard
  7. 3 garlic cloves
  8. Salt and ground black pepper to taste
For the salad
  1. 3 heads of romaine lettuce
  2. Croutons (roasted pumpkin seeds are another different and delicious substitute for gluten free folks)
  1. Make sure to soak your cashews in a small container of water. Fill the container up so that cashews are fully submerged. They should soak for at least 8 hours (overnight or during the day).
  2. After 8 hours, drain the cashews, juice the lemon, and combine everything together in a blender until smooth. The cashews should have the same consistency as parmesan.
  3. Pour the dressing over your prepared romaine lettuce and add croutons or pumpkin seeds.
  1. I tripled the garlic from the original recipe that this one is adapted from! The original recipe only had 1 clove, but I am a garlic lover! If you aren't, feel free to tone down the garlic.
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If you try this recipe out, be sure to let me know what you think!

If you’re looking for more quick vegan recipes that require little prep, check out these protein bites. BTW, this recipe was adapted from Sunkissed Kitchen.

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