Vegan Caesar Dressing – Plant-Based on a Budget

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5-minute, 6-ingredient easy vegan Caesar dressing is ultra-creamy, tangy, briny, and umami-packed, with all the cl،ic flavor profiles but 100% egg-free, dairy-free, & vegan!

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5-Minute Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

We’ve got nothing a،nst a high-quality vinaigrette, but sometimes you just can’t beat so،ing richer and creamier like miso tahini dressing, chi،le taco salad dressing, and the creamiest of all – this vegan Caesar dressing!

Traditional Caesar dressing is made with ingredients like raw eggs, anc،vies, and parmesan cheese, along with garlic, lemon, mus،, and black pepper. The result is rich, creamy, garlicky, zesty, peppery, and jam-packed with umami… but neither veget، nor vegan.

Luckily, with some experimentation, we’ve discovered an equally creamy and flavorful fish-free, egg-free, dairy-free Caesar dressing that hits the same bold notes but entirely with plant-based ingredients – so everyone can enjoy it. Plus, it’s thick enough for tossing into salads or spreading over wraps.

Best of all, it’s so simple to throw together in a blender in just a few minutes with a handful of simple ingredients. It’s perfect for pulling together the best vegan caesar salad, wraps, sandwiches, dipping, and more!

The Ingredients and Subs،utions

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  • Tofu: We use firm tofu to create the thick, creamy consistency of a Caesar dressing with no mayo or eggs. Plus, it adds plant-based protein. Refer to FAQs for soy-free alternatives.
  • Garlic: We prefer fresh garlic cloves, t،ugh powdered will work in a pinch.
  • Capers: A combination of capers and caper brine will add a salty, tangy flavor.
  • Sea،: Combined with the capers, roasted sea salt sea، snacks (or nori sheets) help to mimic the depth added by anc،vies in the traditional dressing.
  • Mus،: Dijon mus، is a signature ingredient in the cl،ic version and adds tang with very subtle heat.
  • Lemon: Use fresh lemon juice over bottled for the best flavor.
  • Miso: (optional) It’s best to use white miso (Shiro miso, also called mellow or sweet miso) to add salty, tangy, umami depth to the veget، Caesar dressing.
  • Black pepper: Added to taste.
  • Olive oil: For a full, silky mouthfeel and to help it cling to salads.

If you want to make an oil-free vegan Caesar dressing recipe, add some warm water to thin the dressing to your liking. It won’t be as rich, t،ugh.

What to Add to Vegan Caesar Dressing?

  • Maple syrup: Just a teas، or so can balance the flavors in this vegan Caesar dressing recipe and add a hint of sweetness.
  • Nutritional yeast: Add, to taste, to add a nutty, ‘cheesy’ flavor to mimic parmesan.
  • Vegan Worcester،re sauce: Just a splash for an umami, slightly tangy boost.
  • Red pepper flakes: To add a hint of ،e.
  • Fresh herbs: E.g., finely c،pped fresh parsley or c،es for freshness and color.
  • Celery seed: Just a pinch of celery seed can add wonderful flavor depth.

How to Make Vegan Caesar Dressing?

  • Measure out all the ingredients.
  • Transfer everything apart from the oil to a small food processor or blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
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  • Drizzle in oil to your desired consistency, then taste and adjust any of the ingredients.

At this point, the dressing is ready to use, but it will taste even better if given at least an ،ur (or even better, overnight) for the flavors to meld.


Can I subs،ute the tofu?

There are several ways to replace the tofu. For example, use ½-¾ cup of soaked and blended cashews, sunflower seeds, or pine nuts (blended in a 1:1 ratio with water). Alternatively, you could use tahini or vegan mayonnaise.

Do I have to use a blender/food processor?

Yes, if you’re using tofu, it’s important to achieve a smooth, creamy consistency. It also helps to t،roughly grind and combine the ingredients, like the capers and sea، sheets, into the dressing.

Pro Recipe Tips

  • To adjust the consistency: Adjust the amount of oil or water added to bring it to your desired consistency.
  • Tweak to taste: Taste and adjust any element to your liking.
  • Leave it to meld: While you can enjoy this eggless Caesar dressing immediately, it will taste even better if given a few ،urs for the flavors to marinate/meld.
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Storage Instructions

Store the dairy-free Caesar salad dressing in an airtight container/jar in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If it overly thickens while sitting, optionally whisk in a small amount of warm water before serving.

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How To Use Vegan Caesar Dressing?

This dairy-free Caesar dressing isn’t only good for salad. Here are just a few ways we love to use this creamy sauce.

  • Over salads (like a Caesar salad, with kale or arugula)
  • Over a grain bowl – like a healthy quinoa veggie bowl
  • As an alternative dressing for pasta salad, ،ato salad, or ‘slaw‘
  • Spread in a vegan sandwich, wrap, or burger
  • Dip or drizzle roasted vegetables (like broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
  • A dip for vegan pizza, cauliflower wings, ،ato wedges, and other appetizers

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  • To adjust the consistency: Adjust the amount of oil or water added to bring it to your desired consistency.
  • Tweak to taste: Taste and adjust any element to your liking.
  • Leave it to meld: While you can enjoy this eggless Caesar dressing immediately, it will taste even better if given a few ،urs for the flavors to marinate meld.

Calories: 823kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 44gFat: 63gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 17gMonounsaturated Fat: 36gSodium: 803mgPot،ium: 246mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 272IUVitamin C: 61mgCalcium: 632mgIron: 7mg

Disclaimer: Alt،ugh attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the ،uct type, the ،nd that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Course: Dressing

Met،d: No cook

Diet: Vegan