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This Vegan Caesar Dressing tastes just like real caesar dressing made without dairy, eggs, or anchovies! It’s a perfect vegan, gluten-free substitute for caesar salad or as a dip with fresh veggies. This easy dressing is made in just 5 minutes and is so delicious and creamy!
I’m a HUGE fan of caesar salads. For me, there’s just one issue though, anchovies gross me out. Yes, I’m one of those people, lol. So, for all of you who are also team anti-anchovy, this one’s for you! And actually, maybe even your anchovy-loving friend (psssst… they’ll never know! 😉 )
Ok, so let’s just jump right in, because I’m pretty proud of this Vegan Caesar Dressing. You’ll start with 8 core ingredients, and a special ingredient to resemble that fishy-esque flavor you would normally get from the anchovies. I can thank Monique from Ambitious Kitchen for the little secret.
☆ Vegan mayonnaise for creaminess.
☆ Dijon mustard for some tang.
☆ Tahini for some earthy nuttiness, without the nuts.
☆ Lemon juice for a zing.
☆ Garlic powder– a must in caesar dressing.
☆ Maple syrup for just a touch of sweetness.
☆ Vegan parmesan cheese (I used the Violife brand) as one of the foundational ingredients in traditional caesar.
☆ salt & pepper to top it off.
and are you ready for the secret ingredient?!
☆ Capers! For that “fishy”, salty taste that anchovies normally offer this dressing.
I have to admit, I don’t use capers a lot in my recipes. You’ll find them in my “CHEESY” TAHINI PASTA WITH BRUSSELS SPROUTS + CAPERS + PISTACHIOS recipe, but that’s about it. When I was pregnant with my son, the thought of capers almost sent me straight to the bathroom. What a weird food aversion that was, haha, but ever since I’ve kinda just written them off. Until today of course 🙂
You only need 2 teaspoons of jared capers for this recipe, but they sure do add that extra little something to this Vegan Caesar Dressing.
This dairy-free caesar dressing is so easy to make, you simply combine all of the ingredients and blend until smooth! There’s also no raw egg yolks (also a big yuck factor for me) as you would find in traditional caesar dressing.
I use this dressing in my Kale Caesar Salad and it’s divine! You can make it ahead of time and store it in an airtight container for about a week. You could also try it:
☆ In a wrap
☆ Served with veggies, raw or grilled
☆ Potato Salad
☆ Pasta Salad
☆ As a condiment on your veggie burgers
☆ As a dipper for your fries or FRIED PICKLES
I tend to like my dressings on the thicker side, so if you prefer thinner dressing, just add a little water until it reaches the consistency you prefer.
I’d love to hear how like this Vegan Caesar Salad down below in the comments section, as well as giving it a rating ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ so that others can discover this homemade vegan, plant-based caesar dressing alternative recipe! Tag me on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!
If you like making your own dressing at home, try my go-to DAIRY-FREE CREAMY TAHINI DRESSING!
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender, preferably a small blender and blend until smooth. You could alternatively use a bowl and immersion blender. Add water to thin if desired and more salt & pepper to taste. Keep the dressing stored in an airtight container in your fridge for up to a week.
* Recipe adapted from Ambitious Kitchen