The best vegan Caesar Dressing, a WFPB salad dressing recipe made with tahini, garlic, lemon, nutritional yeast and a sprinkling of salty capers. Creamy, oil-free, egg-free, no anchovies and 100% whole food Plantricious.
Vegan Caesar Dressing Without the Anchovies!
A salad dressing that’s finally good for you, no eggs, no oil and no dairy.
When the Batman kept telling me that he misses his Cesar salads you know I was immediately on the case starting to veganize it. Not only that but I wanted it to be whole food plant based, really healthy, oil-free and super quick to make. Something I could literally whip up last minute in one bowl any night of the week and didn’t need a blender or any planning. I mean, you can definitely use a blender if you want but whisking works just fine too.
About the Dressing
- Ingredients – Traditionally Caesar / Cesar dressing is made with lots of olive oil, egg yolk, stinky anchovies, Worcestershire sauce (aka the kitchen sink), lemon, garlic and mustard. We made it better, healthier and kind by eliminating all the junk so vegans can eat it too.
- Tahini Based – Soaking cashews like I do for Alfredo sauce, or any nuts for that matter was not an option. So instead I went for a creamy organic tahini paste that I always like to keep pn hand, so no nuts needed in this recipe. Literally ready in 5 minutes, start to finish! Now if you really don’t like tahini feel free to replace it with creamy cashew or walnut butter.
- Dressing Uses – You can use this Caesar dressing to dress any leafy greens you like. I mixed the classic crunchy romaine with some sprouts but any micro greens, baby arugula, spinach and baby kale make a great addition.
- Storage – Store any dressing leftovers in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 10 days or more. I usually like to double the recipe so I can have some handy at all times.
- So Delicious – soooo crazy delicious you could definitely serve it for Thanksgiving and Christmas + bring it to all the summer cook outs forever and ever alongside these vegan ribs and potato salad.That olive wood bowl you see in the photo below travels a lot 😉
The Croutons aka Bruschetta
I’ve never been a fan of store bough croutons, so instead all I do here is make classic garlic bruschetta. Grilled or broiled slices of bread rubbed with garlic on both sides and lightly brushed with olive oil (skip the oil for wfpb & plantricious diets). Sprinkle with sea salt and use your hands to tear it into bite size pieces then just toss in the salad bowl. Shave a few macadamia nuts over the top for the ultimate parmesan flavor!
Best Vegan WFPB Salad Dressing!
- Easy, Quick + Simple
- No Mayo yet Super Creamy
- Egg Free, Oil Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free
- Raw, Healthy + Zesty
- Delicious on Everything
- Garlicky, Lemony & Homemade.
WFPB Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
- 2 tbsp organic tahini paste (can be replaced with cashew or walnut butter)
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard or whole grain + more to taste
- 3 cloves garlic -grated (large)
- 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (or to taste)
- 2 tbsp tamari
- 1/2 juicy lemon -juiced (aprox. 3 tbsp or to taste)
- 2-4 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp capers (optional)
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
- 7 cups romaine lettuce (or a mix of dark leafy greens)
- Whisk together the tahini with the mustard, garlic, tamari, lemon juice and nutritional yeast until smooth. Start pouring in the water and continue whisking until the dressing is thinned out to your liking.2 tbsp organic tahini paste, 2 tbsp dijon mustard or whole grain, 3 cloves garlic, 2 tbsp nutritional yeast, 2 tbsp tamari, 1/2 juicy lemon, 2-4 tbsp water
- Add the red chili and capers, taste and adjust seasonings with sea salt and more lemon juice If needed.1 pinch red pepper flakes, 1 tbsp capers
- Pour the Caesar dressing over the romaine leaves and toss to coat well. Serve promptly with homemade garlic bruschetta.7 cups romaine lettuce
WFPB + Plantricious
- The dressing is fully compliant, however if you are going to make the garlic bruschetta you must omit brushing it with olive oil.
- You can easily double this recipe except the water. Use 1/4 cup water and add some more as needed after everything is combined.
- If doubling the recipe make sure to increase the garlic one clove at a time as it can easily overpower if not careful.
- The salad can be topped with some of this walnut vegan parmesan, or as you see in my photos some grated macademia nuts, it's crazy how much it resembled parmesan cheese.
- The tahini in the recipe can be replaced with cashew or walnut butter.
- For an extra umami flavor feel free to add a pinch of dulse flakes into the dressing or some crumbled seaweed you might have in the pantry.