This Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing is cool, creamy and will coat all your salads with tons of crave-worthy flavor! It’s a savory, tangy condiment that you can whip up in minutes and fine-tune to suit your preferences. Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, low carb and Whole30 compliant.
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Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Looking to take your Caesar salads up a notch? This Vegan Caesar Dressing is the ultimate vegan and dairy-free dressing! The best part is that we wanted to give it that authentic feel and flavor without the inclusion of anchovy paste or parmesan cheese. Non-vegans won’t even miss those things, because this dressing is sure to deliver the creamy result they know and love dearly.
The dressing recipe is incredibly simple and the ingredients needed are staple items for every vegan kitchen. It all combines in a food processor or blender, and the rest is history! Your salads are in for a serious upgrade, my friend.
And if you need more healthy dressing recipes to try, be sure to check out our these 10 delicious homemade salad dressings.
What You’ll Need
Not only does this recipe make a classic Caesar dressing for vegans, but it’s also a healthier version in general! No need to thank me – just thank the trusty lineup of ingredients below.
- Drippy Tahini: We like Soom or Artisana.
- Capers: Finely minced. These salty and savory unripened flower buds are a staple in Mediterranean cuisine and a yummy anchovie substitute for Caesar salad.
- Caper Juice: From the jar of capers.
- Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed.
- Dijon Mustard: Or another grainy mustard of choice.
- Vegan Worcestershire Sauce: Make sure that it’s vegan, gluten-free or Whole30 compliant, if necessary.
- Garlic: Finely minced or grated.
- Sea Salt: Add the salt to taste to enhance the other flavors.
- Olive Oil: Or filtered water, to thin out the dressing.
How to Make Vegan Caesar Dressing
This classic salad dressing can be whipped up in no time. Here’s how it’s done!
- Process Ingredients: To a small food processor or a high-speed blender, add all the dressing ingredients. Puree them until the mixture is creamy and smooth.
- Thin If Needed: Add filtered water or olive oil, only as needed, 1-2 teaspoons at a time, to thin out the dressing until it reaches your desired consistency. Blend the mixture until the water/olive oil is well incorporated after each addition.
- Adjust to Taste: Adjust any seasonings, if desired, then transfer to a jar and chill your dressing in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Tips for Success
Before you gather up your ingredients and grab your blender, take note of these simple tips and tricks. Flawless Caesar salad dressing awaits!
- Make Sure Your Tahini is Drippy: Avoid using the dried out remnants of tahini at the bottom of the jar. It should be nice and drippy.
- Don’t Have Capers? While the capers are an important component of this vegan dressing, you can get a similar result from using olives and olive brine in place of the capers and caper juice.
- Add Oil Slowly if Needed: If you like the consistency of your dressing after the initial blending of the ingredients, you don’t have to add any extra olive oil or water! But if you’d like to thin it out, go ahead and slowly add a teaspoon or two at a time, blending after each addition until you’re happy with the consistency.
- Make Ahead & Store Chilled: This dressing can be prepared up to a week in advance as long as you keep it stored in the refrigerator. Unlike some bottled Caesar dressings, this recipe is free from preservatives and won’t stay good if kept at room temperature.
Want some easy recipes to pair with this versatile condiment? The dishes below are fail-proof options.
- A Caesar Salad Must-Have: You can’t go wrong when you toss this dressing with a classic vegan-friendly Caesar salad. You could also try this fun Pasta Salad version instead!
- Make Tofu or Meat Extra Juicy & Flavorful: This salad dressing makes a lick-your-lips delicious marinade as well. Not only does it infuse your tofu or meat with tons of yummy flavor, but it also makes it extra tender and juicy. Try it out with my easy Air Fryer Tofu and prepare to have your mind blown!
- Add Some Cream to Your Crunch: I am downright obsessed with these healthy and refreshing Vegan CrunchWraps! I love dipping them in this dressing or even drizzling it inside the wraps themselves. Mmmm.
How to Store Homemade Salad Dressing
This vinaigrette should be stored in an airtight container or a resealable jar in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 1 week! Don’t forget to shake it up before using it so all the ingredients are well incorporated.
Can I Freeze This?
Salad dressings generally don’t freeze well, as the ingredients tend to separate while they thaw. Since this is such a quick and easy condiment that lasts for up to a week in the fridge, I’ve never felt the need to freeze it anyway.
But if you’d like to do some experimentation, try freezing small portions in an ice cube tray for up to 1 month, thawing them out in the fridge and mixing/shaking the thawed mixture very well before using.
More Easy Dressing Recipes
If you liked this flavorful vegan vinaigrette, don’t stop there! Check out some of my other drool-worthy dressing and vinaigrette recipes.
This Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing is cool, creamy and will coat all your salads with tons of crave-worthy flavor! It's a savory, tangy condiment that you can whip up in minutes and fine-tune to suit your preferences. Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, low carb and Whole30 compliant.
- 1/4 cup drippy tahini we like Soom or Artisana
- 2 tsp capers finely minced
- 2 tsp caper juice from the jar
- 3 tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard or grainy mustard
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce , use vegan or Whole30 compliant, if needed
- 2 cloves garlic finely minced or grated
- 1/2 tsp sea salt or to taste
- 1 tsp olive oil or water, to thin the dressing (only as needed)
In a small food processor or a high-speed blender, add all the dressing ingredients and puree until creamy and smooth.
Add olive oil or filtered water, only as needed, 1-2 teaspoons at a time to thin out the dressing to your desired consistency. Then blend again until smooth.
Adjust any seasoning to taste, then transfer to a resealable jar and chill in the fridge until ready to use.
How to store
This vinaigrette should be stored in an airtight container or a resealable jar in the fridge. It will stay fresh for up to 1 week! Don't forget to shake it up before using it so all the ingredients are well incorporated.
How to freeze:
Salad dressings generally don't freeze well, as the ingredients tend to separate while they thaw.
But if you'd like to do some experimentation, try freezing small portions in an ice cube tray for up to 1 month, thawing them out in the fridge and mixing/shaking the thawed mixture very well before using.
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