Vegan Caesar Dressing

This recipe for Vegan Caesar Dressing is creamy, smooth, and comes to together in less than 20 minutes.

A blender pouring creamy vegan caesar dressing into a glass container.

We all talk about eating more salads, and sometimes we are proud and go on a streak for a week of eating salad every day. But then, for unknown reasons, you just stop eating them as often and revert back to your go-to meals.

At least that’s what it can be like for us. I figured out quickly that it was because the store bought dressings are sometimes not very good. This would lead to dressing and/or salad mix sitting in our fridge just going bad.

That’s where the inspiration for this vegan caesar dressing came from.

We saw recipes out there using capers in their dressing, and we had to experiment. Turns out, it’s the perfect addition to this dressing because it adds that bit of tangy, funky flavor that’s needed.

Capers are kind of weird, but they truly are like little flavor balls. Capers come from the caper flower, interestingly enough, and are pickled to mellow out the bitterness.

As pictured here, we love to add our Vegan Chicken-style Tofu Cutlets and our Crispy Roasted Chickpeas to make a delicious caesar salad. This comes together full of protein, super tasty and so satisfying!

Overhead shot of a white bowl with a tofu caesar salad with crispy chickpeas.

With this vegan caesar dressing, you can finally have something you constantly come back to and will help you keep eating those healthy greens! We’ve even used this with crispy baked buffalo tofu, and somehow it works there too.

The crispy roasted chickpeas act as a crouton of sorts, so it adds that nice crunchy texture to your salad. The vegan chicken-style tofu cutlets also bring some crunch, as well as all that protein that will power you through your day.

Side note – if you don’t have a tofu press and are tired of the DIY methods, do yourself a favor and get a Tofuture! We use it so often and it’s saves us so much hassle, seriously.

One other tool that is perfect for this vegan caesar dressing is a blender that will make it smooth. We use a Vitamix, but there’s plenty of others that are cheaper if you can’t afford to splurge!

If you do end up trying this recipe, please comment below or tag us on Instagram @pastabased or Facebook @pastabased.

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Vegan Caesar Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
 

This recipe for Vegan Caesar Dressing is creamy, smooth, and comes to together in less than 20 minutes.

Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Salad
Cuisine: Vegan
Keyword: Caesar dressing, vegan caesar dressing, vegan salad
Servings: 8 1/4 cup servings
Calories per Serving: 173 kcal
Ingredients
  • 1 cup cashews (soaked)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoon capers
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Instructions
  1. Soak raw cashews for 15 minutes in hot boiling water. Drain water.

  2. In a high-speed blender, add the soaked cashews with the remaining ingredients (water, garlic, olive oil, dijon mustard, rice vinegar, and capers).

  3. Blend until smooth and creamy. Store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

Recipe Notes

For more details on how to soak cashews in just 15 minutes, click here.

This recipe will yield about 2 cups of dressing.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Caesar Dressing
Amount Per Serving (0.25 cup)
Calories 173 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 108mg5%
Potassium 111mg3%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

December 20, 2020
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