This creamy vegan Caesar dressing has all the rich, tangy flavor of your favorite salad dressing, but it’s completely plant-based! Made with just six ingredients, it’s an easy homemade recipe!

Vegan Caesar
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I could never pick a favorite salad dressing, but this one has to be in my top three. I’m not vegan, but I prefer the flavor of this vegan Caesar salad dressing to any bottled dressing. As a vegetarian, finding store-bought Caesar dressing that doesn’t contain fish can be hard. And while there are some good options out there, this homemade version is better than any I’ve tried! It’s rich, creamy, flavorful, tangy, and it’s made with good-for-you ingredients.

You don’t need any vegan mayonnaise or any fancy vegan substitutes. You just need a few pantry staples like cashews, olive oil, and seasonings. I also recommend using a high powered blender for the best results.

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Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Cashews– Soaked cashews are the base of the dressing, providing a rich and creamy texture when blended. They act as a substitute for traditional dairy-based creamy elements like mayonnaise or cheese.
  • Olive oil– Adds richness to the dressing while helping to emulsify the ingredients.
  • Lemon juice– Provides tanginess and a bright citrus flavor to balance the creaminess of the cashews.
  • Balsamic vinegar– Enhances the dressing’s complexity with a touch of sweetness and acidity. Instead of balsamic vinegar, you can use apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for a different flavor profile.
  • Garlic powder– Infuses the dressing with a savory and garlicky taste. I prefer the more mild flavor of garlic powder, but you can substitute fresh garlic if you prefer.

How to Make Vegan Caesar Dressing