Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar salad close-up

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  • Total: 5 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: About 1/2 Cup (4 Servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
294 Calories
27g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: About 1/2 Cup (4 Servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 294
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 35mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 2g
Calcium 67mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Are you a vegan and missing Caesar salad? Most recipes for homemade Caesar salad dressings are not vegan or vegetarian, as they often contain anchovies. Caesar dressings that you buy at the grocery are almost certainly not vegetarian and unlikely to be vegan (even they say they are vegetarian).

Traditional Caesar salad is made with coarsely chopped romaine lettuce, shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, and seasoned croutons—often anchovies are also tossed with the lettuce greens. You're likely to discover many of your guests never really liked the anchovies as an addition, nor too much strong anchovy flavor in the dressing.

Curious about the anchovies? You may be wondering whether fish is vegetarian or vegan. The simple answer is no; fish are animals and therefore anchovies are not vegetarian or vegan.

This easy Caesar salad dressing recipe, however, packs in all the flavor without the fish. It is both vegetarian and vegan as no mayonnaise is needed, just lemon, garlic, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Be sure to check the label for the Worcestershire sauce since some brands are vegetarian and some contain fish and so are not vegan. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. ​vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Steps to Make It

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the oil in a blender or food processor (garlic, lemon juice, vegetarian or vegan Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and Dijon mustard).

  2. Turn the machine on and process, then slowly add in the oil, processing until the salad dressing is smooth and creamy. 

  3. Toss your salad greens with the dressing immediately before serving.