Vegan Caesar Dressing, a plant-based take on traditional caesar salad dressing using capers and tahini in place of anchovies and egg yolks. Super easy and bursting with flavor!
Love caesar salad dressing but not sure how to make it vegan? Try replacing the anchovies, egg yolk, and parmesan cheese with tahini and capers in this creamy and simple plant-based caesar alternative.
👉 Ready to learn how to make a plant-based caesar dressing? Let’s do it!
🎥 Recipe video
🌱 How to make caesar dressing vegan
Traditional caesar dressing is made with anchovies, egg yolks, and parmesan cheese, which means it’s definitely not vegan.
You can make a great vegan caesar dressing alternative using:
- Capers instead of anchovies: capers, and their flavorful brine, add a touch of tang to the dressing and give it a similar flavor to anchovies in the traditional dressings
- Tahini instead of egg yolks: adding creamy tahini gives the dressing a thick but smooth texture; you can also use chickpeas, white beans, or hummus in place of the tahini for a thick and creamy texture
- Tahini: adds a creamy texture and deep flavor to the dressing
- Capers and caper brine: the flavor star, capers and their brine add a tang of flavor that is similar to the anchoves in traditional caesar dressing
- White miso paste: adds a deep umami flavor note to balance the capers
- Olive oil: the liquid base of this dressing, you could also just use water if going oil-free
- Lemon juice: adds a bit of acidity to the dressing
- Garlic: flavor booster (you can never go wrong with garlic in dressings)
- Dijon mustard: adds a bit of flavor and some texture, make sure to get the stone ground/grainy mustard
- Salt and pepper: adds flavor, use as much as you need for your desired tastes
- Recommended tools: high powered blender or handheld blender will work to mix this, though you could also use just a whisk
🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Add dressing ingredients to a blender
The first step to making this dressing is to add the ingredients to a blender!
Choose either a high powered or handheld blender and then add tahini, capers, caper brine, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic clove, white miso paste, dijon mustard, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
2️⃣ Step Two: Blend dressing ingredients until smooth
Blend the dressing ingredients on high until smooth, about 30-60 seconds.
Taste the dressing and add more salt, pepper, or other ingredients like capers or lemon for flavor.
3️⃣ Step Three: Serve dressing
Once the dressing it done, pour it into a small container to store. Use on salads, as a sauce for wraps, or even as a base for a vegan white sauce pizza!
💡 Ideas for serving
- On a vegan caesar salad. Yup, who knew you could put caesar dressing on a…caesar salad. Try my take on a plant-based caesar with crispy chickpeas.
- As a sauce for wraps or sandwiches. Try this as a tangy sauce, like on this Buffalo Cauliflower Wrap.
- As a white pizza sauce. Use this dressing as a white sauce base on pizza.
🧊 How to store
- Refrigerator storage: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
- Freezer storage: To freeze, store in an airtight container for up to one month and remove to the refrigerator for 24 hours to thaw, then stir well before freezing.
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Vegan Caesar Dressing
- 1 high powered blender or handheld blender
- 3 tablespoons tahini
- 1 teaspoon white miso paste
- 2 teaspoons capers
- 2 teaspoons caper brine
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
- Add ingredients to blender: Add 3 tablespoons tahini, 1 teaspoon white miso paste, 2 teaspoons capers, 2 teaspoons caper brine, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, and 1 pinch salt and pepper to a high powered blender or handheld blender.
- Blend until smooth: Blend until smooth, about 30-60 seconds. Taste the dressing and add more salt, pepper, or other ingredients like capers or lemon for flavor.
- Use or store: Pour vegan caesar dressing into a small container to store. Use on salads, as a sauce for wraps, or even as a base for a vegan white sauce pizza.