The Best Vegan Caesar Dressing

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Caesar salad is potentially the most famous salad of all the salads. Parmesan cheese, romaine lettuce, croutons, and caesar dressing. Those are the components to a caesar salad, which was created by chef Caesar Cardini, an Italian chef who owned a restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. The unfortunate reality is that most caesar dressings are incredibly fattening, high in sodium, and loaded with added sugar. Plus, these dressings aren’t vegan. 

Traditional caesar dressing contains anchovies, raw egg yolk, raw garlic, mustard, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese. What you get is a super zesty, garlicky, savory dressing that pairs beautifully with fresh, simple salads. This vegan caesar dressing is just as zesty and flavorful, only it doesn’t have anchovies, dairy, or eggs. In fact, you only need five core ingredients, plus a little water, sea salt, and black pepper to create this dressing. 

The dressing calls for tahini, lemon juice, garlic, capers, mustard, water, and seasonings. The reason that you need capers is because of the pickled, briny flavor they offer. Not only do they add a salty boost, but they seem to act similarly to the anchovies. You’ll also need a small amount of the brine, in which the capers are preserved. Blend everything together and you have yourself a tasty dressing to enjoy whenever you want!

The Best Vegan Caesar Dressing
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m


  • 1/4 c tahini
  • 2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. capers, finely diced
  • 2 tsp. caper brine (from the jar of capers)
  • 1 tsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp. warm water, to thin out dressing
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Season with sea salt and black pepper, whisk to combine, and then taste, adjusting seasonings as needed.
  2. You may want to add more or less water to thin the dressing, but this depends on how thick you want the dressing to be.
  3. Pour over salad and enjoy. Store leftover dressing in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 4 days.


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