Caesar dressing

This Caesar dressing is dairy-free and vegan but still rich and creamy with a delicious garlicky kick. It’s easy to make and very versatile.

This Caesar dressing is dairy-free and vegan. It’s a fresh, creamy, garlicky salad dressing that’s super versatile and adaptable. Even better, it can be made quickly with just a handful of ingredients.

Caesar salad dressing ingredients

Want to know what’s in this recipe? Just a handful of simple ingredients including:

  • Raw cashews: You need to soak these first. It’s super easy, just place them in a bowl, cover with filtered and set aside for at least 2 hours, or longer if you have the time. If you forget to soak your cashews it’s not the end of the world, you can use freshly boiled water instead and soak them for 15 minutes. But please don’t skip this step because it helps soften the cashews and produces a creamier dressing. Otherwise you will end up with a gritty dressing. Your other option is to use a smooth cashew butter instead, do this if you’re pushed for time.
  • Lemon juice: Freshly squeezed is a must. Avoid jarred lemon juice which has added ingredients and doesn’t taste so fresh and citrusy.
  • Dijon mustard: I love the brand Delouis which I buy from Abel & Cole. It’s a ‘clean’ Dijon mustard with no sulphites or preservatives.
  • Tamari: This is gluten-free soy sauce, I recommend tamari even if you’re not avoiding gluten because it usually contains less ingredients (check the label). Tamari is darker and less salty than soy sauce and adds a strong umami flavour to this dressing.
  • Extra virgin olive oil: Erbology is my favourite good quality extra virgin olive oil, use the code charlotte15 for 15% off.
  • Garlic: Use 2 cloves for a punchy garlicky flavour.
  • Nutritional yeast: For a delicious dairy-free, cheesy flavour. Nutritional yeast is now readily available in supermarkets, you’ll either find it by the stocks or in the free-from aisle. It’s also available on amazon, this is my preferred brand. Aside from this recipe, you can use nutritional yeast as a topping where you’d usually use parmesan, such as on bolognese, or sprinkled onto soup or salads for a cheesy flavour.
  • Balsamic vinegar: For its rich, sweet flavour.
  • Water: Use filtered water if possible.

How to make Caesar dressing

Most salad dressings are fairly easy to whip up and this one is no different. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. I recommend blending for at least 5 minutes to ensure the cashews are completely broken down, smooth and creamy.

Other salad dressings to try

Special diets

This recipe is suitable if you’re:

  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

I hope you enjoy this Caesar dressing. If you make it, let me know how it turned out. I’d love to hear what you think in the comments below, or post in The Fertility Kitchen Community.

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Caesar salad dressing

This Caesar dressing is dairy-free and vegan but still rich and creamy with a delicious garlicky kick. It’s easy to make and very versatile.
Prep Time5 minutes
Blending time5 minutes
Total Time10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Caesar salad dressing, creamy dressing, salad dressing
Servings: 2 servings
Author: The Fertility Kitchen


  • 60 g raw cashews soaked, drained and rinsed (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp tamari (see notes)
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 60 ml filtered water


  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until completely smooth. This may take up to 5 minutes.


  • Soak the cashews in double their volume of filtered water for at least 2 hours (or overnight). If you forget to soak the cashews, use freshly boiled water and soak for at least 15 minutes. Drain and rinse thoroughly before use in this recipe.
  • Tamari is gluten-free soy sauce. Tamari contains less salt and has a stronger umami flavour, and usually contains minimal ingredients. So tamari is preferable, even if you’re not avoiding gluten.
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