Vegan Ceasar Salad Dressing

by Kelli H. on February 27, 2012

I tried taking a picture of just the dressing for you, but man, was that ugly. Vegan ceasar dressing is just not pretty. It looks much better on the lettuce.

So, hey! Vegan ceasar dressing! Cool, huh? 

By no means am I a vegan or ever care to be one, but sometimes it’s fun to play around and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat/cook. Oh, and I didn’t say this salad was vegan, just the dressing! I definitely had to have that parmesan on it, but if you are vegan, I hear there is soy parmesan?

I really wish I could tell you that I liked this ceasar dressing more than regular but I just can’t. I kind of missed the anchovies and raw egg — call me crazy! I know it’s not that bad though when David said he could totally eat it, which he did for dinner and then lunch the next day too.

Back in 2004, my mom and I took a Principles of Vegetarian Cooking class at the JC. It was an eight week class that met once a week. It was an interesting class to say the least. So many interesting people…also, not very organized. BUT, we had fun and made lots of vegetarian recipes. One recipe we were given was this ceasar dressing. My mom doesn’t even remember making it, but I remember I made it a few times after that class until the recipe went missing. I recently found it tucked away in an notebook and knew I had to try it again.

Vegan Ceasaer Salad Dressing
Recipe from Principles of Vegetarian Cooking SRJC

1 box lite silken tofu
4 cloves garlic
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3-4 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
2 tablespoons tamari
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons or more water

1. Add all ingredients in a food processor and combine.

*Notes: I went with 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast and didn’t need to add anymore water. 
I thought that the 4 cloves of garlic might be too much but it wasn’t too garlicky at all. 

Served on romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, and parmesan cheese. Easy, tasty meal! Make it for the vegan in your life!  

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Cait's Plate February 27, 2012 at 4:23 pm

I love this idea! I’m Greek Orthodox and have my 40-day no meat/no dairy fast coming up so recipes like this will definitely come in handy!


Brittany @ Ittybitsofbalance February 27, 2012 at 4:37 pm

I’m not vegan, but AM allergic to eggs so this is perfecto! Thanks


Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board February 28, 2012 at 2:20 am

I don’t know if I’ll ever feel ambitious enough to make my own caesar salad dressing but I’ll bookmark this recipe in case I do! I like the sounds of a vegan dressing because it creeps me out a little to think about anchovies being in the regular version..


Baking Serendipity February 28, 2012 at 2:48 am

Dressing is such a tricky recipe to photograph! I haven’t really been a huge fan of Ceasar dressing…maybe I’ll like the vegan version though?


Made in Sonoma February 28, 2012 at 2:58 am

I don’t know…if you don’t like regular then you may not like this. Although, this is much more mild.


Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes February 28, 2012 at 5:32 pm

What an awesome recipe!! This looks delicious. Salad dressings so so much yummier homemade, and it’s not too difficult to make. Love that it’s vegan too!


Shannon February 29, 2012 at 11:17 am

Great idea! I’m not vegan, but I think I’ll enjoy this dressing anyway. 🙂


David Wells March 2, 2012 at 4:16 pm

Definitely not vegan, but still enjoyed it. Especially with those fresh home-made croutons!


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