Vegan Caesar Dressing

If you love creamy dressings, you're going to love this guide! We'll not only share the best Vegan Caesar Dressing brands, but also the most mouthwatering homemade recipe that takes only minutes to make! This indulgent blend of olive oil, tangy lemon, garlic, and a touch of nori flakes is a fantastic plant-based alternative that's perfect for any salad. Delish!
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When rich and indulgent dressings are your passion (but you also want to avoid animal products), this Vegan Caesar Dressing guide will turn your life around! You’ll discover the best, top-notch brands that bring the oh-so-creamy texture without the animal ingredients. From creamy cashew blends to tangy lemon-infused delights, these dressings promise a guilt-free indulgence that is simply delicious!

If you’re feeling adventurous, you must try our homemade Vegan Caesar Dressing recipe. All you need are a few simple staple ingredients like olive oil, lemon, and garlic to whip up a mouthwatering masterpiece that rivals any store-bought option. This dressing will jazz up your salad like nobody’s business!

So, lettuce celebrate maximum flavor and minimize cruelty with this fantastic and flavorful plant-based Caesar dressing!

Is Caesar Dressing Vegan?

Nope. Traditional Caesar dressing has fishy stuff and eggs, so it’s far from vegan! But fear not, friends, there are super delicious vegan versions using oil (or cashews), lemon, savory spices, and no animal products in sight. Just be mindful when you’re out and about enjoying your salad.

Ingredients to Avoid

Choosing a creamy salad dressing is sometimes tricky. Although a label will say ‘dairy-free’, that doesn’t mean it’s vegan. A quick tip is to search for words like ‘plant-based’ or ‘vegan’, as well as checking the ingredients carefully. Here are ingredients to look out for when buying Caesar dressing:

  • Eggs – This is the trickiest one, though you would think it would be a no-brainer. Usually egg yolks are used in traditional caesar dressing, so be careful.
  • Anchovies – These are, of course, fish, and you might want to steer clear. Instead, use look for a seaweed alternative for that same flavor.
  • Cheese – Most classic Caesar dressings include dairy-filled parmesan cheese. Keep an eye out for vegan parmesan on the ingredients list instead.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Sometimes a substitute for anchovies, this is an anchovy-based sauce. Although it’s not used in prepackaged dressings, Annie’s vegan worcestershire sauce is a great option if you’re making your own!
  • Mayonnaise – This is a mixture of oil and egg yolks. If you can find one that uses a plant-based mayo as the base, then go for it!

Why You’ve Got to Try This Vegan Caesar Dressing Recipe

This vibrant vegan recipe lets you enjoy the classic taste of lush and creamy dressing without any harm to animals. It’s also fun to make, super versatile, and allows you to choose exactly which whole plant foods are in the finished product. You’ll seriously love it!

  • Easy Peasy Prep: Whipping up vegan Caesar dressing is a breeze – just toss a few ingredients in a mason jar, shake, and voila! A tasty, hassle-free dressing for your salads.
  • Healthy Vibes: Packed with plant-based ingredients, this dressing often offers a lighter and healthier alternative so you can feel good about what you’re eating.
  • Allergy-Friendly Fun: Perfect for those with dairy or egg allergies, vegan Caesar dressing opens up a world of flavor for everyone to savor without worries.
  • Flexible Flavors: You’re able to add exciting twists to the recipe, like garlic, capers, or nutritional yeast, turning your plant-based Caesar salad into a choose-your-own-flavor adventure!

Best Vegan Caesar Dressing Brands

Finding delectable plant-based Caesar dressing options was surprisingly easy. From creamy cashew blends to zesty lemon-infused varieties, these delicious vegan alternatives are both flavorful and cruelty-free. You’re sure to discover a new favorite from this list!

Cleveland Kitchen

The vegan, gluten-free Caesar dressing has a fantastic burst of flavor! Cleveland Kitchen combines zesty herbs and a touch of mustard for a rich and creamy topping. Create the most delicious salads with this tangy and satisfying dressing for a perfect plant-based twist.

A bottle of Cleveland Kitchen vegan Caesar dressing next to a salad with chickpeas on a white plate on a white background.
Fermented Veggie Caesar Dressing by Cleveland Kitchen (Source: @clevelandkitchen on IG)

Daiya

This dairy-free Creamy Caesar from Daiya offers a scrumptious blend of savory goodness to any salad. It’s got a creamy and tangy taste that’s sure to delight. Enjoy a burst of flavor in every bite with this classic, gluten-free and non-GMO dressing.

A bottle of Daiya Caesar Dressing on a pink napkin next to a bowl of salad in a red bowl with wooden spoon on a white background.
Daiya Dairy-Free, Creamy Caesar Dressing (Source: @daiyafoods on IG)

Fody

If you suffer from a sensitive gut, this low FODMAP, vegan Caesar dressing is the perfect choice. It’s free of GMOs, garlic, gluten, and is also keto-friendly. With a perfect balance of savory and creamy, it’s a delicious choice for those seeking a flavorful and digestive-friendly dressing.

Six Fody Food Products (including Caesar dressing, ketchup, tomato sauce, salsa, barbecue sauce, and granola bar on a white marble countertop.
Fody’s Vegan No-Garlic Caesar Dresssing (Source: @fodyfoods on IG)

Follow Your Heart

FYH’s Organic Vegan Caesar Dressing is a delectable blend of tangy taste and creamy texture. Crafted with high-quality ingredients, it offers the classic Caesar flavor without any compromise on taste. It’s also kosher, gluten-free, and preservative-free.

A bottle of Follow Your Heart vegan Caesar dressing next to a big bowl of Caesar salad on a white marble countertop.
Follow Your Heart’s Vegan Creamy Caesar Dressing (Source: @followyourheart on IG)

Gotham Greens

Vegan Caesar Dressing and Dip by Gotham Greens is a savory harmony of fresh ingredients, delivering a burst of flavor to elevate your salads. With its plant-based ingredients, it’s a delicious choice for those seeking a dairy and egg-free dressing option. We love that this dressing has a touch of miso and Dijon mustard with no gluten or sugar added.

Four bottles of Gotham Greens vegan salad dressing including Goddess, Lemon Basil, Caesar and Ranch on a white background.
Gotham Greens’ Vegan Dressings and Dips including Vegan Caesar (Source: @gothamgreens on IG)

Mother Raw

Mother Raw’s organic and vegan Caesar Dressing has the best combination of creamy texture and bold flavors. Made with wholesome ingredients, it’s a delicious choice that caters to both taste and a commitment to natural goodness. Free from gluten, peanuts, soy, canola, and any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

A bottle of Mother Raw vegan Caesar dressing in a pile of flour next to a bunch of unripe bananas on a kitchen counter.
Organic Caesar Dressing by Mother Raw (Source: @motherraw on IG)

Organicville

An incredibly tasty vegan Caesar Dressing! Organicville offers a tantalizing blend of organic ingredients, creating a creamy symphony for your salads. This organic dressing is gluten-free and Whole 30 approved with no added sugar.

A green and pink labeled glass bottle of Organicville dairy-free Caesar Dressing on a white background.
Organicville Non-Dairy Caesar Dressing (Source: Organicville’s Amazon page)

Plant Perfect

This palm oil-free dressing from Plant Perfect is a flavorful option for any salad. Using sunflower oil, mustard, and garlic as a base, it really packs a punch. Free of hydrogenated fats, high fructose corn syrup, and bleached or bromated flour.

Two bottles of creamy plant-based dressings by Plant Perfect (Ranch and Caesar) on a green and purple diagonal color background.
Plant Perfect Caesar Vegan Dressing (Source: @plantperfect1 on IG)

Primal Kitchen Plant-Based

An avocado oil-based dressing that is fully plant-based and fantastic. Here’s what not included in their recipe: gluten, soy, canola, sugar, and dairy. This rich and yummy dressing is Whole 30 approved, KETO, and vegan. You can use it as a dressing, as well as a marinade on salads, for crudités, and roasted vegetables.

A purple and green labeled bottle of Primal Kitchen plant-based Caesar dressing on a white backgroun.
Primal Kitchen Plant-Based Caesar Dressing with Avocado Oil (Source: @primalkitchenfoods on IG)

Trader Joe’s

A must-try vegan dressing! It’s creamy and zesty and transforms salads with a burst of flavor. Made with simple plant-based ingredients, it’s an easy way to elevate your greens. We love how affordable this dressing is, especially with the added umami bonus of white miso!

A clear plastic bottle of Trader Joe's Vegan-style Caesar dressing next to a Caesar salad with chickpeas in a white bowl on the white countertop.
Vegan Trader Joe’s Caesar Dressing (Source: Trader Joe’s website)

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing FAQs

What is vegan Caesar dressing made of?

Usually, it’s a mix of oil, lemon juice, garlic, and spices. Some plant-based recipes use a vegan mayonnaise as a creamy base instead of oil. Other recipes may use cashew cream.

Why is Olive Garden salad dressing not vegan?

Olive Garden uses both cheese and eggs in their salad dressing, so it is not vegan.

Can you buy vegetarian Caesar dressing?

If you are a lacto-ovo (one who eats both dairy and eggs) vegetarian, you can simply look for a Caesar dressing that does not include anchovies or worcestershire sauce. If you’re a pesco-lacto-ovo vegetarian (one who eats fish, milk, and egg products), any traditional Caesar dressing will work.

Make Your Own Easy Vegan Caesar Dressing at Home

Level up your salad mastery with a DIY adventure into concocting the perfect Homemade Vegan Caesar Dressing! Gather a bottle of olive oil, squeeze in some lemony goodness, toss in a garlic clove, and voilà—create a creamy, cruelty-free delight that turns every salad into a flavor-packed sensation.

Jar of vegan caesar dressing served next to a salad with wooden bowls.
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Vegan Caesar Dressing

Author: Allison Rivers
5 from 11 votes
This simple vegan caesar dressing is a crowd favorite and pairs perfectly with romaine lettuce or any style of salad greens. The zesty lemon, garlicky goodness, and a sprinkle of nori flakes unite in this dressing, creating a plant-powered symphony for your taste buds.
Glass jar with homemade vegan caesar dressing in it being drizzled with a wooden spoon.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon toasted nori, cut into small pieces or flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

Instructions

  • Add the olive oil, garlic, the juice of one lemon, capers, dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and toasted nori flakes to a blender and blend until completely combined.
  • Serve over salad or pour into a small mason jar and refrigerate for up to one week.

Notes

  • Double It Up: Make a double batch so you’re ready for quick salads all week long. 
  • To Nori or Not to Nori: If that seaweed flavor is not your favorite, feel feel to substitute a few teaspoons of nutritional yeast instead. 
  • Olive Oil is Optional: You can swap out the olive oil for any oil of your choice. For a lighter flavor and texture, choose sunflower oil. For a more budget-friendly option, all-purpose vegetable oil works great, too. 

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Sodium: 430mg | Potassium: 37mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.5g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Course — Condiment
Cuisine — American
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11 comments
  1. Andrea White says:

    5 stars
    The best dressing! So so easy and so good!

  2. 5 stars
    It’s so exciting to have a delicious homemade recipe for Caesar dressing! Sometimes, you just want a vegan Caesar salad and you don’t want to leave the house to buy an expensive dressing. This one is SOOO good!

  3. 5 stars
    Caesar is my favorite salad dressing! I’m so glad there’s such a variety of vegan options!!

  4. 5 stars
    I LOVE caesar dressing but it’s so expensive at the store. This homemade version is a great alternative!

  5. 5 stars
    So easy and delicious!

  6. 5 stars
    So great to have a delicious vegan caesar dressing! Easy to make too!

  7. 5 stars
    I’ve been looking for a vegan dressing recipe and this one looks perfect. Thank you for sharing this!

  8. Amy Liu Dong says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe and it was so easy. Vegan or not will enjoy this dressing for their salad. So delicious!

  9. 5 stars
    Tons of great info here and I’m a huge Caesar salad eater. I’ll be checking out these products (especially at Trader Joe’s) and your recipe looks great!

  10. Diane Homan says:

    5 stars
    So good! I love the use of nori to add that extra flavor!

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