I’m a sucker for a good Caesar salad. But for a long time it was difficult to find a vegan version since the traditional dressing is anchovy-based. In recent years, though, I’ve started to see recipes showing up online. This is awesome except that many of them were built around cashews. So for those of us who are allergic to nuts, the Caesar salad was still no bueno. That’s why I put together this Nut-Free Caesar Dressing that everyone can enjoy, even you have an allergy.
This dressing couldn’t be simpler to make. Its base is Follow Your Heart’s delicious Vegenaise—I like the Grapeseed Oil version—which goes right into a blender or food processor, followed by the handful of other ingredients. Then you just pulse everything for a few seconds until the creamy, smooth final product appears. All in all this recipe shouldn’t take more than a couple of minutes to make. And it goes well with any kind of Caesar salad you want to create (may I recommend this Kale-based one from the Nut-Free Vegan archives?).
We’ve come a long way since those days when all the Caesar dressings were cashew based. Daiya Foods even has a nut-free bottled version available now. But I’ve found that it isn’t always easy to track down at the grocery store. This homemade recipe is always there when you need it though. So the next time you’re ready to whip up a tasty salad, keep this page in mind.
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As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe if you make it. So drop me a comment below, and be sure to tag @nutfreevegan on social media if you’re posting photos. Plus, it’s always super fun to see these dishes out in the wild!
- 1 cup Follow Your Heart Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise
- 2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp. vegan Worcestershire sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. water
- Pulse all ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth—about 20 seconds.