vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan}

This creamy caesar salad dressing is a staple in our house.  It is packed with lemon-y and garlic-y flavors, though not overpoweringly so.  And because the salad dressing is dairy-free and egg free, it can be enjoyed by almost everyone.  With just four ingredients, you are less than five minutes away from having this delicious homemade salad dressing with your next salad!

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creamy vegan caesar salad dressing recipe

This quick and easy salad dressing uses one of my must-have kitchen tools: the citrus juicer.  I remember the first time a friend watched me squeezing limes for a pitcher of mojitos and asked why I didn’t use a citrus juicer.  I bought one the next day and use it multiple times a week!

freshly squeezed lemon juice for easy creamy vegan caesar salad dressing recipe

Kitchen gadgets are also the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux“Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo.”

ingredients for creamy vegan caesar salad dressing recipe

Though it only takes five minutes to make, I usually double this recipe so that I have extra in the fridge.  I have found that I am much more likely to make a salad for a quick lunch or to go with dinner if I have a healthy and delicious dressing already made.

This recipe makes about one cup of salad dressing and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week in an airtight container.

Quick and Easy Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

quick and easy creamy vegan caesar salad dressing recipe
5 from 1 vote

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan}

This healthy, delicious salad dressing takes just 5 minutes to make and 4 ingredients!

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 tablespoon
Calories 66 kcal


  • 6 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 2 lemons juiced (about ¼ cup)
  • 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • cracked pepper optional, to taste


Standard Preparation

  1. Combine lemon juice, dijon mustard, and garlic and stir to combine

  2. Add olive oil and whisk until an emulsion forms
  3. Stir in cracked pepper, if using, and store dressing in an air tight container

Blender Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree on high speed until a thick emulsion forms

Creamy caesar salad dressing recipe tips and tricks

A citrus juicer tip: to extract the maximum amount of juice out of my lemons, I always squeeze them twice.  First by squeezing each half on its own, and then combining the halves and squeezing together.  This generally results in an additional teaspoon or more of juice from each lemon.

Note: You may notice salt is not added to the creamy caesar salad dressing.  This is because dijon mustard already contains salt.

Delicious salad combinations using this creamy caesar salad dressing:

  • Not-your-standard Caesar Salad: romaine lettuce, tomato, avocado, parmesan cheese
  • Baby arugula, roasted beet, avocado, pistachios and parmesan cheese
  • Baby spinach, sliced pear, roasted maple cinnamon pecans, and Boursin cheese (note: for this salad I add ~ 1 teaspoon of maple syrup to the creamy caesar salad dressing)

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  1. I really need to start making/eating salads again! I love this dressing idea! :] (5 minute prep time definitely doesn’t hurt either! :P)

  2. I love my citrus juicer and the same thing happened to me…I was squeezing limes by hand for margaritas and my friend told me to get a juicer…life changed!

    This dressing sounds amazing…garlic and lemon = my favorite part of caesar dressing!

  3. This looks so EASY and simple! Can’t wait to try!

  4. What a versatile dressing recipe!

  5. Wow this almost looks TOO easy! Identifying a dairy allergy late in life I definitely miss caesar dressing here and there. Pinning!

  6. Ana Balenovic

    Ooohh I love all the garlic! And mixed with lemon, dijon mustard and black pepper, how tasty! I love this!! 😉

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