This creamy faux 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!
Whole30 Compatible Caesar Salad Dressing
While this lemony dijon salad dressing isn’t exactly a Caesar salad dressing, it is a pretty darn good replacement. Plus, it is dairy-free, nut-free, vegan, and Whole30 compatible. This mock Caesar salad dressing is an affordable and delicious alternative to the healthier salad dressing options you can find at the grocery store. Plus, it is ready in just five minutes!
If you are using fresh lemon juice in this salad dressing, save yourself some time and use a citrus juicer. There is no faster way to juice a lemon.
This delicious Whole30 compatible faux Caeser salad dressing can also be made with store bought lemon juice. However, make sure to look for a lemon juice that is free of added preservatives, like Whole Food’s 365 brand lemon juice.
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
This healthy, delicious salad dressing takes just 5 minutes to make and 4 ingredients! Plus it is Whole30 compatible, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and keto friendly!
- 6 cloves garlic finely minced
- 2 lemons juiced (about ¼ cup)
- 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- cracked pepper optional, to taste
Combine lemon juice, dijon mustard, and garlic and stir to combine
- Add olive oil and whisk until an emulsion forms
Stir in cracked pepper, if using, and store dressing in an air tight container
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.
You may notice that I do not add salt to this creamy lemon dijon salad dressing. This is because dijon mustard already contains salt. Do you have a favorite dijon mustard? I prefer Trader Joe’s dijon mustard because it does not contain any added sugar or pectin.
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
- Spinach, Pear, and Pecan Salad with Boursin (below)
Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoon serving, approximately 8 servings):
- 132 calories
- 0 g added sugar
- 87 mg sodium
- 0 g fiber
- 14 g fat
- 0 g protein
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