vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe

Creamy Mock Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan, Whole30}

Meredith 12:00 am

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!

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

4.67 from 9 votes
vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan}
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

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

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy dairy-free lemon garlic salad dressing, easy whole30 salad dressing, how to make a healthy salad dressing
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 132 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.

getting extra juice from lemons for creamy mock caesar salad dressing

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:

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Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoon serving, approximately 8 servings):

  • 132 calories
  • 0 g added sugar
  • 0 g fiber
  • 0 g protein
  • 87 mg sodium
  • 14 g fat

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This quick and creamy lemon garlic salad dressing recipe is a staple in our house. Just 4 ingredients and 5 minutes are all it takes to have a creamy, whole30 compliant, dairy-free dressing!

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  1. This caesar dressing looks so lovely and creamy. Great that it’s dairy-free too!

  2. This sounds divine! I love a nice creamy caesar dressing for a crisp salad.

  3. excited to try this! A lot of nondairy creamy dressings and sauces use nuts which we can’t have in our house, but this one checks all our boxes.

    • Thank you David! Yes, the creamy-ness comes from a nice emulsion… thanks to the dijon mustard. No nuts (or dairy) required!

  4. Oh I know, a citrus juicer is so great to have! And this dressing looks just fantastic! 🙂

    • Thank you Demeter – I hope you like the salad dressing! And yes, I now don’t think I could survive without my citrus juicer.

  5. Wow, this dressing looks so creamy! I would never have guessed it was vegan. I also have been meaning to buy this kind of a citrus juicer for a while now. You convinced me!

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

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

  8. What a versatile dressing recipe!

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

  10. 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!

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

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