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Creamy Mock Caesar Salad Dressing

Creamy Mock Caesar Salad Dressing

This creamy faux caesar salad dressing is a staple in our house.  Made with just four ingredients, this paleo and Whole30 compatible dressing gets its creaminess from blending the ingredients together.  No dairy or eggs necessary!

Creamy vegan caesar salad dressing recipe

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.  This mock Caesar salad dressing is an affordable homemade alternative to the healthy salad dressing options you can find at the grocery store.  Plus, it is ready in just five minutes!

Tips and tricks for this Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing:

  • A a citrus juicer will save you time when juicing fresh lemons
  • Store bought lemon juice can be used to make this dressing.  However, use a lemon juice free of added preservatives, like Whole Food’s 365 brand lemon juice
  • Make a double batch of this salad dressing and store the extra in the refrigerator
  • This salad dressing will last for about a week in the fridge
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

Vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe

Creamy Lemon Dijon Salad Dressing

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

This healthy, delicious lemon dijon salad dressing can be made in just minutes with only four ingredients!  Plus it is Whole30 compatible, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and keto friendly!


  • 6 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • Juice of 2 lemons, about ¼ cup
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, or avocado 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 refrigerate in an air tight container

Blender Preparation

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree on high speed until a thick emulsion forms
  2. Refrigerate in an air tight container
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 163Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 120mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g

Creamy caesar salad dressing recipe tips and tricks

To extract the maximum amount of juice out of my lemons, I always squeeze them twice with a citrus juicer.  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

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:

Other delicious homemade salad dressing recipes you will love:

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Sarra Tang

Monday 4th of January 2021

This is so perfect! I've been looking for a LCHF dressing that is nut, seed, egg, and dairy-free. This hits all the marks and is simple to make. I love that it's so flexible as well — flavour it any way you like!

Thanks again for sharing your recipe.


Monday 4th of January 2021

I am so glad you like this simple salad dressing Sarra - thank you for sharing!


Friday 24th of May 2019

Delicious, thank you so much! I’m on my 2nd batch and definitely eating more veggies these days thanks to the dressing!


Friday 24th of May 2019

I am so glad you like the dressing Katie!!!

Anne Lawton

Saturday 5th of January 2019

I love this version of caesar salad dressing! Going to make this soon!

Laura Duffy

Saturday 5th of January 2019

There's nothing like a good caesar dressing... especially one that is simple and easy to prepare! I'm looking forward to trying this!


Saturday 5th of January 2019

mmmm, nice and garlicky! love it

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