Vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe

Creamy Mock Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan, Whole30}

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

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.

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

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.

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

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Vegan creamy caesar salad dressing recipe
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing {Vegan & Whole30}
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

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!

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
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
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

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:

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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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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!

29 Comments

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

  2. Laura Duffy

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

  3. mmmm, nice and garlicky! love it

  4. I love Caesar dressing, but haven’t had it in so long! This recipe looks delicious and so simple, can’t wait to try it!

  5. I have been looking for a good vegan Caesar Salad Dressing for forever! Thank you!

  6. This is so easy, and great for my friends who are allergic to fish and can’t have the traditional kind.

  7. Ooooh, I’m totally trying this the next time I have a salad! So simple and I have all the ingredients!

    • I hope you enjoy it Raia! This salad dressing is a staple in our house, mostly because I always have all the ingredients. Plus, it is so versatile and delicious!

  8. This looks so good! I love that it’s vegan.

    • Thanks Annemarie! Because this faux Caesar dressing doesn’t contain eggs, I definitely worry less in the summer when serving salads made with this dressing at cookouts!

      • I can’t wait until the fresh salad greens show up at the farmers market…I love a good fresh salad with homemade dressing. Your recipe makes me want a salad…right NOW!
        Here’s my unrelated question: where’d you get that jar???? Is it a canning jar? I mean the taller jar on the wooden tray with the garlic & lemon…
        Thanks!
        Katie

        • Hi Katie! Those jars / bottles are my favorite for sauces! I buy them at Target. They are made by an Italian company called Bormioli Rocco and called Quattro Stagionie. The one pictured holds a little less than 2 cups. Enjoy!

  9. This sounds SO creamy and delicious, and I love that it’s dairy free! Can’t wait to try it on my next salad.

  10. I love caesar dressing! It goes well with so many things. Also adore your version. So simple and easy to make!

  11. It’s amazing just how creamy that dressing can get with the Dijon! Fun one to try! Thanks!

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

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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

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

  18. 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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