This Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing is rich, zesty, and dreamy. Did I mention that it’s super easy? You simply stir it together in a jar or mug. No blender, no food processor. Spelling Caesar makes my brain hurt. Spelling Caesar is tricky, but making this glorious Caesar dressing is simple.
This dressing is fantastic with
- Kale Ribbons Caesar Salad with Garlic Shake and Croutons or dry pan-roasted chickpeas
- Romaine lettuce salad with Garlic Shake and Oven-Baked Tofu or Addictive Coconut Bacon Flakes
- Great for dipping veggies and bread
- Veggie wraps
What is cashew butter?
Cashew Butter is the same in concept as peanut butter or almond butter. You can make your own by blending cashews in a food processor until smooth. Some people make roasted and/or salted Cashew Butter, other people make it with un-roasted and unsalted cashews.
This recipe uses raw, unsalted cashew butter. If you want to use Roasted Cashew Butter, I’d imagine that adding roasted flavors might bring nice toasty notes to this dressing. However, if there is salt in your cashew butter, I would not add salt to this dressing until you’ve tasted it first.
I use Artisana Raw Cashew Butter. The only ingredient is raw organic cashews. Also, if you want to keep this an oil-free recipe, just confirm that your cashew butter is oil-free. I enjoy the simplicity of stirring together a creamy dressing without having to bust out additional equipment.
You may use whichever prepared mustard you would like. If you are vegan or making this for vegans, confirm that the mustard you are using does not contain honey. Also, be sure to use prepared mustard and not ground mustard powder – I’ve done it and I had some bitter dressing.
Let’s Make Oil-Free Vegan Caesar Dressing
Add all ingredients into a jar or large mug. Mix well with a fork or whisk until creamy.
Around 3 Tablespoons is a good amount of dressing for a generously dressed salad. Around 1/3 cup is a nice amount for a generously dressed big salad. When you saw the words “big salad” did you instantly think of Seinfeld?
Start with less than you think you need if tossing the greens with the dressing and then taste a piece of lettuce before adding more.
I’m a dressing person. I serve some extra dressing on the side when I want a richer salad experience. Other times, I dip my dry salad directly into the dressing.
Adjust the flavor
You might want to add more lemon juice to make it zestier or fresh-forward. Other adjustments include more water for thinning, more black pepper if you like peppery, or more cashew butter if you want it to be more neutral or thicker.
It may thicken up in the fridge
To thin dressing back out, just add more water.
Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup cashew butter
- 2 TBSPs lemon juice About half a lemon worth of juice, depending on the size and juiciness of the lemon. You may want extra.
- 1 TBSP raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons prepared mustard any variety: yellow, dijion etc.
- 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper more if desired
- 1/4 teaspoon salt fine; more if desired
- 2 – 3 TBSPs water more if needed to thin dressing
- Add all ingredients into a jar or large mug. Mix well with a fork or whisk until creamy.
Adjust the flavorYou might want to add more lemon juice to make it zestier or fresh-forward. Other adjustments include more water for thinning, more black pepper if you like peppery, or more cashew butter if you want it to be more neutral or thicker.
It may thicken up in the fridgeTo thin dressing back out just add more water. www.planttestkitchen
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