Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad

Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

7 days have passed since I proposed we all try going dairy-free for a week using the resources from my new Done with Dairy Toolkit.

I gotta say, I’m so impressed by your enthusiasm and willingness to do the challenge. Head on over to the Done with Dairy Toolkit comments to read what others’ have experienced in just 7 days of removing dairy from their lives or to share your personal dairy-free story. No matter where you are on the dairy-free train, I know you’ll be inspired by what everyone has to say!

In keeping with the dairy-free theme last week, we feasted on homemade milk and cheesecake and today is all about the salad. You know, to keep things balanced and all.

Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

The first salad I remember eating (and enjoying) was Caesar salad. Once I discovered it, I ordered it at restaurants, asked my Mom to serve it everyday for dinner, and had the dressing recipe memorized with a stocked bottle of it in the fridge at all times. I was a Caesar fiend.

Then I went dairy-free…

It was a sad day.

So what I’m trying to say here is… I am a Caesar salad Pro. Yes, with a capital “P”. I know what the real thing taste like and THIS, this recipe right here, this tastes as close to the real thing as humanly possible.

Make this recipe and you may just love life a bit more.

Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

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4.9 from 7 reviews
Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
 
The real deal... this vegan (and paleo) Caesar salad dressing tastes so much like the real thing. It's creamy, flavorful and downright ridiculous.
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon caper brine
  • 1 tablespoon capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 12 cups chopped romaine leaves
Instructions
  1. Add avocado, lemon juice, water, garlic, brine, capers, mustard salt and pepper to the bowl of your food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. If it needs some thinning out (depending on the size of your avocado) you can add a touch more water. The end result will be the consistency of pudding. Keep it this way to maintain ultra creaminess.
  2. Spoon dressing into a bowl and stir in hemp seeds for that 'Parmesan' feel.
  3. Place romaine in a large salad bowl, drop dressing on top and rotate leaves until fully coated.
  4. Serve immediately!
Notes
The capers really make this dish come to life. I do not recommend supplementing it with anything else.
The hemp seeds are in the recipe to add that Parmesan texture. Feel free to add whatever nut or seed you'd like!

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Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

Did I mention how simple this was? Gosh. I love simple. Just throw everything in a blender, drop into a bowl, add your hemp seeds…

Cut up your lettuce, swirl everything around… done.

Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

My favorite part? The hemp seeds! They worked SO well as a ‘Parmesan’ in this dressing.

Quick & Easy Vegan Caesar Salad #vegan #paleo #nutfree

Mwahaha. Dairy? Who needs it!

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  1. Nice job Leanne!! Caesar salad was pretty much the only salad I ate as a kid, and I think I just got too much too soon because I really don’t care for it now. Having said that, I’m always curious about trying vegan/dairy free mock-versions and I’ve recently discovered that I LOVE avocado, so this might just happen in my kitchen!

    • Too much too soon? No such thing! haha I think you’d really like this one, Ange!

  2. Hmm… I wasn’t ever a Caesar fan, but the avocado in this has me intrigued. Not sure how I feel about the capers, though hemp seeds are a family favorite. May just have to give this a whirl! :)

    • I remember being SO scared of capers… blah. But they’re actually pretty darn good.

  3. I used to be a Caesar salad fiend as well, but had do lay off when food intolerances came to the surface, so I definitely appreciate your “Pro-ness” in coming up with this recipe. I am having this for lunch! Thanks, Leanne!

  4. I cannot describe to you how excited I am to try this, Leanne!!! I have missed Caesar salads so much since I went dairy/egg free – I always ordered them in restaurants, too. Thanks a billion! :-)

    • You’re most welcome, Arielle. I can’t wait to hear how you like it.

  5. I’ve been looking for a good vegan caesar salad recipe. I love that your recipe uses avocado for the cream and not nuts. Most recipes I find have cashews or some other nut for the creaminess. Awesome!

    • I’ve been challenging myself to do dairy-free AND nut-free… because you’re right, there are a lot of nuts in these sorts of recipes!

  6. Leanne, I’ve made your Caesar salad three tiImes since you posted it a week ago. Fantastic in the true sense of the word. My omnivore daughter gives it an 8 out of 10, as compared to the ‘real’ thing – and she is a tough critic. For me, a Caesar officionado, the caper brine is what puts it over the top. Thank you!

  7. Just wanted to say I made this for lunch and really liked it! I forgot the mustard, and I do think I would like to try it with the mustard next time, but in general, I really liked it! Thanks! It’s been years and years since I’ve had a Caesar!

  8. This is amazing!! :) Thanks for posting, I’ve really been missing Caesar salad!

  9. This is one of the best salad dressings I have ever eaten. Ever. It is so simple to make, yet so delicious. This is my second time making it….I will be making it quite frequently. Thank you!

  10. I just made this for my lunch tomorrow. I am not so good with dairy but love caesar salad. When I tasted it I couldn’t help it, I made a snack out it! It is delicious and tastes just like the dairy version. And it’s so healthy too. LOL, my son had purchased a jar of capers a couple of days ago and I wondered what I was going to use them for… it was meant to be. Thank you.

  11. OMG!! I have been looking for an egg free, dairy free, gluten free cesar dressing for ever!! i made this this week after much hesitation and nervouness.
    There is now nothing left and I am licking the bowl trying to get more!! Thank you for this fantastic recipe!

  12. Brilliant !
    Have made it numerous times and keep enjoying it.
    It’s a winner :)

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