This amazing Vegan Caesar Salad tastes as fresh and delicious as it looks. It is a perfect summer salad with crispy lettuce, homemade croutons, and a creamy, flavorful salad dressing. Top it off with some vegan parmesan, and you have a gourmet salad sure to impress the most ardent salad critic. This is possibly my family’s most loved salad recipe.
A Caesar Salad dressing is traditionally made with eggs and anchovies, which takes it off the menu for plant-based or vegan eaters. But I think you will find that our plant-based recipe rivals the traditional recipe and is so much better for you. A few years ago, when we set out to develop a caesar salad dressing, we replaced the anchovies with capers which still gives the dressing that salty sea note that is so prominent in the Caesar Salad. We have had great reviews from friends and family, and today I am going to show you how to make this very special salad.
Other Salad Recipes You May Like:
- Vegan Taco Salad with a Creamy Oil-Free Avocado Cilantro Dressing
- Quick and Easy Sesame Kale Salad
- Easy Mediterranean Chickpea Salad
- Summer Fruit Salad with a Lime Mint Dressing
- Vegan Fresh Corn Salad
- Vegan Roasted Beet and Pistachio Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing
- Fresh Coleslaw with Middle Eastern Flavors (oil-free, mayo-free, raw)
What is Vegan Caesar Salad?
Caesar Salad were invented by an Italian man living in Mexico in the 1920s, and it has been a favorite ever since. A Caesar Salad consists of 3 components: a very crispy lettuce, seasoned croutons, and a creamy salad dressing. It is a quick and easy salad to pull together, especially if the croutons are made ahead of time. I have a wonderful recipe for garlic croutons and a fantastic recipe for vegan parmesan.
Why Do I Think You Will Like this Recipe?
- It has to be one of the best-tasting salads on our blog.
- It’s my mom’s favorite.
- It has a creamy, delicious, savory salad dressing.
- It is topped with crunchy, garlicky homemade croutons.
- It’s a perfect salad for the homemade parmesan.
- It is also an excellent salad to serve to guests.
- The dressing and croutons can easily be made ahead; even the romaine lettuce can be chopped a few hours before the meal. Then all you have to do is to put it together and serve.
Vegan Caesar salad Components:
Caesar Salad is a salad typically made up of romaine lettuce, croutons, and a creamy dressing.
- Romaine Lettuce
- Caesar Salad Dressing
- Croutons (optional)
- Vegan Parmesan Cheese (optional)
Caesar Salad Ingredients:
- romaine lettuce – especially the inner crispier leaves
- silken tofu
- fresh lemon juice
- Bragg Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
- garlic clove
- nutritional yeast flakes
- olive oil
How to Make this Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe?
- Make the dressing.
- Add the dressing ingredients to a blender, except olive oil. Blend until smooth. Slowly add the olive oil while the blender is running on low.
- Keep in fridge until ready to use.
- Prepare the romaine lettuce by selecting the crispiest inner leaves.
- Rinse, dry, and chop.
- Toss with the dressing.
- Add the croutons and sprinkle with vegan parmesan cheese (optional).
Gluten Free Option:
- Use gluten-free bread when making the croutons or buy gluten-free croutons.
- Replace the Bragg Liquid Aminos with a gluten-free soy sauce option.
- Omit the Vegan Parmesan
- Replace the silken tofu with two tablespoons of soaked cashews and two to three tablespoons of water.
- Replace the soy sauce with a soy-free tamari alternative
- Use 1/2 cup of canned green olives instead of the refined olive oil, and add the water from the olive can until you have the right consistency.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Serving Suggestions for the Vegan Caesar Salad:
If time allows, serve with homemade croutons and homemade vegan parmesan or if you are short of time, buy vegan croutons and vegan parmesan (Violife is my favorite).
How to Store the Vegan Salad Dressing:
- Store the dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days
- Romaine lettuce can be cut and stored in a plastic bag or airtight container for 1-2 days.
Special Equipment or Tools Needed:
Blender: It is useful to have a blender when making this recipe.
What Type of Lettuce Do You Use in a Caesar Salad?
Romaine lettuce, especially the inner crispier leaves.
Can I Use Any Lettuce for a Caesar salad?
Yes, but the crispier the better. Caesar Salads are known for crunchy lettuce.
What Can I Substitute for Romaine Lettuce in a Caesar salad?
Iceberg Lettuce, choose the crispier part of the iceberg lettuce.
What Can I Substitute for the Horseradish in the Salad Dressing?
A vegan Worcestershire sauce.
Can I Omit the Capers?
- Yes, but you may miss the salty sea note they provide.
- As an alternative, try adding some shredded dried seaweed to the dressing.
What is Your Favorite Store-Bought Parmesan Cheese?
Violife parmesan cheese
What Pairs Well With a Caesar Salad?
- pasta dishes
- french bread
What Other Things Can I do with Caesar salad Dressing?
- use it as a marinade for tofu or roasted vegetables.
- toss it with steamed potatoes for a potato salad.
- drizzle over roasted cauliflower or cabbage stakes.
- toss with shredded cabbage for a coleslaw alternative.
- serve with green baked tomatoes.
- dipping sauce for vegan garlic knots.
Do I Need Vegan Parmesan for the Caesar Dressing?
No, it works fine without the parmesan.Print
Vegan Caesar Salad
This amazing Vegan Caesar Salad tastes as fresh and delicious as it looks. It is a perfect summer salad with crispy lettuce, homemade croutons, and a creamy, flavorful salad dressing.
- Yield: Serves 2-4 1x
- 2 Romaine lettuce heads
- 1/4 cup silken tofu
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 teaspoon horseradish
- 1 1/2 tablespoon capers
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Braggs Liquid Aminos or soy sauce
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 1/2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- homemade garlic croutons
- optional: vegan parmesan
- Add the tofu, lemon juice, horseradish capers, salt, Bragg Liquid Aminos, garlic, and nutritional yeast to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Next, slowly add the oil while the blender is running on low.
- Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
- Rinse and dry the romaine lettuce leaves. Chop into bite-size pieces.
- Toss the romaine lettuce with the Caesar dressing. Top with garlic croutons and vegan parmesan.
- The inner leaves of the romaine lettuce are crispier and, therefore, better in this salad.
- Double the salad dressing for larger salads.
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