Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

You don’t have to be dairy-free or egg-free to enjoy this Caesar Dressing, although this is a vegan recipe.  I was inspired by Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Cashew Caesar Dressing that is included in his book, 3 Steps to Incredible Health, Volume 2 Relish It in Your Kitchen.

Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe

Before I made this Caesar dressing at the beginning of the year, I had this recipe on my mental “to do list” for a year.  I am a big fan of a lot of what Dr. Fuhrman has to say, as he supports a whole foods, plant-based lifestyle.  He is not strict vegan, but he has a lot of vegan recipes and is a proponent of a vegetable dense diet.

Caesar Dressing, Vegan

By the way Dr. Fuhrman is the same doctor who monitored the health of Joe Cross, one of the men in the documentary and the brains behind  Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead.  By the way, if you haven’t seen Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, it is worth the 97 minutes.

Vegan Caesar Dressing

  The Verdict: It took me a few tries to get the right combination of flavors, since I thought the original recipe was dominated by the Dijon flavor (maybe it’s just the brand I was using) and was in need some salt.  If you like Dijon mustard, feel free to add more.  I really appreciate the balance of flavors in this dressing and love this as a dairy-free alternative to the traditional Caesar Dressing.

Dairy-Free Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Homemade Caesar Salad & Dressing, Dairy-Free


  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
  • 4 garlic cloves, roasted (go here to see how to roast them easily in the crock-pot), I have used raw before, too
  • 4 T nutritional yeast
  • 3 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 t Dijon mustard
  • black pepper, to taste
  • Himalayan Pink Salt or Sea Salt, to taste


  1. Blend or food process all ingredients until smooth.
  2. Enjoy on your favorite greens.
  3. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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    • says

      Hi Julia, I am trying to make a lot of my standard recipes dairy-free now, so you will find a lot of dairy-free recipes here. Thanks for visiting!

  1. says

    Yum! I recently started making nut based dressings several weeks ago, and I don’t think I will ever go back to my former loves of balsamic vinegar and evoo. There is something about these “whole food” dressings that really makes me happy (and full!) I would love for you to share this at what i am eating http://www.townsend-house.com/2013/03/what-i-am-eating_15.html

  2. Samantha says

    Why not call it something else — Caesar dressing has almost none of those ingredients and it has anchovies.

    • says

      Hi Samantha, Yes, I do understand. This recipe is to give some options for those who can’t have dairy or eggs like myself, but would like something similar. We call it “Caesar” because of the taste. Thank you for visiting!

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