This super creamy caesar salad dressing without anchovies or raw eggs has a savory umami flavor that tastes just like traditional caesar dressing! This easy dressing uses capers, anchovy-free Worcestershire sauce, and plant-based mayo for the BEST flavor and to keep it egg-free.
Why You’ll Love this Caesar Salad Dressing without Anchovies!
If you’re on the hunt for a really good vegan salad dressing this is the recipe for you! This super creamy homemade caesar dressing is eggless and vegan since it doesn’t use egg-based mayo or any anchovies! It’s also made without any cashews, making it more affordable and easy to make.
💡 Did you know? Traditional caesar dressing uses raw anchovies or anchovy paste as well as Worcestershire sauce that contains anchovies. Some caesar dressings also use eggs or raw egg yolks as an emulsifier.
Here are a few reasons you’ll love this simple dressing:
- 5-Minute Prep Time: this recipe is super simple and takes less than 5 minutes to mix together.
- Only 7 Ingredients: you only need a few ingredients plus salt and pepper for this flavor-packed, delicious dressing!
- The BEST Caesar Salad Dressing without Anchovies: we’re using capers to get the best savory flavor that’s just like your favorite authentic caesar dressing… but without any fish!
- Plant-Based and Vegan Friendly: this creamy dressing recipe uses vegan mayo and vegan Worcestershire making it vegetarian, eggless, vegan, and 100% plant-based.
This plant-based caesar dressing uses a few key simple ingredients that replicate that distinctive caesar dressing flavor. Below are the main ingredients for this dressing.
- Capers: The capers are a great substitute for the anchovies that are in traditional caesar dressing. Capers are thankfully vegetarian-friendly. They’re stored in a salty brine and have an amazing olive or lemony flavor.
- Vegan Worcestershire: did you know regular Worcestershire Sauce typically has anchovies in it!? Luckily there are many vegetarian and vegan friendly brands like Annie’s!
- Vegan Mayo: to keep this recipe egg-free we’re using a plant-based mayo like Hellman’s Vegan Mayo.
- Lemon: to add acid, freshness, and a tangy flavor to the dressing.
- Garlic: fresh garlic cloves are best for flavor!
- Dairy-Free Parmesan: I’m using a vegan parmesan like Violife to keep this recipe dairy free. You can also use your parmesan of choice if you’re not dairy free.
- Dijon Mustard: a little Dijon mustard goes a long way in terms of flavor.
To make a classic caesar salad you’ll need:
- Crisp Romaine Lettuce
- Herbed Garlic Homemade Croutons
- Fresh Cracked Black Pepper
- Vegan Mayo: this recipe uses a mayonnaise base, but if you want to make a caesar dressing without anchovies and mayo, you can use dairy-free plain, unsweetened yogurt instead. However, the mayo adds a lot of flavor to the dressing. More salt, garlic, or mustard may need to be added to taste if using yogurt.
- Lemon: you can use a splash or a teaspoon of red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar to taste instead of lemon.
- Dijon Mustard: this can be substituted for dried mustard powder or regular yellow mustard.
- Capers: The capers add a briny flavor similar to anchovies, so I don’t recommend subbing them out. I haven’t tried this particular substitution, but you could try using miso paste instead if you can’t find capers. Miso will add an umami, salty flavor but it doesn’t have the same briny flavor as capers.
Traditional caesar dressing gets a lot of its flavor from parmesan cheese. While adding vegan parmesan is optional in this recipe, it adds SO much flavor to the dressing.
Vegan parm really makes this dressing indistinguishable from traditional dairy-based caesar.
My favorite brand of vegan parmesan is by Violife. It comes in a block which you can grate yourself. This cheese is salty and is the closest in taste to dairy parm. I get this vegan cheese from Whole Foods.
- Small Mixing Bowl
- Airtight Container or Glass Jar
To make the easy caesar dressing:
All you need is 1 small bowl and 5 minutes!
STEP 1: Start by mixing all the dressing ingredients together in the medium-sized bowl. No blender or food processor is required, although you could blend everything up in one if you’d like. The mixture should come together very easily.
STEP 2: Transfer the dressing to an airtight container or a sealable Mason Jar.
STEP 3: Next, place the dressing in the fridge for at least 1 hour for the flavors to develop. (Of course, you can use it right away too but the flavor is better if left to sit in the fridge for a little bit!)
To make the Caesar Salad without Anchovies:
STEP 4: Toss the homemade dressing with chopped romaine (or other salad greens of choice), garlic croutons, lemon juice, and vegan parmesan.
Serving the Salad
Once you’ve tossed the romaine with the creamy dressing, top everything off with fresh cracked black pepper and avocado chunks. You can also add a drizzle of olive oil on top for more flavor.
I also love serving this salad with slices of blackened vegan chicken breast. If you’re vegetarian you can still have plant-based ‘chicken’ caesar salads thanks to this vegan chicken recipe.
And there you go, it’s ready to serve and enjoy!
FRIDGE: You can store this egg free caesar salad dressing covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
FREEZER: I don’t recommend freezing this dressing.
This vegetarian and vegan caesar dressing uses capers, lemons, and vegan Worcestershire to replicate the anchovy flavor found in traditional caesar dressings.
This creamy dairy free caesar dressing gets a lot of its flavor from the vegan mayo. Vegan mayo can be substituted with a 1:1 ratio with regular mayo. I don’t recommend substituting anything for the vegan mayo in the recipe. However, there are many other recipes that use cashews as the base of the dressing. I’ve found that vegan mayo provides a more authentic ‘caesar’ flavor.
When I want to make a slightly healthier version of this dressing, I will substitute 1/2 of the vegan mayo for dairy-free plain unsweetened yogurt. My favorite plain yogurt is by Silk.
more delicious vegan sauces & Salad Dressings:
- Homemade Vegan Buttermilk Ranch
- Korean Chili Sauce
- Homemade Sweet Soy Sauce
- Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce
Did you make This classic caesar dressing without anchovies or egg?
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Caesar Dressing without Anchovies:
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1 tsp capers, minced if not using a blender
- 1 tsp brine from the jar of capers
- 1 cup Hellman’s vegan mayo, or mayo of choice if not egg-free- see notes for more substitutions!
- Juice of 1 lemon (about 1 ½ tbsp)
- 2 tsp vegan & anchovy free Worcestershire sauce, like Annie’s
- ¼ tsp dijon mustard, or yellow mustard
- Salt and pepper to taste (about ¼ tsp each)
- (optional) ¼ cup finely grated dairy free parmesan, like Violife
- 2 cups herbed homemade croutons
- ¼ cup dairy free parmesan, like Violife (or parm. of choice if not dairy free)
- ¼ tsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice
- 3 hearts of romaine, chopped
- 1 avocado, diced
- Salt, to taste
- Add all the dressing ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. OR finely mince the capers and mix all the dressing ingredients together in a bowl/jar.
- Cover the bowl or transfer to an airtight container. Place it in the fridge for at least 1 hour for the flavors to develop.
- Store covered in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- To make the salad: toss the homemade dressing with chopped romaine (or other salad greens of choice), garlic croutons, lemon juice, and vegan parmesan. Or follow the instructions in this caesar salad recipe.
- Vegan Mayo Substitute: this recipe uses a mayonnaise base, but if you want to make a caesar dressing without anchovies and mayo, you can use dairy-free plain, unsweetened yogurt instead. However, the mayo adds a lot of flavor to the dressing. More salt, garlic, or mustard may need to be added to taste if using yogurt.
- Vegan Worcestershire: did you know regular Worcestershire Sauces typically have anchovies in them!? Luckily there are many vegetarian and vegan friendly brands like Annie’s!
- Caper Substitute: The capers add a briny flavor similar to anchovies, so I don't recommend subbing them out. I haven't tried this particular substitution, but you could try using miso paste instead if you can't find capers. Miso will add an umami, salty flavor but it doesn't have the same briny flavor as capers.
- While adding vegan parmesan is optional, it's highly recommended and helps this dressing taste even more like the non-vegan version.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 14gProtein: 1g
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