There’s nothing quite like crisp romaine lettuce tossed in creamy Caesar dressing and crunchy gluten-free croutons, but right now my traditional Caesar dressing recipe is off the menu as I continue my healing journey.
Fortunately, this dairy-free Caesar dressing it so delish I don’t even miss my old recipe. It’s creamy, garlicky and tangy, with just the right amount of umami. If you’ve never heard of umami before, it’s a Japanese word that means “essence of deliciousness,” and it seriously is. Often called the fifth flavor, it has a meaty savoriness that deepens the other four flavors we’re more familiar with – sweet, sour, salt, and bitter.
In this recipe, most of the umami flavor comes from anchovy filets, but nutritional yeast also dials it up while imparting a cheesy flavor that stands in well for parmesan.
The result? Creamy deliciousness.
Ways To Use Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
- As a dip for veggies
- Folded into chicken caesar salad wraps
- Tossed into Caesar salad with gluten-free croutons
- To marinate chicken or steak
If you’re also gluten-free, here are a couple of tips to keep in mind:
- This recipe is totally satisfying without croutons, but if you want make some this recipe is delish.
- Also, Worcestershire sauce often contains wheat, so make sure to look for one that says it is gluten-free. I really like this organic version.
Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe
- measuring spoons
- quart-sized mason jar
- 1 cup homemade mayonnaise (make sure to use light tasting olive oil or avocado oil or the Caesar dressing will be bitter)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil (or more if desired)
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce (gluten-free)
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1½ tsp nutritional yeast
- 1 tsp minced garlic cloves
- 2-4 anchovy filets, minced (or 1-2 tsp anchovy paste)
- ½ tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
- ½ tsp ground black pepper (or more to taste)
- Add the mayo, minced garlic, lemon juice, dijon mustard, pepper, and anchovies to a quart size large-mouth mason jar.
- Using your immersion blender, blend the dressing together. Taste and add additional olive oil to thin it or salt if needed.
- Drizzle over a grilled chicken caesar salad or use as desired.
More Dressing Recipes
Thousand Island – This dressing recipe is a family favorite. We drizzle it on salads, slather it on reuben sandwiches, and use it as a dipping sauce for fries and cut veggies.
Greek Salad Dressing – This yummy vinaigrette that will wake up your tastebuds for sure. You’ll also find my recipe for Greek salad with crisp cucumbers, plump tomatoes, creamy avocado, crunchy bell pepper and the all important flavors of feta and kalamata olives.
Fire Cider Vinaigrette – Mix 1/2 cup avocado or olive oil with 3 tablespoons homemade fire cider. Whisk in 1 teaspoon raw honey and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Taste and add more fire cider or honey if desired.