Vegan Caesar Dressing (Low fat & Oil-free)

Inspiration

This recipe is inspired by my trip to Vancouver 2 years ago. I recall a dish I found on the menu of nearly every restaurants, no matter vegan or non-vegan ones – Vegan Caesar salad. Ever since I came back from Vancouver, I wanted to recreate it recipe at home. However, most vegan caesar dressing recipes I found was too heavy to my liking, as they are made mostly of cashews. Also, there are still some flavors lacking in those recipe which I cannot really tell what that is.

Vegan Caesar Salad with tempeh & edamame
Vegan Caesar Salad with chickpea tuna salad

Secret Ingredients

In search of the perfect vegan Caesar dressing, I have been experimenting with different ingredients. After several trial and errors, I found that adding dill to the recipe gives a depth of flavor. Moreover, I also used aquafaba in this recipe to help emulsify the recipe. For those of you who are not familar with aquafaba, it’s the liquid inside a can of chickpeas. The reason why it works is because of its high protein and starch content, which are beneficial in emulsification.

Vegan Caesar Dressing
Vegan Caesar Salad with chickpea tuna salad

All Natural Ingredients

As usual, I prefer creating recipes with all-natural whole food ingredients. And this recipe is no exception. In order to reduce the heaviness of this vegan Caesar dressing, I use tofu in substitution for part of the cashews. In fact, for most of the recipes, tofu and cauliflower works well in replacing cashews in a recipe. Tofu is a perfect substitution because it is not only naturally low in fat and high in protein, but it also provides lightness and fluffiness the a recipe.

Vegan Caesar Salad with tempeh & edamame

Serving Suggestions

Of course, as its name suggests, you can make a delicious vegan Caesar salad out of it. I topped mine with some Vegan Chickpea Tuna Salad and it was so good! Another way I like to serve this sauce is to enjoy them with some sweet potato fries, tempeh fries or simply as a topping on a nourish bowl. 🙆🏻‍♀️Also, sometimes if I am lazy, I will just mix this sauce with some pasta/ kelp noodles and beans and call it a day.

Vegan Caesar Dressing
Vegan Caesar Salad with chickpea tuna salad
Vegan Caesar Dressing

Vegan Caesar Dressing (Low fat & Oil-free)

Recipe by Angie @ The Floral VeganCourse: DressingCuisine: AppetizerDifficulty: Easy
Servings

5

servings
Prep time

5

minutes
Cooking time

5

minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cashews (soaked overnight)

  • 226g tofu

  • 1 shallot (chopped)

  • 1 Tbsp mustard

  • 1 Tbsp fresh dill

  • Juice of 1 lemon

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • Pinch of sea salt & black pepper

Directions

  • In a high-speed blender, here I used Vitamix. Blend all ingredients until smooth.
 

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  1. Hamilton Marilyn
    October 21, 2020

    Vegan Caesar Dressing Recipe. Easy to make with no added oil. Tahini base for nut-free and dairy-free creaminess. Capers provide vegan flavor, texture and the umami you re looking for. *When you open a new jar of tahini, it s super important to mix it WELL, until it s uniform in texture. Otherwise, the recipes you use it for ( cauliflower hummus, eggplant with tahini, pumpkin donuts ) could be a little too runny or a little too dry.

     
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    • Angie
      October 21, 2020

      That sounds good! Maybe I will give it a try soon 🙌🏻

       
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