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vegan caesar salad in three bowls

Vegan Caesar Salad (Best Caesar Dressing)

  • Author: Verna
  • Prep Time: 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 Minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Servings 1x


The Best Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe! Made with crispy romaine, crunchy croutons, and an incredible creamy, garlicky 5 minute Caesar Dressing. Nut free and easily gluten free.


  • 1 large head of romaine lettuce

For Croutons:

  • 2 slices of bread, regular or gluten free
  • vegan butter for spreading
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • pinch of granulated garlic

For Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon garlic, slightly heaped and finely chopped (approximately 2-3 cloves of garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, drained and finely chopped and or smashed with a fork
  • 1/2 cup of vegan mayonnaise (I use Veganaise)
  • 1 tablespoon white miso (I use Shiro Miso)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce or 1 teaspoon brine from jar of capers
  • 2 teaspoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


To make Caesar Salad: (step by step photos above if needed)

  1. For the croutons: Preheat oven to 350°, lightly butter two pieces of bread on both sides. Sprinkle one side of each piece of bread with a little salt, pepper and granulated garlic. Cut the bread into slices then into 3/4-1 inch cubes. Spread onto a parchment lined baking sheetand bake for 12-14 minutes, stirring halfway. Remove from oven and cool completely on baking sheet.
  2. For the vegan caesar dressing: Finely chop the garlic. Finely chop and or smash the capers with a fork. Add both to a small bowl with the rest of dressing ingredients. Whisk to combine and set aside in the fridge until needed (dressing is even better the next day!).
  3. For the Romaine lettuce: chop into bite size pieces, add to a bowl of cold water to rinse. Drain and dry the lettuce in a salad spinner, and add to a large salad bowl,   refrigerate until needed.
  4. To assemble the Caesar salad:  Pour the dressing evenly over the lettuce. Add the croutons and toss the salad with tongs. Garnish with some fresh cracked pepper (optional).
  5. Serve immediately! Enjoy


  • Watch croutons carefully towards the end of cooking time so they don't burn. You want them crunchy not chewy. Oven times may vary depending on how thick your bread i
  • dressing will keep in fridge for 7 days

Tips for a perfect Caesar salad:

  • Don't over dress your salad!
  • Make sure the romaine is cold, crispy and dry
  • Must have crunchy croutons!
  • Fresh garlic in your dressing
  • Dress the salad just before serving ( nobody wants a soggy salad)
  • Season the salad with Freshly cracked pepper before serving
  • Category: Salads, Gluten free, Sauces & Dressings,
  • Method: mixing bowl/oven
  • Cuisine: American

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