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Vegan Caesar Salad in Serving Bowl with Wooden Serving Spoons
Classic Vegan Caesar Salad
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Soak time (cashews)
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 35 mins

This vegan Caesar salad is made with crisp romaine lettuce, garlicky baked croutons and to-die-for rich and creamy cashew-based dressing. Rich, indulgent, and full of flavor!

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: dairy free salad dressing, vegan salad dressing
Servings: 6
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Alissa
For the Croutons
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • About half of a baguette, torn into bite-sized pieces (4 cups)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
For the Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in water 4-8 hours, rinsed, and drained
  • 2 garlic cloves, or even more if you like
  • 2 tablespoons white miso paste
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 to 1 cup water, divided
  • Salt to taste
For the Vegan Caesar Salad
  • 2 medium heads romaine lettuce, cleaned and torn into bite-sized pieces
  • Finely chopped fresh parsley, optional
  • Vegan Parmesan cheese
Make the Croutons
  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. 

  2. Stir the olive oil and garlic together in a small bowl. 

  3. Place the bread pieces into a large bowl and add the olive oil mixture. Toss to coat.

  4. Arrange the bread pieces on a baking sheet and sprinkle them with salt and pepper to taste. 

  5. Bake until the bread pieces begin to brown and crisp-up, 12-14 minutes. 

  6. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack to cool.

Make the Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
  1. While croutons bake, place the cashews, garlic, miso, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and 1/4 cup of water into the bowl of a food processor fitted with an s-blade.

  2. Blend the mixture to a smooth paste, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed.

  3. Thin with 1/2 to 3/4 cup of additional water, to desired thickness.

  4. Season the dressing with salt to taste and adjust any other seasonings to your liking.

Make the Vegan Caesar Salad
  1. Place the lettuce and croutons into a large bowl. Drizzle in the dressing (as much as you like), a bit at a time. Sprinkle with parsley and vegan Parmesan cheese. Toss.

  2. Sprinkle with parsley and vegan Parmesan cheese.

  3. Divide onto plates and serve.
Recipe Notes

The nutrition information assumes a serving includes one sixth of the greens and croutons, 2 tablespoons of dressing, and 1 tablespoon of vegan Parmesan cheese.

This recipe makes a large batch of dressing — probably more than you will need! I don't recommend scaling down the batch size unless you have a very small blending device. Save the leftovers for future salads, use as a dip, or stick it in an airtight container and freeze.

Nutrition Facts
Classic Vegan Caesar Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 165
% Daily Value*
Fat 18.3g28%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 784mg33%
Potassium 811mg23%
Carbohydrates 37.8g13%
Fiber 3.5g14%
Sugar 4.1g5%
Protein 14.1g28%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.