Vegan Caesar Salad

vegan caesar salad

I don't follow a strictly vegan diet, but lately I have been leaning that way because I find dairy-free meals are easier on my digestive system. Though I've long mastered a vegetarian Caesar salad, I wanted to find out if a vegan version was just as tasty, and it was! What I did here was to make a cashew-based dressing with some almond milk, garlic, olive oil, mustard, nutritional yeast for some cheesy flavor, and some fresh lemon juice for a bit of zesty zing. Don't forget the black pepper either. The combination of kale and romaine worked well here and you can add croutons or not — it's not required, but it fills out the salad nicely.

Caesar salad

Vegan Caesar SaladVegan Caesar Salad
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Published on August 18, 2015

An all vegan version of the classic Caesar salad with a creamy and zesty cashew, Dijon and lemon dressing — no one will miss the dairy in this one!

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  • 1 medium head of romaine lettuce, torn
  • 1/2 bunch of kale, trimmed and torn
  • 2/3 cup crushed rusks or other croutons (optional)
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, or more as needed
  • 3 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup vegan Parmesan Cheese for sprinkling over the tossed salad (optional, see note)
  • Soak the cashews in warm water for 2 hours or longer.

  • In a large bowl, combine the romaine lettuce, kale and croutons.

  • Drain the cashews and add to a food processor or blender. Add the remaining dressing ingredients and process until smooth. If too thick, add more olive oil.

  • Toss the dressing into the salad until well mixed and add some more black pepper and sprinkle with vegan Parmesan if desired.

  • Note: To make vegan Parmesan, combine 3/4 cup unsalted raw unsalted cashews, 1/4 cup almonds, 4 tablespoons nutritional yeast, 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder in and pulse into a fine meal. Store any remaining cheese in a well-sealed jar in the refrigerator.

Makes 4 to 6 large servings

vegan caesar salad with cashew mayo

Other salads to enjoy from Lisa's Kitchen:
Beetroot, Leek and Walnut Salad
Creamy Vegan Coleslaw Dressed with Avocado
Creamy Herbed Potato and Green Pea Salad
Lazy Summer Cottage Cheese & Fruit Salad


Joanne said...

I've been really into cashew-based dressings lately! This one sounds perfect to add to my repertoire!

Johanna GGG said...

it looks lovely with all the greens - and I love cashew based dressings too

Shaheen said...

Looks lovely Lisa, I can't remember the last time I had a veggie Caesar Salad, I know though that i have never had a vegan variation and I am liking this with the addition of the kale. Thanks for sharing with #EatYourGreens

Kada said...

This recipe is tasty, quick and easy to do. I have done it twice after I found it. I added some smoked tofu and tempeh in it. Thanks for sharing. :)