5-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing

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Bowl of our easy vegan caesar dressing recipe on a wood board

Ah, the Caesar salad. It’s something to behold.

I don’t know how many times I’ve gazed longingly upon other diner’s salads, while my sad, oily balsamic vinaigrette drips down lettuce that deserved something better. Something creamier. Something zesty. Something garlicky.

I think you get where this is going. I’m tired of not being able to enjoy Caesar salad because the dressing isn’t dairy-free. So I decided to make my own!

The best part is, it only takes 5 minutes. No cashew soaking, grinding, or blending involved. You can do this – and you totally should.

Wood board with capers, garlic, hummus, lemon juice, and spices for making simple vegan Caesar dressing

Origins of Caesar Salad

It’s thought that the Caesar salad originated in Mexico in the 1920s (source). Who knew?!

Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, is believed to have created the recipe (by accident) at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. However, Caesar’s brother, Alex, claims that they invented the dish together prior to its success at Caesar’s Restaurant Bar.

The restaurant more commonly credited with its origination still exists today. And the salad is still made with the same original ingredients: romaine, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and a crouton.

Caesar salad has now spread across the globe and has taken on many modifications. This is our inspired, plant-based take on a similarly garlicky, zingy dressing!

How to Make Vegan Caesar Dressing

The base for this simple, 6-ingredient, 5-minute dressing is hummus. It creates a creamy, savory base that’s easy to come by since there’s almost always hummus in the fridge. Or at least in my fridge.

Next comes copious amounts of minced garlic, capers for that salty ocean taste, lemon juice + zest for brightness, and a little spicy mustard for zing. Add salt and pepper to taste and you’re good to go.

Whisking together ingredients for simple homemade vegan caesar dressing

I hope you all love this dressing! It’s:

Slightly spicy
Undetectably dairy-free
100% delicious

This dressing would be perfect on hearty salads, especially kale that’s been massaged with a little lemon and olive oil. Throw on some vegan parmesan cheese and it’ll taste just like the real thing – promise.

If you give this recipe a try, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a picture #minimalistbaker on Instagram. We’d love to see. Cheers, friends!

Bowl of our delicious and simple vegan caesar salad dressing recipe

5-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing

A creamy, hummus-based vegan Caesar Dressing in just 5 minutes with simple ingredients! The perfect plant-based dressing for salads.
Author Minimalist Baker
Bowl of simple homemade Vegan Caesar Dressing on a cutting board
4.89 from 216 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 (1-Tbsp servings)
Course Sauce, Side
Cuisine Dressing, Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 5-7 Days


  • 1/4 cup plain hummus (store-bought or DIY)
  • 1 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 tsp capers (finely minced/smashed, plus 3 tsp brining juice as original recipe is written- adjust amount if altering batch size)
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 healthy pinch each sea salt + pepper (more to taste)
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil (optional // for added creaminess)
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup (optional)


  • To a small mixing bowl, add hummus, spicy mustard, lemon zest + juice, minced capers + brining juice, and minced garlic, and whisk thoroughly to combine. Olive oil is optional, but will add a bit more creaminess.
  • Add a little hot water to thin until pourable and whisk until creamy and smooth (see photo). Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more salt and pepper, lemon juice, or minced garlic if desired! Maple syrup will help offset how salty and briney this dressing is, if you find you need it (I did not).
  • Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days.
  • This dressing is delicious on kale, romaine, and arugula. It would also be great on roasted vegetables, especially Brussels sprouts and potatoes. Top with a little vegan parmesan cheese for the ultimate Caesar salad experience.



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.
*Recipe makes ~1/2 cup dressing.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1 one-Tbsp serving Calories: 19 Carbohydrates: 2.8 g Protein: 0.8 g Fat: 0.7 g Saturated Fat: 0.1 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.28 g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.22 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 69 mg Potassium: 29 mg Fiber: 0.54 g Sugar: 0.4 g Vitamin A: 3.77 IU Vitamin C: 2.6 mg Calcium: 13.15 mg Iron: 0.22 mg
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    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Nicky! Some readers have had success using kalamata olives instead of capers! You could also just leave them out!

  1. Faye Daly says

    Delicious! I stirred in some vegan Parm and added a couple of dashes of Tabasco for a little extra bite, but it would have been perfect without those mods.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Sibyl. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  2. Mehala says

    I didn’t have hummus so I substituted with tahini. Added a little more lemon juice and voila! Delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed it with kale. Thank you!

  3. Katelynn says

    OK THIS DRESSING IS LYFE. I’m not even vegan and it’s like really really good 😋 Had all the ingredients in my refrigerator and was easy to put together

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Woohoo! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Katelynn. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a star rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  4. Shannon says

    I’ve made a lot of vegan caesar recipes and this one is my favorite. Can be a bit more involved than some simpler ones I’ve found (including the MB one w/ hummus) but this one is worth it for the flavor profile. MB homemade vegan parm really brings it home. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  5. Lauren says

    Fab recipe. I love that I have a go-to Caesar salad dressing that doesn’t rely on Parmesan and/or an egg. I prefer to use 1 large (or 2 small) cloves of garlic but other than that I follow it to a tee. I use more olive oil if I’m making a kale Caesar. Thank you, Minimalist Baker!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Lauren! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  6. W Miller says

    This is delicious!!! I added a tsp of rehydrated Dulse for a slightly fishy (anchovy) flavor that even made it more authentic. Plus, Dulse has great nutrients. Thank you for posting this!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modification!

  7. P says

    Love your recipes! Can you please recommend a substitute for lemon juice/other citrus foods due to allergy?

    What combination of vinegars plus spices will replicate?

    Thank you!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi P, we haven’t tried it but it’s possible that apple cider vinegar or champagne vinegar would work for this recipe. Let us know how it goes!

  8. Sabrina says

    They didn’t have capers at my local store but it was nonetheless delicious – I’m glad I made a double batch!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jamie, they should be near the pickles, olives, etc. They’re an unripened flower bud with a tangy flavor. Hope that helps!

  9. Deb says

    I’m addicted to this dressing. I use it to make kale Caesar salad regularly, and I like that the recipe makes enough for leftovers too!

  10. Heather NYC says

    This is my go-to vegan Caesar dressing for my (meat substitute, of course!) sandwich wraps. I like to include tomatoes, lettuce and croutons for any easy meal. Husband likes these too. Thank you!

  11. Sharon Friedman says

    It was easy to make. I didn’t have capers in my fridge, but I did have a little bit of olive tapenade. I used Dijon mustard. It was delicious.

  12. Stacie says

    Hands-down, the most delicious vegan caesar dressing I’ve ever had! (we added 1 tsp of maple syrup to balance the salt)

    Thank you!

  13. Amelia says

    I am in love with this recipe. I’ve used it for years and it’s always a hit at parties or easy meal prep. My go-to is to serve it with kale. Thank you so much for this recipe, I will be making it the rest of my life!

  14. Collette says

    The ONLY reason I keep spicy brown mustard on hand anymore. Amazing as always. Makes me crave a big crisp chunk of iceberg lettuce!

  15. B says

    I always follow your directions as written because they are always AMAZING!!!! I love garlic and loved this dressing as well. Thank you for another winner. I always have homemade hummus on hand so this base was extra easy. Fantastic flavor! The lemon zest and juice took it over the top. Capers are so good for us too! Thank you again!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Amy! Spicy mustard is spicy brown mustard, which is slightly different from dijon in flavor. Dijon would work in a pinch, though! If you have no mustard at all you could increase the capers slightly for more tang, and add spice (if desired) with cayenne or red pepper flakes? Hope this helps!

  16. Pam says

    I used what I had on hand, which meant I had to use garlic powder instead of fresh. I used 1 tsp dry. The rest of the ingredients as written with 1 tsp maple syrup and I added 1 tsp of nutritional yeast. I blended it with my immersion blender and didn’t need to add any water. It seemed a bit too sour, too briney , too too everything as I licked the spoon BUT when I dipped a Romaine leaf it was just right!!! It won’t be mistaken for the real deal but the capers really bring it to the edge of real. I am baking fresh croutons from my sourdough bread as I type this and there will be Caesar salad on our table tonight!!!! Great recipe and I can’t wait to try it with fresh garlic and then roasted garlic. A definite keeper and a FIVE STAR

  17. Cassandra says


    Whenever I want to veganize something I look to see if you have a recipe so of course I want to try this but I am not crazy about capers….

    Are they important or do you have any substitute recommendations??

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Cassandra! The capers do add to the classic “caesar” flavor, but are not essential if you’d prefer to leave them out!

  18. Alicia says

    Love, love this recipe! I’m dairy free and miss a good Caesar dressing. This not only fulfills that craving, but now even my husband prefers this recipe over the traditional one.
    I’ve used just about any savory flavor of leftover hummus I’ve had (red pepper, jalapeño, etc.) in this recipe and it still turns out great.

  19. Judi says

    2nd 5-star review LOL 🤩 Served this to company last night and the consensus was “I’ve never had a better Caesar, in any restaurant! How could this be vegan! What did you sub for the yolks…”. blah blah blah 😄. One guest said the raw garlic was too pungent though and burned his tongue. Just wondering if you’ve tried it with roasted garlic? Might be sweeter, less pungent. Thanks again for the most awesome Caesar dressing recipe ever AND vegan.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad to hear it, Judi! Roasted garlic would be lovely or using less raw garlic would also help with that. We do like garlic =)

  20. Judi Paulson says

    OMG you knocked it outta the park again!!! I stopped eating Caesar salad years ago when I went gluten free and vegan. Could never find the right dressing, croutons, parmesan sub, etc. That all changed today! Hummus is something I make regularly and wow its a game changer in this recipe. Thanks again and keep those great recipes coming!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay for eating Caesar salad again! We’re so glad you enjoy it! Thank you for the lovely review, Judi! xo

  21. Alison says

    Excellent recipe. Instead of a plain I used a hummus that had a hint of red pepper. Took advantage of all other ingredients. Made own crotons with some sprout bread that paired well. This is definitely a keeper. I really wanted to get back to eating romaine lettuce, but missed that caesar taste. Now I don’t have to worry about the diary upsetting my stomach. Love it.

  22. Kayleigh says

    I was looking for a “clean out the blender” recipe to make after blending up some hummus, and I was wondering if there was a caesar dressing made with hummus. I came across this recipe and — OMG!! Seriously the best plant based caesar I’ve tried so far, and I’ve tried at least ten other recipes. This will be my go-to from now on.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Kayleigh! Love that “clean out the blender” idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

  23. Nancy says

    So good! I didn’t tell my husband what was in it until after he tried it since he’s not a hummus fan. lol This is a keeper!

  24. Cynthia says

    I am grateful for this recipe!

    I have not had Caesar salad dressing in a very long time, much less Vegan. I made the recipe but doubled the amount as I wanted to make enough to last a week, we eat lots of salads.

    I didn’t have garlic cloves I used Kyolic Liquid Garlic and Organic Ground Mustard instead and did not use Maple Syrup.

    After making it, I have to agree with another commentator, it needed more flavor, so I added more of the following to get the taste I wanted:

    -Lemon juice
    -Organic Ground Mustard
    -Kyolic Liquid Garlic
    *Added Nutritional Yeast to give it a cheesy flavor

    YUMM!! Tangy and Super Flavorful!

    Oh and adding the olive oil and slowly adding the hot water was perfect to give it the med-low viscosity I was looking for.

    This is an excellent Cesar Salad Dressing Base recipe. -I just added this along with my additions to my recipe folder. ;)

    Thank you Minimalist Baker!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you got to enjoy Caesar dressing again =) Thank you for sharing, Cynthia! xo

  25. Kim says

    Very tasty and easy dressing! I didn’t use oil and only about 1/2-1 tsp agave. Also only 3 cloves of garlic. It was so tasty, we ate it with a Caesar pasta salad and used it all on one dinner!

  26. Rebecca says

    AMAZING! My bf and I enjoyed this on vegan “chicken” caesar wraps today, I think it tastes to similar to caesar dressing from what I remember. My bf said it’s not quite the same taste but regardless both of us loved this and will be making it again. I used only 1 big clove garlic per suggestions and didn’t add sweetener and it was perfect! Thanks for a great, cheap caesar dressing alternative.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoyed it, Rebecca! Love the wraps idea. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  27. Eli says

    I had to add aminos and a bit of nutritional yeast, otherwise, it didn’t taste very much like Caesar dressing.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Sorry to hear that, Eli! Did you include the caper brine? Either way, your modifications sound great.

      • Jessie says

        This is a really good recipe! Hubs and I are avoiding dairy as much as we can these days for several reasons. This really did the trick for us for a great Caesar dressing. Not exactly like Caesar but very close and very tasty.

  28. Hayley says

    This dressing is out of this world! I have never commented on a recipe before but this is phenomenal, and I’m a big time picky salad eater. Though I love garlic and am the type to add more than a recipe calls for, I was lazy tonight (making it for the first time) and used the garlic hummus I already had. This could be a really good solution for those worried about adding too much garlic or it being too pungent. In general I think you can skip adding maple syrup/honey to dressing when you use tasty olive oil. I can’t wait to experiment with adding fresh herbs, shallots, maybe roasted garlic. I have a feeling my life just changed, lol. Thank you :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, yay! We’re so glad you enjoy it, Hayley. Love your addition ideas as well. Thanks so much for sharing! xo

  29. Grace says

    This is our go to dressing now. Absolutely love it. Eliminated the maple syrup and I’ve tried both store bought hummus and have made my own a few times. 5 + stars!

  30. Katelyn Manchak says

    Wow! This is absolutely delicious. I just popped everything into my mini blender for 30 seconds and this is definitely better than anything else I’ve tried! Thank you so much for sharing!

  31. Samantha says

    I made this recipe today with ingredients I had in my fridge. It was so very tasty. Very garlicky so I may do one less clove next time just for the sake of my partner. I didn’t add the maple syrup so I can’t speak to that. I will definitely be making this again. I love that hummus is the main ingredient.

  32. Anne says

    This recipe is great! I didn’t have any lemon (yikes!) but it still came out perfectly. The zing of the lemon would’ve put it over the edge, so next time I’ll remember to grab one. :)

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks so much for sharing! We definitely recommend the lemon for next time =)

      • Meredith says

        I really appreciate this recipe!

        Used a looser hummus – so, didn’t have to add water. Didn’t bother to add the zest of the lemon and added olive oil (as suggested). Tastes great! Will never make traditional Caesar with anchovy and egg ever again.

      • Frances says

        This recipe is excellent. Followed as written and .it turned out wonderderful. I used 5 cloves garlic, did not use the oil, added the maple syrup.
        One of the best Caesar dressings I’ve had in years!

  33. Liz says

    I love this recipe exactly as written! Better than eating regular Cesar dressing! My husband gobbles it up too. I make croutons and crispy chickpeas in the air fryer. And add cut up chick’n tenders (for the kids) to a big bowl of kale with this dressing for an easy weeknight meal. I appreciate so much how you are so precise with your recipes. Not “zest of one lemon” when lemons can be a huge range of sizes. Thx for all the awesome recipes!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you both enjoy it and that you find the precision helpful! Thanks so much for the lovely review, Liz! xo

  34. Régine says

    This is an amazing dressing! This time, I replaced the salt with kala namak, a rotten egg smelling salt available at Indian grocery stores. It added extra umami, and an eggy taste. I recommend it.

  35. Lis Coleman says

    Finally found the most perfect and delicious vegetarian Caesar dressing! I had all of the ingredients on hand and it was so easy to make. I included the maple syrup to round out the vinegar and cut back on the garlic a little. This recipe will be a keeper for many years to come! Thank you!!

  36. Carley says

    I found the recipe a few years ago and it is still the best and easiest vegan Cesar salad dressing I’ve come across. I use this recipe frequently and have shared it with many who all love it as much as I do! I love that it has simple ingredients that I always have on hand and comes together quickly.

  37. Vanessa says

    Hands down the BEST vegan alternative to Cesar dressing. No need to look any further – I’ve tried them all. The fact that this recipe uses hummus instead of mayo (which is what you’ll find other recipes call for) is a complete game changer! I’ve made this multiple times now for family get togethers. I’m also never buying store bought cesar dressing ever again after finding this.

  38. Elizabeth says

    This was super and so easy – I virtually always have all these ingredients on hand. I added about a teaspoon of nooch and a heaping teaspoon of miso – highly recommend these additions. I’ve made lots of vegan Caesar dressings with cashew or vegan Mayo as the base and while they are tasty they are also so heavy and often very thick – good for kale but not always romaine. This is perfect for romaine lettuce. I have avoided this one for years because I feared it would just taste like thinned out hummus but it’s definitely a keeper. Huge hit with my four year old and my hubby alike.

  39. Melissa says

    I would love to make this, but I can’t digest beans. What could be used as an alternative to hummus? Thanks!

    • Karly L says

      I’ve made this twice this week, I should have just made a huge batch it’s so yummy! I subbed the hummus for equal parts chickpeas and tahini instead of making it separately and it’s super easy and delicious!

  40. Melanie says

    This was absolutely delicious! One of the best parts is that it uses ingredients you likely already have on hand. I was in a hurry when I made this and didn’t notice the suggestion of including roasted chickpeas and vegan parm in the salad. I’ll definitely try those additions next time.
    Thanks for another amazing recipe.

  41. Brigitte says

    I made the recipes with only 1tsp of caper juice , 2 table spoons of lemon juice and 1 table spoon oil . To my taste which I love lemony dressing but this is a Caesar so the lemon zest was to much for me and thank god I went with 2 tbsp of lemon juice otherwise it would have been to acidic . I think it’s personal taste here but it’s not a bad dressing but it’s not a Caesar dressing taste ..thank you

  42. Melissa says

    This dressing surprised me! It was really tangy, salty, and delicious. I love caesar salads but caesar dressing is so calorically dense. I completely forgot to add maple syrup and it was still great. This will be a regular recipe for me. Thanks!

  43. Gillian says

    I made this tonight and loved it. Though my 4-5 cloves of garlic was too much. I added an extra few tablespoons of hummus and some store bought mayo to tone it down. Next time I’ll add less garlic, perhaps my cloves were on the large side.

  44. Dawn says

    I really really enjoyed this dressing, but my 4-5 cloves didn’t even yield a tablespoon. I’m glad I didn’t add more because it had plenty garlic. Is it suppose to yield 3 tsp of garlic? Just checking…BTW, I have recently tried many of your recipes and they have all been hits. Thanks for your posts.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Dawn, We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing! We do like it garlicky, but feel free to add as much as you prefer.

  45. Logan says

    Not my favourite recipe from MB. I LOVE garlic so it hit a spot, just not the cesear spot. For me, I think it’s the hummus base. It still tasted like a thin hummus turned cesear rather than a classic cesear taste. I’d maybe try a tahini + soy milk base and try again (will report back when I do this!).

      • Logan says

        Will definitely be trying that one! I meant to comment again that when I added a healthy does of vegan parm the hummus taste got covered up and the cesear came through a lot more. Definitey not a bad recipe, but I’m excited to try the cashew based one and reattempt this without the hummus too :D

  46. ANDREA SANFT says

    This is absolutely amazing. I have made it twice, once with the DIY hummus. My non-vegan family and guests loved it too.

  47. Laura G. says

    This was SO good! I used kalamata olives instead of capers and one garlic clove. I did add one tablespoon of olive oil for more creaminess. Quick and oh so delicious! Thanks!

      • Rebecca says

        An amazing vegan Caesar dressing! With a couple minor tweaks it would be perfect. I followed the other reviewers recommendation to add less garlic. I did 2 tsp which still was way too much. I then added maple syrup to offset the flavor. Unfortunately it wasn’t as tasty. So I would recommend just starting off with half a clove of minced garlic and work your way from there. I’d skip on the maple syrup it just made it a bit sweet and I wasn’t a huge fan. I enjoyed it none the less but when I made it with less garlic and no maple syrup it was perfect! Thank you for sharing!

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

          Thanks for the review! We happen to LOVE garlic, but know it’s not for everyone! Glad you enjoyed it, Rebecca!

  48. Jennife says

    I’m a garlic lover but 3 tablespoons of fresh garlic? That can’t be right. I used half and it was pretty garlicky. I do like the use of hummus in the recipe though.

  49. Hope says

    GARLIC | Loved this recipe but I used fresh garlic and it was too spicy. You have to be careful with garlic. Just a heads up. I also used green olives instead of capers.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing your experience, Hope! This one is very garlicky, but feel free to reduce next time!

    • Danielle says

      This dressing is simply amazing! Everyone who I made it for has loved it! Also no one can tell it’s vegan because it tastes way better than regular Caesar dressing. Thank you so much! I bought minced garlic and put about 2 tablespoons in, added just 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and omitted the maple syrup. Delish! Xo

  50. Makayla says

    I made this today for dinner and it was sooo good! I specifically bought spicy mustard for this and it was definitely worth it; so are the fresh ingredients. I used fresh lemon and garlic, which was one of the reasons this dressing was really good. I had it with chopped romaine and sunflower seeds and it was delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Makayla! Thanks so much for the lovely review! xo

      • Lesley says

        I definitely would only use 2 cloves of garlic. It’s amazing that way. I made it with 3 tablespoons for a dinner party once. Everyone said they loved it, but no one ate it. People took it home to dilute with their own hummus.
        I love love garlic, but it’s just way too much.

  51. Sharon says

    This is SO GOOD. I’m not vegetarian, but my husband is. Made this with store bought hummus and green olives instead of capers. Did not add any of the optional olive oil or maple syrup. Since he’s vegetarian and not vegan, I also added some Parmesan, but nutritional yeast could be used. Did not taste “hummus-y” at all. DELICIOUS!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad it turned out well! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Sharon! xo

  52. Lisa says

    This is a staple dressing.

    I double or triple the recipe and store it in a mason jar for about a week. I put it on everything from grilled romaine, regular kale or romaine salad, ceasar wraps, potatoes…just a veggie dip. It’s so good.

    I modify with store bought minced garlic to make it a 2 minute dressing in a pinch and it’s just as good!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Love all those serving ideas! We’re so glad you enjoy this recipe, Lisa! Thanks so much for sharing!

  53. Cleo says

    So delicious, best vegan ceasar dressing I’ve ever had. I was thinking about the how good my salad was even after I ate it because this dressing made it incredible.

  54. ja Wes says

    fantastic! I upped the lemon juice and garlic a little – – just a matter of taste, literally haha, very grateful to find this recipe – have shared it around a lot already. thank you!!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Ja. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  55. Rose says

    This dressing is life changing!!!
    I made your 5 minute microwave hummus (5 stars) just so I could try this recipe and I was not disappointed!!! The flavour is amazing and the texture is just like the real thing. If you had told me 10 days ago when I was put on a very strict elimination/hypoallergenic diet that I would be eating Caesar salad everyday for lunch and loving it, I would have laughed in your face. Thank you for another amazing recipe!!
    Your recipes have literally saved me as I have had to learn to eat an entirely new way. I am so thankful that you have created such deliciousness in a time where all my favourites have been stripped away. I noe have many new favourites that will be in regular rotation even when I can eat my normal” foods again.

      • Natasha s says

        I love this dressing cause it comes together so quickly. Most other vegan Cesar recipes call for cashews and soaking! This is a keeper recipe

  56. Laura says

    If you like a tangy, garlicky, tastes like it has anchovies (but doesn’t) that packs a punch kind-of caesar dressing, this is for you. Unusual ingredients but they work! Yum.

  57. Katie says

    This is the best caesar salad dressing ever! It’s got such great flavour and is so versatile! It is perfect just as the recipe is written but I like mine less tart so I added less lemon juice and added some blended soaked cashews for a slightly more mild taste and it’s everything I could want. If you even thought about caesar salad today, don’t think twice about this recipe!

  58. Amanda says

    Terrific! I made a small batch using your microwave hummus recipe, all in my old bullet. Am not strictly vegan so added a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce. You really nailed the Caesar umami tang. And it’s so healthy! I’m in love.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Amanda! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  59. Natalie Emond says

    Holy Sh*t this dressing is amazing. Love that you dont have to edit for any nuts to soak not to mention how expensive cashews are. This is for sure my go to recipe from now on

  60. Tracy says

    This was really delicious! I changed it up a bit, I only put a large tablespoon of garlic in because wow, three tablespoons sounded atomic! I also used vegannaise instead of hummus because thats what I had. This was super easy and an absolute winner at our house. As Valerie says, inhaled it! Thank you!

  61. Preeya says

    This was fan-tas-tic!! I didn’t have spicy mustard so I used regular mustard and I left out the capers. It was still so so good. I haven’t had Caesar salad in a long time, but this tasted pretty similar to what I remember. 10/10, will be making again.

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      Whoop! We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Preeya! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  62. Randi says

    My partner scored some romaine and I was just thinking about how much I’d like a caesar salad! I don’t have any capers, though, and due to ‘Rona I can’t go out and get them. Would a small amount of olives and olive brine work as a substitution, do you think?

  63. sara says

    This recipe is amazing and really hit the spot! Due to COVID im not grocery shopping often at all and ran out of my ususal (follow your heart) vegan caesar dressing. This is definitely my new go to! I didnt add any maple syrup this time, I thought it was perfectly tart, but I might try next time just to see the difference.

  64. Shelby Renaud says

    This is an amazing, healthy sub for traditional Cesar dressing. I made it twice in a week and mixed it with kale, A bit of romaine lettuce, roasted chickpeas and croutons. My hubby isn’t a salad lover and he’s been requesting it!

    I made a couple of changes to adjust it to my taste.

    Reduced garlic to 1 small clove
    Added 2-3 tbsp of nutritional yeast
    Added a pinch if chili powder
    Reduced the maple syrup to 2 tsp

    Also, the lemon zest is a must in my opinion. It adds an awesome, zesty taste.

  65. Maggie says

    This dressing is incredible. As a vegan I miss caesar salads so much, and the storebought brands taste off. This tastes exactly perfect, my nonvegan boyfriend loved it too. Served over grilled romaine hearts and topped with crispy fried capers is heaven.

  66. Constance Ordeman says

    I made this for Easter. I topped it with Follow Your Heart Parm and used Greek Manna broken up for croutons. I did not add the optional sweetener but did add olive from my sister’s farm on the Island of Paros in Greece. I was amazing! Your sight is a constant go to for this vegan chef. I have been a follower from the very beginning and have yet to have a fail! Thank you!

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      Aw, thanks so much for your kind words and lovely review, Constance! We’re so glad you enjoy our recipes!

  67. Brittany says

    This dressing is fantastic. Better than most non-vegan Cesar dressings that are out there. I will be making this again and again. Thank you!

  68. Vanessa says

    I LOVED this and my husband just asked me if we could make it again. The only change I made was that I added monk fruit instead of maple syrup to cut back on sugars.

  69. Michelle says

    Made a quick hummus with lentils and quinoa I had on hand. Was still amazing! Thank you for this and all your other great recipes!

  70. Leah says

    This is truly my favourite Caesar dressing recipe and it’s as good as non-vegan versions. I use about 1 tbsp of olive oil and it’s perfect as is – no need for the maple syrup (for me). The brininess of the capers is a great touch. You can use with salad, wraps, as a veggie dip, etc…5 stars for sure!

  71. Lisa says

    I’ve made this so many times and I love it!
    I have used garlic hummus (and skipped the fresh garlic) and it’s so yummy.

  72. Betsy says

    Wowza – excellent recipe, my new go-to. I happened to have garlic hummus on hand so I used that instead of adding fresh garlic.

  73. Danielle Metcalfe says

    This taste too much like hummus to me. I’ve made this exact recipe using brazil nuts and water instead of hummus, and it tastes more true to caeser dressing. This is still a good dressing as is though, and lower fat if you are using an oil free hummus.

  74. Cheryl says

    I just returned a store bought vegan Caesar dressing; it was awful. I’ve been totally craving a Caesar salad. I had the romaine and croutons; I just needed the dressing. Stumbled upon this recipe. I cook a lot and the ingredients all made sense to me. I figured it was the best bet. What I didn’t expect was to be absolutely floored by this. It is even better than non vegan Caesar dressings I’ve had in the past. So glad Caesar salads are something I will not miss as I transition to a vegan lifestyle. Thank you so much. Absolutely delicious!!! I’m excited to try everything you make.
    P.S. I omitted the zest (was lazy), used a Tbsp. of garlic infused olive oil instead of plain( loves me garlic) and added a tsp. of nutritional yeast(more ‘cheesy’ goodness).

  75. Carolynn Smallwood says

    This is my go-to salad in the summer, and I have made it so often that I don’t even need to look at the recipe anymore and cater the ingredients to my own palate. I add some vegan croutons, and feel completely satisfied after eating this simple, delicious, and nutritious salad! I don’t add the optional maple syrup, and the dressing is tasty without it. I’ve used a food processor to make it, and have made it without a food processor and the dressing is just as delicious! Thank you for inventing it!

  76. Brooke says

    This is fantastic! I doubled the recipe and it was enough for a dinner party of 6 people. I served it with nutritional yeast sprinkled on top. Everyone loved it!

  77. Mel says

    This is so delicious my 6-year-old ate it with lettuce, his carrots, poured it on his rice, and wanted vegan caesar salad for his breakfast. Not exaggerating. Thank you! I have been looking for a great recipe for a loooong time.

  78. Angie Austin says

    This is a great trick using hummus to make Caeser dressing. I only used 1 T of garlic and it was still WAY too much. I’ll start with 1 teaspoon next time and go from there. Or maybe 1 T of roasted garlic.

  79. Megan says

    You piqued my curiosity… But I had no hummus made (I always make it, as it is hard to find and expensive where I live). So… Off I went to your hummus recipe and WOW that was delicious! I almost didn’t continue, since I just wanted to eat it all up but I had just bought capers two days ago (a first) so I decided to give it a go. Today I enjoyed it in a kale, onion, pepita raisin salad for a picnic lunch. Yum. I did modify, was unsure of quantities since I just had left some hummus in the bottom of the vitamin… So a dash of this, that, used mustard powder and yellow mustard for it was all I had.

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  80. Alicia Livesey says

    This is my favorite plant based Caesar dressing. It’s so quick and i honestly think it taste better than traditional Caesar dressing.

  81. Lisa Talbot says

    I discovered this recipe today and made it tonight. Wowza!! It is delish! I even skipped the oil. Thank you!

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      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Lisa. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo