This 2-minute Vegan Caesar dressing comes together with just a whisk and bowl and uses only pantry staple ingredients! No vegan cheese nor nutritional yeast needed! Perfect for vegan Caesar salads with homemade croutons, veggie dips, dairy free burger sauces, and more!

jar of Vegan Caesar dressing

The Vegan Caesar dressing that even DAIRY lovers will love:

Step aside, dairy caesar dressing- this dairy free, nut-free, soy-free and chickpea-free caesar salad dressing is ready to steal the show.

I kid you not, when my family tasted this vegan caesar dressing, jaws were on the floor. They couldn’t believe it was all dairy free- let alone that it took me only 2 minutes to make and didn’t even require a blender nor immersion blender.

This is the vegan Caesar dressing to make that legitimately tastes like traditional caesar dressing- without the anchovies nor the fake cheese.

vegan Caesar salad in a bowl

It’s similar to my vegan garlicky tahini dressing, but way different in flavor profile- like a true caesar dressing that you’d never know is actually a vegan salad dressing. 

This vegan dressing literally only uses pantry staple ingredients for the quickest no-fuss dressing that packs in the garlicky, “cheesy,” umami flavor- and yes, all without nutritional yeast (because I KNOW most non-vegans don’t have that in their pantries!).

Now let’s dive in so you can finally enjoy a caesar salad again- but unbelievably without any dairy nor animal products!

Simple ingredients (with substitutions):

  • Tahini: The base of this dressing is tahini, and it really adds to the umami flavoring of Caesar dressing. You can also, of course, use cashew butter if you’re not nut-free. I’ve made this Vegan Caesar dressing dozens of times with either or.
  • Lemon juice or vinegar: Either or works here. If lemons aren’t in season at the time, use rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
  • Mustard powder: As opposed to dijon mustard, but either will work!
  • Garlic powder
  • Dried parsley
  • Caper brine and capers: This is simply the liquid in your caper berries jar. We need both for that savory, salty, “briny” flavor of caesar dressing.
  • Olive brine: Again, the olive brine (or liquid in your olive jar) will serve as flavoring and saltiness for the dressing. This also keeps it soy free, so you can leave the soy sauce and vegan Worcestershire sauce aside!
  • Water: Water on its own whisked into either tahini or cashew butter creates this super fluffy texture- almost like you added eggs or dairy to the dressing when you actually didn’t! No need for any tofu whatsoever!
Vegan Caesar dressing in a bowl

Now you’ll notice there’s no nutritional yeast nor vegan parmesan listed here. And truly, you don’t need it. With the proper saltiness and brine from the olives and capers, you’ll mimic that “cheesy” parmesan cheese flavor without needing an extra ingredient. 

Plus, I figured that more people will have olives and capers on hand than nutritional yeast, especially if you’re new to vegan cooking and baking!

Overview: how to make and store your Vegan Caesar salad dressing:

We really don’t even need a whole section for this part- you simply add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk! Literally done in 2 minutes, it’s astounding.

No high-speed blender, nor immersion blender, nor preparation of ingredients of any kind. 

Now for storage, the recipe below makes enough for 2 large caesar salads (or 24 tablespoons).  I store this caesar dressing in an airtight container and in the fridge for up to a week. We eat it often enough that we’ll run out within the week, and it’s super easy to prep again!

Ways to use Vegan Caesar dressing- other than caesar salad!

Of course, my husband, Jared, and I are huge fans of vegan Caesar salads (especially with these homemade sourdough croutons), so obviously a vegan Caesar dressing recipe would fit the bill there.

And when romaine lettuce isn’t in season, I love it in a kale caesar salad during the fall and winter months.

But what are some other ways you can incorporate Vegan Caesar dressing into your cooking? I’m glad you asked!

close up of Vegan Caesar dressing

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jar of Vegan Caesar dressing

Simple Nut-Free Vegan Caesar Dressing- Pantry Ingredients!

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  • Author: Britt Berlin
  • Prep Time: 2
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 24 tablespoons 1x
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: No bake
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This 2-minute vegan Caesar dressing comes together with just a whisk and bowl and uses only pantry staple ingredients! No vegan cheese nor nutritional yeast needed!


  • 1/2 cup (140 g) tahini
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL)  lemon juice or vinegar
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp parsley
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) caper brine plus capers
  • 1 tbsp olive brine
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) filtered water
  • Black pepper, to taste


  1. Add: Pour all ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Whisk: Use a whisk to whisk all ingredients together until combined.
  3. Use or store: Use immediately in your salad or recipe or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.


See blog post for tips and tricks, plus substitutions!

Tahini: If you don’t have tahini and you aren’t nut-free, you can swap in homemade cashew butter. Equally delicious!