Vegan Cashew Caesar Dressing

June 1, 2023
Some things are really hard to make vegan. A caesar salad is one of them. It is basically anti-vegan: mayonnaise, egg, anchovies, cheese... And if you find yourself somewhere lacking in vibrant vegan fare, the caesar salad is often a last, ultimately non-resort on a menu.

You won't necessarily be able to find this dressing out, but as ever, with a little creativity you can conquer the caesar salad conundrum at home with the same prowess as its namesake. I was actually shocked at how good this tasted. Hopefully you will think so, too, and use it to expand your vegan salad empire.
vegan caesar salad with chickpeas drizzled with creamy dressing

Vegan Cashew Caesar Dressing

Recipe Type: Salads
utensils YIELDS 2 cups dressing
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  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 garlic clove
  • 1 tbsp. tamari
  • 1/2 tbsp. German mustard
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1. Soak the cashews in the water overnight. Drain the water when ready to make the dressing.
2. Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. You may need to add a few tablespoons of water as you go; the dressing will thicken over time when kept in the refrigerator.

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Features Editor Jennifer Kurdyla is a New York City girl with Jersey roots and a propensity for getting lost in the urban jungle. An experienced publishing professional, yoga instructor, home chef, sometimes-runner, and writer, she adopted a vegetarian lifestyle in 2008 and became vegan in 2013. She has written for The Harvard Review Online, The Rumpus, and Music & Literature and maintains a wellness-based website, Be Nourished, which features original writing and recipes. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram @jenniferkurdyla, Twitter @jenniferkurdyla, and Pinterest.


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