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5-MINUTE VEGAN CAESAR DRESSING

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.

EASY 5-minute Vegan Caesar Dressing with Capers, Lemon Juice and Zest, and Dijon Mustard! No soaking cashews or blending involved #vegan #glutenfree #dressing #caesar #recipe

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.

EASY 5-minute Vegan Caesar Dressing with Capers, Lemon Juice and Zest, and Dijon Mustard! No soaking cashews or blending involved #vegan #glutenfree #dressing #caesardressing #recipe

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

Creamy
Bold
Savory
Briney
Garlicky
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!

EASY 5-minute Vegan Caesar Dressing with Capers, Lemon Juice and Zest, and Dijon Mustard! No soaking cashews or blending involved #vegan #glutenfree #dressing #recipe

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A creamy, hummus-based vegan Caesar Dressing in just 5 minutes with simple ingredients! The perfect plant-based dressing for salads.
Author: Minimalist Baker
Recipe type: Sauce, Side
Cuisine: Dressing, Vegan, Gluten Free
Serves: 1/2 cup
Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (60 g) plain hummus (store bought or DIY)
  • 1 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) lemon juice, to taste
  • 2 tsp capers, finely minced/smashed, plus 3 tsp brining juice
  • 3 Tbsp fresh minced garlic (4-5 cloves)
  • Healthy pinch each sea salt + pepper to taste (more to taste)
  • optional: 1-2 Tbsp (15-30 ml) olive oil (for added creaminess)
  • optional: 1-2 tsp maple syrup
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Use immediately, or store in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days.
  4. 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.
Notes
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 Tbsp of 8 servings total.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Tbsp (of 8) Calories: 26 Fat: 1.1 g Saturated fat: 0 g Carbohydrates: 3.7 g Sugar: 0 gSodium: 89 mg Fiber: 1.1 g Protein: 1.2 g

EASY 5-minute Vegan Caesar Dressing with Capers, Lemon Juice and Zest, and Dijon Mustard! No soaking cashews or blending involved #vegan #glutenfree #dressing #caesar #recipe #salad

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