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This is a Caesar salad recipe without anchovy so it's suitable for vegetarians. And the homemade croutons are so much better than ready made.

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IngredientsMakes: 4 Portionen

  • 1/2 baguette or 2 white rolls, sliced
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 romaine lettuce hearts
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • soy sauce
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • Parmesan cheese

MethodPrep:20min ›Cook:5min ›Ready in:25min

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 4.
  2. In a bowl stir olive oil with garlic and drizzle on bread. Place on a baking tray in a single layer.
  3. Bake in the oven till lightly browned on both sides, turning the slices once.
  4. Separate romaine lettuce into leaves, wash and dry.
  5. For the dressing stir lemon juice with soy sauce, salt, pepper and olive oil till smooth.
  6. Toss dressing with romaine lettuce.
  7. Arrange on plates. Top with the bread slices and sprinkle with shaved Parmesan.


Add alfalfa or fresh minced herbs to the salad.

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Perfect Caesar Salad

Some foods are classic for a reason. Like frosty vanilla bean ice cream or hot crispy French fries, this classic salad is basic but truly irresistible. Meet the perfect Caesar salad! Yes, you can buy a packaged storebought version with sub-par dressing and soggy croutons. But make all the components at home and it’s a knock out stunner. We’ve perfected all the elements so that you can make them at home. The savory, creamy dressing will instantly become a household favorite. And the crunchy garlicky croutons…well, you’ll be eating them off the baking sheet.

Vegetarian Caesar Dressing Recipe

In this article you’ll find the best Caesar salad dressing for vegetarians, and for people looking to increase protein in their salads.

We’ve made this recipe for Caesar salad dressing easy with helpful sections like shopping lists, printable recipe cards, nutrition labels and more.

Below, you’ll find everything you need to make an easy Caesar Dressing in just a few minutes…

What You’ll Find in this Article:

  • Ingredients in Caesar Dressing Recipes (shopping list!)
  • How to Make Caesar Dressing Recipes
  • Vegetarian Caesar Dressing Recipe (recipe card!)
  • Nutrition and Calories in Caesar Salad Dressings

Helpful Tip for Shopping:Take a screenshot of the shopping list to your phone. This way you have it at your fingertips the next time you go grocery shopping.

Recipe Card Uses: You can email yourself this recipe card so you can easily search for it (I have a folder in email just for recipes!) Or print it so you have it handy, and can make notes. You can even pin our caesar creamy dressing recipe to Pintrest so it’s safely stored for you.

Up next, a shopping list for the best Caesar Dressing recipe…

Ingredients in Caesar Dressing Recipes

These Caesar Dressing ingredients might look a little different form the classic Caesar Dressing recipes. But it will taste amazing…

We used high protein ingredients like Greek Yogurt, and savory ingredients like mustard and lemon juice to give you that “anchovy” taste, without adding in any fish.

This caesar recipe dressing has long been a reader favorite in my cookbooks. It’s been raved about on TV shows and drizzled over entire plates of food at photo shoots (my photographer Carl is obsessed with this cesar dressing!)

Shopping List for Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients:

  • 0% Greek yogurt
  • Dijon mustard
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Grated parmesan (optional)

Special Tip: You can find all the measurements in the recipe card below. There you can choose how many servings of this cesar salad dressing recipe you want to make, and the recipe card will do all the measurement math for you!

Now that you know what’s in Caesar Dressing… we can move onto the super easy method of making out creamy caesar dressing recipe.

Up next, a how to guide for making easy homemade Caesar Dressing…


Preheat the oven to 240C/220C Fan/Gas 9. Heat a griddle pan over a high heat.

Put the chickpeas in a roasting tin and coat in the rapeseed oil. Season with salt and pepper. Roast in the centre of the oven for 25 minutes, shaking now and again, until they are blistering and crisp and you hear them pop. Put the chickpeas on kitchen paper to drain and cover with the lemon zest.

Meanwhile, griddle the Little Gem halves for a couple of minutes on each side, until chargrilled.

To make the dressing, put all the ingredients in a food processor with 6 tablespoons of water and blend, until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Toss the lettuce in a few tablespoons of the dressing and arrange on a platter. Scatter over the chickpeas and the cheese. Serve with some more dressing, black pepper and a few parsley leaves.

Vegan tahini caesar dressing

The dressing includes yogurt and cheese.

But if you want to make this vegan-friendly you have some choices.

First, you can just omit the dairy ingredients and season with a bit more salt, lemon and cayenne pepper.

Or substitute a plain, unsweetened plant-based yogurt in the dressing and use nutritional yeast instead of the grated cheese.

The tangy dressing is terrific on kale too, so mix it up if you’re into it! It will keep in the refrigerator up to a week so you can whip up the salad in minutes when you’re hungry.

For a fun twist on a Caesar salad, it’s made with grilled Romaine, like I did with this Grilled Romaine, Corn and Chicken Salad, the texture of grilled lettuce is wonderful, but you can also skip that step if you prefer.

I love Caesar salad, especially with lots of anchovies like I do in this Eggless Caesar Salad Dressing, so I was very curious to try a Vegan version. When I got my hands on the new Love and Lemons Everyday Cookbook, which is gorgeous and filled with over 100 plant forward recipes, I had to try it! I’ve hung out with Jeanine, the author of the cookbook and creator of the Love and Lemons website several times and even had lunch with her at a vegan restaurant, (it was the best Vegan Caprese Salad of my life!), so I was pretty confident this would be great. Her cookbook, which she photographed herself is stunning, filled with so many seasonal recipes I can’t wait to try!

Caesar Salad Recipe Ingredients

My Caesar salad recipe starts with 4 basic components:

  • Romaine lettuce – Chop it into bite-sized pieces that’ll mingle with the other ingredients! You don’t want any big chunks of romaine here. Butterhead lettuce would be delicious in this recipe as well.
  • Cheese – I like to scatter shaved pecorino cheese over my Caesar salad, but a generous sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese would add the same nutty, savory flavor.
  • Homemade croutons – For crunch! These are so yummy and easy to make – just toss bread cubes with olive oil and salt, spread them on a baking sheet, and toast them in a 350-degree oven until they’re golden brown.
  • Caesar dressing – Traditional Caesar salad dressing is made with raw egg yolks, Worcestershire sauce, and anchovies, but my version is much simpler and just as good. In a small bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, a minced garlic clove and capers, Dijon mustard, and black pepper. You’ll end up with a creamy, rich mixture that tastes every bit as tangy and savory as the classic version.

To make this recipe extra fresh, I add a few unconventional components to the classic Caesar salad template. First, I pile on a generous amount of roasted chickpeas. They add protein to this recipe, along with lots of extra crunch. Finally, shaved red radishes, pine nuts, and a sprinkle of chives take the whole thing over the top.

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

Are you a vegan and missing Caesar salad? Most recipes for homemade Caesar salad dressings are not vegan or vegetarian, as they often contain anchovies. Caesar dressings that you buy at the grocery are almost certainly not vegetarian and unlikely to be vegan (even they say they are vegetarian).

Traditional Caesar salad is made with coarsely chopped romaine lettuce, shaved or grated Parmesan cheese, and seasoned croutons—often anchovies are also tossed with the lettuce greens. You're likely to discover many of your guests never really liked the anchovies as an addition, nor too much strong anchovy flavor in the dressing.

Curious about the anchovies? You may be wondering whether fish is vegetarian or vegan. The simple answer is no fish are animals and therefore anchovies are not vegetarian or vegan.

This easy Caesar salad dressing recipe, however, packs in all the flavor without the fish. It is both vegetarian and vegan as no mayonnaise is needed, just lemon, garlic, Dijon mustard, olive oil, and a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. Be sure to check the label for the Worcestershire sauce since some brands are vegetarian and some contain fish and so are not vegan.

Tortellini Caesar salad

Now that the weather is beginning to warm up (um, sort of), I have salad on the brain &ndash something light and refreshing that actually makes me want to leave the house rather than just cuddling up under a blanket for weeks on end. When I made my Greek chickpea salad, I said that a Greek salad was probably the only salad I&rsquod ever consider ordering at a restaurant, but I&rsquove realised I was wrong &ndash I totally love Caesar salads too. It&rsquos not often that I genuinely love something based around lettuce, but a Caesar salad has me completely convinced. You can&rsquot beat the combination of the creamy yet tangy dressing, flakes of parmesan cheese, and crisp lettuce.

The only thing that would put me off ordering a salad at a restaurant is the fact that in my opinion, a salad isn&rsquot really a full meal. As a side dish, bring it on, but I need something a bit more substantial than lettuce for dinner (i.e. I need me some carbs).

That&rsquos why I decided to make this tortellini Caesar salad &ndash it has all the same flavours as my favourite Caesar salad, but it&rsquos much more filling and definitely feels more like a full meal.

You can use whatever flavour of tortellini you like, but choose something quite mild that won&rsquot clash with the flavour of the Caesar dressing. I used spinach and ricotta tortellini, which was absolutely perfect and added an incredible creaminess to the salad. Along with the salty parmesan, crunchy lettuce and peppery dressing, I ate the whole plateful with a smile on my face (I mean the small plateful, not the entire platter&hellip).

By the way, make sure you use a Caesar dressing that doesn&rsquot contain anchovies, which many of them do. Also remember to use a vegetarian version of parmesan cheese, since true parmesan contains animal rennet (technically the veggie versions aren&rsquot &lsquoreal&rsquo parmesan, but they&rsquore basically the same thing).