Vegetarian Caesar Dressing (Gluten-Free)

I love Caesar dressing. It’s intense and unique flavor profile is a classic, but everyone seems to have their own twist on it. Usually it is made with mayonnaise, eggs, anchovies, and parmesan cheese, but the variations are endless depending on the cook or restaurant it is made by. While the regular Caesar dressing is tasty, it alienates vegans and vegetarians because of the dairy and fish content. Although these limitations don’t apply to me, I would personally prefer an alternative that doesn’t involve smothering my greens in mayonnaise (I am pretty sure I am not alone in that!). So, I set out to create my own spin on the classic.

The thing thats sets this recipe apart for me is the replacement of the anchovies with olives. This was inspired by the vegetarian caesar dressing recipe on Dr. Weil’s site, and I think it works really well. You get the saltiness that you would from the fish in the regular dressing, and it really intensifies the flavor in an awesome way. Don’t worry, even if you don’t like olives, you will (hopefully) still like this, as they don’t overpower the sauce with too olive-y of a taste… just works. Try it and you’ll see!

Another little deviation from the norm is the use of lime juice instead of lemon juice. I know, nothing crazy, but although I l-o-v-e lemons, I think I love lime even more! Switch up my recipe and mold it to your personal taste, that’s the best part about homemade dressings. The following is enough for 2 or so servings, but go ahead and double or triple depending on your needs. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Vegetarian Caesar Dressing

1/3 C Greek Yogurt (you could replace this with homemade cashew cream to make this recipe vegan)

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Lime Juice

2 Tbsp Chopped and Pitted Kalamata Olives

1 or 2 Cloves Garlic (It was really garlicky with 2 which is the way I like it, definitely use only 1 if that’s not your thing)

2 tsp Vegan Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp Dijon Mustard

Black Pepper (to taste)

1. Blend all ingredients until smooth. ( I used my immersion blender)

Pour this over top of some kale or romaine, add some homemade croutons, and you’re set!