Plant-Based Caesar Dressing Recipe

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Salads are a staple at any dinner table, but a good salad is nothing without a tasty dressing to take it to the next level. These Chattanooga locals share their go-to salad dressing recipes, packed with herbs, healthy oils, and big flavor. 

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Marco and Romana Biscarini’s Plant-Based Caesar Dressing

 

“This is one of our favorite family salads. It’s a dairy-free, animal-free alternative to the traditional Caesar salad. Cashews make up the base of the dressing to mimic that sought-after creamy texture, while the capers substitute for the flavor-punch typically delivered by anchovies. (Yes, traditional Caesar salad has anchovies!) It’s a relatively simple recipe that is full of nutrient-dense, brain-fueling fats for the whole family to enjoy.” 

Marco and Romana Biscarini in their kitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup filtered water, for soaking 
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos 
  • 4 tsp. capers
  • ½ tsp. salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Directions

Place the cashews in a bowl of water and let them sit on the counter overnight, until they become soft. Add all ingredients except the olive oil to the blender. Blend on high for 1 minute. Set the blender on low and slowly add in the olive oil for 1 additional minute. (This will keep the sauce from breaking up.) Place the sauce in a Mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 

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salad with plant-based caesar dressing on top

Plant-Based Caesar Dressing

Marco and Romana Biscarini
Course Sauce
Cuisine Italian

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup filtered water, for soaking
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut aminos
  • 4 tsp. capers
  • ½ tsp. salt and pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place the cashews in a bowl of water and let them sit on the counter overnight, until they become soft.
  • Add all ingredients except the olive oil to the blender. Blend on high for 1 minute.
  • Set the blender on low and slowly add in the olive oil for 1 additional minute. (This will keep the sauce from breaking up.)
  • Place the sauce in a Mason jar and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
Keyword Animal-Free, Caesar, Dairy-Free, Dressing, Salad Dressing, Soy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
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