There really isn’t a whole lot for me to say about this, other than the fact that it might be the best mock Caesar dressing I’ve ever had! And I know, I know, it’s kinda like how parents always think their kids are the cutest. But trust me I’ve tried many different versions of this and there is something special about this one. My dressing child is the best, there I said it.
This recipe only requires 5 ingredients and takes about 15 minutes from start to finish. 10 out the 15 is just to let the cashews soak, soooo it’s really more like 5.
Now, I know just about every recipe out there calls for capers and well I was out and frankly I didn’t feel like running to the store just for those lil guys. So I made due with what I had. I substituted capers for Dijon and in all honesty, it was perfect! It gave it the salty, briny flavor a Caesar needs, the same way capers would. So if you have them feel free to add a teaspoon or so but it’s not necessary. Also, I’m not sure if all Dijon will yield the same results, So for reference I used Grey Poupons “Country Dijon.” It seems like it is just a mix of creamy Dijon mixed with a whole grain mustard.
I typically always add a few nontraditional things into my Caesar salad. 1) because I like it that way and 2) it tastes better to me. I LOOOVVVEEE roasting cherry tomatoes because they add some sweetness and roasting them gives the salad more depth. I also added some roasted shiitake mushrooms, which resembles bacon and also adds an Umami flavor. There is also crispy tempeh, vegan parm, and homemade sourdough croutons.
However you like your Caesar salad, this dressing is worth a try! I store mine in a half pint mason jar for 4-5 days in the fridge.
Cashew Caesar Dressing
- 1/2 C raw cashews
- 1/2 C hot water
- 2 tsp country Dijon mustard
- 1 Tbs lemon juice
- 1 Tbs nutritional yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2 cloves garlic
- fresh cracked black pepper
- Soak cashews in 1/2 cup of hot water. Let sit for 10 mins
- After 10 mins, do not drain water just add in the rest of the ingredients to a blender and puree until smooth!
- The dressing may thicken in the fridge so sometimes I'll add in a 1-2 tablespoons of water when using it during the week.