This really is the best Vegan Caesar Dressing and is oil-free and uses no mayo, but totally plant-based! It is the perfect dressing for Caesar Salad and tastes incredibly authentic and made with just 5 main ingredients!
If you don't have a Vitamix, then you will need to soak your cashews overnight in a bowl of water, drain and rinse. This is to soften the nuts, otherwise, your dressing will be gritty. For the soaked version, I prefer to process them in a food processor, which I find makes things smoother than a weak blender. Weak blenders can leave a gritty result.
Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender (or food processor if using soaked nuts and no high-powered blender) and blend until completely smooth. Scrape the sides as needed.
The dressing should be smooth and creamy. Taste and add any more salt if desired. IOnce chilled overnight, it becomes thicker, so add a touch of water and lemon juice if desired to slightly thin it out.