An incredibly authentic tasting Vegan Caesar dressing that replaces egg yolks, anchovies and oils with delicious, buttery pine nuts, fresh lemon juice and nutritional yeast to impart the same traditional flavor. This is a dressing that you will feel good about eating.
Keyword: vegan Caesar dressing, vegan Caesar salad, oil-free Caesar dressing
Author: Brandi Doming
1/2heaping cup (75g)raw pine nuts (you can sub cashews if necessary, it will just taste less authentic)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper gives flavor without it tasting like pepper. 1/2 teaspoon will give a peppery taste like I noted in the beginning of the post. I make the peppery version since my take is on the Houston's Restaurant one locally.
Add all of the ingredients to your blender or food processor and blend until very smooth and creamy. I used my Vitamix, but I'm sure any blender or even a food processor would work since pine nuts are a soft nut. If you have a weak blender, I would suggest soaking the cashews (if using) overnight, drain and rinse, so your dressing isn't gritty.
Place in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. It will be perfect for salads then as it gets well chilled and thickens up some.
I used an Italian salad blend and added some broccoli, pine nuts, extra black pepper and nutritional yeast on top. However, feel free to use whatever greens you like.