Avocado Caesar Salad (Vegan, Paleo)


Caesar salad was probably the first type of salad I ever liked as a kid.

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The creamy, garlicky dressing paired with crunchy Romaine lettuce is a combination I could still eat practically everyday. Of course, since many recipes call for mayonnaise or heaps of Parmesan cheese, it’s not always the healthiest choice.

This recipe, on the other hand, can be enjoyed everyday while still working towards your health goals. Avocado provides a creamy base to this dressing, without the need for added oils, and when blended with plenty of garlic and a touch of nutritional yeast for a “cheesy” flavor, it’s darn near as satisfying as the original.

This recipe is actually a favorite from my archives, but it was in desperate need of a new photo and a little updating. (My photos weren’t so great 3 years ago!) This time around, I served it with herb-roasted potato “croutons,” which are simply oven-roasted potatoes, to make this salad even more satisfying and still properly combined. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Avocado Caesar Salad Dressing (Vegan, Paleo)
Makes 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients:
1 ripe avocado, pitted (about 1/2 cup mashed)
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast

Directions:

Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth. Pour over chopped Romaine lettuce, and toss well to coat.

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Serve with roasted potatoes as “croutons,” if desired. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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Avocado Caesar Salad (Vegan, Paleo)
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Serves: 1½ cups
 
A creamy, vegan salad dressing that tastes similar to classic Caesar.
Ingredients
  • 1 ripe avocado, pitted (about ½ cup mashed)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the dressing ingredients in a high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth. Pour over chopped Romaine lettuce, and toss well to coat.
  2. Serve with roasted potatoes as "croutons," if desired. Leftover dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.

Hope you enjoy!

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Comments

  1. Linda Hartke says

    My husband and I just started making Caesar salads and now there is a vegan option! Thank-you!

  2. says

    I LOVE Caesar Salad – and I love how you managed to make this one totally healthy and delicious [I haven’t enjoyed a good Caesar, as in the salad, in so long due to all the unhealthy stuff that goes into it!] Beautiful recipe!

  3. Maria says

    I love your recipes and the new pictures! When is the launching day of the book? I’m looking forward to it!!
    Question: if you use sprouted bread croutons (Ezequiel Brand) instead of the roasted potatoes, is it still a properly combined meal? Thank you!

  4. Lori says

    I saw this recipe yesterday and had to make it. So I went to the grocery store and bought all the ingredients. It was very good. I didn’t have the garlic cloves so I used the garlic powder. It was still good.

    I will add this to all the other great recipes from this site. I cook the buckwheat pumpkin bread and chocolate chip cookies every week and if it starts to get low my husband is reminding me to make some more. Sometimes I switch the pumpkin out for banana(when my bananas are ripe). Thanks again for such a great collection of making healthy food taste great.

  5. Shani says

    WOW! I don’t usually get excited about salad dressings…but…this was the best ever! It really DID takes like Caesar dressing! My (SAD diet) husband tasted it and he even loved it! Thank you sooo much! This was outstanding!!!!!

  6. Anne says

    This was wonderful! I was getting so sick of my usual salads and having a “caesar” salad sounded wonderful, and this recipe didn’t even make me miss the real thing. I will be making it again and again. Thanks!

  7. VanillaMacaroon says

    Oh my, my husband and I had this for dinner yesterday night. Amazing!! We’re so happy to have a healthy option when craving Ceasar salad!! Thanks Megan!!

  8. Sydnee says

    This is a delicious dressing! I’m so glad I’ve found a creamy salad dressing that is healthy–and vegan, no less! The only thing I would say is if you’re planning to double it, don’t completely double the nutritional yeast. A great recipe!

  9. melissa says

    I LOVE this dressing! I made it for a family dinner & everyone else loved it too! You would never know it wasn’t regular Cesar Salad dressing except for the fact that it’s a lot better, fresher, and healthier! Thanks for another great recipe :)

  10. Chris O says

    Just wanted to let you know this was fantastic! I’ve been hooked on kale Caesar salads and this worked beautifully with the kale!

    Thanks-will be making again!

  11. K says

    I have tried this dressing before and loved it! Thank you. It looks like you spinkled something on the salad in the picture though. Is it nutritional yeast?

  12. Mindy says

    Ever since giving up dairy, one thing I’ve really missed was Caesar salad…this dressing is amazing!!!!!! It tastes just like traditional Caesar dressing, only even better! I seriously love your recipes!!

  13. Trevor says

    How important is nutritional yeast to the recipe? Is there something I could substitute in its place? According to the Paleo legal food database I have to abide by (for a Paleo Challenge) nutritional yeast is on the list of foods not approved.

  14. Laurie says

    Family LOVES this!!! I make this recipe over and over again because it’s the best I have found! MOST important, my family LOVES this. We like it better than bottled that we have tried.

  15. Shayna says

    Well this is just about the greatest invention ever!! tastes just like a healthy version of my moms cesar dressing.. however i did find the garlic to be very intense, next time i will reduce the garlic a bit but other than that it was perfect for me :)

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