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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48 thoughts on “Avocado Caesar Salad (Vegan, Paleo)

  1. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen

    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!

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  2. Maria

    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!

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  3. Lori

    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.

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  4. Shani

    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!!!!!

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  5. Anne

    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!

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  6. VanillaMacaroon

    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!!

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  8. Sydnee

    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!

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  10. melissa

    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 🙂

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  17. Chris O

    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!

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  19. K

    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?

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  20. Mindy

    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!!

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  22. Trevor

    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.

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  25. Laurie

    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.

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  28. Shayna

    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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  29. Stacy Melton

    I have been checking out homemade dressing recipes to try as a new vegan, I have not found any vegan dressings that caught my eye before this one. Had most of the ingredients on hand except for the garlic cloves and avocado which were an easy go get. I made this to serve with dinner tonight. DELICIOUS !!!!!! Best dressing I have ever tried or had. This will be my new go to dressing recipe for now on. Even my non vegan 12 year old son ate it and asked for seconds, I was blown away. I highly recommend trying it, its so simple easy and no hard to find or expensive ingredients. Thanks sooooo much !

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  30. Meredith

    I have tried a variety of vegan Cesar recipes and this one surpasses all the rest! I also appreciate the simplicity and the super healthy ingredients. This is my new go-to Cesar salad recipe. I have also been sharing it with friends.

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  31. Mae

    Sorry, this recipe was a swing and a miss for me. I’m confused about the comments – it tastes like Caesar dressing. Its made with avocado so it’s green and to me it tastes nothing like Caesar dressing. Unfortunately, I didn’t even care for it. I added some Tamari to give it more flavor. I’ve loved every recipe I’ve made so far of yours so to have one hit and miss is not a bad thing. Keep up the good work!

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  33. Jenna

    I make this all the time and eat it even with out salad. It’s so delicious! This is the perfect ceasear dressing!!!

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  34. Emma

    Made this in the fridge- ready to make tempeh ‘bacon’ Caesar wraps tomorrow! Thank you for the recipe- I bet it will be incredible!

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  35. Donna

    I love this Caesar dressing recipe.what an unexpected taste delight.I can hardly wait to share it with my friends 🙂

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