We eat a lot of Caesar salads around here.
And while I’m no respecter of cheeses (except you, bleu), I typically use fresh Parmesan or Romano in my dressing.
During those strict paleo or Whole30 stints, I typically don’t even make Caesar salad, but I was craving it this time around.
A dairy-free Caesar dressing that was Whole30 compliant needed to happen.
Speaking of… how many January Whole30-ers out there are on Day 30 today??
During my first round of Whole30 I found myself, due to some change in travel plans, at my grandma’s house in Utah staring at a Pineapple Pie she had made because I was coming.
That’s my favorite pie in the world. You can imagine the dilemma I was facing. I could have buried my face in that pie and called it at Whole29.
However, I’m all or nothing kind of girl, and I decided that Whole29 wasn’t Whole30. I also wanted to say that I completed an entire round, and because I knew we were going to be returning to grandma’s house the next day where that pie would be waiting…. I didn’t cheat.
That may have been one of my proudest achievements, aside from potty training three children.
So, this dressing. I had some serious doubts as I was tinkering with my go-to Caesar dressing that I’d end up with something that tasted authentic.
While it does taste a bit different, it’s good. Like, really good. I used it immediately in a salad I was working on and we ate it two weeks in a row.
Oh, and traditional Caesar dressing is made with anchovies, which I typically use (or anchovy paste). You can totally use them during Whole30, but if anchovies freak you out, I’ve got you covered.
Dairy-Free Caesar Dressing
Caesar dressing is one of my favorites, and I was craving it during a round of Whole30 once -- thus this dressing was born! It's not identical, but tossed into a bowl of Romaine with some crunchy toppings it's pretty close!
- 1 clove garlic, halved
- 2 teaspoons coconut aminos
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/2 medjool date, pitted
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil
- 4 teaspoons nutritional yeast
- Place all of the ingredients (except the oil and nutritional yeast) in the work bowl of a food processor or a blender.
- While the machine is running drizzle in the oil. Add the nutritional yeast and pulse a few times to combine.
- Pour the dressing into a lidded container (like a mason jar!) and chill until ready to use. Dressing is best when used within 4-5 days.
1. If you'd rather use anchovies, you can use substitute 3 anchovy fillets or 1 teaspoon of anchovy paste. Omit the coconut aminos.
2. You can also use 1/2 teaspoon of honey in place of the date if you're not doing Whole30. You could even leave it out entirely if the dressing tastes OK to you. I find it to be slightly acidic without a bit of sweetener. Substituting 1/4 teaspoon of erythritol would be a good low-carb option if you feel it needs some sweetener.
Saturday 13th of January 2018
We felt this had a bitter aftertaste somehow, so we added another whole date. That helped a little. This didn't really resemble ceasar, in my opinion.
Monday 15th of January 2018
I'm glad that helped. It's not going to taste exactly like Caesar because it doesn't have Parmesan -- which Caesar heavily relies on for flavor. Once it's mixed into a salad, I find it's a suitable substitute. I might not be to everyone.
Monday 26th of June 2017
How do you get 2 cups out of just the lemon juice and oil? Am I missing something?
Tuesday 27th of June 2017
You're right. That's probably a mistake. I just made that dressing last week and it wasn't 2 cups. More like about 1 cup. Thanks for catching that!
Sunday 19th of February 2017
This looks great! Why the sweetener though? Would it taste ok without the date or the honey? I don't usually put anything sweet in my non paleo version. Just curious. Thanks!
Monday 20th of February 2017
I usually add a bit of honey to my non-paleo version, too, because I find it to be a little acidic without it. If it tastes fine to you, then leave it out!
Jana @ ohthatstasty
Friday 17th of February 2017
Substitute anchovies in place of what? (Excited to have a Paleo Caesar!)
Monday 20th of February 2017
Oops! In place of the coconut aminos. Thanks for catching that, Jana!