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Vegan Caesar Dressing (and a cool salad suggestion!) |

I bet Caesar never would have thought he’d be remembered by a salad or dressing. And in fact the emperor doesn’t have to do anything with it.

There are a couple of theories about who invented the salad, but it is generally attributed to restaurateur Caesar Cardini.

Cardini had a few quarrels with partners and even his brother about who created the first caesar salad, but let’s believe the story that he created it in 1924: apparently he was short on ingredients when a customer ordered a salad.

So, he used what he had at hand. And to give it an extra “wow” he prepared it at the table.

There you have it, the world’s famous caesar salad & dressing was most likely an improvisation.

Or Cardini’s claims are all wrong and it was actually Caesar himself who wanted to remembered by a salad.

Eddie Izzard proposes a pretty convincing version of how it could have taken place. See for yourself:

Oh dear, what a legend!

Making Caesar Salad & Dressing Vegan

Vegan Caesar Dressing (and a cool salad suggestion!) |

Since the original caesar salad dressing uses worcestershire sauce containing anchovies we’ll have to make a few adjustments to make it vegan and to get the flavour right at the same time.

Luckily my brother Heiko allowed me to publish his vegan caesar dressing recipe. And I must admit it’s awesome!

Let me give him some praise on this occasion: he’s a pretty awesome chef, has worked in many professional kitchens around Germany and knows his stuff.

I’ll try to lure out some more cool recipes from him.

Vegan Caesar Dressing (and a cool salad suggestion!) |

And it’s not just the dressing, but also the salad we’ll have to make a few changes for. You’ll find many recipes using bacon, chicken, eggs, cheese or anchovies.

But since we want to keep it vegan, there’s no other way to freestyle a little. Even though Caesar probably wouldn’t have liked it 😉

But to keep the look “caesarish”, use whole romaine lettuce and toasted bread crumbs.

The leaves are a perfect scoop that’ll even allow you to eat the salad with your hands. Which is actually surprisingly cool!

Vegan Caesar Dressing (and a cool salad suggestion!) |

Vegan Caesar Dressing (and a cool salad suggestion!) |
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Vegan Caesar Dressing

Luckily my brother, a talented professional chef, allowed me to publish his vegan caesar dressing recipe. And I must admit, it’s rather awesome!
Course Salads
Cuisine Vegan
Time 10 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 small bowl


For the salad

  • 1 serving salad (any of your favourite, for example: chopped lettuce, grated carrots, cherry tomatoes. A mixed bag of salad is an easy option.)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 slices ciabatta bread (or baguette or a nice whole grain bread)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)

For the dressing


  • Prep your salad - shred the lettuce, chop the tomatoes, grate the carrot (or whatever you’ve chosen) and put it in a large bowl.
  • Chop the bread into small squares.
  • Get the garlic diced or crushed.
  • Heat a pan and throw in the bread (without oil) and cook at a high heat for a couple of minutes - you want the bread to start crisping up.
  • While that’s happening add all the dressing ingredients to another bowl and mix well. That includes either ONE clove of garlic, or the garlic powder.
  • When the bread has started to get crispy, add a tbsp of olive oil and the other chopped garlic clove to the pan. Fry for another couple of minutes, but don’t let it burn. Turn the heat down if necessary.
  • Pour the dressing into the salad bowl and toss well 😉 ensuring all the salad gets coated.
  • When the croutons are ready, layer half of them over the bottom of your meal dish.
  • Add the salad and finish with the rest of the croutons on top. Done!


IF YOU LIKE THE RECIPE: Then you definitely need to try out our Pasta Salad with Peanut Butter Dressing (it’s soo good) and this Broccoli Salad which also has an amazing dressing going. Oh, both recipes are vegan too!

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  1. I used to love Caesar salad until I found out what’s in the dressing! Your version looks so much better!

  2. I love a good salad! Cesar is one of my hubby’s favorite. I have a version I make for him from time to time but need to try this one out! Delicious!

  3. i love caesar salad but have tried with greek yogurt version. im curious to this vegan version..looks delicious!

  4. Way to take a high calorie/high cholesterol salad dressing and make it good for you! Whoo-hoo!!! Love this, and I can’t wait to try it.

  5. Ok I think i’m definitely trying this out this month sometime. I’m always looking for easy quick salad dressings and this looks like exactly that! thanks Hauke!

  6. Wow! Love this dressing idea:) Thanks for sharing this!

  7. 5 stars
    Love the Eddie Izzard clip!! All things considered, being immortalized in salad is pretty great. I’ve never tried to make a vegan Cesar salad, and your pics having me craving it! Pinned, and I can’t wait to try it!

  8. My favorite salad dressing in guilt-free form. Running out to buy some tomato paste and give this a try. I can’t wait. Glad you added the crouton prep to it too.

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