Nut Free Caesar Salad Dressing

If you eat vegan style and you’re allergic to nuts – this one’s for you! Oh, if you like a great salad dressing – you should read on too…

I was hanging out with a friend and she was lamenting on the woes of being allergic to nuts – and eating a mostly vegan diet.  Gasp.  A vegan diet without nuts – is well… NUTS.

For plant based folk, nuts are a key contributor for  texture, flavour and protein.  Cashew nuts in particular are used extensively for making many cheese-type dishes.  I use cashews to make vegan parmesan, cream cheese and a fab mozzarella-like concoction.  Not to mention Doug McNish’s Vodka Sauce from his Vegan Everyday cookbook – that stuff is pure gold and cashews play a key role in making the magic happen.


That’s Doug and his latest book up there.  Both he and the cookbook exude awesome.  500 recipes to jam into your brain and belly.  Plus tips – lots of tips to get you up and cooking plant based style.

You can buy Doug’s cookbooks on his website SHOP page.  You’d be nuts not to.


Considering this is a nut-free post I’m talking a lot about nuts.

Now for the nut-free recipe.

Nut Free Caesar Salad Dressing
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An excellent nut free salad dressing that's tasty and vegan. It's great on sandwiches too. The better the quality of mustard, the better the dressing. Grape Seed oil has a neutral flavour (which I prefer with this version) but if you like - you can use cold pressed organic olive oil.
Recipe type: Salad Dressing
Serves: 1 cup
  • ½ cup Organic Grape Seed Oil
  • 4 tbsp Nooch*
  • 2 tbsp White Vinegar
  • 2 tsp Grainy Mustard
  • 2 tbsp Minced Organic Garlic
  • ¼ tsp Pink Hymalian Salt
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Cracked Organic Black Pepper
  • ¼ tsp Freshly Cracked Organic Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Vegan Worcestershire Sauce
  • 6 tbsp Organic Veganiase
  1. Place all ingredients in a small blender or a mason jar.
  2. Shake like hell or whiz till smooth consistency.
  3. Alternately, you can just whisk it all together in a bowl.
  4. Use up in 4 days.
  5. Enjoy!

* Now that you’re stoked to try this recipe you may be asking – what the heck is Nooch?

AKA hippy dust

AKA vegan cheesy goodness

AKA nutritional yeast (this is it’s real name – now you know why it has cool nicknames)

Nutritional yeast is a non-active yeast that is grown on beet molasses.  It’s sold in health food stores and some bulk food stores.  Nooch is a healthy flavour booster for anyone – not just vegans.  It’s particularly healthy for plant eaters because it’s a great source of:

  • protein
  • vitamin B12
  • fibre
  • folic acid

It also helps maintain a healthy gut, improves blood production and can help improve liver function.


All that and it tastes great.

Think of it as nutritious powdered cheese.

Cray cray.

Go buy some now.


I always label stuff I make and throw in the fridge or freezer.  Sometimes I have so much going on in there it’s hard to tell what’s what – plus it’s helpful when my vegan daughter comes to visit – she knows what’s suitable for her in the fridge and more importantly what’s not.


Now, if you are okay with nuts you can always hop over and check out my other vegan caesar salad dressing.  I used it on the salad below with some sweet potato croutons I’d whipped up.

Hmmm… I should make those again.

Caesar Salad

In the original recipe you need to use some magical vegan parmesan cheese.  <– Click on that to go and see how crazy easy it is to make the recipe.


Get out there and buy yourself some hippy dust and get making some salad dressing – sprinkle that stuff on everything.

Happy caesar salad making y’all.

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