Dairy-Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

We are excited to welcome Danielle Rouse, our newest contributor. Danielle has lots to share with us, we know you’ll enjoy her posts and her recipes.

It’s January and if you are like me, you’ve set some healthy eating goals for the New Year. Today I want to give you a little encouragement in *not skipping out on the little steps*…or avoiding recipes that seem complicated due to the time it takes to soak something etc.

I am also excited to share a wonderful Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing with you!

I had an experience over the holidays when we hosted a family get-together. My brother and his Girlfriend both follow the Paleo Diet. I made a salad and my favourite Creamy Dill Dressing. My soon-to-be Sister-in- Law said, “we can eat this? I am so tired of the same old oil and lemon on a salad!” I said, “yes, absolutely!”

I went on to talk about soaking the hemp seeds for a few hours before you use it and everyone present complained because: that step crosses the convenience line. It appears that they are not alone; my other sister piped in to talk about how it is too complicated. I started to wonder how many other people are missing out on amazing food because of these types of steps in the recipes?

I know it seems complicated or time consuming, however if you can train yourself to think ahead about some of these little steps, eating a somewhat restricted diet can still offer plenty of variety.  The reality is, you are only putting seeds in a cup and covering it with water…from there, it is only time.

I promise once you have crossed this line, it totally becomes something doable and routine.

Here are a few steps you can take.

  1. Weekly Menu Planning can be very helpful. If you know what you will need for an entire week, you can soak your seeds or nuts way ahead of time. You could even make the salad dressing days ahead of where you have it planned out for the week. Most homemade dressing will last up to a week in the fridge.
  2. Bedtime and Morning Routines are also a great way to incorporate these little steps into your life. This is personally how I live. I can’t seem to think further into the future than 1 day…a blessing and a curse really. I wish I was better at weekly or bi-weekly menu planning; however it just isn’t in my bones! Instead, I have a dry erase board in my kitchen to jot things down. Before bed I will list the things I need to do in the morning, including any recipe prep that can be done in those crazy morning hours. Once I am finished my morning list, I erase and write down what I will need to do before bed that night. 
  3. If all else fails and you remember less than an hour before meal time…soak the seeds in warm water to help speed up the process and maybe tolerate a dressing that has a little added texture. This works OK for something like hemp seeds that are small and take less time in general to soak. It may not work the same for sunflower seeds, cashews or almonds.

2013 is the year to train yourself to think ahead about the little steps, OR be forced to eat only oil and lemon on your salad!

Now on to this amazingly Creamy Vegan Caesar  Dressing. Besides being vegan, this recipe is paleo friendly and will also comply with the 21 Day Sugar Detox (DSD).

It also has No Added Fat! You will get all of the fat you need from the amazing Hemp Hearts. They are full of calorie-rich essential nutrients, including amino acids, omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids.

Creamy Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing


  • 2 tablespoons Hemp Hearts soaked for at least 4 hours (drain soaking liquid)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Coconut Aminos or soy sauce (adjust to your taste)
  • 2 teaspoons Yellow Mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Prepared Horseradish
  • 1 Clove of Garlic
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste


  1. In a blender (I used my Magic Bullet), add all ingredients and blend until smooth. Simple!
  2. Store in the fridge in an air tight container for up to 1 week.

Check out Fresh4Five’s other healthy Salad Dressings.

Do you avoid recipes that require planning ahead for activities such as soaking seeds? 

Danielle Rouse is the creative energy behind the allergy friendly recipe blog, Fresh4Five | Real Food, Fresh Ideas. This mother of three has a passion for nutrition and cooking with  fresh and wholesome ingredients. Danielle has become and expert at developing  recipes to meet the complex dietary needs of her family. She is currently studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.  Fresh4Five hosts  an array of family friendly recipes that are free of Gluten, Dairy,  Soy, Nuts and  Paleo Friendly.

12 Responses to Dairy-Free Creamy Caesar Dressing

  • Ricki says:

    This looks incredible! I love Caesar salads so always looking for new ways to dress them. . .thanks, Danielle! :)


  • drouse says:

    Thank you Ricki!


  • Maggie Savage says:

    I can’t wait to try this recipe Danielle! I can’t totally relate to all the jars and all the prep. And welcome to TBP. We’re so excited to have you.


  • Love the photo and the recipe sounds perfect. One question, maybe it’s just a typo, but I don’t know what “GarlicSea” is. Should “Sea” go with “Salt,” or is there something I don’t know about (which could easily be the case)?

    Definitely going to add this one to my recipe box. Healthy dressing is a must! Thanks!


    danielle Reply:

    HA! yes Melissa, thanks so much for pointing that out :) should read sea salt :)


  • danielle says:

    Thank you Maggie! Glad to be here :)


  • Carolyn Savage says:

    How much water do you soak the hemp hearts in and do you include the water in the dressing (or do the hemp hearts absorb all the moisture anyway?) For example I soak my goji berries in plenty of water before using them in smoothies and I just throw all that water in along with my smoothie recipe. Thanks !!


    danielle Reply:

    Good questions Carolyn!

    I cover the seeds, leaving at least 2 inches of water on top (I don’t really measure) Then I always strain and rinse the seeds…for this recipe the only liquid required is the lemon juice and coconut aminos.


  • Amy Green says:

    I love your tips and your organization!! Nate finally started sleeping through the night after 10 1/2 months (I know some mommas who have endured much longer…) so I’m finally starting to function with more clarity and am looking forward to getting back into more of my solid routines. I didn’t realize how much the sleep deprivation affected me. I am going to get a dry erase board for my kitchen. Such a great way to keep track of what needs to be done.

    Welcome to TBP! I am so excited to have you here, Danielle!



    danielle Reply:

    Thank you Amy!
    10.5 months isn’t too bad! my kids were more than 2 for sure… and really, one still ends up in my bed most nights haha.


  • Fitness says:

    i think this is a very intresting subject and you should do another blog about it. i would definatley read it


  • Audrey says:

    I made this today and it’s really good. It doesn’t taste just like caesar, but I actually like it better. It’s not for those who dislike mustard, though (thankfully, I like it).


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