Vegan Caesar Salad is quick and easy to make using romaine lettuce and a simple vegan Caesar salad dressing that has extra garlic. It’s Gluten free and keto because it is made with baked tofu and not bread croutons.

This post was updated for text on Sept 11, 2019. The recipe and images remain exactly the same as Version 1

Once in a while, I like a dressing made with a comfortable dose of garlic!

This is one of those vegan salad dressings that will open up your sinuses and awaken your taste buds.

That’s what I experienced!

Front view of vegan Caesar salad in a brown salad bowl. 2 wooden spoons inside the bowl are also visible.
This Caesar salad is unique because it’s gluten-free and vegan.

Tips for making it

  • Be sure to thoroughly clean the romaine lettuce and dry it. Get in between the crevices to remove any dirt or grime.
  • I used organic ingredients in this Caesar salad to make it more delicious.
  • Don’t use a knife to cut the romaine lettuce. Roughly shred the romaine lettuce using your hands. Knife will make the romaine lettuce wilt faster.
  • Make the Caesar salad dressing a day before. This will give it time to marinate a little longer and make it extra garlicky.
  • You can use regular croutons in this salad, if you don’t like tofu.
  • I don’t add tomatoes to my caesar salad, but, you can add it if you like. Go with oven roasted cherry tomatoes for best results


Raw cashews (unsalted, soaked overnight) – Cashews add a creaminess to the dressing. They are rich in iron and help lower LDL cholestrol. Source: The Cashew Council.

Garlic – Garlic adds a lot of flavor to the salad, but also brings with it a boatload of nutrition. Garlic helps lower blood pressure, blood sugars, improve cardiovascular health, good for skin and so much more. Source: British Heart Foundation, Cleveland Clinic, PubMed.

Shredded coconut – Coconut has good fats, has a ton of polyphennols and also adds an exotic taste to this vegan Caesar salad. Source: Real Simple, Dr. Axe.

Salt – I use pink Himalayan salt which I find to be much better than regular salt.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil – It’s packed with good fats and Omega 6. I have also tried this salad with avocado oil too. Source: Mind Body Green.

Apple cider vinegar – It helps lower blood sugar levels. Source: UP Medical Center.

Closeup of vegan Caesar salad in a brown salad bowl.
The tofu croutons really make this recipe stand out and add protein to this salad.

Answering common questions

Why can’t vegans eat Caesar salad?

Eggs! Vegans don’t eat eggs which is the base of Caesar salad dressing. There are also some vegetarians who don’t eat eggs, so this salad is perfect for them too.

What can I use instead of croutons?

Use baked tofu which looks a lot like croutons but has none of the side effects. Tofu also brings protein to the salad.

What can be substituted for romaine lettuce?

– Lola rosa lettuce (so easy to grow in your garden from seeds)
– Kale
– Mixed greens
Arugula salad
– Butterhead Lettuce
– Boston lettuce

How do I increase the protein content of vegan Caesar salad?

– Add this tofu and tempeh crumbles to it because they are good sources of complete protein.
Spicy chickpeas make for a great protein addition to the salad.
Air fryer tempeh will taste great in this salad.
– Add edamame to it because they are a complete protein source.

If you want more info on what vegans can and cannot eat, I created a helpful guide.

Don’t like a garlic salad? I have a huge list of Salad Dressing Recipes that you can choose from.

Make this healthy vegan Caesar salad recipe from Healing Tomato for lunch or for a dinner appetizer. The recipe includes vegan dressing and vegan Parmesan

Tofu croutons are the better way to go

I love regular croutons and I have nothing against them. But, I never liked them with a garlic flavored dressing.

This is my personal preference, so, feel free to use regular croutons instead.

Tofu croutons also add more nutrition like protein to this vegan Caesar salad and they are taste great with a garlic based Caesar dressing. B est part is that they are really easy to make too.

If you don’t want to cook the tofu, use my vegan feta cheese which is marinated with spices. Or, make this Greek Prasini salad which uses real feta cheese and it’s very similar to Caesar salad.

Try some other ingredient in this salad? I would love to hear how you adopted it to your taste.

Do you prefer regular croutons or tofu croutons?

Front view romaine lettuce salad with tofu croutons in a wooden salad bowl with two wooden spoons
Vegan Caesar Salad

Try these salad recipes

Here are more salad recipes from my blog. My favorite is my spinach salad recipe. Which one is your favorite?

Spinach salad with bagel chips – A really quick and easy salad that is so delicious.

Watermelon Salad – this cool and refreshing watermelon salad can be taken to picnics and outdoor parties.

Fruit Salad – Made with stone fruits, this is a the perfect salad to enjoy all summer long.

Mushroom salad – It’s a warm mushroom salad that is simply delicious.

Olive salad – This is a different kind of salad because it’s made mostly with olives.

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Front view of vegan Caesar salad in a brown salad bowl. 2 wooden spoons inside the bowl are also visible.

The BEST Keto Vegan Caesar Salad

Quick and easy vegan caesar salad recipe. Make this healthy salad recipe for lunch or for dinner appetizer. Has vegan salad dressing and vegan Parmesan
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 2 people
Calories 610 kcal


To Make The Tofu

  • 1/2 block Tofu drained and cubed
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp salt

To Make the Parmesan

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (dry, unsalted)
  • 2 tsp pecans chopped
  • 2 tsp almonds sliced

To Make The Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (unsalted, soaked overnight)
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp shredded coconut (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp agave
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup water

Assemble the salad

  • 2 bunches romaine lettuce


To Make The Tofu

  • In a wok, add 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil and heat it at medium heat
  • Add salt, dried rosemary and dried oregano
  • Gently add the tofu and stir fry for 7-10 minutes.
  • Stir it frequently until browned on all sides
  • Turn off the heat and let it cool

To Make the Vegan Parmesan

  • In a food processor, add cashews, pecans and almonds
  • Blend on low speed until the ingredients are finely chopped and moist in consistency

To Make The Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing

  • In a food processor, add soaked cashews and blend them on low speed until it is mushy
  • Blend in the garlic, shredded coconut, salt and agave using low speed
  • Add extra virgin olive oil and blend for 10 seconds
  • Add apple cider vinegar and water
  • Mix well until very smooth

Assemble the salad

  • Roughly tear romaine lettuce and add it to a salad bowl.
  • Add the Parmesan and tofu to the salad and mix
  • Add half of the salad dressing and toss using wooden spoons.

Serve the vegan Caesar salad immediately


    Refrigerate the remaining Salad dressing for up to 1 month
    Keyword How to make vegan Caesar salad, no-bread croutons

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    1. The extra garlic really gives it a punch, and the tofu makes it hearty without having to use meat.

    2. This vegan dressing is next level, thanks so much for this amazing salad recipe I’ll be making very frequently from here on out!!

    3. A delicious dairy-free twist on a classic dish. My daughter couldn’t tell the difference between this vegan caesar salad and the “regular” version.

    4. Your tips are very helpful! I am used to cutting the lettuce with a knife! Haha Yey! For the first time, my romaine lettuce didn’t wilt that fast!

    5. I love the dressing for this salad! It’s got richness from the cashews, but a pleasant bite from the garlic. We’re overwhelmed with cherry tomatoes from our garden right now, so I add those in as well.