Salad dressings are always necessary in my world. And in yours too. As a reflection of their necessaity, this raw vegan Caesar salad recipe was requested in my Raw Souls Facebook group. Shoutout to my beautiful Raw Souls! (Join now, it’s free).

Firstly, this raw vegan Caesar salad recipe contains one of my favorite raw vegan salad dressings because it is so creamy, salty, and makes any romaine lettuce taste delicious. Secondly, it’s extremely quick to make because I am using pine nuts, and they do not need to be soaked. Just throw everything into the blender, and you’re good to go.

Thirdly, my other favorite part of this? I used nori sheets as “croutons”. Ok, they are not crunchy like croutons. But they provide an amazing seaweed flavor that replaces anchovies perfectly. 

Raw Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe

Lastly, I absolurely adore the presence of capers in the raw vegan Caesar salad recipe. Capers have such a unique flavor. Attention: if you are a caper hater, that’s fine. Just leave this blog now. Just kidding! Instead, you can simply use sea salt. But try the recipe as is – you might love it in combination.

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And before we get to the recipe, I want to remind you to download my amazing free guide. How to make your very own recipes for oil-free salad dressings, dips, and sauces. That’s right, you won’t need me anymore very soon, because you will be able to do this all on your own. Yet ideas and inspiration are always necessary, aren’t they? I am feeling cheeky today. 

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And now, for the amazing recipe. A raw vegan Caesar salad recipe that will make you love dairy-free, oil-free salads. I am also using chia seeds to thicken this one (which I suggest in the Guide as one of the optional thickeners for any salad dressing recipe; there are other options too, check it out). Because chia swells up when it is surrounded by water. It is such an easy, omega-3 rich way to make your salad dressing stick to your salad greens. Which is always a good thing. Here we go.

Raw Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe

Raw Vegan Caesar Salad Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


For the salad

  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 nori sheet
  • Black pepper to taste

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1 garlic clove optional - I did not use it, but you can if you want it to be more authentic
  • 2 tablespoons soaked capers
  • 1 medium zucchini


For the dressing

  • Blend all ingredients until completely smooth.
  • If you would like the dressing to turn out white, peel the zucchini and save the peels for a juice or put them in any other sauce, dressing, or dip.

To assemble

  • Chop the romaine thinly.
  • Tear a nori sheet by hand and sprinkle into the romaine.
  • Mix with the dressing, and sprinkle with black pepper.


The dressing makes enough for 2 salads (2 heads of romaine), or for 1 salad if you really love plenty of dressing!
Raw Vegan Caesar Salad

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Marina Yanay-Triner is a wellness coach and recipe developer through Soul in the Raw. Marina creates easy and delicious vegan recipes and writes about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, focusing on evidence-based nutrition information. She loves to help clients go and stick to plant based eating through her powerful coaching program, combining nutrition and cooking education along with transformational mindset work. Marina adopted a whole food, plant based lifestyle over 7 years ago, inspired by her mother's incredible healing story of reversing a crippling bladder disease. She has reversed PMS symptoms and encourage emotional healing from trauma as a result of this transition. Marina is incredibly passionate about the vegan diet for human health, animal welfare, and the well-being of our planet, all of which she envisions as co-dependent.