Miso Caesar Dressing Recipe


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I’m obsessed with caesar salads. And every caesar salad starts with a good caesar dressing.

This miso caesar dressing came about, quite frankly, because I didn’t have any anchovy paste. Instead of making a trip to the grocery store to find the single elusive ingredient, I decided to try to find an appropriate substitute for the salty, savory umami flavor. Enter: miso paste!

Also worth noting about this miso caesar dressing: it was a result of my first attempt at caesar dressing. Ain’t no way I was going to mess with raw eggs for this one. NOPE. I’m leaving that to the pros.

I swapped regular mayonnaise for vegenaise because I’m just not a huge fan of mayonnaise. I’ve made a couple other recipes on this site that include mayo swaps or alternatives (check out this egg salad recipe and this green goddess pasta salad). Interestingly enough, vegenaise is not a problem. I think it has to do with the flavor of traditional egg mayonnaise. It’s also possible that many recipes tend to use large quantities of mayonnaise than what I prefer. (Side note: I just doubled checked by tasting the vegenaise I have. Yep, just dipped a chopstick in vegenaise to taste test.)

Regardless, this miso caesar dressing is simple! Just four ingredients:

  1. Miso paste
  2. Lemon juice
  3. Vegenaise
  4. Black pepper

I tried this recipe with other ingredients typically found in caesar dressing including parmesan, garlic, and mustard. But I found you lose the subtle miso flavor in the process. So in the final recipe below, I keep it straightforward and simple.

This miso caesar dressing is vegan, gluten free, and delicious with salads of all kinds including pasta salad!

Miso Caesar Dressing

This easy, vegan miso caesar dressing is made with just 4 ingredients. Savory, tart, and delicious on salads of any kind.
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon miso paste (<-affiliate)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup vegenaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper


  1. Combine miso paste, lemon juice, vegenaise and black pepper in a small jar or bowl.
  2. Whisk together until well incorporated.

Recipe Notes


If you desire, some additional flavors can be added. These include 2 tablespoons of finely grated parmesan, 2 garlic cloves finely grated with a microplane or minced to a paste, or 1 teaspoon of mustard. These ingredients will create a more traditional caesar dressing flavor but you’ll lose the subtle miso flavor.

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