Vegan Caesar Salad w/ Sweet Potato Croutons

Large platter of Vegan Caesar Salad topped with Sweet Potato Croutons

Say hello to our new favorite salad.

It’s crunchy, fresh, incredibly easy to make, and boasts BIG zesty flavor from our 5-minute Caesar dressing. The recipe was born out of a simple need to put dinner on the table with minimal effort. We had a bunch of random ingredients that got thrown together, and it just totally worked. Hello, next-level vegan caesar salad!

The best part? Just 30(ish) minutes required for this incredibly hearty plant-based entrée or side. Let us show you how it’s done!

Romaine, nutritional yeast, capers, carrots, sweet potato, garlic, hummus, lemon, olive oil, and seasonings

Origins of Caesar Salad

It’s thought that the Caesar salad originated in Mexico in the 1920s (source). Who knew?!

Caesar Cardini, an Italian immigrant, is believed to have created the recipe (by accident) at his restaurant in Tijuana, Mexico. However, Caesar’s brother, Alex, claims that they invented the dish together prior to its success at Caesar’s Restaurant Bar.

The restaurant more commonly credited with its origination still exists today. And the salad is still made with the same original ingredients: romaine, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, egg, and a crouton.

Caesar salad has now spread across the globe and has taken on many modifications. Our version is not traditional but is a plant-based take made with romaine and a similarly garlicky, zingy dressing!

Mixing ingredients for Vegan Caesar Salad dressing

We hope you love this vegan caesar salad! It’s:

& SUPER satisfying!

Enjoy as a side or light entrée (our favorite). Or top with chickpeas for added protein and a more filling meal!

Using a spoon to drizzle Vegan Caesar Dressing onto a platter of salad

What Goes Well With It?

If you try this recipe, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #minimalistbaker on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

Large platter of Vegan Caesar Salad next to nutritional yeast, hummus dressing, and sweet potato croutons

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 25 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Servings 2 (Entrée servings)

Course Entrée or Side

Cuisine Gluten-Free, Italian-Inspired, Mexican-Inspired, Vegan

Freezer Friendly No

Does it keep? 2-3 Days


  • 1/2 cup plain hummus (store-bought or DIY)
  • 1 ½ tsp spicy mustard (we used a mix of grainy and spicy // either will work)
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp capers (chopped)
  • 1-2 tsp caper brining juice
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 healthy pinch each sea salt + pepper (plus more to taste)
  • 1-2 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp olive oil (optional // omit if oil-free)

Serving: 1 serving Calories: 392 Carbohydrates: 64.1 g Protein: 11.6 g Fat: 12.4 g Saturated Fat: 1.6 g Polyunsaturated Fat: 3.6 g Monounsaturated Fat: 5.94 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 920 mg Potassium: 1561 mg Fiber: 15.9 g Sugar: 16.7 g Vitamin A: 51738 IU Vitamin C: 64.18 mg Calcium: 259.23 mg Iron: 6.85 mg

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