The classic flavors of a caesar salad are possible without the dairy! Thanks to some key ingredients, like nutritional yeast and coconut cream, you can achieve that coveted cheesy flavor. This dressing is a great way to spice up roasted chicken. Just add some shredded carrots and fresh herbs, then wrap it all up in a crispy lettuce wrap for a lean, satisfying meal.
Dairy Free Chicken Caesar Lettuce Wraps
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 lb boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts, diced
- 1/3 cup Native Forest Unsweetened Simple Coconut Milk, cream from top only
- 2 Tbsp 365 Organic Capers
- 2 cloves garlic
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp 365 Organic Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tbsp From the Fields Organic Nutritional Yeast
- 1/2 cup shredded carrots
- 8–10 lettuce leaves
- 1 Tbsp parsley, chopped
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Season diced chicken with salt and pepper to taste.
- In a baking dish, combine chicken and 1/3 cup water.
- Transfer baking dish to oven and cook 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
- In a food processor or blender, combine coconut cream, capers, garlic, lemon juice, dijon mustard, nutritional yeast, and salt and pepper to taste. Process until smooth.
- Remove chicken from oven and transfer to a bowl with shredded carrots and half of Caesar dressing to coat.
- Scoop chicken into lettuce leaves. Garnish with parsley and remaining dressing.
- Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe
- Calories: 580
- Sugar: 4.5
- Sodium: 493.3
- Fat: 24.6
- Saturated Fat: 15.3
- Unsaturated Fat: 6.8
- Trans Fat: 0.2
- Carbohydrates: 12.9
- Fiber: 4.2
- Protein: 76
- Cholesterol: 192.8
Keywords: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, grain free, oil free, soy free
Can I make this vegan?
Yes! With the sauce, you’re already halfway there. A classic caesar dressing gets its saltiness from anchovies. We’ve replaced anchovies with a vegan-friendly option — capers! There are many options to use this sauce in a vegan meal. You could roast cauliflower instead of chicken. Cauliflower is great for soaking up delicious sauces like this one. You could also simply make a salad and top it with our dressing. Another fun option is to make a wrap, loaded with veggies, and use the dressing as a dip.
What can I use in place of capers?
Like we said, capers give this dressing its salty flavor. You can omit them completely and add a bit more sauce. If your diet allows, you could add 1 Tablespoon of fish sauce or a whole anchovy in lieu of the capers. All of these options will add the salty flavor we expect from a caesar dressing.
What if I don’t have a food processor or blender?
While a food processor or blender makes this dressing a little easier, its absolutely possible without one. Simply mince your capers and garlic with a sharp knife then combine all the dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk vigorously.
Can I make this ahead of time?
Yes this dressing holds up great in the refrigerator. You can make it up to 5 days ahead of time. If you’re meal prepping, you can roast the chicken and toss it with the carrots and dressing before portioning it out. Giving the chicken time to soak in the dressing will only build flavor. But be sure to wait until you’re ready to eat to put it in the lettuce wraps, as they will get soggy if you do it ahead of time.
What is nutritional yeast?
Nutritional yeast is a vegan’s best way to achieve cheesiness without the cheese. It is rich in B vitamins and has a naturally cheesy flavor. It not only adds great flavor and vitamins, but also packs a strong antioxidant punch, offering protection from certain types of cancer (R). A little goes a long way so start with the recommended 1 Tablespoon, then if you find yourself craving a little more cheesiness, add more 1/2 of a Tablespoon at a time.