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    Liven up your salads with this deliciously creamy and flavorful homemade caesar dressing recipe. Quick and easy to make, this traditional dressing is ready to be used in less than 10 minutes and can be made ahead of time.

    scooping caesar dressing with a spoon from glass jar

    Sometimes the classics are the best, and this Caesar dressing is no exception. It’s rich and creamy and is the perfect balance of salty, earthy, and fresh. It’s so easy to make a batch and can be used with Caesar, or any other salads.

    I love this dressing on Caesar Salad, Chef Salad or Cobb Salad!

    Caesar Dressing Ingredients

    Here is everything you need for this amazing dressing:

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    • Garlic: Use freshly minced garlic cloves for a nice kick of flavor.
    • Lemon juice: Use the juice from one lemon. It’s best to avoid bottled juice, fresh is so much zingier.
    • Dijon mustard: I like to use Maille dijon. It has a great bold flavor.
    • Worcestershire sauce: Worcestershire sauce has a wonderful savory flavor as well as acidity. It also adds a slight sweetness to the Caesar dressing.
    • Anchovy paste: Anchovy paste is wonderfully salty and gives this classic dressing so much flavor.
    • Mayonnaise: I use homemade mayo or full-fat mayo as it is much richer, but you can use low fat if you prefer.
    • Parmesan: Use freshly grated, rather than pre-grated parmesan. Pre-grated can be quite dry.
    • Salt and pepper: To season.

    How to make Caesar dressing

    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and anchovy paste.
    • Add the mayonnaise, grated Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and whisk until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.
    making caesar dressing in a glass bowl

    How long does it keep?

    Once you have made the Caesar salad dressing, store it in an airtight jar or bottle in the fridge. It will keep well for up to a week. I like to make a double batch to enjoy on my lunchtime salads throughout the week. It’s so addictive, you will want to drizzle it on everything.

    Do you have to use anchovy paste in the dressing?

    I love the flavor that the anchovy paste adds to this Cesar dressing and anchovies are a traditional ingredient. You can use mashed anchovies or anchovy paste. If you really don’t want to use the paste (I know some people really don’t like it!), you can omit it or use some capers in the sauce to get that briny flavor.

    homemade caesar dressing in a glass jar with lemon and garlic in the background

    No-egg Caesar dressing

    You will find that a lot of Caesar dressing recipes contain raw egg yolks and oil. This is to emulsify the dressing and add richness. I’m not too keen on using raw eggs and I found that mayonnaise recreates that creaminess and I always have some homemade mayonnaise in my fridge!

    Recipe Notes and Tips

    • It’s really quick and easy to whisk this classic Caesar dressing together by hand, but you can use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients if you prefer.
    • Use freshly grated parmesan and freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavors.
    • Make it vegetarian by omitting the anchovy paste.
    healthy caesar salad dressing in a glass jar with a spoon inside

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    Caesar Dressing

    Liven up your salads with this deliciously creamy and flavorful homemade caesar dressing recipe. Quick and easy to make, this traditional dressing is ready to be used in less than 10 minutes and can be made ahead of time.
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 10 minutes
    Servings 8 servings
    Calories 220kcal

    INGREDIENTS

    INSTRUCTIONS

    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and anchovy paste.
    • Add the mayonnaise, grated Parmesan, salt and pepper and whisk until well combined. Taste and adjust to your liking.
    • The dressing will keep well in the fridge for about a week.

    TIPS & NOTES

    • It’s really quick and easy to whisk this dressing together by hand, bu you can use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients if you prefer.
    • Use freshly grated parmesan and freshly squeezed lemon juice for the best flavors.
    • Make it vegetarian by omitting the anchovy paste.

    NUTRITION

    Calories: 220kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 17mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 17mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 67IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 1mg
    Course Condiment
    Cuisine American
    Keyword easy caesar dressing recipe, homemade caesar dressing
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    Comments

    Elaine

    5 stars
    One of the best caesar dressing recipes I’ve seen. The consistency is perfect – and just the way I prefer it!

    Mary

    5 stars
    I love this! The anchovy gives it that classic caesar salad flavor profile!

    Sara Welch

    5 stars
    What a quick and easy recipe that tastes better than any store bought version I have tried! Great recipe to have on hand!

    Jenn

    5 stars
    I love this recipe! I have never made this dressing from scratch before and I amped up the garlic. It was delish! I don’t think I’ll ever buy it premade again!

    Michelle

    5 stars
    Love making this recipe using the immersion blender! Thank you for sharing — and don’t forget the anchovies, they are a must have!

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