Caesar Dressing

Experience the classic restaurant-style Caesar Dressing right in your own kitchen with our homemade recipe! This creamy delight is a blend of robust garlic and savory Parmesan cheese, coming together in a simple yet flavorful dressing. With just nine wholesome, natural ingredients and no preservatives or additives, you can whip this up in under 5 minutes!

Caesar dressing being poured on top of romaine lettuce topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Why I Love This Recipe

I absolutely love this Caesar Dressing because it’s a perfect example of a worldwide classic salad dressing that elevates any salad! Made with garlic, Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and more, it delivers a creamy and savory flavor profile that pairs beautifully with crisp lettuce. Whether you’re looking to enhance your salads or create a restaurant-quality Caesar salad at home, this recipe is a must-try!

Just like our Ginger Salad Dressing and Japanese Wafu Salad Dressing recipes, this one follows the same straightforward approach, making it a breeze to prepare. It’s a fantastic choice for salad enthusiasts and those seeking a delicious dressing made with real, natural ingredients. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of this homemade Caesar Dressing!

Ingredients

Ingredients

  • Garlic Cloves – fresh garlic cloves.
  • Mayonnaise – use regular American mayonnaise such as Best Foods or Hellmans.
  • Parmesan Cheese – grated Parmesan cheese.
  • Worcestershire Sauce Worcestershire Sauce packed in a bottle. Found in grocery stores.
  • Mustard – you can use regular yellow mustard but Dijon mustard is preferred.
  • Lemon Juice – use fresh lemon juice.
  • Anchovy Fillets – canned anchovy fillets in olive oil are found in most supermarkets.  Anchovy paste works as well.
  • Salt – sea salt preferred.
  • Black Pepper – ground.

🥬 Lettuce Ingredient Note

Chopped Romaine Lettuce is used in Caesar salad but Little Gem Lettuce can be used as well.

Essential Kitchen Equipment

Caesar dressing served in a glass bowl next to romaine lettuce topped with fresh parmesan cheese, top down shot.

Directions

Step 1 Blend garlic cloves, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, lemon juice, anchovy fillets, salt, and black pepper in a food processor until creamy and smooth.

Ingredients for Caesar salad in a food processor.

Step 2 Thoroughly dry lettuce, place it in a mixing bowl, pour Caesar dressing over it, toss, and serve with optional shredded Parmesan or croutons.

Caesar salad served in a bowl.

🍴 Serving Pro Tip

Ensure that the lettuce you use is completely dry, free from any water. Any moisture can alter the dressing’s consistency, making it runny instead of creamy.

Recipe Variations

For a delightful twist on the classic Caesar dressing, consider replacing your lettuce with some lightly boiled broccoli to create a mouthwatering Caesar Broccoli Salad. This variation adds a delightful crunch and a fresh, green twist to the traditional dressing.

Paring Recommendations

Caesar Dressing goes well with many different dishes, but it particularly shines when paired with steak and chicken. The rich and creamy flavors of the dressing complement the savory and juicy meats perfectly. Whether you’re grilling up a flavorful Garlic Butter Oven-Seared Steak, savoring the succulent taste of Japanese Garlic Steak, or enjoying the tangy goodness of BBQ Lemon Chicken, this Caesar Dressing adds a delightful layer of flavor to your meal.

Caesar dressing served in a glass bowl next to romaine lettuce topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it necessary to use anchovy fillets, or can I skip them?

Anchovy fillets add a unique savory flavor to Caesar Dressing, but you can omit them if you don't like anchovies.

What type of mustard should I use—yellow or Dijon?

You can use either yellow mustard or Dijon mustard, but Dijon mustard is preferred for its flavor.

What can I do if my dressing turns out too thick or too thin?

If it's too thick, you can add a bit of water to thin it out. If it's too thin, you can add more mayonnaise or Parmesan cheese to thicken it.

Storage Tips

To store leftovers, use an airtight container and refrigerate. It will maintain its quality for 5-7 days when properly stored in the fridge.

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Watch How To Make It

Caesar dressing being poured on top of romaine lettuce topped with fresh parmesan cheese.

Caesar Dressing

Create the perfect salad with homemade Caesar Dressing. This easy recipe ensures a creamy and delicious dressing every time, making it a go-to choice for salads.
4.81 from 21 votes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy homemade caesar dressing, homemade caesar dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4
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Calories: 307kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Ingredients for Caesar salad.
  • In a small food processor combine Mayonnaise, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Worchestershire, Lemon Juice, Mustard, Anchovy Fillets, Salt and Pepper.
    Ingredients for Caesar salad in a food processor.
  • Pulse processor until all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Note - It’s important to dry lettuce very well with a salad spinner before tossing. Any water left on lettuce causes the dressing to become watery and alters texture.
    Caesar salad served in a bowl.

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 416mg | Potassium: 21mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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8 Comments

  1. Hello! It looks like you add olive oil in the pictures, but its not listed in the ingredients or instructions. Is that needed?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Megan! There is no olive oil used in the dressing. The picture was an oversight and thanks for pointing that out to us!

      • Thanks! I ended up adding some when I made this – the dressing was a hit! Even with my kiddos. Thanks!

        • LowCarbingAsian

          Awesome and glad to know it was a hit, esp with your kids since as parents, we know the struggle of getting vegetables in them are REAL! As for the oil, we found that it didn’t add much to the recipe and actually contributed to separation.

  2. What mayonnaise do you use?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Melissa! For this one, we just use regular American mayo like your Trader Joe’s/Best Foods/Hellmann’s, etc.

  3. Easy and delicious Caesar dressing! I followed your wonderful recipe to the letter and the Caesar dressing was delicious! This is a keeper. Thank you for easy and tasty recipe!

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