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!
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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!
- 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.
Essential Kitchen Equipment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Gather all the ingredients.
- In a small food processor combine Mayonnaise, Garlic, Parmesan Cheese, Worchestershire, Lemon Juice, Mustard, Anchovy Fillets, Salt and Pepper.
- 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.