Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Homemade Caesar salad dressing turns a good salad into a great one!  This easy version has no anchovies but will still knock your socks off with its big flavors.

homemade caesar dressing tossed with lettuce in a white bowl shown topped with croutons, lemon wedges, and shredded cheese

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The hubs is a self-proclaimed Caesar salad connoisseur.

So it’s high praise that he approves of the authentic taste of this homemade Caesar dressing

And as for me- I don’t have to worry about creepy anchovies because this recipe doesn’t have any in it.

a spoon dripping homemade caesar dressing over a glass jar filled with dressing

It doesn’t involve you using any anchovies to achieve the great taste you’re looking for.

A host of tangy ingredients, and a good bit of garlic, cover beautifully for the absent anchovies. 

Thankfully, the Worcestershire sauce this homemade Caesar salad dressing calls for has all the anchovies flavor you need without actually having to see the things!

Ingredients

To make this salad dressing, you’ll need:

overhead image showing the measured out ingredients needed to make a batch of homemade caesar salad dressing

  • Mayonnaise– Full fat real mayonnaise, not mayonnaise style dressing.
  • Mustard– Both dijon mustard and dry mustard.
  • Vinegar– Go for red wine vinegar.
  • Parmesan cheese– Freshly grated
  • Olive Oil– Use good quality extra virgin olive oil and don’t substitute for a different oil in this.
  • Seasonings– Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic, and salt and pepper to taste

caesar salad dressing ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment

How to Make

This dressing is so easy to make you’ll wonder why you ever bought bottled dressing to begin with!

To do it, just add all the ingredients except the olive oil to a food processor or blender, and pulse or blend until they are completely incorporated.

Slowly add in a little bit of olive at a time, while continuing to blend.

smooth, creamy homemade caesar dressing in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment

Keep blending until the dressing has emulsified.

Let the finished dressing refrigerate until chilled to allow the dressing to thicken.

Serve over salad greens and enjoy!

a glass jar filled with homemade caesar salad dressing

Storing Leftovers

Refrigerate any leftover dressing for up to a week in a sealed jar.

Can I make this dressing ahead of time?

Yes. In fact, this dressing actually tastes better if you make it a bit ahead of time so the flavors have time to come together and the dressing has a chance to thicken.

I recommend making it at least an hour ahead of time.

homemade caesar salad dressing in a white ramekin on the side of a white bowl filled with salad greens

Tips and Tricks

  • Adjust the garlic to suit your tastes.
  • Remember to use good quality ingredients- especially olive oil. Since the dressing relies on the oil for flavor, you don’t want to skimp on it.
  • You will know the dressing is ready to go in the fridge when it all comes together and has a uniform consistency.

a hand shown pouring homemade caesar salad dressing over a bowl of salad

Ways To Use Caesar Dressing (Other Than In Salad)

Have extra dressing? That’s great!

While you can certainly enjoy it in more salads- there are other tasty ways to use of those leftovers.

A few of our favorites include:

homemade caesar dressing tossed with lettuce in a white bowl shown topped with croutons, lemon wedges, and shredded cheese

Other Homemade Dressing Recipes You’ll Enjoy

Homemade Caesar dressing makes any salad restaurant quality. Make it and enjoy the tangy dressing at home any time.

Looking for other homemade dressing recipes? Try these:

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a spoon dripping homemade caesar dressing over a glass jar filled with dressing

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing (Without Anchovies)

A creamy Caesar salad dressing can be made at home much more easily than you'd think, and without any of that fishy business. Whip up a batch whenever the mood strikes with this easy recipe.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Condiment, Dressing, Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American, Italian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 104kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 tsp minced garlic
  • 3/4-1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 1/2-3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender, and blend until completely incorporated.
  • Slowly add in a little bit at a time, while continuing to blend, 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until the dressing has emulsified.
  • Refrigerate until chilled, so that the dressing thickens, and continue to refrigerate any leftovers for up to a week.

Notes

  • Adjust the garlic to suit your tastes.
  • Remember to use good quality ingredients- especially olive oil. Since the dressing relies on the oil for flavor, you don't want to skimp on it.
  • You will know the dressing is ready to go in the fridge when it all comes together and has a uniform consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 28mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 1mg
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recipe originally published June 30, 2014

 

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11 thoughts on “Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

  1. I pretend I don’t know what’s in Caesar dressing. But Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in the ingredients too. The Lea & Perrins Worcestershire I buy has anchovies on the list but I’ve heard there are vegan versions without them.

    1. I know it does, Audrey. For me though, all it’s other flavors are enough to cover that little fact up. The tang from actually using anchovies? I don’t know how I’d ever stomach going back into the kitchen, and we can’t have that. 😉

  2. Delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I like that it doesn’t contain anchovy, which a lot of cesar dressings do and I don’t like that so much. So your recipe is perfect to bring along to a party like Fiesta Friday! Hope you had lots of fun partying with us! 😉 Sylvia

  3. Ooh I will have to try this out. I love caesar dressing so much, it’s my favourite dressing but I always use pre-made stuff because I don’t want to deal with anchovies! I don’t mind that they’re in there because I can’t see them, but if i make it myself I’llhave to and I think that’ll put me off! But anchovie free? sounds perfect!

  4. Your Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing looks so good, can’t wait to try it! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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