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My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

Though most people buy Caesar salad dressing in a bottle, homemade is incredibly easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. There are many variations, but this rich and creamy version is the one my whole family loves. It’s not too garlicky and not too fishy – it’s just right. Unlike authentic Caesar dressings which are made with olive oil and thickened with raw eggs, this one has a mayonnaise base, which means you don’t have to worry if you’re squeamish about raw eggs. My kids love this dressing so much that they’ve learned to make it themselves. They don’t even wait for me to make a salad; while I cook dinner, they sit at the kitchen table with a big heart of romaine and dip the leaves in.

This recipe is part of my classic salad dressing collection, which includes go-to recipes for oil and vinegar based dressings, like vinaigrette and balsamic vinaigrette, as well as creamy dressings, such as buttermilk ranch dressing and blue cheese dressing, which are typically made with mayonnaise and dairy products.

What You’ll Need To Make Caesar Salad Dressing

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Instead of whole anchovies, I use anchovy paste — makes it easy, especially if you’re squeamish about anchovies (just hold your nose and add it in; the dressing needs every last bit to taste like the real deal!)

For the cheese, it’s important to use imported Parmigiano-Reggiano from Italy; domestic Parmesan pales in comparison. You can always tell if it’s authentic by looking at the rind, which is embossed with the name over and over. If the cheese is already grated, it should be labeled “Parmigiano-Reggiano,” not “Parmesan.”

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by whisking together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

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Next, whisk in the mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, and pepper.

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The dressing will keep well in the fridge for about a week. For a main course Caesar, try pairing this with my best grilled chicken. Enjoy!

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Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

My family loves this rich and creamy Caesar salad dressing. It’s not overly garlicky or fishy — it’s just right.

Servings: Makes 1⅓ cups (enough for about 10 starter salads)
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (I like the brand Maille)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's Real
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Add the mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano, 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.
  2. Note: Anchovy paste can be found near the canned tuna in the supermarket.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (10 servings)
  • Serving size: About 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 184
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 1g
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Sodium: 296mg
  • Cholesterol: 13mg

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Comments

  • For people who can’t find anchovy paste: 1 anchovy fillet = 1/2 tsp. 🙂

    • — Anna on January 25, 2023
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  • I don’t know if anybody’s going to read this or not but I’ve made probably 25 to 30 Caesar dressings in my life this is by far the best I have ever made and I followed the recipe to the t. Whoever come up with this wonderful job.

    • — Daniel Nunn on January 24, 2023
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  • Best ever!

    • — Sherry on January 23, 2023
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    • This the only Caesar dressing I’ll use, delicious.

      • — LD on January 23, 2023
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  • Used the recipe pretty much as stated. Used our homemade Dijon and capers instead of the anchovy’s.

    • — KH on January 22, 2023
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  • I made this recipe exactly as Called out and it’s the best Caesar I’ve ever had. I had a luncheon party and everyone flipped out and said it tasted like a 5 star restaurant salad. I have none left because guests wanted to take home the extras. 🙂 thank You so much for the recipe. I cooked a roasted chicken to compliment it. Perfect combination.

    • — Sas on January 22, 2023
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  • Homemade using processed mayo. Ya ok.

    • — Bob on January 20, 2023
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    • Why be a jerk about it? Go make your own then.

      • — Chris on January 21, 2023
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  • Love the dressing, but do you think you could mash capers in place of anchovy paste? If so, what amount of capers should I use?

    • — Anne Valenti on January 18, 2023
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    • Hi Anne, I haven’t tried this with capers, but a number of readers have so I think it’s worth a try. Either puree or smoosh them with a spoon and start by using the same amount of anchovy paste that’s called for (1 tsp). Please LMK what you think!

      • — Jenn on January 19, 2023
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      • This worked really well. I’ve made the traditional version with eggs, but this is a nice shortcut and it keeps well in the fridge, as you mentioned.

        This last time I ran out of mayo, but subbed in cottage cheese. I use a blender/Nutribullet anyway, so it was still smooth as silk, no lumps.

        A high quality cheese makes this recipe. My family prefers Locatelli Pecorino Romano.

        • — A.J. Douglass on January 23, 2023
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  • Thank you for this easy and delicious recipe! This Caesar dressing is the best I’ve used and I come back to it again and again!

    • — Tori on January 12, 2023
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  • This is fabulous! Didn’t change anything except chopped up a few anchovy filets to equal a tsp. Buzzed everything together in Ninja. Just perfect!

    • — CJB on January 10, 2023
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  • What a fantastic base recipe. I prefer less mayo and more lemon juice so I add those items to taste. Best Caesar dressing I’ve made.

    • — Kate on January 9, 2023
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    • I do half a cup Mayo and have a cup of greek yogurt with only half a fresh squeezed lemon and it’s perfect! This is a fantastic recipe I’ve been making at least once a week now. I do either a chicken or shrimp kale Caesar salad bc this dressing is simple and perfect!

      • — LC on January 19, 2023
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      • Thank you!!! I was hoping to find a comment relating to Greek yoghert!

        • — Carol Burns on January 22, 2023
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  • Wow, this is an awesome recipe find! Couldn’t find achovy paste, so just chopped up some anchovy filets to equal the amount specified. Dumped everything into Ninja blender and poured into Mason jar. So delicious!

    • — CJB on January 8, 2023
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  • My family’s very favourite dressing,,,never make another!

    • — Elizabeth Theuser on January 7, 2023
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  • I usually dislike Caesar Dressing but love this one, added a little more garlic and grilled chicken, omg!

    • — Toni on January 4, 2023
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  • Absolutely perfect! Great recipe.

    • — Kari on January 1, 2023
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  • Flavorful and delicious dressing! Made the recipe exactly as posted and it was perfect! I did add a small (very small) amount of water to slightly thin the dressing and it did not impact the taste at all. Husband raved about how good it was. Another successful Jenn Segal recipe!

    • — Helena Stacey on January 1, 2023
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  • Happy New Year! I just made this and the consistency is gorgeous. I used Meyer lemon because that’s the tree I have and I’m worried it’s not quite acidic enough. Would you recommend a small splash of vinegar? Thoughts on Meyer instead of standard lemon?

    • — Sandra King on December 31, 2022
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    • Hi Sandra, happy new year to you! Yes, Meyer, lemons are slightly less acidic than regular lemons. I think a small splash of vinegar is a great idea and will likely get you to the flavor you want. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on January 2, 2023
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  • This is a fantastic recipe! I followed many of the reviewers suggestion to use half the Mayo and it was spot on.

    • — RST on December 31, 2022
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  • I have made this recipe several times and it always turns out great!

    • — Cindie A. on December 31, 2022
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  • We enjoy a grilled Caesar salad at one of our favorite restaurants. But your Caesar dressing tops every recipe I have ever had! Thank you!

    • — Ginny on December 30, 2022
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  • The absolute best Caesar dressing I’ve made so far! Excellent and easy.

    • — Marylinn on December 29, 2022
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  • This has been my go-to recipe for caesar dressing most of 2022, so simple to whip up. I love the lemon and anchovies and use a generous portion of each. I use an olive oil mayo (no canola for me), It actually has me more excited to eat greens because its so zippy!

    • — PR Heggestad on December 27, 2022
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  • I used half the amount of Mayo but wish that I also cut the amount of Parmesan. Way too salty!

    • — Robin on December 27, 2022
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  • Super simple and so good!
    I made this dressing to take to a dinner party. All of our friends raved about it being the best Cesar salad they’ve ever had, and considering we were in the company of some excellent cooks, I was very happy.
    I used anchovy filets in olive oil instead of paste. That’s the only thing that I did differently.

    • — Nic Jeffries on December 26, 2022
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    • It was perfect! Didn’t have anchovy paste but I’ll try that next time. Loved how thick it was too. Thank you 😊

      • — Cindy Wray on January 8, 2023
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