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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


  • 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


  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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  • Easy and delicious. Highly recommended

    • — Theresa on May 30, 2023
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  • I make so many of your recipes on regular rotation. I have your cookbooks, but honestly, I head to your website all the time. This salad dressing is a life changer!! I love Caesar salad. I don’t like the bottled dressings and I have tried dozens of recipes and have never been thrilled with any of them. I won’t even try the versions with raw eggs. And then I stumbled upon your recipe! Oh my goodness! It’s SOOOO good. I can now have Caesar salad any time I crave it, which is frequently! Thank you for another fantastic recipe Jenn!

    • — Sharon Geibig on May 27, 2023
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  • Jenn, thank you for this delicious Caesar dressing! It made my husband very happy when I served him chicken Caesar salads tonight! I used your best grilled chicken recipe and he couldn’t stop praising my cooking! This will be a frequent addition to my summer meal plans.

    • — Nancy on May 25, 2023
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  • Fantastic, easy and it never fails to please, I also use it as a spread on sandwiches, such as a chicken Caesar, and a quick appetizer using endive. Fresh grated Parm, fresh lemon and quality mayo are key. thanks for ‘my house dressing’

    • — priscilla on May 21, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn I’ve made this several times and I love it but I was wondering if using non fat Greek yogurt would work?

    • — Grace on May 21, 2023
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  • My go to dressing! Everyone raves!!

    • — Lin on May 20, 2023
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  • Made for the first time tonight, and it certainly won’t be the last time! I was looking for a recipe that isn’t egg-based because I do not have any pasteurized eggs and this mayo-based recipe is AMAZING. I will never, ever buy ceasar dressing again. Followed the recipe exactly as it’s written and it was perfection — I wound up eating so much salad I didn’t have any room left for my spaghetti! Easy and delicious, a definite keeper!

    • — Lisa J on May 16, 2023
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  • Amazing, had no anchovy paste, so mashed up anchovy fillets. Had mine with mackerel and was sublime.

    • — Samantha Clifton on May 14, 2023
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  • The best Caesar salad dressing that I have ever had. I know the best when I taste it as I have a Caesar salad several times each week and at various restaurants. My only tweak was to add more lemon juice … I use 4t of fresh squeezed lemon juice.
    I could eat this salad 7 days a week – it’s that good!

    • — Mousie54 on May 11, 2023
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  • This dressing is amazing and simply delicious. This will be a spring staple! Anchovy paste and mayo are huge time savers.

    • — Annalise on May 9, 2023
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  • Easy and very tasty recipe! Will be my go to for Caesar dressing.

    • — Sue on May 5, 2023
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  • Loved it! Perfect & easy! With a wonderful taste.

    • — Blessed Abundantly on May 5, 2023
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  • I was craving a Cesar salad, but didn’t feel like going to the store just for a bottle of dressing. I came across your recipe and had all but the anchovy paste on hand. I substituted fish sauce, 1:1. It was the best! I will never buy bottled again, just to have it waste away in the fridge. I can make just what I need!

    • — Phil W on May 2, 2023
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  • This is the first time I have made this dressing and it was great, so easy.
    Thank you.

    • — Owen Jenkins on May 1, 2023
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  • This has been my go-to favourite dressing for years! I will look for any excuse to make it/eat it. It makes a great veggie dip. This week, I am going to try using roasted garlic. Thank you for sharing this!

    • — Christine on April 30, 2023
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  • Just perfect. We have been eating tossed with either oil & vinegars so I wanted a change Made your amazing Caesar dressing and only changed the parm reg to pecorino Romano (good quality available at Costco) and eliminated extra salt. Excellent. Thank you.

    • — Judith Schell on April 29, 2023
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  • Just made this!! Fabulous! Thx!

    • — Whitney Cobb on April 28, 2023
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  • Made homemade caesar salad dressing for the first time a couple weeks ago using your recipe. It was a huge hit with all the other guests, two even said it was better than their own recipes and asked for “my” recipe 🙂 Husband really loved it and now this is my go to recipe for homemade caesar salad dressing…no more grocery store dressing!! Thank You!!

    • — Peggy on April 25, 2023
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  • The best caesar salad dressing I have ever had. We are having chicken caesar wraps for dinner.

    • — Mary on April 23, 2023
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  • Perfection! This may be the best caesar dressing I’ve ever had! I didn’t change a thing…it came together in minutes, is delicious, and it goes a long way when coating so you can enjoy it for several servings. (It only gets better next day.) Delicious. Thank you!!!

    • — Kaylee on April 19, 2023
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  • I made grilled chicken last night and was looking for something other than the sides I had.Made the dressing and drizzled this delicious Caesar dressing on top! Amazing!

    • — Lisa on April 17, 2023
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  • I can’t have eggs, soy, or dairy as I have developed allergies to those in adulthood but I LOVE Caesar salad. I saw this recipe and decided to try using allergy friendly substitutes and it turned out amazing!!!!! All I did was substitute Best Foods Vegan Mayo for the regular Mayo and Follow Your Heart Vegan Grated Parmesan for the regular parmesan. I did leave out the mustard bc I didn’t have it on hand but it was still amazing!

    • — Elizabeth on April 16, 2023
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  • Wow perfect dressing ,you won’t be disappointed

    • — Rose on April 15, 2023
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  • re Note: Anchovy Paste cannot ne found near the canned fish at Sobeys. It was in the meat department in the fish section by the Salted Cod, and Crab Flavoured Pollock. It says right on the tube to keep refrigerated. Looking forward to trying this recipe real soon.

    • — Bob Humphreys on April 12, 2023
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  • I was skeptical of all the 5 stars, but it’s totally a 5 star. Delicious

    • — Ann Bland on April 12, 2023
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  • Love starting w mayo!! I always have dukes in the fridge… so easy peasy now I have anchovy paste!!!
    I want to thank you for sharing this!!! I’m a self taught( of course with the help of friends and now online chefs) cook and love learning new international recipes as we have friends from all over the earth! However I haven’t had a Caesar salad in many years. Started craving one and nearby restaurants with excellent dressing have closed down(so sad).SO… here we are. This was so simple and few dishes used to make it! I use manchego ( sheeps milk) in place of the parm-reg b/c we prefer it and my children have cows milk intolerance . I added a t of lemon zest and a lil more garlic and cracked pepper.child still at home LOVES it— it is SO good and just what I have been craving! Thank you thank you! Can’t wait to share with friends and tell them about where I found it!

    • — Sunshines Cousin on April 10, 2023
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  • Love this.

    • — Lorie on April 9, 2023
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  • Finally found the best Caesar dressing!! This is easy and so rich and creamy. Followed it to a tee and did not waver!! Last weekend I made it with a pasta/Caesar salad and the family requested AGAIN this weekend for Easter brunch!!! Great job Jennifer!!

    • — Cindy on April 8, 2023
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    • I love how you said you made it to the tee and did not waver, I’ve seen soooo many comments where it’s stated they like or don’t like a recipe, and oh by the way I added this and that and didn’t have x so substituted y and wonder why it wasn’t so great!! Lol, I’m getting ready to make it to the tee, made sure I have all ingredients!!! I’ll bet it’s great!

      • — Marti on April 15, 2023
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  • My girls love this dressing and a hit whenever I make it for friends and family! Thank you for sharing!

    • — Kerri on April 8, 2023
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  • Amazing easy recipe

    • — Kasa on March 27, 2023
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  • Hubbie agreed this was the best Caesar dressing ever. And being so easy makes it unbeatable!

    • — Kelly McBride on March 25, 2023
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  • Absolutely delicious salad dressing and very easy to make.
    My family loved it and commented that it was very good.
    I have made this again and will keep the recipe on standby to make it when I’m craving Caesar Salad with the yummy dressing.

    • — Lori Fasciano on March 23, 2023
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  • Thanks for recommending Dijon mustard (I like the brand Maille). I use it on everything now. What a world of difference.

    Great Cesar Salad dressing recipe!!!

    • — Earl Williams on March 23, 2023
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  • Wow, made this for the first time tonight. So quick and easy and the most tastiest dressing! I won’t need to buy from the shop again – it just doesn’t compare!!

    • — Georgie on March 22, 2023
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  • This is hands up, down and all around the absolute best recipe for this dressing ever. I love it. Adding more or less freshly squeezed lemon juice gives it that extra tang or kick you need. I love it! !! I especially love it because it doesn’t have all those little bitty seeds in the dressing that so many places like to add when it comes to Caesar dressing. Also it’s filled with all healthy fats, no carbs and it’s made fresh by moi with absolutely no additives and preservatives. It’s such a win. I wish I could post my photos I too with grilled salmon or shrimp with a kale and cabbage salad and sliced almonds. It’s a WIN!

    • — KasiaNorineKaren on March 22, 2023
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    • Delicious and so easy to make. Didn’t have anchovy paste so substituted with fish sauce. I now have some always on hand.

      • — Mari on April 7, 2023
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  • This is a very good substitute for authentic Caesar dressing. It takes no finesse, doesn’t break, and holds up well either waiting or refrigerated. Perfect for beginners.

    • — EM Barton on March 21, 2023
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  • Omg !!! Delicious!!!! Thank you so much!!!! Easy 5 stars!!!!


    • — Lori on March 18, 2023
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  • This recipe was a good starting off point. I made some mods. I needed mine much more garlicky, I ended up adding 6 small cloves, 2 t dijon instead of 1, no salt, plenty of pepper. The parmesan went on the salad instead of in the dressing. It was delicious!

    • — Mary on March 17, 2023
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  • We almost always have at least two mayo jars open so I take the largest one and make sure there’s enough space in it. Then I use my Italian heritage cooking skills (a bit of this, a little of that, which this recipe is TERRIFIC for!) and add all of the ingredients directly into the Hellmann’s jar! There’s enough for a couple of weeks. I leave the dressing thick and leave a little water in the lettuce after cleaning it. That helps to spread the dressing and keep the calories down as much as possible. It is the best Caesar dressing and the one I compare it to when dining out!

    • — Doreen Nacht on March 16, 2023
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  • Simple, elegant, excellent. What more could you ask for? What else would you expect from Jenn. Thank you so much.

    • — Alice & Rick on March 15, 2023
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