Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

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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 no raw eggs so you don’t have to worry about giving it to your kids. And speaking of kids, mine 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 head of romaine and dip the leaves in.

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.”

How To Make Caesar Salad Dressing

how to make caesar salad dressing

Begin by whisking together the garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Next, whisk in the mayonnaise, Parmigiano-Reggiano, salt, and pepper. That’s all there is to it.

how to make caesar salad dressing

The dressing will keep well in the fridge for about a week. For a main course Caesar, try pairing this with my Grilled Chicken with Lemon, Garlic & Herbs. 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 1-1/3 cups (enough for about 10 starter salads)
Total Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (found near the canned tuna in the supermarket)
  • 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
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 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.

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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Reviews & Comments

  • Super easy (hooray for starting with mayo!) and way better than store bought. A staple in our house!

    • — JRH on January 24, 2021
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  • Each time I make this recipe I love it more than the last time … could eat it by the spoonful 😄

    • — A on January 23, 2021
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  • This caesar recipe came out so good!
    This is my go to caesar salad recipe from now on. It was so easy to make.

    • — Debbie Leduc on January 23, 2021
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  • The best for my tastebuds!

    • — Honolulu Lulu on January 22, 2021
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  • Very tasty dressing.
    It complemented the caesar salad perfectly.
    Enjoyed by everyone.

    • — S Chaudhry on January 22, 2021
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  • Literally the best caesar dressing I’ve ever had in my life.

    • — Jeremy Sklarsky on January 21, 2021
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  • Great recipe! I will never use store bought again. Thank you

    • — Melissa on January 20, 2021
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  • Great recipe. Whole family loved. It

    • — Eric on January 19, 2021
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  • Amazing!!! But less lemon juice. You’ll never buy jarred dressing again.

    • — Linda Roberge on January 18, 2021
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  • This was easy and delicious. I made it exactly as described. Thank you!

    • — Olga on January 17, 2021
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  • Great tasting recipe! I doubled the recipe and used a half cup less Mayo! Definitely will keep this recipe to make again! Thanks for sharing!!!

    • — Rosie on January 17, 2021
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  • This recipe is simple and absolutely delicious! I’m picky about Caesar dressing and this is my very favorite.

    • — Lisa B on January 13, 2021
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    • Loved this dressing! Made this for the first time and so delicious. Thank you from London!

      • — Judi G on January 16, 2021
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  • I made in the blender, tastes great but my dressing looks curdled. Should I not use a blender?

    • — Lisa on January 11, 2021
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    • Hi Lisa, I think the texture is a result of the blender. This works best if mixed by hand.

      • — Jenn on January 11, 2021
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  • The dressing tasted amazing! I have saved some to use as spread on toast and as dip for chips/ breadsticks.

    • — Ruchi on January 10, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious, so good you’ll find yourself eating it as a dip!

    • — Jules on January 6, 2021
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  • Yes, I made this but actually with anchovies not paste. Love it.

    • — Pauline Tuppo on January 6, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn, I’d love to try this but am very allergic to fish. Is there something I could replace the anchovies with? Or could I just leave them out and have it still be ok? Thanks in advance!

    • — Andrea Engels on January 4, 2021
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    • Hi Andrea, It will taste a little different but you can get okay with omitting them. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2021
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    • Worcestershire also has anchovies in it …

      • — Verena on January 22, 2021
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  • This is OUTSTANDING and super easy! As long as you have all the ingredients, it comes together in maybe 4 2/3 mins. LOL! (…maybe even less). Do not hesitate to make this. Enjoy!!

    • — Susan G. on January 3, 2021
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  • Amazing! Best caesar dressing ever. I will never buy a store made one again. Thanks again for another great recipe!

    • — Taline on January 3, 2021
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  • For all you Caesar salad and lovers of Mayonnaise. Treat yourself to a Bamix stick mixer. It makes mayonnaise in 30 seconds. When you make your own mayo you control the ingredients and the flavors. Use Lemon juice, white Wine Vinegar, a mix of oils, Dijon Mustard. Plus you save $. A cup of homemade Mayo uses less than a dollar’s worth of ingredients. Once you have made your own you’ll never go back to Hellman’s!

    • — Robin Nordman on December 31, 2020
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    • Best caesar salad recipe ever!!! Easy, yummy, fresh. This will be a staple in my house.

      • — Jackie on January 2, 2021
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  • This has become our “go to” dressing. The family loves it! I put all the ingredients in a small blender and blend. Super easy.

    • — Mike F on December 31, 2020
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  • Hi Jenn,
    I’d like to make your recipe but one member of our family is allergic to fish. Do you think it would greatly affect the flavor if I left out the anchovy paste, and used a Worcestershire sauce that contains no anchovies? (Such as Annie’s brand or something similar).
    Thank you,
    Jenni

    • — Jenni on December 31, 2020
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    • It will taste a little different, but I think it will still be good. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on January 5, 2021
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  • Best Caesar Salad dressing ever!!!
    I’m making it again right now.

    • — Brenda Nelson on December 30, 2020
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  • This has been my go-to Caesar salad dressings recipe for years. So easy and flavourful

    • — Sarah Watters on December 29, 2020
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  • If I wanted this a little thinner consistency what would you suggest?

    • — Cindy A on December 29, 2020
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    • Hi Cindy, I would add some water — just a very small bit at a time until it gets to your desired consistency. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 29, 2020
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  • Super yummy and so easy! I added just a little bit more lemon juice and a little more black pepper. Everyone LOVED it! Can’t wait to make it again 🙂

    • — Rachel on December 29, 2020
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  • Absolutely amazing caesar dressing!! This is restaurant quality. I added slightly more lemon juice for my own taste but even without, this is the perfect caesar. Creamy without tasting too mayonnaise-y, this is the perfect balance of all ingredients.

    • — Heather on December 28, 2020
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  • This Caesar dressing has become the standard from which I judge all other Caesar dressings.

    So delicious, so easy and it makes enough for multiple salads.

    • — Jim Sternberg on December 28, 2020
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  • Super easy and delicious! I will be making it often!

    • — Amanda Jones on December 25, 2020
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  • This is the perfect Caesar dressing! Thank you for sharing. I discovered a few weeks ago and have made it 3 times already!! 😀

    • — Megan on December 24, 2020
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  • This is my favorite Caesar dressing recipe! It’s so easy and I’ve made it many times. One question I have though is if I can sub half the Mayo with Greek yogurt just to cut down on calories? Thanks!

    • — KTB on December 22, 2020
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    • Hi KTB, I don’t recommend it – sorry! I think you’d have better luck with low fat mayo.

      • — Jenn on December 23, 2020
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  • Incredible taste. Absolute perfection and easy to make. I’ve made this over 10 times this year. Everyone raves.

    • — Paula on December 20, 2020
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  • All I can say is, WOW! Has all the flavor, in a super rich creamy dressing. Can’t believe I’ve never tried this until now! Will make some great chicken Caesar wraps!

    • — Steve C. on December 19, 2020
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    • Excellent idea using it for wraps also!

      • — JBS on January 25, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn

    I want to make your Caesar Dressing, but dont have anchovie paste, but have anchovies in a can. Can I use those? Also, how much and should I put it in a food processor or??

    Thanks
    Karen

    • — Karen on December 18, 2020
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    • Hi Karen, Yes, you can use anchovies. I’d recommend about two and you can just mash them well with a fork. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on December 18, 2020
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  • I wish I could take credit when everyone who has a taste of this compliments my skills. My Italian American husband from NEW YAWK continues to brag it’s the best. So easy, so delicious!!!

    • — Kristen on December 17, 2020
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  • Fantastic. I did not have any anchovies, but used a small amount of smoked herring in oil from a can and smashed it into the Mayo (Hellman’s is the only real may in my opinion). Also used some german mustard called Losenfef Extra, but used only half a teaspoon. I had no real grated Parmesan reggianio so I had to substitute Kraft Parmesan from a container….still the recipe is the best I have ever tasted. CAESAR IS THE KING OF SALADS!

    • — ROBERT E. CONNORS on December 16, 2020
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  • This recipe is so delicious, super easy to make and now that I am on a Keto diet, Ceasar salad has become a staple in our diet. I make it with avocado mayonaise.

    • — Cynthia on December 15, 2020
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