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.

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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 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

  • Love this recipe, it is definately a keeper! We had my son over for dinner last night and he raved over it. This is full of flavor and so easy to make ~ thank you for sharing it 💖

    • — Rosa on September 23, 2021
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  • This is the BEST Caesar salad dressing that I’ve ever had. Rich and flavorful and downright delicious. I make a double batch; one for my dressing and one for my cut-up veggies. I always try to have this on hand, as it’s that good. No store-bought toxin dressings for me. I’m always making my own, as at least I know all the ingredients that are in it and that’s important to me.

    • — Dee Dee on September 20, 2021
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  • After trying your recipe I’ve decided to never buy the caesar dressing from store again! So good!!

    • — Jane on September 18, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious! This is a huge hit in our family. I think it’s the best creamy caesar dressing I have ever tried! Thanks so much for yet another incredible recipe, Jenn x

    • — Katrina on September 18, 2021
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  • No joke – my husband, who is a huge Caesar’s salad fan, said this was the best salad dressing ever. It was very easy to make, which I loved. We will be making it again!

    • — Alina on September 14, 2021
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  • Make it all the time. Great recipe!

    • — Natasha on September 11, 2021
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  • So easy to make and can now estimate the measurements. This has become our go to dressing. Thank you!

    • — Liz McAllister on September 9, 2021
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  • “Best yet” – the mother

    • — Aria on September 8, 2021
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  • Fantastic recipe, made it a few times now. Last night I used fish sauce instead of the anchovies and Aioli instead of Mayo and omitted the garlic, even better!!

    • — Katrina on September 7, 2021
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  • I made this recipe, it is wonderful. Will use it from now on.

    • — Kathy on September 4, 2021
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  • Great dressing, easy to make. I made it last night and will have it again tonight.

    • — Maria Davis on September 3, 2021
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    • Best salad dressing ever! This has been my go to recipe for a Caesar for the last year or two. Thank you!

      • — Julie on September 5, 2021
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  • Will be making this tonight with confidence…all of Jen’s recipes impress! I noticed many folks mention only having whole anchovies. With other Caesar dressings I’ve made, I put a couple of anchovies, the salt, and the garlic in a mortar and pestle and mash it until I have the consistency needed. It’s simple and works quite well…IF you have a mortar and pestle…😉

    • — Scott f. on September 2, 2021
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    • Otherwise, just mashing the anchovy into a paste with a fork works well

      • — Nancy on September 9, 2021
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  • Wow! This was REALLY good. Served over Romaine with some red onion slices it was GREAT!

    • — Me on August 28, 2021
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  • I’ve made this at least 8-10 times and it is great. A few times I had to omit the anchovies for some guests, but still great.
    And I like many other recipes on your site!

    • — Caron on August 27, 2021
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  • Once again you have created a sensational salad dressing. I love this so much!! Thank you as always from a fellow chef!

    • — Pat Ives on August 25, 2021
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  • This is an amazing dressing ever. Definitely a keeper. Thx

    • — Renee on August 24, 2021
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  • Even though my own personal taste had me adding a bit more anchovy and pepper, this recipe is perfect. Using tonight for chicken caesar wraps, but can think of soooo many other uses. Thank you!

    • — Deborah on August 24, 2021
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  • Thanks for sharing your recipe as it’s become one of my fav to make. It’s yummy and easy to assemble.

    • — Vitzania Dominguez on August 24, 2021
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  • Look no further. THIS is the best!

    • — Nicole on August 20, 2021
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  • This is so delicious. Used fish sauce since out of anchovy paste. It is so good we ate some of it as chip dip with crinkle chips. Yum!

    • — M davis on August 19, 2021
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  • Absolutely delicious and so easy!

    • — Carolyn on August 19, 2021
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  • The absolute best!

    • — Christy on August 19, 2021
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  • I use this dressing every day and love it! I ad 1/4 cup sour cream and thin it a bit if needed with half and half. It’s delicious!

    • — Cheryl on August 15, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn. I love the flavor of this dressing, but I find it’s a bit thick to toss with the Romaine. Is there any way to thin it out a bit? Thank you!

    • — Mary on August 15, 2021
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    • Hi Mary, I’d add some water just a bit at a time until you get to your desired consistency. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on August 16, 2021
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    • Yes add olive oil a bit at a time

      • — George Jackson on August 20, 2021
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  • I followed this recipe fairly close, lowering the amount of mustard and mayo a bit and adding in some frank’s red hot and additional lemon juice. It still tasted just a bit too mayo-y though the flavor is very comparable to typical store-bought dressing in my opinion (like renee’s mighty caesar but less garlicy). Regardless I recommend giving this a go in a pinch especially if you aren’t fond of the oil and egg method.

    • — N on August 15, 2021
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  • Excellent as written!

    • — William E on August 10, 2021
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  • I have no idea why this has no many good reviews. This dressing is DISGUSTING. All you can taste is mayonnaise. I had to try to cut it down by adding more lemon juice and worchestershire. 0/10 stars.

    • — Ariana on August 10, 2021
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    • I didn’t have quite enough mayo so I used mayo and plain Greek yogurt. Best dressing I’ve ever had.

      • — Sue on August 17, 2021
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    • Agree I cut down Mayo by 1/3 and still had to add 2 tablespoons olive oil

      • — George Jackson on August 20, 2021
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    • I agree. Not good at all

      • — Lori on September 17, 2021
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  • Time consuming because I opted to grate the Parmigiano-Reggiano myself and mince a tin of anchovies… but well-worth the outstanding results!!! Used all the juice from the lemon which was about 5 Tbsp… 1 1/2 cups Duke’s mayo… almost a cup of parmesan… heaping tablespoons each of fresh minced garlic, anchovies, Maille Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Went easy on salt and heavy on fresh ground black pepper. Made about 2 cups of dressing that filled a small mason jar. Had a heaping tablespoon each of minced garlic and anchovy remaining… so put those together with some of the anchovy oil in an airtight container to refrigerate and use in my next batch of this fabulous Caesar dressing!!!

    • — Bonne on August 5, 2021
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  • Have made this three times now, so good!! Followed the recipe exactly, wouldn’t change a thing! Thanks! 😀

    • — Emily on August 2, 2021
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  • Omg i just made this dressing for the 3rd time! It’s incredible!!! My friends and family love it !! What else do you have?

    • — Ellen labate on August 1, 2021
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  • This was amazing! Admittedly, we were doubtful, mayo in Caesar dressing?!?! It was SO good. Beyond belief good. Better than most, if not all other Caesar dressings I’ve tried including restaurants! YUM!

    • — Andrea B on July 26, 2021
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  • Oh my goodness! This was awesome!!! I didn’t have anchovy paste on hand so I used capers instead! Delicious!

    • — Lisa on July 26, 2021
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    • I have shared this recipe with so many friends! It’s the best!

      • — Jasha on July 27, 2021
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  • Fantastic! Much better than I expected. And, soooo easy!

    • — Barry on July 24, 2021
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  • Has anyone ever made this with Greek yogurt?

    • — Emily on July 9, 2021
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    • Hi Emily, I’m assuming you’d like to replace the mayo with Greek yogurt? If so, you can get away with it but I would suggest reducing the lemon juice a bit because the yogurt add some tartness to the dressing. Please LMK how it turns out!

      • — Jenn on July 12, 2021
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  • This is my one and only go-to recipe for Caesar, it is amazing!

    • — Malia on July 7, 2021
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  • My family loved this dressing recipe! I make homemade dressing all the time and this is a new family favorite. They even wanted to use it as a dip for fresh veggies.

    • — J.S. on July 6, 2021
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  • Used this with Tuscan Kale and croutons. Great recipe. Suggest increasing lemon juice for a brighter dressing.

    • — Jason on July 4, 2021
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  • This recipe is outstanding! My family loves it, and we make it all the time. Job well done 👏

    • — Louise Zuleger on July 3, 2021
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    • Very good dressing! Very easy and it was delicious on a Caesar salad. I probably won’t buy Caesar dressing any more.

      • — AmandakMac on July 7, 2021
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  • Made this yesterday WOW! Everyone loved it!

    • — Linda Dinning on July 2, 2021
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  • I just made this and “OH MY”!

    • — Connie Carey on June 27, 2021
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    • FANTASTIC!!! 🙂 quick &easy, and the flavor is just unbelievable. I make this salad once a week for dinner, sardine paste and romaine salad are a ‘must have’ in my fridge. Thank you Jenn!

      • — Lubica on July 2, 2021
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      • My go- to Caesar dressing!! It’s the BEST!

        • — Julie on July 17, 2021
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  • calories per serving ?

    • — kayla on June 27, 2021
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    • Hi Kayla, 2 tablespoons have 184 calories. You can see all the nutritional info under the recipe.

      • — Jenn on June 28, 2021
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  • Unbelievable dressing, we love it and it’s the only one we make

    • — Shelly on June 24, 2021
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  • Love this dressing! Made this recipe for the first time today after having been disappointed with a different Caesar dressing recipe I had tried the day before. This one is perfect – all of the flavors/ingredients are well balanced, and I didn’t change a thing. I’ll be making this again and again.

    • — Sandi Greene on June 23, 2021
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  • Doesn’t taste good. Look for an authentic recipe instead.

    • — Fred Zappa on June 23, 2021
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  • this recipe is the bomb! I love caesar salad because of the dressing I just tweak it a little bit for our liking like instead of regular mayo I use Vegenaise which is just as good and instead of Parmigiano I add nutritional yeast I that way I can indulge in it without feeling that guilty about eating this with everything!! thanks for this recipe! It is a hit every time I do it thanks to you.

    • — Fabiola Trujillo on June 23, 2021
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  • This dressing is so dang delicious that we have eaten a big salad every night with dinner using this recipe for the past SIX MONTHS and no other dressing and we STILL are not tired of it. Every guest wants the recipe.

    • — Jenny on June 23, 2021
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  • Simple and amazing.

    • — Patri on June 22, 2021
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    • Fantastic. I am so glad to have found this recipe, thank you.
      I would highly recommended this it is rich, creamy and delicious.
      I loved this Caesar Dressing, especially that I could make it immediately as I already had the ingredients in stock at home.
      I made my second batch within 2 weeks. (There are only two of us for each meal and you did say it served 10).
      We have had it with chicken/lettuce/croutons, with new potatoes, smoked mackerel, tuna nicoise.
      The second time we microplaned the parmesan and I used the ‘whizzy stick’ hand blender to get a really smooth result
      I rarely pass on recipes, I was sharing this as soon as I had finished making it.
      Its a keeper. Thank you.

      • — Louise on July 30, 2021
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  • How do you get anchovy paste out of the tube. This be my third attempt. Thanks Fiona

    • — Fiona on June 22, 2021
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    • Hi Fiona, I would just apply some pressure from the bottom of the tube (just like you would with toothpaste). 🙂

      • — Jenn on June 23, 2021
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    • You have to pierce the end of the tube with the outside of the cap.
      Unscrew cap, turn cap over, place it back on tube to pierce tube.

      • — Jessica on July 20, 2021
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