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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.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

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.

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 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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  • How much fish sauce do you need to use in lieu of the anchovy paste?

    • — JHowdy on November 28, 2023
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    • I’d stick with the same amount, so 1 teaspoon. Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on November 29, 2023
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  • This dressing is a staple in our household now. We have it a couple times a month at least! It’s perfect as it’s written. We add shrimp sometimes and have a big kale salad for dinner, other times we have it as a side with chicken… perfect either way. Crispy capers and croutons are great toppings

    • — April on November 19, 2023
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  • This recipe is FIRE! My new go-to!

    • — Nina on November 18, 2023
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  • Creamy Caesar dressing with BIG flavour! Super easy and quick to make

    • — Sharon on November 15, 2023
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  • I dont usually comment but this recipe is absolutely amazing, i’ve been making over and over. One note though, i also add extra virgin olive oil, about 1/4 cup, to make it a bit runnier. Delicious.

    • — Linda on November 14, 2023
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  • Excellent!

    • — Mari Loftus John on November 13, 2023
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  • Love this recipe! I did use fish sauce in place of anchovies. Delicious and so easy to whip up. Thank you.

    • — Elaine Treacy on November 9, 2023
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  • Delicious! I’m glad to get the authentic flavor without the raw egg. Thank you, Jenn!

    • — Vicki Frederick on November 8, 2023
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  • I’ve tried many Caesar salad dressings over the years, but this is the best, and it’s simple and fast.

    • — Jane on November 5, 2023
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  • Wow! THE BEST! Thank you!

    • — Marilyn Rice on November 5, 2023
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  • This is my go to salad and dressing. Everyone loves it. Thank you.

    • — Kay Pihl on November 4, 2023
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  • Has anyone made this without the cheese. Anything dairy free I could sub for the cheese? Craving Caesar but have to be dairy free for my newborn!

    • — Eva on November 4, 2023
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    • For vegan, you need vegan mayo, Vegan Fish sauce in lieu of the anchovies, vegan Worcestershire too. The cheese could be nutritional yeast or vegan cheese. All this is possible and would probably be tasty…good luck.

      • — J Harris on November 14, 2023
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  • My new go to Caesar dressing recipe!

    • — K E on October 27, 2023
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  • This recipe is amazing. I did switch out anchovy paste for jarred anchovies, which I minced. The only thing was I used too much lemon. But with all that, this dressing came out great (with the exception of too much lemon)

    • — SimiSim on October 22, 2023
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  • Excellent recipe! I’ve tried several over the years and this is the best by far. My family and dinner guests always comment on how good it is. Only change I prefer is to use chopped anchovy over the paste. And, I usually double the amount of anchovy that it calls for.

    Much thanks to Jenn Segal @ OnceUponAChef.com for sharing!

    • — Ted L. on October 21, 2023
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  • It was soo good I doubled up the ingredients but used half Greek Yogurt and a cup of Mayo😀

    • — Jeanne K on October 17, 2023
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  • This recipe is AWESOME!! The best I’ve ever made. I used canned anchovies instead of the paste. This will be my go to homemade dressing!

    • — Barbara J Van Houten on October 11, 2023
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  • OMG this recipe is PERFETTO!!! The best Caesar dressing I have ever made. I did add fish sauce instead of anchovy paste since I had it on hand, but otherwise made it exactly as stated. You know what I’m having for dinner :o)

    • — Kathleen P on October 5, 2023
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  • This is absolutely the BEST Caesar salad dressing that I have ever had! And so easy to make! I never liked Caesar salad before I had this dressing! Now I can’t have it often enough!! I had my neighbors over for dinner and they loved it, too! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe with us!!!

    • — Ruthie D on October 5, 2023
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  • I made this to go with grilled romaine. I followed the recipe exactly and it was very good and flavorful. I don’t like a lot of anchovy flavor but this recipe has a nice balance.

    • — Janet K on September 28, 2023
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  • This recipe is perfect! No changes needed, though I like the suggestion below from the user who added a few drops of Tabasco for a kick!! Totally going to try that.

    • — Laura on September 25, 2023
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  • This is my FAVORITE Caesar dressing recipe!!!! Been making it for years. Only thing I do different is add more lemon juice.. I love lemons. Which gives it a thinner consistency (makes it easier to pour)! Thanks for a wonderful recipe!!

    • — Stacey on September 24, 2023
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  • This recipe is a GODSEND! Thank you so so much! My husband does all our shopping and always buys me fat free ranch ….everytime. He means well but man have I been itching for some Ceasar! We are vegetarian so I substituted the mayo with hellmans vegan mayo, the Worcestershire sauce with liquid smoke and the anchovy paste with soy sauce. It worked perfectly! Oh my goodness was the best salaf in my life! Haha ! There’s plenty for more salads. Thank you so much! I’m sharing this with my cooking group on fb!

    • — Megan on September 20, 2023
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  • Sorry for saying this….

    It should be noted that Mayonnaise is made from a raw egg (or raw egg yoke) and seed oils. So like 3 cups of seed oils. New evidence is being presented that shows long duration consumption of seed oils are more dangerous for human health, such as significantly increasing cardio vascular disease, diabetes or metabolic syndrome risks. Even mental acuity is compromised over the long term. The oil in store bought mayonnaise typically uses cotton seed oil, (crisco) which has health ramifications, (decades of abuse is usually required to create the scenario of your body breaking down and laden with disease), and it would be highly recommended not to use it. These dangerous seed oils are produced through subsidies by the US government, so financially incentivized.

    • — Dan on September 18, 2023
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    • No one plans on living off of caesar dressing, Dan. Did you even try the recipe before giving your two cents and submitting a rating?

      • — Kat on September 19, 2023
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    • Oh Dan. My Hellman-loving grandparents all lived into their 90’s. So another dollop for me please!

      • — Angie Lubbers on September 26, 2023
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      • Ditto- I’m from the South- Dukes mayo all my life! Yummmm

        • — Beverly on September 30, 2023
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    • This is so true Dan. Thank you for posting.

      • — AJ on November 7, 2023
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  • So good!!! We add tobasco sauce to give it a little kick. We have it at least once a month. 🤩

    • — Tenesha on September 17, 2023
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