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

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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

  • I’ve tried so many Caesar recipes and this one is truly the BEST!! I’ve made dozens of times. So glad you shared this. I add a little Tabasco to mine. Thank you!!!

    • — P on June 13, 2021
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  • I always refer to this dressing recipe when I make a caesar salad. It is delicious!!

    • — Kellina G on June 10, 2021
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  • Delish!! I had to add more lemon juice to get the right dressing texture. Tastes wonderful. Will never buy bottled dressing again.

    • — Nana on June 9, 2021
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  • I agree with you that Maille is the very best Dijon, but Trader Joe’s Dijon is a close second and at $1.69 for 13 oz I can buy about six jars of TJ’s Dijon for every one of Maille. For what it is worth, TJ’s Dijon is made in Dijon, France, and Maille’s in Canada.

    • — Jonathan on June 9, 2021
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  • This dressing is excellent.

    • — Dorothy on June 8, 2021
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  • Really, really good Caesar dressing!! A little goes a long way. This recipe is a keeper.

    • — Karen on June 7, 2021
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    • Made it without the anchovy added some old bay seasoning. Very good.

      • — Phillip Rule on June 13, 2021
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  • This is a delicious, easy recipe! I don’t care for bottled dressings, so when I go for a creamy one, this is it. Even my husband who isn’t a fan of mayo or dijon mustard loves it. Friends are always impressed when they see me whip it up before dinner. Thank you Jenn!

    • — Laurie Danieri on June 6, 2021
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  • My friends and family agree that this is the best Caesar dressing they have ever had! Everyone raved about it so much that I now make it on a regular basis and keep it in the refrigerator in a mason jar/bottle. The only thing that I added was 1/2 cup of sour cream. I think this made it even better. I always thought Marie’s store-bought Caesar was pretty good, but I will probably never buy it again after making this recipe!

    • — Kimberly on June 5, 2021
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  • Awesome, I will never buy Ceasar Dressing again!!

    • — jill on June 3, 2021
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  • It had never occurred to me to use prepared mayo when making Caesar dressing. I am so thankful that I found your recipe because it’s so much easier than what I was doing before and so delicious! I am never whipping out my blender for Caesar dressing again!

    • — Amy on May 31, 2021
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  • What is the best store bought Caesar dressing?

    • — Anna Jean Ajello on May 31, 2021
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    • Honestly, I don’t know because I always make it whenever I need it — sorry!

      • — Jenn on June 2, 2021
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    • Only recipe I use since I discovered it. And I have made a lot of Caesar dressings over the years.

      • — Pam on June 7, 2021
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  • Love this recipe! It is my “go-to” for family gatherings or making dinner for friends. It goes with everything! I am frequently asked for the recipe.

    • — Angie D. on May 30, 2021
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  • This is soooo good!! No more store brought dressing!

    • — Ana on May 29, 2021
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  • This is also my go-to dressing. Made it do often, it’s memorized😀. Love

    • — Tom E on May 28, 2021
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  • I have a can of anchovies on hand, could I sub some for the paste? If so how many little guys should I use?

    • — Fawn on May 24, 2021
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    • Definitely. And 2 of them should do the trick. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 25, 2021
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  • THIS is the BEST Caesar dressing recipe on the planet! Use the EXACT measurements and brands that she used and you won’t be sorry!! It is out of this world!!

    • — Rita on May 23, 2021
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  • How can I thin out this dressing, without compromising the flavor?

    • — Stacy on May 21, 2021
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    • Hi Stacy, I’d add some water just a bit at a time until you get to your desired consistency. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 21, 2021
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    • I added 1/2 cup sour cream, and I think that makes the recipe perfect!

      • — Kimberly on June 5, 2021
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  • I make most of my own dressings, so I have no idea why it never occurred to me to make Caesar dressing; however, when they changed the the formula of the bottled Caesar I used, I went searching for a recipe. I am so happy that I tried your recipe first — it is absolutely fantastic, and I will NEVER buy bottled Caesar dressing again! This recipe is truly the perfect balance of ingredients. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • — Angela M. on May 20, 2021
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  • Such an easy recipe, and it tastes so good too. Not fishy at all. Wanted a “restaurant style” Caesar dressing that didn’t have preservatives and taste like it was from a bottle and this exceeded my expectations! I cannot eat egg, so I subbed the reg mayo for vegan mayo and it was still really good.

    • — Hannah on May 18, 2021
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  • I still think this is one of the very best homemade versions of a Caesar dressing! Use your version all the time.

    • — Malcolm Armstrong on May 13, 2021
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  • I made this dressing and is absolutely delicious 😋 and will make part of my dressings rotation. Your recipes are amazing

    • — Georgina on May 13, 2021
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  • Superb! The stores around me stopped selling “real” ceasar dressing and so I decided to search for a recipe. I was led by the Spirit of God to this recipe, and I am SO THANKFUL! This recipe is EXACTLY the taste I was looking for! My husband now enjoys arugula salads because of this dressing! Glory to God and thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    • — Michelle on May 13, 2021
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  • Every time I make this the result is most don’t believe it was home made.

    • — Michael Harvey on May 12, 2021
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  • Yes, I’ve made it and it’s delicious. Making it, again, tonight for Salmon Caesar salad.

    • — Virginia Murrell on May 12, 2021
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  • OUTSTANDING!!! Definitely a party favorite.

    • — Patty on May 9, 2021
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  • Quick, easy and delicious! My new go-to!

    • — Pat on May 9, 2021
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  • Incredible as a dressing and thick enough to be a dip! Made it exactly as written (which I do with most of Jenn’s recipes since they’re perfect) except we only had whole anchovies. Minced 2 fillets as she recommended below and wow.. people practically licked their bowls clean. For those worried about buying something they won’t use enough like Worcestershire or anchovies, don’t worry! You’ll love this dressing so much they will be used up in no time.

    • — Emily H. on May 8, 2021
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    • I agree!! I’ve used up an entire tube of anchovy paste over time with this recipe!! It is fabulous!!

      • — Rita on May 23, 2021
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  • I love this delicious easy to make Caesar dressing. Have had numerous compliments from friends wondering if it is an old family recipe.

    • — Lisa C. on May 8, 2021
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  • I made this recipe today for a Caesar Salad I plan to have tonight. I also made croutons using some of a homemade baguette and a crouton recipe from another site. The croutons came out great, but the real surprise was the Caesar Salad dressing. I spooned it out into a Mason jar when it was done, so I got to have a taste. It is THE classic taste and texture of what this dressing is supposed to be like. I will have chicken with my Caesar salad – I often marinate chicken breasts in Gazebo Room Greek Dressing and grill the chicken. It’s going to be a feast!

    • — Buz on May 7, 2021
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  • This is my new go to salad dressing. It’s very hard to make it badly, it tastes great, and it gets me eating more salad!

    • — Erna, Portland, ME on May 7, 2021
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  • This is delicious!!! I made this because my local store didn’t have the Caesar dressing I wanted. I’ll never buy bottled dressing again!! I used dairy free parm and omitted the anchovies and it was so delicious!!! Next time I will thin it out with a little water or coconut milk.

    • — Courtney C on May 4, 2021
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    • This is delicious!! Love having a recipe that doesn’t use raw eggs.

      • — Carla on May 5, 2021
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  • I’ve made this several times. I’ve used fish sauce instead of anchovy paste and it’s a keeper recipe!

    • — K on May 4, 2021
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  • Recipe is amazing!

    • — Milton Barratta on May 4, 2021
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  • There is no reason for me to ever look at another caesar dressing recipe…ever. This is the one! It’s just amazing. And it puts every bottled dressing to shame. My family requests this all the time.

    • — Jennifer on April 29, 2021
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  • Hi chef, I only have whole anchovies, how much do I need to sub for the paste, thank you!

    • — Maya on April 29, 2021
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    • Hi Maya, I’d suggest starting with 2 (but if you want more anchovy flavor you can use more). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2021
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      • Thank you! This recipe was amazing!!

        • — Maya on April 30, 2021
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  • I am so happy to eat this!! Restaurants are closed and I always order Caesar salad and so extremely pleased to have made such a good one at home. No need to go out, even when we finally can!

    • — Emmie on April 27, 2021
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  • I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and garlic croutons, this is the Caesar of Caesar salad dressings.

    • — Art on April 26, 2021
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  • This is an awesome recipe…….will be my go to from here on out.
    Very easy and can be tweaked to your individual taste. I didn’t change a thing and it was delicious.

    • — Kathy on April 25, 2021
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  • I just made this, although I only used half the amount of the anchovy paste for fear it would taste a bit fishy, and it was perfect! I even passed the recipe onto a few friends and raved to them that it’s delicious. I’ll definitely be making this one repeatedly.

    • — Santina on April 25, 2021
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  • This is spot on and my new favorite! I did add a touch of olive oil to thin it slightly. I was totally dipping my pizza crust into it and it was sooo good!

    • — Keith on April 23, 2021
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  • Great recipe and comes together in a snap in the food processor. Thanks!

    • — Sara on April 18, 2021
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  • This was great in a pinch. I’m used to Caesar that has an egg yolk in it and totally did not feel like making that and I didnt have anchovies either. I made the recipe as written and added a splash of fish sauce and some rinsed and toasted capers instead. tossed with shaved Brussel sprouts and crispy roasted chickpeas. I’m pretty sure my tastebuds stood up and said “Woo Hoo!”

    • — Bethy on April 13, 2021
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  • Followed recipe exactly and it is AMAZING! Not only delicious on a salad, I also tossed a couple tablespoons on my fries and topped with more of the cheese for some garlic fries that were even better than I remembered them in San Francisco. Today I did the same to some mini ravioli and my son can’t get enough. This dressing will be a new staple in our house.

    • — Carrie on April 13, 2021
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  • First time making this dressing. It tastes delicious! It’s a keeper! 😉

    • — Susan on April 8, 2021
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  • Super delicious dressing recipe and so easy to make! Thank you!

    • — Lucy on April 7, 2021
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