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Whip up a tasty caesar salad dressing recipe in minutes with just a few ingredients. It will become your new go-to for salads!

Sometimes, you can’t beat homemade—and this easy caesar salad dressing recipe will be perfect for your next salad. It’s just as good as our homemade Ranch Dressing Recipe and is sure to become a family favorite.

Caesar Salad Dressing recipe stored in a jar.

Homemade Dressing for the Win

Who here loves salad? We do, and we especially love the dressings that come with it!

I especially crave yummy salads in the spring, and one of my all-time favorites is Chicken Caesar Salad. Today we are sharing a homemade dressing that you can use to drizzle on top of the delicious dish.

This homemade Caesar salad dressing is simple and so good. It seriously tastes like it’s from a restaurant, and it’s unbelievably easy to make.

If you are craving salads right now just like I am, then you’ll definitely want to try out this homemade dressing with Homemade Croutons.

Caesar Salad mixed with homemade croutons and romaine.

How to Make Caesar Dressing

I already told you this homemade Caesar dressing is beyond easy to make! Most of the ingredients are ones you probably already have sitting around in your kitchen, minus the anchovy paste.

I know anchovy paste sounds unappetizing, but trust me, when you mix it all together, it helps give the dressing that distinct flavor you know and love.

I suggest you freshly squeeze the lemon juice, but if you have the bottled kind, that works too.

JUST MIX! To make the dressing, whisk together minced garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce in a medium bowl.

Add mayo, olive oil, cheese, salt, and black pepper and whisk until combined.

STORE. Store in the fridge until you’re ready to toss with your salad.

Make it Into a Salad!

The dressing and croutons are really the star of a Caesar salad. Am I right?!

For a basic Caesar salad recipe, use a bed of Romaine lettuce add parmesan cheese, then top with your homemade dressing and some croutons.

This is the best Caesar dressing and pairs so perfectly with homemade croutons! And both are 100% better than store-bought versions! It’s worth the extra bit of effort in my opinion to just make them homemade. 

Homemade croutons baked on a cookie sheet.

Recipe Tips + SToring Info

There are some variations that you can implement when making this easy Caesar dressing. However, note that the end result will have a different taste and texture from the original recipe.

  • Anchovy paste can be substituted with miso paste. 
  • Mayonnaise can be substituted with Greek yogurt.
  • Add some Dijon mustard.
  • One medium lemon will produce 2-3 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice. You can also use a store-bought bottle. 
  • To really get all the ingredients to combine into a smooth texture use an immersion blender or food processor.

STORE. Because of the mayo, the dressing must be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep well for up to 1 week.

The dressing can be frozen but it probably won’t thaw well. If you do risk it, then be sure to blend the thawed dressing together again before using.

Homemade Caesar Dressing recipe on a caesar salad.

Recipe FAQ

Is Caesar salad dressing safe to eat?

Many Caesar dressings use raw eggs in the recipe which certain individuals, like pregnant women, should avoid. But good news, this homemade recipe does not use raw egg so go ahead and whip up a batch and savor every bite.

Can you make Caesar dressing without the anchovy paste?

Truth be told, most restaurants use actual anchovies in the dressing and most of the time we don’t even notice it. However, if you just don’t like them or are looking for a vegetarian option you can omit the paste or substitute it with miso-paste.

Where is Caesar salad from?

Though this salad is often served as an Italian dish, it did not originate in Italy. Italian chef, Caesar Cardini, owned a restaurant in Mexico during the 1920s and it was there that he used his favorite Italian flavors to create this well-known dish.

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Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
Whip up a tasty caesar salad dressing recipe in minutes with just a few ingredients. It will become your new go-to for salads!
Servings: 4
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
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Instructions 

  • To make the dressing, in a medium bowl, whisk together lemon juice, Worcestershire, garlic, and anchovy paste. Add mayo, olive oil, cheese, salt, and pepper and whisk until combined. Store in the refrigerator until ready to toss with your salad.

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Notes

Don’t like anchovies? Feel free to omit the anchovy paste from the dressing. It will have a slightly different flavor, but it will still taste great.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g, Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 49g, Saturated Fat: 9g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 25g, Monounsaturated Fat: 13g, Trans Fat: 0.1g, Cholesterol: 33mg, Sodium: 768mg, Potassium: 66mg, Fiber: 0.1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 138IU, Vitamin C: 4mg, Calcium: 161mg, Iron: 0.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dressing, Salad
Cuisine: American
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36 Comments

  1. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    If you like Caesar salad…..you will like this homemade version. Easy to prepare.

  2. Joy says:

    5 stars
    I will take homemade caesar dressing over store bought, any day! It tasted so good!

  3. marie johson says:

    5 stars
    Looks yummy <3 thanks 🙂

  4. aMANDA says:

    also WONDERING, IS IT 2 TSP OF MINCED FRESH GARLIC? OR 2 TSP GARLIC POWDER?

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      Yes, 2 tsp minced garlic 🙂

  5. Charle says:

    Hello there.
    Im making this WEDNESDAY Night to take to mY weekend Retreat. How long does the last in the fridge.

    1. Kristyn Merkley says:

      I would keep it in the fridge & use for a couple of weeks. It may last longer, I just go through it too fast!

  6. Misty says:

    5 stars
    Ceaser Salad is the BEST!! this dressing makes it over the TOP! Great Recipe! Thanks

  7. Olivia says:

    5 stars
    Perfect dressing for your caesar salad. Easy to make and very tasty.

  8. Amy L Huntley says:

    5 stars
    I love this dressing! It was so delicious. I will be making this again SOON!

  9. Kristi says:

    5 stars
    I particularly liked the crouton INSTRUCTIONS. I always end uP throwing away stale bread. Instead ill always have a stOck of croutons on hand!

  10. Joy says:

    5 stars
    Caesar salad is my favorite salad! I love the thought of having my own homemade dressing in the fridge at all times! This was so good..better than store bought! I will make again for sure!