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When I started thinking about creating my own Caesar Salad recipe, I focused on the one key element: homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.

Caesar Salad Dressing on a spoon

In this Caesar Salad Dressing recipe, classic ingredients unite in just the right proportions: egg yolk, fresh garlic and lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy filets, Dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, olive oil and a bit of salt and pepper. Quality ingredients matter here because this salad is all about the creamy Caesar dressing.

Caesar Dressing Ingredients

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Or bottled, in a pinch.
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Egg Yolk: Or prepared mayonnaise.
  • Anchovy Fillets: Or anchovy paste.
  • Dijon Mustard: The creamy variety.
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese: Ideally Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano.
  • Olive Oil: Good quality, extra virgin olive oil.
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper: Ideally freshly ground.

Recipe Options:

If you’re not sure about using anchovy filets (my favorite brand), feel free to swap in anchovy paste which has a milder flavor (1/2 teaspoon of anchovy paste for each anchovy filet). But I hope you’ll be game to try the dressing with anchovies at least once, you may be surprised. They add a wonderful umami flavor without fishiness (just as they work their magic in Bagna Cauda). Similarly, if you’re concerned about eating raw egg yolks, swap in mayonnaise (2 tablespoons of mayonnaise for 1 egg yolk).

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How to Make Caesar Dressing

It’s as simple as adding all dressing ingredients except oil (lemon juice through Parmesan cheese) to the pitcher of a blender (or in a jar with an immersion blender) and blending until smooth. Then adding the oil in a steady stream until combined. Season with salt and pepper and serve!

Caesar Salad Dressing in the Blender

Recipe Video

Caesar Salad Dressing

4.82 from 11 votes
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Course: Salad
Cuisine: Italian
Calories: 146
Servings: 8 people
Creamy, tangy and packed with umami, this is a salad dressing you'll crave!

Ingredients  

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice ideally fresh
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg yolk or 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 anchovy filets or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 medium clove garlic minced
  • 1 ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Add all dressing ingredients except oil (lemon juice through Parmesan cheese) to the pitcher of a blender; blend until smooth. With blender running, slowly add olive oil and continue to blend until thoroughly combined. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  • Transfer dressing to a small pitcher and it's ready to serve alongside or toss with romaine lettuce and parmesan cheese to make a classic Caesar Salad.

Notes

  1. This recipe makes ample Caesar Salad Dressing, so take care not to overdress your salad. Add less dressing than you think you’ll want, toss and add more dressing as needed.

Nutrition

Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 67mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

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

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31 Comments

  1. Sonia Kinach says:

    5 stars
    Best caesar dressing i have had easy to make

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Sonia!

      1. Sonia Kinach says:

        I make homemade food alot and cook alot this is the best recipe thank you

  2. Jennifer says:

    5 stars
    Honestly have been looking for a salad dressing that will mimic those nice fancy restaurants and had a recipe that never quite tasted good. But this, this was perfect ! Thank you

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      I’m so glad you’re enjoying the dressing, Jennifer! Thank you for coming back to let me know!

  3. Marisa says:

    I can’t wait to try your recipe!! Can I use an immersion blender instead? Also, if I use the wand, should I add all the ingredients at once? Thanks in advance!!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      Hi Marisa! Yes you can definitely use an immersion blender. Add everything to a tall, narrow container (wide enough for the immersion blender to reach the bottom) ending with the oil on top. Start with your wand all the way at the bottom and blend, lifting as needed to incorporate all the ingredients.

  4. NATHAN says:

    5 stars
    Very easy to make, and was delicious! My partner has more salad servings than usual, as did I!

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      That’s wonderful to hear, Nathan!

  5. Robert says:

    I used to make it table side at a private club I worked at. We did it my hand and it took forever. Lol.

    1. Marissa Stevens says:

      oh wow – the pressure to make it table side!