Homemade Caesar Dressing

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
Published:
5 from 9 reviews

Caesar Dressing is creamy, savory, tasty, and easy to make! Flavored with fresh garlic, anchovy paste, and parmesan, it is rich and full of aromas!

It is a nice addition to my growing recipe list of homemade dressings and sauces which includes Tzatziki Sauce, Horseradish Sauce, and Barbecue Sauce!

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Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

This Caesar Dressing recipe is a must-try! A lot of my friends have asked me about it because they are a fan of my famous salad. They find it creamy and flavorful which is all due to the amazing homemade dressing that I use.

A plain mixture of veggies will not be exciting unless you toss it with a delicious dressing. And this recipe is all about making one and not having to buy it from the store.

This easy recipe yields a perfectly tasty salad ingredient that is at par with those served at your favorite restaurant! Give it a try and see for yourself. Have a one-of-a-kind salad experience without worrying about consuming raw egg!

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Why is it called Caesar Salad?

It is named after the chef who claimed to have invented the dish in the 1920s. People have associated this dish with a certain Caesar Cardini. He owned a restaurant and was a chef himself.

It is said that he invented the salad at the time when they ran out of supplies at his restaurant and improvised a dish out of what was available. Guests received it well and from then on, this dish has captured the hearts of many.

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What is Caesar Dressing made of?

Traditionally, it requires raw egg yolk along with garlic, mustard, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, and pepper. Later versions include anchovies and parmesan.

The traditional version is a lot more difficult because you need to develop the emulsion as you pour a steady stream of olive oil. Also, if you have concerns over using raw egg, then, it is smarter to simply follow this.

It does not use any raw egg in the ingredients. Instead, we will use mayonnaise which has egg and oil, too.

Here is the complete list of ingredients, some are found in the classic recipe while some are substitutes:

  • garlic cloves
  • anchovy paste
  • lemon juice
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • mayonnaise
  • sour cream
  • grated parmesan
  • salt
  • pepper

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How to make Caesar Dressing

The first step is to make a paste out of the garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.

Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth and creamy. That is it! You can use it right away or store it for later.

Do all Caesar Dressing have anchovies?

No. The original version did not contain any anchovy. And you can leave it out, too, if you like.

Just add more of the Worcestershire sauce to enhance the rich flavor.

How to store it?

Simply put it in an airtight container before refrigerating. Consume it within a week.

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Can you freeze Caesar Dressing?

Technically, you can freeze it, but I do not recommend it.

It contains mayonnaise which hardly thaws well. Even the classic recipe which contains no mayonnaise may not freeze well because the emulsion may break down.

Recipe Tips:

  • Toss it with romaine lettuce and croutons for a simple salad. And when you do, make sure that the leaves are dry so that the creamy dressing will not simply slide off them. Then, top your salad with grilled chicken or fish to turn it into a complete meal!
  • Use this recipe for another recipe which is the Creamy Chicken Caesar Dip!
  • Aside from putting it on salads, you can also use this dressing as a spread on burgers, replace the mayo in other kinds of salads, and as a dip. You can even marinate meat with it for a tasty twist.
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5 from 9 reviews
Homemade Caesar Dressing
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 2 cups
Prep time: 15 minutes Total time: 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 3 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon  anchovy paste 
  • 2 tablespoons  lemon juice  (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon  Dijon mustard 
  • 1 tablespoon  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 cup  mayonnaise  (high quality)
  • 1/4 cup  sour cream 
  • 1/2 cup  freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano  (finely grated)
  • 1/4 teaspoon  salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper 

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the minced garlic, anchovy paste, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
  2. Add the mayonnaise, sour cream, finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and stir to combine. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir until well combined.
  3. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate.
Calories: 934 Carbohydrates: 6 Protein: 13 Fat: 95 Saturated Fat: 19 Cholesterol: 78 Sodium: 1700 Potassium: 199 Sugar: 4 Vitamin A: 362 Vitamin C: 7 Calcium: 365 Iron: 1
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melissa chapman

Everyone loves caesar salad and it goes with any main course. I guess it was not named after Julious Caesar but the history is so interesting.

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Tasheena

I've never actually tried to make caesar dressing at home. Looking forward to trying this. I love how creamy it looks.

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Amber Myers

I admit, I've never tried to make this homemade. I always buy a bottle. But I bet homemade tastes so much better, so I'll have to try this.

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Christy Irene

I have always wanted to try my hand at making Caesar dressing from scratch. Now is the time!

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Lisa Martin

I have a love hate relationship with Caesar dressing.. Sometimes it's wonderful and others I am disappointed with the taste. Your recipe however, looks fantastic!

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Rosemary

I had no idea why it's called Caesar dressing and always thought it had something to do with Julius Ceasar. Good to know its origins are with a chef. I'm not a fan of ceasar dressing mostly because I find it too rich. However, I'd be open to making it from scratch and control how much mayonnaise i use.

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Chef Dennis

I will definitely try making this Homemade Caesar Dressing. This will be perfect for my salad. My wife will love this.

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Lynndee

My son loves it when I make homemade dressing. I have yet to try making this one, though. Will try your recipe next time.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Caesar dressing might be my favorite dressing of all time. I never made it at home myself but now I want to try this recipe. It sounds totally delicious to me!

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Brit Strawbridge

Oh, I LOVE caesar salads and this dressing looks incredible! There is nothing better than a homemade dressing in my opinion! I will be trying this asap!

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Tiffany La Forge-Grau

Caesar dressing is one of my favorite dressings. I use it on a lot of my salads.

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Amy H

I am going to have to give this recipe to my moms. She loves a good Caesar salad

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rika

My husband and I love Caesar salad! This dressing looks so creamy and tasty :) Yum!

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Lizzie Lau

I didn't realize that anchovies are not part of the classic recipe. I love them though, and I put them in the dressing even when I'm making it for kids. I tell them - after!

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Barbies Beauty Bits

Never knew where the name came from. But the funny thing is a lot of recipes are created because of a lack of something else!!

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Melissa

Oh I love a good Caesar salad! They are my favorite to enjoy when I dine out. I’m going to give this recipe a try.

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Rose Ann Sales

Thanks for sharing,I haven't tried making my own caesar dressing,it would be fun if I try it.

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