Caesar Dressing Recipe

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is incredibly delicious: why buy it again? It’s a healthy spin using Greek yogurt and Parmesan.

Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Caesar dressing with anchovy paste

Creamy Caesar dressing is one of Alex and my favorite salad dressings ever. There’s just something about that creamy, savory, garlicky, tangy flavor that’s classic and just spot on. It’s kind of like the vanilla ice cream of salad dressings, right? So classic, so good. When Alex and I first started cooking together, purchased salad dressings were the first to be replaced by homemade versions. Homemade salad dressings are 1. very delicious 2. don’t have preservatives or added ingredients 3. are pretty quick to make! Such is the case with this homemade Caesar dressing recipe. Now that we have a Caesar dressing recipe that we love, I don’t think we’ll ever buy it again! Keep reading for our best Caesar dressing recipe.

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Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Anchovy paste

Caesar dressing ingredients

The most unique of Caesar dressing ingredients is..,anchovy paste! Anchovy paste is what gives Caesar dressing that super savory flavor. Unlike most of our recipes, Caesar dressing with anchovy paste is not vegetarian! However, you can definitely omit the anchovy paste in this recipe to make it vegetarian.

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If you’re up for the anchovies, they’re an incredibly nutrient dense food. You can use either anchovy paste or actual anchovies in this recipe, but you’d need to blend the dressing if you use anchovies. You can find anchovy paste in your local grocery in a tube; then just store it in your refrigerator. If you use anchovies: how many anchovies in anchovy paste? You can blend up 2 anchovy fillets to make 1 teaspoon anchovy paste. Keep in mind that anchovy paste has added vinegar and spices and is milder in flavor.

Outside of anchovies (which as noted, can be omitted), here are the main Caesar dressing ingredients:

  • Greek yogurt: To give a healthy spin to this Caesar dressing recipe, we’ve added Greek yogurt to replace some of the mayo! It lightens it up and brings in some of those probiotics from yogurt.
  • Mayo: To keep that savory creaminess and help the dressing adhere to salad greens and vegetables, we’ve used some mayonnaise, but less than the typical Caesar dressing recipe.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice brings in that signature tang.
  • Parmesan cheese: Parmesan brings in a savory saltiness.
  • Garlic & Dijon mustard: These round out the super savory flavor in this Caesar dressing recipe

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Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Caesar dressing ingredients

How to make this Caesar dressing recipe

For our Caesar dressing recipe, we wanted to keep it super simple, so you don’t even need a blender! You simply whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. To keep it extra creamy, it’s best to use a fine grater or microplane on both the garlic and the Parmesan cheese. This helps the garlic and Parmesan to melt right into the creamy texture of the Caesar dressing instead of making it chunky. After you’ve made the Caesar dressing recipe, you can serve it in all sorts of ways. Here are a few of our favorites below.

Caesar dressing recipe | Homemade Caesar dressing

How to serve Caesar dressing

Of course, the best way to serve this Caesar dressing recipe is on a salad! But there are lots of ways to use Caesar dressing. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | How many anchovies in anchovy paste

This recipe is…

This Caesar dressing recipe is pescatarian and gluten-free. For vegetarian, omit the anchovy paste. For vegan, we expect to have a vegan Caesar dressing soon!

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Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Caesar dressing with anchovy paste

Caesar Dressing Recipe


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  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: About 1 cup 1x

Description

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is incredibly delicious: why buy it again? It’s a healthy spin using Greek yogurt and Parmesan.


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Grate the garlic, or finely mince it. Grate the Parmesan cheese as finely as possible (it’s helpful to use a microplane or the fine holes on a grater). Juice the lemon.
  2. Whisk together all the ingredients in a bowl. Store refrigerated (keeps at least 1 week).

  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: Whisked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Caesar dressing, Caesar dressing recipe, Caesar dressing ingredients, Homemade Caesar dressing, Anchovy paste, Caesar dressing with anchovy paste, How many anchovies in anchovy paste

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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