This Caesar salad dressing recipe is insanely creamy and savory! After trying homemade, you’ll ditch the store-bought bottle for good.

Caesar salad dressing recipe

There’s something about the creamy, garlicky tang of Caesar dressing that’s pure perfection. It’s as classic as the pristine sweetness of vanilla bean ice cream, or the crunch of French fries hot from the fryer. Want to recreate the magic of that perfect restaurant Caesar salad in your home? Try this homemade Caesar salad dressing! The intensely creamy, savory flavor tastes just like a fancy restaurant, and it’s easy to whip up at home (anchovies optional!). You’ll never been tempted by the store-bought bottle again!

Wait…does Caesar salad dressing have anchovies?

Sounds like you know your homemade salad dressings. A classic Caesar dressing recipe has anchovies or anchovy paste. Why? This salty fish adds the best savory flavor to dressings and sauces. You can use either anchovy paste or anchovy fillets. Anchovies are actually an incredibly nutrient dense food. You can find anchovy paste in your local grocery in a tube; then just store it in your refrigerator.

  • Do you have to use anchovies? Not in this recipe! This recipe is so delicious that you can omit the anchovies without losing any of the savory flavor. It just adds a little something extra. But it’s easy to make a vegetarian Caesar dressing by simply omitting the anchovy paste.
  • How many anchovies in anchovy paste? If all you can find is whole anchovy fillets, do the following: Blend 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.
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Caesar dressing ingredients

What makes the classic flavor in Caesar dressing? Here are all the flavor secrets! We’ve added one spin on the standard: Greek yogurt. Combining yogurt with the mayo lowers calories but makes it extremely creamy. Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll never go back! Here are the ingredients in this Caesar dressing:

  • Mayo: That signature savory creaminess comes from mayo! This dressing has less than the typical Caesar dressing recipe.
  • Greek yogurt: To give a healthy spin, use Greek yogurt to replace some of the standard mayo! It lightens it up and brings in some of those probiotics from yogurt.
  • Lemon juice: Fresh lemon juice brings in that signature tang.
  • Parmesan cheese: Parmesan brings in a savory saltiness.
  • Anchovy paste: As noted above, it’s optional but adds great savory flavor.
  • Garlic & Dijon mustard: These round out the super savory flavor in this Caesar dressing recipe
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How to make Caesar dressing recipe

This Caesar dressing recipe is very easy to make: you don’t even need a blender! Here are a few things to keep in mind when making this recipe:

  • No blender needed! Just whisk together the ingredients in a bowl.
  • Use a fine grater or microplane: To keep it extra creamy, use a fine grater or microplane on both the garlic and the Parmesan cheese. This helps the garlic and Parmesan melt right into the creamy texture of the Caesar dressing instead of making it chunky.

How to serve Caesar dressing

After you’ve made the Caesar dressing recipe, you can serve it in all sorts of ways. Of course, the best way to serve this Caesar dressing recipe is on Caesar salad! But there are lots of ways to use Caesar dressing. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use it:

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Variation: make it vegan!

Serving eaters who are plant-based or vegan? Whip up this Vegan Caesar Dressing! Unbelievably, it’s almost as good as the original. Here you’ll use a blender to mix up chickpeas (of all things!) with Dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil and more. It might sound odd, but trust us. This Vegan Caesar Salad is just as dreamy.

More homemade salad dressing recipes

Love making homemade salad dressings? We’ve kicked our habit of grocery store bottles and opt for making our own instead. Here are some of our top favorite salad dressing recipes:

This Caesar dressing recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free. For vegetarian, omit the anchovy paste. For vegan, go to Vegan Caesar Dressing.

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Easy Caesar Dressing Recipe!

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


This Caesar salad dressing recipe is insanely creamy and savory! After trying homemade, you’ll ditch the store-bought bottle for good.


  • 1 medium clove garlic
  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional but recommended)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  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

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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