Caesar Dressing Recipe

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe is so good, you’ll want to bathe in it! It’s creamy and savory, featuring Greek yogurt and Parmesan.

Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Caesar dressing with anchovy paste

There’s something about that creamy, savory, garlicky, tangy flavor of Caesar dressing that’s just spot on. Just like vanilla bean ice cream or crispy French fries, it’s so classic and so good. Purchased salad dressings were the first thing that Alex and I replaced with homemade when we started cooking together. Homemade salad dressings are delicious, avoid preservatives or added ingredients, and are quick to make! This homemade dressing makes the absolute perfect Caesar salad recipe. Now that we have a recipe that we love, I don’t think we’ll ever buy it again!

Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Anchovy paste

Wait…does Caesar dressing have anchovies?

Sounds like you know your homemade 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.

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 it with mayo keeps the creaminess but lightens the calories. Here are the main ingredients in 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
Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | Caesar dressing ingredients

How to make this Caesar dressing recipe

This Caesar dressing recipe is very easy to make: yo 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, 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.
Caesar dressing recipe | Homemade Caesar dressing

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:

Homemade Caesar dressing recipe | How many anchovies in anchovy paste

This Caesar dressing recipe is…

Pescatarian and gluten-free. For vegetarian, omit the anchovy paste.

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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 so good, you’ll want to bathe in it! It’s creamy and savory, featuring 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

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Last updated: July 2020

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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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