How to Make Real Caesar Salad Dressing

There's nothing like a hearty drizzle of Caesar dressing on crispy romaine lettuce and cheesy croutons. Store-bought salad dressings can be packed with artificial ingredients and tend to be lackluster in taste and texture, so why not try making your very own version at home?

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This simple recipe for Caesar salad dressing uses a straightforward method and basic ingredients you may very well have sitting in the pantry. This recipe yields about 1 cup of dressing, but feel free to double or triple the ingredients if you need a large batch.

Things You'll Need

  • Small blender or food processor

  • 4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

  • 4 anchovy filets, packaged in oil

  • 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard

  • 2 large egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated


If you prefer to not use egg yolks, simply substitute 2 Tablespoons of mayo, sour cream, or even Greek yogurt. If you don't like anchovies, simply leave them out and increase the Worcestershire Sauce to 3 teaspoons.

Step 1

In the body of a small blender or food processor combine the garlic, anchovies, Dijon, and egg yolks; pulse until smooth. The mixture will look like a thick paste.

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Step 2

Add the remaining ingredients; pulse until smooth.

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Step 3

Transfer dressing from processor into a small jar or bowl. Keep dressing covered, in the fridge, until needed.

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