Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

The easiest Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing with NO raw eggs and NO anchovies! Just 5 common pantry ingredients make this version super creamy and flavorful. 

I have always found Caesar Salad Dressing to be intimidating.

Maybe it’s because every time I read a recipe, it has a note like this: “WARNING: This recipe contains raw eggs. Do not consume raw eggs if you are pregnant, elderly, young, wearing false eyelashes, or it’s Wednesday.” 

The easiest Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing with NO raw eggs and NO anchovies! Just 5 common pantry ingredients make this version super creamy and flavorful. 

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HYPERBOLE. But even if I fall into NONE of those classes, I’ve paused. I’m wondering if my eggs are safe enough to eat raw. And anchovies? Delicious but a bit scary, too. Do I get the ones packed in salt or oil? Do I rinse them? Do I chop them? Do I tell people that this salad dressing contains anchovies?

I’m officially exhausted and making ranch.

But seriously, what I love about this recipe is that you don’t have to fiddle with raw eggs and anchovies. And yet, this dressing tastes exactly the way you think it should! So what’s the secret?

Mayonnaise contains loads of eggs. Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies. Done and done.

This Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad has Cajun chicken, bacon, and an easy homemade dressing (with NO anchovies!)! Makes a great lunch or party side dish.

Mix those up with a bit of spicy brown mustard, Parmesan cheese, and lemon juice. That’s it! Just 5 ingredients and nothing weird!

I love it when that happens. Less weirdness always.

By the way, try this best salad ever with your fresh batch of non-egg, non-anchovy super creamy and delicious Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.

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5 from 7 votes

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

The easiest Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing with NO raw eggs and NO anchovies! Just 5 common pantry ingredients make this version super creamy and flavorful. Naturally gluten free.
Course Pantry
Cuisine American
Keyword caesar dressing
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Calories 148kcal
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • In a small bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper).

Nutrition

Calories: 148kcal


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  1. Joanne

    Worcestershire Sauce has anchovies in it.

    1. meggan

      Hi Joanne, yes it does. I’m sorry for how badly-worded this is. My intent is not to say that dressing is anchvoy-free, my intent is to say you don’t actually have to handle anchovies when you make it (since they are in the Worcesterhsire sauce). But I realize now that what I wrote is just misleading. I’ll fix it. Sorry about that! -Meggan

    2. meggan

      Hi Joanne, I should probably change the description of this recipe. My intent in saying “no anchovies” is that you don’t have to actually HANDLE anchovies, you just use the Worcestershire sauce which has them in it. But it could be mistaken as me trying to say this is anchovy-free, and it’s not. So yes. Sorry about that, the post is poorly written and I’ll fix it. Thanks for letting me know. -Meggan

  2. Canopy Verbist-Blaszke

    I work in a kitchen that feeds 120 college students 7 days a week, 3 meals a day from mid May till mid August. Yesterday, reading through the upcoming menus we have chicken Caesar wraps on for lunch… TODAY!!! And no Caesar dressing on our food order, of course! So quick recipe search and viola! I made your recipe by 16x! Of course I scaled back on the lemon juice because I only use organic not from concentrate. My co-workers were quite impressed with the flavor. I had to omit the mustard for I have an odd mustard allergy but all in all wonderful recipe, easy peasy and will use again and again!5 stars

  3. Meredith

    As an FYI, the original Ceasar salad dressing did not have anchovies. As a waiter at the actual Hotel Ceasar in Tijuana explained to me, the anchovy hint comes from the Worcestershire sauce. To quote him exactly, “There are NO anchovies in real Ceasar salad dressing, madam. The anchovies were added by (haughty sniff) Californians!” But it does have egg. Watching them make it tableside is quite a show,

  4. Giselle

    This seems super easy to make! And i love how most of these ingredients can be found in any kitchen. Would this basically be considered Keto-Friendly?5 stars

    1. meggan

      Hi Giselle, yes this is SO keto! 15.5g fat in 2 tablespoons! Virtually no carbs and low in protein. This is definitely keto. If you need anything else, just let me know! I’ve done keto before. :D -Meggan

  5. Lori

    Wanted to make a Caesar salad today and realized I had no Caesar dressing in the pantry. I also had limited ingredients. This recipe was perfect and i had all the ingredients. Everyone loved it and said it was the best salad they’ve ever had. I was amazed at how easy and delicious it was. Thanks for posting and yum yum yum!  Merry Christmas! 5 stars

  6. Memer

    Love the humble way you handle the rude people 

    1. meggan

      You’re so kind. I just try to remember that there are humans on the other side and if we were having this conversation face-to-face, alL I would want to do was tell them everything will be ok! LOL! It’s just a recipe! But I know on a bad day it can seem like the end of the world. I appreciate you, thanks a lot. :D

  7. Anj

    You know that most-if not all-Mayonnaise is made with raw eggs, right? not sure then, how this recipe is technically ‘egg-free’?

    1. meggan

      My description is poorly-worded and I need to fix it. It was never my attention to say the recipe is “egg free,” but rather just that you don’t have to make it with actual eggs. Many traditional versions of Caesar dressing are made in a blend with whole eggs. My “shortcut” is to use mayonnaise so the eggs are already in there. But clearly I need to check the post and make sure I don’t sound like an idiot. Thank you Anj and sorry!!! :/

  8. Kelley

    This looks delicious!  Would dijon mustard work as well as spicy brown?

    1. Lisa

      I am wondering the same thing. Did you try it?

  9. H. Lass

    Usually people who want no anchovies want no fish in general, and Worcestershire sauce has sardines… so this doesn’t help for vegetarians or fish allergies.

    1. Dave

      Sub for Worcestershire Sauce. https://www.foodrenegade.com/homemade-worcesterschire-sauce/.

      Might taste awful. Don’t know. But no anchovies – Asian Fish Sauce instead. lol

    2. meggan

      You could be right. Personally I just don’t like to cook with anchovies even though I know they taste good in small doses. So the point is that I don’t have to buy (and not use up) nor mess around with anchovies. I don’t really know very many people who regularly buy or are willing to cook with anchovies, but a lot of people have Worcestershire in the pantry. But yes you’re absolutely right.

  10. MamaDia

    Yummy!5 stars

  11. Jana

    I am squirrelly about anchovies, but I have been able to bring myself to use anchovy paste in a tube.5 stars

  12. Listen. Best Caesar dressing ever. Amazing. I have been singing its praises for a month!! Thank you for sharing!!!!5 stars

  13. Yummy! Thanks for sharing. Was looking for a recipe without anchovies…will try this tonight!5 stars

    1. meggan

      I hope you like it, Brooke! I’m *trying* to get over my aversion to anchovies, but it’s a long road. :) Thanks for your comment!

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