Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

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.” 

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing in a clear bowl with a Caesar salad in a clear bowl in the background.

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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.

Caesar dressing being poured onto Caesar salad ingredients in a clear bowl.

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.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing in a clear bowl with a Caesar salad in a clear bowl in the background.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

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.
4.94 from 16 votes
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Course: Pantry
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 128kcal
Author: Meggan Hill


  • 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).


Calories: 128kcal
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  1. Dominic

    This is exactly what I needed in a pinch when I didn’t have Caesar dressing in my fridge. It tastes great and only takes a couple minutes to put together.5 stars

    1. Meggan

      Thank you Dominic! -Meggan

  2. amy grey

    This is the best dressing ever We make it at least twice a week. I use a tad less mayo, but that’s me. The rest is perfect. Thank you for sharing. My family loves it!5 stars

  3. lisa

    Thank you so much for this recipe! It was so simple and delicious!!! I had all the ingredients in my fridge!5 stars

  4. Desiree Moore

    Loved it thank you for sharing . I no longer have to buy it yay

  5. Kyle

    Overall, it’s a pretty good recipe. I think it could have used just a tad bit less of the spicy brown mustard.4 stars

  6. Sabrina Kinder

    Very delicious! Thank you! I was looking for a recipe that did not require anchovies.5 stars

  7. Lela

    Hi!!! Just want to start out by saying THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS RECIPE WITH THE WORLD! I made it last night and was honestly surprised how delicious it was because I figured I’d have to deal with anchovy paste to make it taste “authentic”. But this was delicious! I loved the tartness of it, I mean-I really LOVE IT! So easy!!!5 stars

  8. Micah

    Worcestershire sauces contain anchovy, and not people think to check for that. Is there a brand you recommend using before I would use this recipe?

    1. meggan

      Hi Micah, I need to fix the way this post is worded so nobody is confused. I like all the Worcestershire sauce I’ve ever had, but I usually buy Lea & Perrins brand. But I’ve also had Heinz brand and it was fine. Thanks! -Meggan

  9. Kathryn

    I mostly did it by sight and based on the taste. Definitely a bit too much lemon juice. I probably only used 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and it was great. I added a solid tablespoon of minced jarred garlic (use much less if fresh) and even some powdered garlic. Great and easily adjusted to taste. I had everything already in my pantry! Thank you!!5 stars

  10. Jennifer Allison

    I made this for a party and it was a big hit. For those wanting to play it safe by not having raw eggs or anchovies/anchovy paste in their caesar salad, this is a great alternative. Next time I make it, I will cut back on the lemon juice, just a bit.5 stars

  11. 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

  12. 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

  13. 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,

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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!!! :/

  18. Kelley

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

    1. Karen

      I used dijon and it tasted just fine. Great recipe!!

    2. Lisa

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

  19. 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.

  20. MamaDia

    Yummy!5 stars

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