Best Caesar Dressing

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Learn how to make the Best Caesar Dressing from scratch in 5 minutes or less. Then drizzle it on your next Caesar salad, of course, but also try it on sandwiches, wraps, and with vegetables.

Caesar dressing in a clear bowl on a countertop.


 

The best Caesar Salad Dressing is an emulsified dressing made with egg, mustard, oil, vinegar, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, and anchovies. Sometimes people get squeamish when they hear about the anchovies! But you already love them, you just don’t know it. Anchovies are what give the super savory, deep umami flavor you love in your Caesar dressing.

If you don’t feel like messing with anchovies (or raw egg, for that matter), you can find my super simple “Easier Caesar” dressing in the Recipe Tips and Variations below. I had that version on my blog for a long time, and it’s preserved for you there. I wouldn’t call it anchovy-free or egg-free, but it’s certainly easier and less mess because it’s made with mayonnaise and Worcestershire sauce. Spoiler alert: The umami flavor you love about Worcestershire comes from anchovies! But you probably already knew that.

Also, a teaspoon anchovy paste can replace 2 anchovy filets, so that’s another route you can go if you want the true flavor instead of Worcestershire. Soy sauce is another savory option too.

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for caesar salad dressing.

At a Glance: Here is a quick snapshot of what ingredients are in this recipe.
Please see the recipe card below for specific quantities.

Ingredient notes

  • Dijon mustard: I love the zip from 1 ½ teaspoons in this dressing. Adjust to your palate: incorporate more to taste or omit entirely.
  • Spicy brown mustard: Again, start with 1 ½ teaspoons in the dressing, then add more to taste. You could also omit entirely or substitute with whole grain mustard.
  • Anchovies: Substitute 1 tsp anchovy paste for every 2 anchovies, or 3 teaspoons (½ ounce) anchovy paste for this recipe.
  • Oil: I love extra virgin olive oil in Caesar Dressing, but any neutral oil such as avocado oil or canola oil can work.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. In a food processor, add egg and process until frothy, about 10 seconds. Add garlic, Parmesan cheese, white balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, Dijon, spicy brown mustard, anchovies, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper, and pulse until well combined.
A food processor with Caesar salad dressing in it.
  1. While the processor is on, slowly drizzle in olive oil to create the emulsified texture.
Oil being poured into a food processor.
  1. Transfer to a bowl and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Caesar salad dressing in a ramekin.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cup salad dressing.
  • Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Easier Caesar: Looking for our old, super simple Caesar dressing? Just whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons), 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper).
  • Egg yolks: Some versions of Caesar dressing include just the yolk, but this recipe incorporates the whole egg.
  • Cheesy: Parmesan cheese is traditional for Caesar salads and dressing, but Asiago cheese or even fontina can work in a pinch.
Someone spooning Caesar dressing on a Caesar salad.
This classic Caesar Salad is made with crunchy romaine lettuce, plenty of Parmesan cheese, Homemade Croutons and Caesar dressing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best Caesar salad dressing?

In my opinion, the best salad dressings (Caesar included) will always be the one you make at home. If you’re looking for dressings to buy at local grocery stores, though, try Ken’s Steak House Creamy Caesar Dressing, Brianna’s Asiago Caesar Dressing, Newman’s Own Creamy Caesar Dressing, or Primal Kitchen’s Caesar Dressing (dairy-free and made with nutritional yeast).

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Caesar salad dressing in a bowl.

Best Caesar Dressing

Learn how to make classic Caesar Dressing from scratch in 5 minutes or less. Then drizzle it on your next Caesar salad, of course, but also try it on sandwiches, wraps, and with vegetables.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings (2 tbsp each)
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Calories 231
4.96 from 25 votes

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • In a food processor, add egg and process until frothy, about 10 seconds. Add garlic, Parmesan cheese, white balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, Dijon, spicy brown mustard, anchovies, 1 ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper, and pulse until well combined.
  • While the processor is on, slowly drizzle in olive oil to create the emulsion. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Dijon mustard: I love the zip from 1 ½ teaspoons in this dressing. Adjust to your palate: incorporate more to taste or omit entirely.
  2. Spicy brown mustard: Again, start with 1 ½ teaspoons in the dressing, then add more to taste. You could also omit entirely or substitute with whole grain mustard.
  3. Anchovies: Substitute 1 teaspoon anchovy paste for every 2 anchovies, or 3 teaspoons (½ ounce) anchovy paste for this recipe.
  4. Oil: I love extra virgin olive oil in Caesar Dressing, but any neutral oil such as avocado oil or vegetable oil can work.
  5. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cup salad dressing.
  6. Storage: Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 2 tbspCalories: 231kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 4gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 40mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 98IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Where did the recipe without the anchovies and eggs go?
    This still comes up in the Google search for the dressing without anchovies and eggs, but then actually does contain them. Did you change it?

    1. Hi Nina, yes. The recipe changed from what you remember. I put a note in the post and in the recipe card that has the old recipe. You’ll see it there, or here it is if you don’t want to look: Looking for our old, super simple Caesar dressing? Just whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons), 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper).

      We changed it because the dressing I had posted wasn’t “real” and we got a lot of mean comments to that effect. But I didn’t want to disappoint people who made it the old way, so that’s why I put the note. Thank you and I’m REALLY sorry about that!!! -Meggan

  2. Did the recipe for Caesar Dressing change? I used to make a dressing and I was almost positive it was on this website that did not have egg in it. now the recipe does have an egg. Am I going crazy, or did the recipe change?

    1. Hi Paula, yes. The recipe changed from what you remember. I put a note in the post and in the recipe card that has the old recipe. You’ll see it there, or here it is if you don’t want to look: Looking for our old, super simple Caesar dressing? Just whisk together 1 cup mayonnaise, ¼ cup lemon juice (from 2 lemons), 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese, 2 tbsp spicy brown mustard, and 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper (I like ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper).

      We changed it because the dressing I had posted wasn’t “real” and we got a lot of mean comments to that effect. But I didn’t want to disappoint people who made it the old way, so that’s why I put the note. Thank you and I’m REALLY sorry about that!!! -Meggan

  3. Simply delicious and easy to make. I didn’t have any Cesar dressing so decided I really should make my own. I had all the ingredients which are pretty basic but the flavour was amazing. I will never buy store bought Cesar dressing again.5 stars

  4. Tastes just like the old recipe I used to make in the blender, but much easier and I don’t have any leftover anchovy filets to deal with!5 stars

  5. 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

  6. 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

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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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

    1. 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. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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,

  15. 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. 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. 😀 -Meggan

    2. I’m a huge fan of pantry ingredient dressings and sauces, and this does not disappoint! Thank you for the clarifications on the worchestershire/anchovy debacle (yes I know anchovies are in Worcestershire sauce)and the raw egg issue. A few of my friends have allergy concerns and this is a great alternative!

  16. 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

    1. 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. 😀

  17. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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

    1. 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!