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Caesar Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Calories: 182
homemade Caesar dressing made with egg yolk, anchovy, garlic, lemon, salt, avocado oil Worcestershire and pepper in a jar Photography by Gayle McLeod

Searching for a tangy, creamy, authentic Caesar dressing recipe? Look no further, ours is the real deal!

The Legend of How Caesar Salad Dressing Was Invented

Authentic Caesar dressing is one of the most popular salad side kicks in the world, and goes back over a hundred years to an Italian restaurant owner named Caesar Cardini. The story goes that one night, he was running low on ingredients in the kitchen and threw together what he had left: Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, raw egg, some stalks of Romaine, Parmesan cheese, and croutons. He put it all together at customers’ tables to add some style. The result was so popular that he made it a permanent menu item! And now, a century later, people are still clamoring for the irresistibly savory dressing.

egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice & salt in a jar next to bowls of olive oil, Worcestershire, lemon juice & pepper

So You Want to Know What’s in Caesar Salad Dressing?

As popular as Caesar salad dressing is, you might be surprised to find out what’s actually in it. Definitely not your average salad dressing, it’s full of flavor-packed ingredients that give it its distinctive taste. And yes, the rumors are true, caesar dressing has anchovies! This is actually an essential ingredient, and gives the dressing a super-charge of mouthwatering umami flavor. Pro tip, you can use anchovies to amp up the flavor in other dishes too, like tomato sauce! Let’s take a look at what you’ll need for the best homemade Caesar salad dressing.

  • Egg yolks. This is a crucial ingredient, since it helps to keep the lemon and oil mixed together, because normally they separate when they are combined.

  • Anchovy filets

  • Garlic

  • Lemon

  • Salt

  • Neutral oil (avocado oil is a great one)

  • Worcestershire sauce. This brings some complexity to the dressing, and contains a lot of flavorful ingredients like vinegar, tamarind, and chili pepper extract. It helps put the tang in tangy Caesar dressing!

  • Freshly cracked black pepper

egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice & salt being blended together in a glass jar with an immersion blender

How To Make Our Easy Caesar Dressing Recipe

We promise, once you make caesar dressing at home,you won’t go back! It’s easy, breezy, and oh-so-tasty! All you have to do once you have the ingredients is blend, and you’ll be on your way to the best traditional Caesar salad dressing you’ve ever made!

  1. Add your egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice, and salt to a tall, wide mouth mason jar.

  2. Bust out your handy, dandy immersion blender and set the blade at the bottom of the jar. Keep it in place and hit that blend button until everything comes together.

  3. Add the oil in a slow and steady stream, keeping the blender flat on the bottom of the jar. If the dressing starts to get too thick, slowly lift the blender up to mix in the remaining oil. Continue lifting and lowering the blade until your desired thickness is achieved.

  4. Add in the rest of the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper. Blend it in and you're done!

homemade caesar dressing being blended together in a glass jar with an immersion blender

What’s the Difference Between Caesar Dressing and Ranch Dressing?

Caesar dressing and ranch dressing may look similar, but make no mistake, they are very different. Ranch is light and herby, while Caesar dressing is zesty and strong. This is because ranch dressing has more mild ingredients, like mayonnaise, parsley, and dill. Because of its more mild flavor, ranch is great to use as a dipping sauce for anything from veggies to french fries. Caesar salad has a distinct flavor profile, so it shouldn't be paired with just anything. If you want to get creative with your homemade Caesar dressing, it does make a great marinade for chicken!

homemade Caesar dressing made with egg yolk, anchovy, garlic, lemon, salt, avocado oil Worcestershire and pepper in a jar

Caesar Dressing Beyond the Salad

This easy Caesar dressing can be used for more than just salad! Because it contains citrus and vinegar, it makes a great marinade for meat. These acidic ingredients help break down and tenderize meat while that delicious Caesar flavor soaks into it. You can even use Caesar dressing instead of mayonnaise on sandwiches or burgers for extra flavor!

a bowl of caesar salad made with homemade caesar dressing topped with toasted breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese

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Caesar Dressing

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 0 min
  • Calories: 182

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 anchovy filets, roughly chopped
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, from one lemon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup avocado oil, or other neutral oil
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper

Method

  1. In a 16 ounce, wide mouth mason jar add the egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, 1 tablespoons of the lemon juice and salt.

  2. Place the blade of an immersion blender at the bottom of the jar. Blend without lifting or tilting until the ingredients are combined, about 30 seconds.

  3. In a steady stream, slowly add in the oil, keeping the blender flat on the bottom of the jar. If the dressing is getting too thick, slowly lift the blender up to incorporate the remaining oil.

  4. Add in the remaining lemon juice, worcestershire sauce and black pepper and blend until combined.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 182
  • Protein 1 g
  • Carbohydrates 1 g
  • Total Fat 20 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0 g
  • Cholesterol 63 mg
  • sodium 124 mg
  • Total Sugars 1 g

Caesar Dressing

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  • Jenn

    This came together so quickly! I had everything on hand other than the anchovies so I picked those up at that store and whipped this up in no time. Very creamy and a good amount of tang. Highly recommend.

    So glad you found it simple and delicious, thanks for trying it Jenn!