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May 24, 2024

Caesar Dressing

Our creamy, easy Caesar dressing recipe is as classic as can be, featuring all the garlicky, anchovy-enhanced goodness you crave. It’s simply the best.

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

The Best Homemade Caesar Dressing

The classic, creamy Caesar dressing recipe was born out of necessity. Supposedly, one night, Caesar Cardini (an Italian restaurant owner) was running low on ingredients, and threw together what he had: anchovies, oil, egg yolks, garlic, Parmesan cheese, Worcestershire sauce, romaine, and croutons. A century later, people still clamor for that irresistible dressing. Our caesar dressing recipe is traditional; no to mayo, yes to anchovies, and a big yes to garlic! Toss it into our Kale Caesar, or our Caesar Salad, with Homemade Croutons, of course. For more salad dressing recipe ideas, check out our Ranch Dressing and classic Blue Cheese Dressing.

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

Caesar Dressing Ingredients

  • 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 (you could also use anchovy paste, if that’s easier)

  • Fresh garlic

  • Lemon juice

  • Neutral oil, like avocado oil.

  • 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!

  • Salt and pepper

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

How To Make Caesar Dressing

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

  2. Bust out your handy, dandy immersion blender. Whiz it up!

  3. Pour in the oil in a slow and steady stream as you blend. If the dressing starts to get too thick, slowly lift the blender up to mix in the remaining oil. Continue slowly lifting and lowering the blade until your desired thickness is achieved.

  4. Finish the dressing! Pour in the lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and black pepper.

  5. Blend until the Caesar dressing is completely emulsified — that means thoroughly combined — you're done! Pour it over your lettuce of choice (romaine is the classic) and enjoy!

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

Caesar Dressing Tips + How To Store

  • Caesar dressing is best enjoyed right away. However, our caesar dressing recipe is so fast and easy, you can literally whip it up in seconds before you toss the salad and serve it.

  • A note about raw eggs: Raw egg yolks plus neutral oil, whizzed into an emulsion make Caesar dressing creamy. It’s like magic! It’s classic, authentic and how the OG caesar dressing was made. However, the USDA does not recommend eating raw eggs. You’ll need to decide for yourself what feels safe. Got little kids, an elderly person coming for dinner? Or do you have a compromised immune system? If so, you may want to sub mayonnaise for the egg yolks, and play around with that so that you don’t have to worry about salmonella.

  • Use our easy Caesar dressing recipe for more than just salad! Because it contains citrus and vinegar, it makes a great marinade. These acidic ingredients help break down and tenderize meat while that delicious Caesar flavor soaks into it.

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

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Caesar Dressing

  • Serves: 4
  • Yields: 1 cup
  • Prep Time:  5 min
  • Cook Time:  0 min

Ingredients

  • 2 large egg yolks (see Note)
  • 2 anchovy filets, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • ½ cup avocado oil
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper

Method

  1. In a 16-ounce wide-mouth glass jar, add the egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, salt, and 1 tablespoon of the lemon juice. Using an immersion blender, blend the mixture in the jar until combined, about 30 seconds.

    egg yolks, anchovies, garlic, lemon juice & salt being blended together in a glass jar with an immersion blender
  2. Slowly pour in the oil and continue blending until smooth, about 1 minute. Add in the worcestershire sauce, pepper, and the remaining 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. Blend until fully incorporated.

    homemade caesar dressing being blended together in a glass jar with an immersion blender
  3. To store, seal the jar and refrigerate for up to 5 days.

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

Notes

Raw eggs are not recommended for babies, pregnant women, the elderly, or people with weakened immune systems.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories185
  • Protein1 g
  • Carbohydrates1 g
  • Total Fat20 g
  • Dietary Fiber0 g
  • Cholesterol61 mg
  • sodium119 mg
  • Total Sugars0 g

Caesar Dressing

Questions & Reviews

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  • Joseph

    Can you make this ahead of time? How long will it last refrigerated?

    Since it uses fresh egg yolks we'd store it only for 2.

  • Cyntaia

    My family doesn't like anchovies. Is it okay to leave out or do recommend something to replace them?

    Try leaving them out and give it a taste if you like it GREAT! If you feel like it's lacking you could try adding a tablespoon of worcestershire sauce.

  • Deanne

    I don't eat raw eggyolk, because of the risk of salmonella. Is there a possible replacement to use in Caesar Dressing?

    Not in this recipe, sorry Deanne.

  • Jessie

    Amazing! Soooo good! This will be my go-to from now on. Thank you!

    Thanks Jessie, so glad you loved it!

  • 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!