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How to Make Creamy Caesar Dressing (GF)

Once you’ve made your own creamy Caesar Dressing, none other will satisfy. Homemade Caesar Dressing is immensely fresh and flavorful. One taste and your family will be asking for more salad.

Creamy Caesar Dressing in a jar

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing is the Best

If you’re hard pressed to find a bottle of caesar salad dressing your family actually loves, you’re not alone. We’ve put to the test nearly every single brand of caesar dressing available to us, in the hopes of finding the one.

After too many store-bought bottles of caesar dressing nobody loved, we’ve come to accept that in the world of creamy caesar dressing, homemade is unquestionably the best. If you want a sure thing, this caesar dressing recipe is it.

Fair warning: if you’ve got a hungry family, you may want to double the recipe. This dressing has a habit of transforming even the most reluctant salad eaters into salad enthusiasts.

Homemade Caesar Dressing

How to Make Creamy Caesar Dressing

This irresistible creamy caesar dressing requires only 6 ingredients, not counting salt and pepper. Nothing artificial, just a handful of real, whole ingredients that merge together for stunning flavor.

  • Real mayonnaise provides the creamy richness of the caesar dressing and serves as the base.
  • Dijon mustard and Worcestershire both contribute to the zest and tang.
  • Plenty of minced garlic lends that aromatic deliciousness the way only garlic can.
  • Parmesan cheese is, of course, the crowning umami flavor. Be sure to use finely grated parmesan (better yet, grate your favorite block of cheese yourself.)
  • Anchovy paste is essential in providing a powerful blast of umami flavor characteristic to classic caesar salad dressing.
Caesar Dressing Ingredients

About that Anchovy?

Really awesome caesar salad dressing needs that anchovy punch in order to taste…well, awesome. If you’re uncertain about diving into anchovies, never fear — you won’t be chopping anchovy fillets. Instead, you can grab a tube of anchovy paste that provides all the same flavors without the mess. Blessings on whoever invented the squeeze tube.

Because anchovy paste is briny and salty, it keeps fresh for a long time. That translates into several batches of creamy caesar dressing.

Caesar Dressing Recipe

Can Caesar Dressing be made ahead of time? Does it Keep well?

Yes and yes. This creamy caesar salad dressing can be made well in advance, as it keeps very well when covered and chilled in fridge. A jar of homemade caesar dressing can easily last a week in your fridge. In all honesty, it will likely get devoured much quicker than that, as it tends to be the first salad dressing everyone reaches for.

Bonus Tips: freshly shredded parmesan cheese can be frozen in airtight baggies for quite a long time. Same goes for chopped garlic. That comes in super handy for everything from Parmesan Bruschetta Chicken Bake to Garlic Marinated Ribeye Steaks.

Because this caesar dressing is wonderfully rich and creamy, it’s also naturally thicker than store-bought bottled dressings. Thus, you may find it best to keep your caesar dressing in a wide-mouth jar that accommodates a spoon easily (old jam/jelly jars with lids are perfect.)

Creamy Caesar Dressing in a jar

Delicious Ways to use Caesar Dressing

  • Obviously, you’ll joyfully toss it with romaine lettuce for the ultimate caesar salad experience.
  • Use it as as dip for fresh vegetable sticks
  • Use it in pasta or potato salad, as you would with ranch dressing
  • Use it in your next sandwich or wrap, instead of mayo or mustard
  • Spread it on top of grilled chicken or use it as a marinade prior to grilling
  • Dip Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders into your creamy caesar dressing.

Try this 3-Ingredient Honey Mustard Sauce, Too:


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Creamy Caesar Dressing

Creamy Caesar Dressing

5 from 9 reviews

Once you’ve made your own creamy Caesar Dressing, none other will satisfy. Homemade Caesar Dressing is immensely fresh and flavorful; watch everyone devour their salads.

  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 10 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup real mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp real anchovy paste
  • 2 rounded TB finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 TB fresh lemon juice
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper (or crushed red chili pepper) to taste

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the garlic, mayo, anchovy paste, grated parmesan, Worcestershire, mustard, and lemon juice. Whisk to combine well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and chill until ready to use. 

Notes

This is a thick dressing; if you prefer it a little thinner, stir 1-2 TB water into the mixture. 

Check Worcestershire sauce for certified gluten-free label, if needed.

If you want crispy, garlicky homemade croutons, click here. 

If you enjoyed this recipe, please come back and give it a rating ♡

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 162
  • Sugar: 0.8 g
  • Sodium: 175.7 mg
  • Fat: 16.8 g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.4 g
  • Protein: 0.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 10 mg
  • Author: Chew Out Loud
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: Italian American

Keywords: Homemade Caesar Dressing, Creamy Caesar Dressing


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22 comments

    • Heidy

    My husband loved this recipe for Creamy Caesar Dressing! We will never be going back to bottled again!!! I even shared your link with a few friends.

      • chewoutloud

      Aww, that’s awesome! Thanks, Heidy! 🙂

    • Tammy

    I LOVE caesar dressing but never wanted to make my own bc of the raw eggs…love this and cannot wait to make it! Homemade is always the best.

      • chewoutloud

      Yes!! 🙂

    • Joan Hornick

    Hello,

    I’ve tried many of your recipes and they all turn out beautifully! Thank you so much for your recipes and your narratives/presentations. I really enjoy reading your ideas.

    I cook quite a bit and consider myself sort of a rather good cook, but here’s a question I’m embarrassed to ask: Where, or in what section, in a grocery store does one find anchovy paste?

    Thank you so much, and once I’m anxious to make your Caesar dressing as soon as I can locate some anchovy paste!

    Love your emails.

    Best wishes,
    Joan

      • chewoutloud

      Thanks for the kind words, Joan! I’ve found anchovy paste near salad dressings and condiments aisles. It’d be easiest to ask an employee, for quickest find 🙂 Otherwise, I’ve also ordered it online on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3phaRGb

    • Erin

    I didn’t even know that anchovy paste was a thing! Totally need to look for that so I can try this out. I bet it’s so much better than store-bought! I’ll take mine with the chicken tenders. 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      Yum! 🙂

    • Jenny

    I Will never make any other caesar dressing, ever again, or buy; your recipe is fantastic. It will be my go-to from now on. Thanks so much.

      • chewoutloud

      Thank you, Jenny!

    • Alex

    We don’t have caesar dressing in Germany so I’ll have to give this homemade version a try! It sounds awesome. And so flavorful!

    • Mama Maggie’s Kitchen

    Yum! This Creamy Caesar Dressing is perfect for our salad this weekend. It looks soooo yummy.

    • Kathryn Donangelo

    This homemade caesar dressing is so easy and delicious! I don’t think I could buy the store bought stuff anymore, thank you! 🙂

      • chewoutloud

      So happy you liked this, Kathryn!

    • catherine santiago jose

    This is one of my favorites salad dressing and this recipe looks really delicious. I am going to make this for our salad weekend night. Thank you, Amy!

    • Tracy

    YES! Anchovy pasta HAS to be in real Caesar dressing! This is so yummy, thank you!

      • chewoutloud

      You’re welcome, Tracy!

    • Farrukh Aziz

    Looks delicious! I made some plans for a chicken sandwiches, but didn’t have mayo or mustard. I stumbled upon this recipe, and gave a shot at it. It was delicious! I will definitely be using this dressing in salads and sandwiches!

      • chewoutloud

      Yay! 🙂

    • veenaazmanov

    This is surely on my list. Parties could definitely get special with amazing recipes like these. This Dip is so creamy and looks yummy too.

    • Liz Sytsma

    I’ve used this recipe for a couple years now. I am a Caesar salad lover. Everyone raves about it when I make it. I do cut the anchovy paste to 1tsp and sometimes add a bit more lemon juice. It’s soooo good! Try it!

      • chewoutloud

      So glad you’ve been enjoying this recipe, Liz!

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