Simple homemade creamy caesar dressing is a snap to throw together, and tastes so much better than store-bought dressings! Use it on salad, on sandwiches, or to dip those chicken tenders into.
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
Caesar Dressing has been my favorite of all salad dressings for a really long time. Especially creamy caesar. It is delicious and savory and is always the salad dressing I pick, when I have the choice.
I have struggled to find a great store-bought Caesar that isn’t full of preservatives for a while. There are a few decent options out there (hint, they are usually in the refrigerated section), but once I tried whipping up a batch of this myself there was really no comparison.
Fresh homemade Caesar dressing is something that should definitely be in your wheelhouse, so keep a few tins of anchovies around for a rainy day and whip up a batch of the best Caesar dressing, maybe ever.
To make a great creamy Caesar dressing, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- Garlic – Use fresh garlic! None of that jarred or refrigerated stuff!
- Anchovies – Anchovy paste is okay if that’s what you have on hand.
- Mayo – This is the base for the whole thing, so get the good stuff.
- Pepper – Freshly cracked really DOES make a difference with pepper.
- Lemon – No squeeze-bottle lemon juice please! Use a fresh lemon!
- Worcestershire – Not optional. Adds a savory element to the dressing.
- Parmesan cheese – No stuff in the green can you guys. Use freshly grated Reggiano if you are able.
- Country-style dijon – Pass the Gray Poupon, or use your favorite fancy Dijon if you have the good stuff!
Best Caesar Salad
The best Caesar salad comes from the best ingredients, so if you want to serve up your guests something amazing, make sure that you are paying attention to the quality and freshness of all of your base ingredients.
Buy actual heads of lettuce, for instance. They’ll be much fresher, in general, than the pre-cut and washed stuff you can get in a bag.
You can also make your own croutons. It is simple and they taste amazing.
How to make homemade Caesar dressing lower calorie
If you’d like to reduce the calorie count a bit on your homemade Caesar dressing, there’s a few easy changes you can make.
- Substitute Light mayo for the regular mayo
- Substitute milk for the half-and-half
Creamy Caesar is never going to be LOW calorie, but you can shave a few off the top using those easy swaps that won’t impact the flavor or consistency too much.
What else can you serve with Caesar Dressing?
All the things! But especially the following:
Bison Bolognese is a hearty spaghetti and meat sauce that is the perfect match for a Caesar salad.
These easy Shrimp Kabobs would be perfect on top of a giant Caesar salad.
The impressive and large Reverse Seared Tomahawk Ribeye would also be a really wonderful main course to serve along side a crisp homemade Caesar.
- 3 anchovy filets
- 1 clove roasted garlic*
- 1 cup mayo
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/3 half and half
- 1/2 grated Parmesano reggiano
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly chopped parsley
- Combine all ingredients in a small blender cup. Pulse until combined.
- Chill for at least 3 hours.
* You can use raw garlic if you'd prefer, but I love the flavor that roasted garlic gives the dressing!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 172 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 14g Cholesterol: 15mg Sodium: 268mg Carbohydrates: 1g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Protein: 1g