Creamy Caesar Dressing + The Best Caesar Salad

Creamy Caesar Dressing is a fridge staple! Learn how to make this classic salad dressing and build the perfect Caesar salad, or use it as a sandwich spread or dip for veggies!

A blue rimmed white bowl holding a Caesar salad with croutons and shaved Parmesan.

The Salad Dressing You’ll Always Want to Have on Hand

Caesar is one of my favorite starters for any meal, and also one of the dishes I am most picky about.

I’ve been known to judge a restaurant solely on the quality of their Caesar salad. A good one elevates the entire meal, bringing all of its briny, lemony, crisp and creamy goodness to the table.

The Four Things Every Caesar Salad Must Have:

  • Crisp romaine lettuce
  • Crunchy, garlicky croutons
  • Shaved Parmesan cheese
  • And, most importantly, a rich and creamy Caesar dressing

Today I’m going to share my favorite recipe for Caesar dressing, so you can make the BEST Caesar salads at home.

Ingredients in Caesar Dressing

Ingredients for Caesar dressing displayed in bowls- mayonnaise, salt, pepper, worcestershire, lemons, garlic, dijon mustard, and a tube of anchovy paste.
  • Mayo– Traditional Caesar dressing is made with raw egg yolks, but for ease as well as food safety issues, I use mayonnaise for Caesar dressing instead.
  • Garlic– a MUST!
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese– Parmesan adds umami flavor and also makes the dressing extra thick and creamy.
  • Lemon– I like a bright and lemony Caesar dressing, but you can feel free to decrease to your liking.
  • Anchovy– It might make some folks wrinkle their noses, but I don’t think you can truly call it Caesar dressing if it doesn’t have anchovy. I prefer to buy anchovy paste, which you can find at most grocery stores. Anchovy doesn’t make the dressing taste fishy, it just adds a unique briny flavor.
  • Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce add complexity and depth.
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper– I usually don’t add much salt, but I like a pleasantly peppery dressing.
Ingredients for Caesar dressing in the bowl of a food processor.

How to Make Creamy Caesar Dressing

I prefer to make this dressing in the food processor (here’s mine), but you can mix it by hand if you don’t have one.

  1. Place the mayo, garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, anchovy paste, dijon mustard, and worcestershire sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until dressing is smooth and well combined.
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
A food processor filled with Creamy Caesar dressing.

Build the Best Creamy Caesar Salad

Once the dressing is made, it’s time to make the salad!

  1. Start with plenty of romaine lettuce, chopped into bite sized pieces.
  2. Make homemade croutons in the oven or air fryer croutons.
  3. Toss the lettuce with plenty of creamy Caesar dressing, then top with shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and croutons.

Enjoy the perfect Caesar!

Two Caesar salads in white bowls with blue rims.

Storage, Serving Suggestions, and Substitutions

  • Caesar dressing should be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for several weeks, but needs a good whisk before serving.
  • It’s important to use grated Parmesan rather than shredded for the smoothest texture.
  • This dressing is quite thick and makes a perfect Caesar dip for vegetables too! Try it with this Spring vegetable platter, or slather it on a Chicken Caesar Sandwich.
  • You can definitely omit the anchovy paste if you don’t like it or have it on hand, but it is what gives Caesar dressing its signature taste!
  • I’ve tested this with and without the Dijon mustard and Worcestershire. They aren’t 100% necessary, but I do think it’s best with both of them!
A white bowl filled with Caesar Salad , with a fork on the side.

More Salad Dressing Recipes to Try

Want to make more homemade salad dressings? Try these!

A small glass jar holding Creamy Caesar dressing.
A small glass jar holding Creamy Caesar dressing.

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Yield: 1 1/2 cups
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This Creamy Caesar Dressing is rich, flavorful, and easy to make. Use it to make the BEST Caesar salads or as a sandwich spread or dip!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (about 2-3 Tablespoons)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon worcestershire
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

For the salads:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Air Fryer Croutons
  • Shaved Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Instructions

  1. Place the mayo, garlic, grated Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, anchovy paste, dijon mustard, and worcestershire sauce in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until dressing is smooth and well combined.
  2. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  3. To make salads, toss the dressing with torn romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, and shaved Parmesan.

Notes

Store Caesar dressing in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep for a week+. Give it a good shake or whisk before serving.

If you don't have a food processor, simply whisk the ingredients together by hand.

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32 Comments

  1. FYI mayonnaise has eggs. You posted this was eggless. I personally am highly allergic to all things with egg. I have to have an epi pen at all times so just be careful not to post inaccurate postings that can seriously harm people.

    1. Hi,
      Thank you for your feedback. It’s never my intention to mislead someone. I have tried to be as clear as possible by specifying in both the text of the blog and in the recipe itself that for it to be completely egg free, you would need to pick out an eggless mayo–such as Spectrum canola mayo. Is there something else I should be doing to clarify?

      1. No, your instructions were quite clear and your recipes are easy to follow and your blog is wonderfully well written and direct. It’s unfortunate some people react hastily without reading all of the literature that is presented in front of them. I love your passion for food, keep up the good work!

  2. I love a good caesar and this sure looks like one. p.s. while I don’t often have anchovies at home if I recipe calls for one anchovy paste is your friend. Lasts forever!

  3. Bless you for making this salad. I’ve been craving Caesar salads throughout my whole pregnancy but the dang raw egg thing keeps me from having them as often as I want.

  4. Caesar salad is probably one of our favorite salads. This looks so appetizing. I wish I had it for lunch today.

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