My family loves Caesar Salad, and making my own Homemade Caesar Dressing from scratch with just a few simple ingredients was incredibly easy! You will never want to buy store bought Caesar dressing again.
Why this recipe is so great:
Homemade Caesar salad dressing is wonderful for so many reasons.
- Homemade and fresh always tastes better than anything you can buy at the store. Plus, you can adjust the ingredients so that it tastes exactly how you like it.
- This recipe is quick and easy to make. It turns out perfectly every time.
- You'll find that this creamy dressing has the perfect balance of salt and acid. It is fantastic on crisp Romaine lettuce, dark leafy greens, or a combination of both. I particularly love a homemade kale Caesar salad.
Basic ingredients needed:
Everything is shown below. Scroll down for substitutions and additional recommendations.
In this Caesar salad dressing recipe, I use anchovy paste, garlic, egg yolks, fresh squeezed lemon juice, Dijon mustard, and lite olive oil.
How to make Caesar dressing:
- First step is to combine all of the ingredients except for the oil. My preference is to use a wide mouth mason jar and an immersion blender, but you can also use a blender or a food processor. You want to blend and emulsify them.
- Then, while the blender is running, add the oil in a thin, steady stream. You'll want to mix the dressing just until it is fully blended.
Recipe tips and substitutions:
- Anchovies: I use paste because I find it to be easy, but you can certainly use real whole anchovies. The amount called for in the recipe will definitely yield a strong salty anchovy flavor (my preference), so feel free to reduce the amount by as much as half if you are unsure.
- Oil: I used to make this recipe with vegetable but have since switched to using lite olive oil because it is healthier and tastes better. Do not use extra virgin oil as it will not work as well. The light olive oil gives perfect results every time. I buy large bottles of it at Costco since I use it to make my homemade mayonnaise.
- Lemon juice: Fresh squeezed is recommended but you can substitute with bottled lemon juice. I almost always thin the dressing with additional lemon juice because I prefer my dressing to be on the thin and tart side.
- No additional salt should be needed unless you reduced the amount of anchovies.
More salad dressing recipes:
- Buttermilk Bleu Cheese Dressing
- Homemade Ranch Dressing
- Homemade Citrus Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Basil Vinaigrette
- Pomegranate Vinaigrette
- Italian Salad Dressing
If you’ve made this or any other recipe on my site, let me know in the comment section how it turned out. I love hearing from my readers!
Homemade Caesar Dressing
- 2 tablespoons anchovy paste (use less if desired (see note below))
- 2 garlic cloves (minced)
- 2 large egg yolks
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice (freshly squeezed, from about 2 small lemons)
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- ⅔ cup light olive oil
- Combine all ingredients except for the oil in blender and blend on low for about 10 seconds. Alternatively, you can combine in a mason jar and use an immersion blender on low speed to blend and emulsify.
- With the blender running on low speed, slowly pour in a very thin steady stream of oil until it is all combined.
- Thin with additional lemon juice, if desired. Makes enough for four family sized salads. Store in refrigerator until ready to use.