Anchovies? -Just a little bit. Mayo? Not a chance. This classic Caesar Dressing recipe tastes like it’s from a Gourmet restaurant. Use it in salads, pastas, marinades, and more!
My favorite part about this Homemade Caesar Dressing recipe is that it has no mayo.
I’m always leery about ordering Caesar salads at a restaurant if I haven’t tried the dressing before. Sometimes I swear they give me a ramekin of straight mayo. Which is why I love making this recipe from scratch.
There are tons of ways to use Caesar Salad dressing too. Read on!
- High-quality Olive Oil- see below for my recommendations
- Romano Cheese- shredded from a block at home
- White Vinegar
- Egg Yolk
- Lemon Juice
- Black Pepper
- Garlic- Fresh garlic, not the jarred stuff.
- 1 Anchovy Filet
Don’t be afraid of the anchovy filet. You can’t even tell it’s in there, except that really adds a nice depth of flavor.
What Do You Eat Caesar Dressing With?
Aside from putting Caesar Dressing on Salad, it also tastes great in:
- Chicken Caesar Pasta (a delicious one pot meal.)
- Cold Pasta Salads
- It makes a great chicken marinade
- Put it on a warm burger or on chicken wings before baking
- Use it as a binder for tuna or chicken salad instead of mayo
Check out a complete list of options from TheKitchn.
Best Olive Oil for Salad Dressing
-Make sure you use high quality extra virgin olive oil when making this recipe. You’ll have a high-quality salad dressing that will remain in liquid form when refrigerated. (Cheap olive oil can actually solidify in the fridge.)
–Lucini olive oil is a high-quality brand that I like to use.
-For more information about picking the highest quality olive oil that you can, check these guys out.
Raw Egg Yolks in Salad Dressing
The USDA considers it safe to consume raw egg yolks from pasteurized eggs as there is a low risk of an egg being contaminated. Of course, the decision is always up to you.
This article contains more information about raw egg yolk consumption.
What to Serve with Caesar Salad
- Steak with Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken
- Mashed Potato Casserole with Crispy Chicken
- Garlic Parmesan Pasta (One Pot!)
- Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Storing Caesar Salad Dressing
-Homemade Caesar Dressing should be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.
Making Homemade Croutons
- Try my homemade crouton recipe with this delicious dressing for a real gourmet meal.
Tools For This Recipe
1.) Food Processor: If you don’t have a mini food processor, I really love this one.
2.) Box Cheese Grater: This box cheese grater is super sharp and has every size of grate that you need. Buying blocks of cheese and grating it at home will always yield a better result.
3.) Garlic Peeler: This garlic peeler will remove the super thin skin from a garlic clove in a second.
Caesar Salad got it’s name from Chef Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur. (Not Julius Caesar 😉)
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Homemade Caesar Dressing
- ½ cup high-quality olive oil, see notes
- 1/3 cup Romano Cheese, finely shredded
- 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 dash salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 small cloves garlic
- 1 whole anchovy filet,, or 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
- In a medium bowl, whisk together all ingredients except for the garlic cloves and anchovy filet. Whisk for a good 60 seconds, until well combined.
- Add the combined mixture to a food processor along with the garlic cloves and anchovy filet. Blend until completely smooth.
- Refrigerate for a minimum of one hour prior to serving, it will thicken upon standing.
- Store the dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week
If the salad dressing is thicker than you’d prefer, add one teaspoon of water and stir well to combine. Repeat until you’ve attained your desired consistency. (Just tread lightly and add small amounts at a time.) These mason jars make perfect storage containers for homemade dressing.