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Homemade Caesar Dressing (No Mayo!)

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!  

Be sure to use this in my One Pot Chicken Caesar Pasta and my Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad recipes!

A bottle of Caesar salad dressing on a blue surface with croutons next to it.

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
  • Salt
  • 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.

Ingredients needed to make homemade caesar dressing on a blue table.

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.

A bowl filled with homemade caesar salad dressing with Parmesan cheese sprinkle on top and romaine lettuce next to it.

What to Serve with Caesar Salad

Storing Caesar Salad Dressing

-Homemade Caesar Dressing should be stored in an airtight container for up to one week.

These mason jars make perfect storage containers. (This is the jar featured in these recipe images.)

Making Homemade Croutons

A plate with chicken caesar salad topped with croutons and Parmesan cheese.

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.

Fun Fact:

Caesar Salad got it’s name from Chef Caesar Cardini, an Italian restaurateur. (Not Julius Caesar 😉)

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Homemade Caesar Dressing

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Make restaurant-style Chicken Caesar Salad at home with this homemade dressing recipe! It comes together in 10 minutes and is great in pasta and marinade recipes too!


  • 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


You may consider using 1/4 cup regular olive oil with 1/4 cup light olive oil.

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.


Calories: 116kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 23mg, Sodium: 41mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 40IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 39mg, Iron: 1mg

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30 comments on “Homemade Caesar Dressing (No Mayo!)”

  1. How long would this recipe last in the refrigerator? 

  2. What a great and easy recipe to whip up!! I added about a tablespoon of anchovy paste and a dash of Worcestershire sauce and it came out perfect! A keeper for sure!

  3. Oh wow!!  This is an amazing dressing!  Easy to make. I love the egg yolk in it, makes it nice and creamy!  I used infused garlic olive oil (love garlic!) and it turned out so good. I’ve found my favourite Caesar dressing, and won’t use another one again. Thanks for sharing!!  🙂

    • Hey Darrell! I am so happy to hear that, and I’m definitely going to use infused garlic olive oil next time I make it, what a great idea, thank you for sharing and thanks for the review!! 🙂 -Stephanie

  4. The Caesar Dressing was kick ass!!! My whole family loved it… a new favorite❤️
    Thank you 🌸

  5. Hello. What about if you don’t want to use an egg yolk? Can you just omit it or can you substitute with something else?

  6. So excited to try this!  Could I substitute the anchovy filet for anchovy paste?

  7. How many carbs in the dressing?

  8. This is a really good recipe!  I recommend using a bit less garlic and splitting the extra virgin olive oil with some light olive oil.  Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  9. Oh this is fantastic even though I used parmesan, thanks, you were right. This will be a staple in our house! We loved it! I made your copycat Red Lobster Biscuits and they were perfect with this. I can’t wait to try it with Romano…

    • YAYYY!!!! I was SO hoping that you would like how the dressing came out, I loved it too but I just feel like Caesar salad dressing is such a tricky thing to nail!! Definitely glad to have your opinion on it! 🙂

  10. Such a great recipe that’s doesn’t have sugar. The taste is amazing!!

    • I’m so glad you like it Meeska! I love having control over exactly what’s in it, and I’m a big fan of the fact that it’s not primarily made of mayo either!! 🙂

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