Searching for a dressing that’s both easy to make and packed with flavor? Look no further. Our creamy Caesar dressing delivers all the rich, savory goodness you crave, without the fuss of traditional recipes.

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Need a Homemade Caesar dressing that isn’t flat?

Perfected through lots of testing, this dressing recipe strikes the ideal balance of creaminess, tanginess, and depth. We’ve streamlined the restaurant classic, using anchovy paste for extra umami—the savory taste that deepens your dining experience and will have your taste buds dancing. Learn why this element is key to making your homemade Caesar salad dressing stand out, and take your grilled Caesar salad up a notch.

An assortment of ingredients for this dressing recipe including a lemon, garlic, a tube of anchovy paste, grated cheese, mayonnaise, black pepper, and various sauces arranged on a black tiled surface.

Ingredients for Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

This recipe guides you through creating a Caesar dressing that’s perfect for a variety of dishes. We skip the traditional method with raw eggs and use mayonnaise to get the job done. It enhances flavors and adds a creamy texture to your favorite salads.

  • homemade mayo – or regular store-bought mayo
  • Garlic cloves, minced (try smoked garlic confit for extra flavor)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Anchovy paste
  • Avocado oil (or your favorite neutral oil)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarse ground black pepper (or freshly ground black pepper)
  • Salt, to taste

How to Make this Creamy Caesar Dressing

  1. Blend the Base:
    • In a food processor, combine the mayo, minced garlic, Parmesan cheese, and anchovy paste. Pulse until smooth to create the flavorful foundation of your dressing. Alternatively you could use a whisk, but we find the food processor makes quick work of this process.
  2. Incorporate Liquids:
    • Add lemon juice, white wine vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture. Pulse again to blend all the ingredients thoroughly, ensuring a consistent and creamy texture.
  3. Season:
    • Add coarse ground black pepper and pulse to mix. Taste and season with salt as needed, adjusting the seasoning to achieve the perfect balance.
  4. Store:
    • Transfer the dressing to a mason jar or an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. This helps the flavors meld together beautifully.
    • Storage: You can keep this in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Top view of a blender with a creamy Caesar dressing mixture inside.

Why Does Umami Matter?

  • Enhancing Flavors: Umami acts as a flavor enhancer, making the dressing more robust and satisfying.
  • Depth and Complexity: Anchovy paste is key to adding this savory richness, which complements the tangy and creamy elements of the dressing.
  • Versatility: A good Caesar dressing with a strong umami presence can transform simple dishes into extraordinary ones, proving its versatility in the kitchen.

Girl Carnivore Recipe Tips

  • Garlic Confit: Using smoked garlic confit instead of raw garlic can add a subtle smokiness and soften the sharpness, which pairs wonderfully with the umami from the anchovies.
  • Adjusting Consistency: If the dressing is too thick, thin it out with a little more lemon juice or oil, depending on your preference.
A jar of creamy dressing with the lid removed sits on a table next to a plate containing salad and chicken.

How to use this Creamy Caesar Dressing

Drizzle this creamy Caesar dressing over a bowl of freshly chopped romaine lettuce, sprinkle with extra Parmesan, add croutons, and perhaps some grilled chicken for a complete meal. But it doesn’t just stop there; it’s also perfect as a dip for crudités or spread on sandwiches and wraps.

Feeling wild? This also makes a great marinade for chicken or pork.

This homemade creamy Caesar salad dressing is a game-changer for any salad lover. With its rich umami flavor, brought to life by anchovy paste, it promises to elevate your salads from ordinary to extraordinary. Whip up a batch and discover just how delicious your salads can be!

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Creamy Caesar Dressing Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
A hand pouring creamy dressing over a Caesar salad with croutons, grilled chicken, Parmesan cheese, and romaine lettuce, on a dark tabletop with greenery in the background.
A luscious, creamy Caesar dressing that rivals any restaurant version, made easy with the clever use of anchovy paste for a quick umami boost. This versatile recipe yields a perfectly balanced dressing that’s ideal for classic Caesar salads, as a dip for crudités, or as a flavor-packed spread for sandwiches and wraps.

Ingredients  

  • ½ cup Mayo link to homemade aioli
  • 3 Garlic cloves minced. Try smoked garlic confit for extra flavor
  • 1 tbsp Grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Anchovy paste
  • ¼ cup oil we use avocado oil but use your favorte neutral oil
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp White wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp Coarse ground black Pepper freshly ground black pepper works too
  • Salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Using a food processor, pulse the mayo with the garlic, parmesan cheese, and anchovy paste until smooth.
  • Add the lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire, and pulse again to combine.
  • Add the coarse ground black pepper and pulse once or twice to combine.
  • Season with salt, if desired.
  • Transfer to a mason jar and store in the fridge until ready to use.

Notes

We like to make this dressing a day in advance to allow time for the flavors to marry. 
Store it in a glass jar in the fridge and give it a good shake before ready to use. 
This dressing will last 4 to 5 days in the fridge. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.4g | Protein: 0.5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 92mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.03g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: condiment
Cuisine: American
Author: Kita Roberts

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FAQs

is creamy caesar dressing the same as ranch?

100% nope. Not even close.

is caesar dressing creamy?

No, traditional Caesar dressing is not creamy. We like our version better.

how far in advance can you make caesar salad dressing?

We like to make our dressing a day in advance to give the flavors time to marry.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is similar to our recipe for Caesar dressing – delicious! It’s better than anything in a bottle & better than what you’ll get in most restaurants. We made it last night.

    Instead of aioli we use a coddled egg, two if they came from our neighbor’s bantam hens. Add more oil & garlic to compensate for the change.

    We use tinned anchovies (not the ones crusted in salt). Over the years we’ve increased the level of anchovy. Originally we used 2-3 fillets, now an entire 2 ounce tin goes in less one fillet that I use for a quality test. FYI if you really don’t like anchovies try white anchovies, adjust the salt.