Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar Salad Dressing |

You probably know by now that I love homemade dressings.  Not only are they incredibly easy to make with common ingredients on hand, but they are much better for you.  Once you start making your own dressings and taste how fresh they are, the bottled stuff won’t taste the same anymore. 

How often do you purchase a bottle of dressing that winds up getting thrown out when it only half of it used.  I’m funny about that stuff, and after things like that sit in the refrigerator awhile, it doesn’t matter what the expiration date is on the label, things just go bad.  Making fresh, homemade salad dressing gives you just enough to have on hand without being wasteful and can be a money saver too. 

Caesar Salad Dressing |

The twins have gotten into salads lately.  As you can imagine I am so excited that my picky kids have opted to eats salads over some other foods.  Since I am battling with them to eat other veggies, if a salad makes them happy, I’m happy with that.  I actually have been making their salads with a dressing that is in my next cookbook Summer Thyme, coming out May 19th.   You know it has to be good if the twins are loving it.  My Caesar salad is another favorite, especially with Mr Mother Thyme.  Crisp romaine lettuce tossed, crunchy bacon, sliced red onions, shredded Parmesan cheese, garlic croutons and shredded chicken tossed in a creamy Caesar salad dressing.  When it comes to Caesar dressings I usually like the creamier version,  just personal preference. 

For my Caesar salads I always crumble fresh bacon, and make fresh croutons.  I don’t get into cooking bacon on the stove.  I hate splatter.  I simply line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the bacon strips on there.  Bake the bacon at 375 degrees for about 18-20 minutes until nice and crispy.  No splatter, no mess and perfectly cooked bacon.  I also cut up day old French bread and toss it with olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper and spread them on another baking sheet and bake them until nice and toasted.  While the bacon and croutons and in the oven I cut the lettuce, onion and get the other ingredients ready so everything comes together rather quickly and easily. 

Key ingredients for a classic Caesar Salad~
Romaine lettuce
Crumbled bacon
Sliced red onions
Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese
Crunchy croutons
Shredded chicken (optional)
Sliced mushrooms (optional)
Chopped egg (optional)

This creamy Caesar dressing is great not just for salads.  Toss it with chicken, use it to make Caesar wraps, or even as a dip for veggies.  However you use, it once you try this version, you will never want to use the store bought stuff again. 

Caesar Salad Dressing |

Caesar Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: About 1 1/2 cups

Caesar Salad Dressing


  • 1 cup regular or light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 lemons, juiced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Freshly cracked black pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir until blended. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container or mason jar.

For an even lighter version, substitute plain Greek yogurt in place of mayonnaise.

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More homemade favorites ~
Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dressing
Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Balsamic Dressing
Greek Vinaigrette Dressing ~ Katie’s Cucina


  1. Liza Glick says:

    This looks wonderful! I wonderful if it can be made with Greek yogurt to be healthier?

  2. Gorgeous photos, Jennifer! I love Caesar dressing and love making it at home even more. I can’t wait to try this!
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  3. I’m so making this! I love a good Caesar but the bottled stuff – yuck!
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  4. Homemade dressings are always better! Your salad looks so tasty!
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  5. Caesar salad is one of my favorites!
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  6. Homemade Dressings are the best! Looks gorgeous!
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  7. Oh yum! I’ve never made my own caesar dressing before. I think its merely the fact that anchovies use to scare me until I had them in France and Italy! I think I could totally make this thanks to the paste form! Thanks for sharing my dressing recipe!
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  8. Homemade dressings are the best! And caesar is my absolute favorite!
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  9. This looks perfect for a classic Caesar salad! I always have a major dislike for caesar salad when I’m pregnant (we normally eat it weekly), and I needed this reminder to re-introduce it to our meals, it’s my daughter’s favourite :)
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  10. We love Caesar salad, but am still looking for that dressing recipe that I just adore. Looking forward to trying this one!

  11. We love caesar salad in our house, and I’ve never made homemade dressing for it! Totally pinning this to try, thanks!!!
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  12. Thank you Jennifer! This is a PERFECT Caesar dressing recipe and trust me, I have tried to make quite a few! LOVE the fact this one does not require raw egg yolks. I was out of anchovie past so I subbed fish sauce worked like a charm!

  13. Where would I find anchovy paste in the grocery store?

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