Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

Our best creamy Caesar salad dressing recipe! This homemade dressing is better than anything you can buy at the store. We have included easy-to-follow instructions for making it by hand, in a blender, food processor, or with an immersion blender.

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Related: We use this dressing to make our favorite homemade Caesar salad!

Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe Ingredients

When it comes to Caesar salad, I like the dressing to be flavorful, a bit tangy, and extra creamy. This homemade caesar salad dressing gets high marks across the board and bonus, it’s quick to make! Here’s what you will need to make it:

  • Egg — My favorite style of Caesar dressing starts with raw egg. I use fresh, local eggs (just like when making homemade mayonnaise). If you are worried about using raw egg yolk, look for pasteurized eggs at the store and use them. We’ve also shared an egg-free Caesar dressing, which is quite delicious if that’s more in line with what you were looking for.
  • Fresh lemon juice — Fresh is best here and I like to add quite a bit. Lemon cuts the creaminess of the dressing and lifts all the flavors up. If you are sensitive to lemon, hold back slightly and then simply squeeze in a little more as needed once the dressing it made.
  • Dijon mustard — Mustard does a couple things for Caesar dressing. First, it helps with emulsification, which just means it helps to bind the dressing together and make it ultra creamy. Mustard also adds its own element of tang to the party.
  • Anchovies — I go for the real thing and buy anchovies packed in oil since I love the flavor they add to the dressing. You can buy anchovy paste in tubes, which will also work, just keep in mind that the whole anchovies will impart the best flavor.
  • Garlic — Fresh garlic is a must for this salad dressing. I use two medium cloves, which makes the dressing reasonably garlicky. You can reduce or increase based on how much you love raw garlic.
  • Neutral oil — Some recipes call for olive oil when making this dressing, but we prefer to use a more neutral oil, which means the lemon, anchovies and garlic really shine.
  • Parmesan cheese — I always add a handful of parmesan shavings to my salad, but I also love adding a few tablespoons of grated parmesan to the dressing.

Find the full recipe with measurements below.

Caesar Salad Dressing Ingredients (lemon, garlic, anchovies, mustard, parmesan cheese and egg yolk)

How to Make Homemade Caesar Dressing

As I mentioned above, you have a few options for making the dressing. Let me walk you through all of them:

By hand — This takes about 10 minutes and requires a bowl and whisk. You will need to put a little elbow grease into whisking the oil into the dressing, but it doesn’t take long (promise). Start by whisking egg yolk, lemon juice and mustard together until frothy then slowly stream in oil. Keep whisking the entire time until the oil is incorporated and the dressing looks like thinned out mayonnaise. Finish by whisking in finely minced anchovies, garlic and shredded parmesan.

In a blender, food processor or using an immersion blender — This takes less than 5 minutes and means all the work is done for you. No whisking. (When using a food processor, if you have a small bowl attachment, we recommend using it.) For all options, blend everything but the oil first, and then, while the machine is running, slowly stream in the oil until the dressing comes together.

I typically make the dressing by hand because I hate doing extra dishes. I also love the texture of the handmade dressing, which leaves teeny tiny bits of garlic and anchovies scattered throughout. Whichever method you choose, the dressing will be amazing.

Creamy homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Recipe Variations

Egg-free (and mayonnaise-free) dressing: Take a look at our egg-free Caesar salad dressing.

Vegan caesar salad dressing: Substitute the egg and oil for vegan mayonnaise (1/2 to 1 cup) and replace the anchovies with a tablespoon or so of minced capers. Hummus or tahini are also excellent bases for the dressing. You should also leave out the parmesan cheese.

Made without anchovies: If you don’t enjoy anchovies, try capers instead. Use 1 to 2 tablespoons of drained capers and mince them really well before adding to the dressing. A tiny splash of Worcestershire sauce is also a nice addition to help with replacing the briny, umami flavors missed by not including the anchovies.

More Homemade Dressing Recipes

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  • PREP

Homemade Caesar dressing is simple to make and can be done a few different ways: by hand, in a blender, in a food processor or by using an immersion blender. All methods are simple and quick. I particularly love doing this by hand and enjoy seeing little bits of the garlic and anchovy in the dressing.

Makes 2/3 cup (about 10 tablespoons)

Watch Us Make the Recipe

You Will Need

3 to 5 anchovies packed in oil, depending on taste

2 medium garlic cloves

1 large egg yolk

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

1/3 cup neutral oil (like grape seed oil, safflower oil or avocado oil), plus more as needed

Salt and fresh cracked black pepper


  • Make By Hand
  • 1Using a chef’s knife mince the anchovies and garlic into small bits. Using the side of the knife mash them into a very fine paste by pushing and pulling the mound of anchovies and garlic across the cutting board. Set aside.

    2In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolk, lemon juice and mustard together until frothy. Placing a dishcloth underneath the bowl helps to steady it as you whisk.

    3Get into a comfortable whisking position and while you whisk with one hand, slowly stream in the oil with the other hand. You are looking to add the oil in tiny drips and will notice that as you whisk in the oil, the mixture in the bowl will start to lighten in color and thicken.

    4When all of the oil has been added, check the consistency. If it’s too thick, whisk in a teaspoon or so of water. If it’s too thin, continue to whisk and stream in a little more oil.

    5Finish by whisking in the mashed anchovies, garlic and parmesan cheese. Taste and generously season with salt and pepper.

  • Make in a Blender or Food Processor
  • 1When using a food processor, if you have a small bowl attachment for your food processor, it’s best to use it.

    2Combine anchovies, garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, and parmesan cheese in the bottom of a blender or food processor bowl. With the blender or processor running, slowly drizzle in the oil until a smooth dressing forms. If after adding all of the oil, it seems too thick, add a teaspoon or so of water to thin it out. If it is too thin, with the machine on, slowly drizzle in a bit more oil. Taste and generously season with salt and pepper.

  • Make with an Immersion Blender
  • 1Combine anchovies, garlic, egg yolk, lemon juice, mustard, and parmesan cheese in the bottom of a cup that just fits the head of an immersion blender.

    2With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the oil until a smooth dressing forms. If after adding all of the oil, it seems too thick, add a teaspoon or so of water to thin it out. If it is too thin, with the machine on, slowly drizzle in a bit more oil. Taste and generously season with salt and pepper.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Anchovy paste: 1 anchovy fillet equals 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste (anchovy fillets and anchovy pastes do taste slightly different so add based on your own tastes)
  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.

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Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 tablespoon / Calories 78 / Total Fat 8.1g / Saturated Fat 1.5g / Cholesterol 20.9mg / Sodium 91.9mg / Carbohydrate 0.5g / Dietary Fiber 0g / Total Sugars 0.1g / Protein 1.4g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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25 comments… Leave a Review
  • Azza July 14, 2023, 4:40 pm

    Simply the best thank u so much for sharing.

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:39 pm

      You are very welcome. So glad you enjoyed it!

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:46 pm

      You are very welcome!

  • Debbygs July 9, 2023, 9:51 pm

    This is by far the best Caesar salad dressing I have ever had. My husband and daughter agreed it is the best. Used sunflower oil and followed the recipe exactly. So creamy, thick and full of flavour. Simply perfection.

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:43 pm

      Yay! We are so happy that you came back to let us know you loved the dressing 🙂

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:47 pm

      We are so glad that your family enjoys it 🙂

  • Elcee June 24, 2023, 12:34 pm

    Yummmm!! First time using anchovies. I used fresh parmesan plus a pasteurized egg yolk. This is an excellent dressing. I was able to pasteurize the egg using my instant pot on sous vide mode. If making this for ourselves I wouldn’t mess with the pasteurization but since we are serving an elderly guest I didn’t want to take a chance. Thank you for the great recipe!

  • Lisa June 23, 2023, 5:17 pm

    Perfect recipe. Scales to personal taste which for me is a little more anchovy and dash of fish sauce. Loved it. thank you

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:44 pm

      Glad you could tweak the flavors to make it perfect for you 🙂

  • Margaret March 23, 2023, 11:51 am

    Is an yolk an absolute must or can you make it w/o or replace it with something else?

    • Joanne September 18, 2023, 5:52 pm

      Hi Margaret, For the best results, we recommend using yolks. You can try substituting with mayonnaise. You will need to hold back the oil, though.

  • Bob Chamberlin February 7, 2023, 4:34 pm

    This is an awesome recipe, it’s not too heavy on the garlic or anchovies but I do use a super grade of EVOO although avacado oil works well too. Imported Italian parmigiana is essential. A nice touch for the salad is sautéed shrimp.

  • Anthea Roberts November 8, 2022, 7:08 am

    Awesome dressing!!! I used avocado oil and added some extra oil and lemon juice and it was perfect, thank you xx

  • Dominique July 10, 2022, 8:03 pm

    WOW! This is perfect in every way — just the right ratio of garlic, anchovy, and tang from lemon and dijon! This was amazingly easy to make with my immersion blender.

  • Rita Giorlando April 6, 2022, 4:55 pm

    Amazingly simple when made with the food processor, always add a little more garlic and had rolled anchovies with capers inside, fabulous addition, the flavors are amazing! Asiago also subs for the parmesan, now off to make some croutons!

  • Darren September 12, 2021, 1:14 pm

    I made this for company last night and it was a huge hit! Goes really well with romaine and radicchio mix. Only changes were that I doubled the garlic and used a very light tasting olive oil for my neutral oil. The egg yolk makes the sauce “creamy” but doesn’t overpower on the creamy like mayonnaise based dressing.

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:46 pm

      So glad the recipe was a hit! 🙂

  • Rachel October 12, 2020, 1:04 am

    This looks so good. Excited to try it this week! How long will it last in the fridge?

    • Joanne February 22, 2022, 5:28 pm

      Hi Rachel, Because of the raw egg, we prefer to enjoy this dressing the day we make it.

  • Linda October 8, 2020, 3:25 pm

    This caesar dressing is so easy and so delicious! And no mayo!

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:45 pm


  • Connie Laire September 15, 2020, 5:51 pm

    I teach nutrition classes. This is hands-down the BEST Caesar dressing recipe I’ve ever found. It is fresh, zingy in just the right amount, and the perfect weight for romaine lettuce. The anchovies absolutely make the chemistry of this dressing work perfectly–so if you think you hate anchovies, you will marvel at how the anchovies transform into a magical ingredient in this recipe, which makes it work so well. If you make this recipe, you’ll never buy commercially bottled Caesar dressing again!

    • Adam September 18, 2023, 5:45 pm

      What a nice comment! We are so glad you found us and enjoy the recipe 🙂

  • Dawn Snyder September 8, 2020, 9:46 am

    Your homemade Cesar dressing is delicious. Best one I’ve ever tasted. I used anchovy paste.

  • Ann Bone August 15, 2020, 6:31 pm

    Brilliant easy taste recipes, thank you..


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