This easy creamy Caesar salad dressing comes together so fast, and you don't need any fancy ingredients or special tools to make it. It's seriously delicious and better than store-bought or even at a restaurant!
Making Caesar salad? You definitely need to add in my easy homemade croutons.
Why you'll love it
This quick and easy Caesar dressing is the one you've been searching for. It's my go-to, and it's damn good. It's incredibly simple to whip up on busy weeknights, and it doesn't make a huge mess like other more involved versions do. You don't have to deal with a blender, no food processor, nada. And it's got rich, bold flavors and that restaurant-quality taste!
You will never go back to the stuff in a bottle after trying this homemade Caesar dressing with pantry ingredients since you can feel good knowing exactly what's going into it. I'm pretty picky when it comes to Caesar dressing, and this is by far my favorite! It's the real deal.
What you'll need
- Mayonnaise - mayo makes a wonderful creamy base so that there are no raw eggs, and it eliminates all the guesswork. I use Hellmann's mayo, but you can use organic or whatever you prefer. You can also make your own mayo, but honestly the pre-made stuff is great for salad dressings and is such a time saver.
- Sour cream - adds more creaminess and a tangy zip
- Worcestershire sauce - Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so we're not using whole anchovies like other recipes do. This gives it just enough of that signature anchovy umami flavor in a great Caesar dressing without it being overwhelming!
- Fresh lemon juice - for a pop of acidity and bright freshness
- Dijon mustard - it's a beloved trick of mine to give dressings and sauces even more savory depth of flavor.
- Garlic - we've got a good amount of fresh garlic here
- Parmesan - freshly grated parmesan cheese is an absolute must in any Caesar dressing for that nutty, cheesy quality
- Salt and pepper - be generous with both
Tools for this recipe
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- Use this garlic press to make it that much easier to mince the garlic cloves. No need to peel first!
- For the parmesan, use a Microplane zester to finely grate it from a block.
- These scissor salad tongs are awesome to serve up any salad. I like them way better than using large spoons.
- I love storing salad dressings in these covered yogurt jars.
- The S&L kitchen feels this Caesar dressing is perfect as written, but not everyone's tastebuds are the same, and that's totally okay! Feel free to adjust to your own preferences. Need more lemon juice? Add it. More salt or pepper? More garlic? Don't be shy!
Substitutions and variations
- You could leave the parmesan cheese out, but I recommend including it. It really tastes much better with it in here. You could also sub for asiago cheese in a pinch.
- If your heart is set on using anchovies or anchovy paste, you could, but I prefer Worcestershire sauce. Be careful not to overdo it if you do go that route!
- Need to make it vegetarian? Sub in some minced capers instead of the Worcestershire sauce for that briny, savory flavor. Start with 1 tbsp and adjust from there.
How to make Caesar salad dressing
This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
- Grate your parmesan. This Microplane grater makes it super easy.
- Add all the ingredients to a small bowl or a measuring cup. Stir or whisk until smooth.
- Chill if desired in the fridge, and then drizzle it over romaine lettuce, croutons, and parm!
Leftovers and storage
- This Caesar dressing recipe yields about a cup of dressing, so it'll make two decently sized salads or one large one, so you probably won't have leftovers!
- But if you do have leftovers or doubled the recipe, this dressing will keep in an airtight container for 3-4 days in the fridge.
What to serve with Caesar salad
- Caesar salad goes with basically any main course, but I love it with this Creamy Garlic Chicken, Easy Pan Seared Pork Chops Recipe, or these Garlic Butter Steak Bites!
- Want to make something other than a classic Caesar salad with this dressing? Try my Chicken Caesar Crostini or this Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad.
Is this your new favorite Caesar salad dressing recipe? You're only about 10 minutes away from finding out. Leave a star rating and review below if you made it!
Easy Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 3/4 cup mayo
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 large clove garlic minced
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Grate your parmesan cheese.
- Add all ingredients to a medium bowl. Give everything a good stir (or whisk it) until the dressing is smooth. Taste and adjust as needed.
- Serve immediately or chill first. Dressing will keep in the fridge, covered, for a few days.
- I encourage you to play with the ingredient quantities if the taste isn't exactly what you're looking for. I'll occasionally make this without measuring and I usually end up adding more Worcestershire and Dijon than written.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information. Serving size in this salad dressing is one tablespoon (it makes about a cup in total).
Natasha, This was absolutely delicious. I made it with the last of the mayo I had in the jar which was only a quarter of a cup. I had to do a lot of math but I got it to work out just fine. As a veteran cook and Italian I thought this was so good I've never made it from scratch before usually. I would buy organic at Aldi's. I do prefer to make my own dressings even if it's just a wailing. Thank you so much it truly deserves 5 🌟.
I'm thrilled to hear you liked it!! I really appreciate your review. 😀
I have found your recipes to be great no matter what it is I have chosen to make and this is no exception. It is so good to find a Caesar dressing that does not contain anchovies and capers. You have proved that it needs neither. It tastes authentic and delicious, It is simple and quick. What more could I want?
Thank you so much, Jan!! 😀 I'm thrilled you enjoyed it so much.
I will never buy store-bought Ceaser dressing again, this was absolutely incredible.
Aww I'm thrilled to hear that! I just finished eating it for lunch myself haha. Thanks for taking the time to write me a review! 😀
Caesar salad is my grandson’s favorite. He has it whenever he can and they were buying those salad kits at the store. When visiting I told him we would make our own and your recipe is perfect! He can make it on his own, too. And he thought making the croutons was great! Thanks for a simple straightforward delicious recipes!
I'm thrilled to hear you two enjoyed it!! Thanks so much for your review!
Patti J says
Really good and I don’t miss the anchovies at all. I added more fresh garlic and more lemon juice and used a garlic aioli instead of mayo. Yummy!
I'm so glad you liked it! Yup, the Worcestershire is lighter on the anchovies than anchovy paste for sure. 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Everyone loves it and we can't stop eating in!!! Very yummy and easy too!
That's so great to hear, Mari! Thank you!!