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This easy creamy Caesar salad dressing recipe comes together fast, and you don’t need any fancy ingredients to make it. It’s better than store-bought or at a restaurant!

Making Caesar salad? You definitely need to add in my Easy Homemade Croutons.

closeup of a caesar salad with homemade dressing

Why you’ll love it

This quick and easy Caesar dressing is the one you’ve been searching for. It’s so good. It’s incredibly simple to whip up on busy weeknights, and it doesn’t make a mess like other more involved versions do. You don’t have to deal with a blender, no food processor, nada.

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!

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. You can also make your own mayo, but honestly the pre-made stuff is great for salad dressings.
  • 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

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homemade caesar dressing in a clear glass yogurt jar with a spoon and lemon slices

Pro tip

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!

How to make Caesar salad dressing

This is an overview, and full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.

  • Grate your parmesan.
  • 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!

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.

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 dressing in a glass jar beside a spoon, head of garlic, and lemon slices

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!

closeup of a caesar salad with homemade dressing
4.86 from 76 votes

Easy Caesar Salad Dressing

This easy creamy Caesar salad dressing recipe comes together fast, and you don't need any fancy ingredients to make it. It's better than store-bought or at a restaurant!
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 16 tablespoons


  • 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).


Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 82kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 3mg, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 30IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 20mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Sharon says:

    5 stars
    The best!

    1. Natasha says:

      Thank you, Sharon!! 😀

  2. D says:

    I was out of anchovies so I picked this recipe. And I added fish sauce! Excellent. I may never buy dressing again

    1. Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says:

      That’s what we like to hear! 🙂

  3. Sue Fountain says:

    5 stars
    Lovely and simple ! Thank you.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!

  4. Wendy says:

    This Caesar dressing s fabulous!!! My whole family loves it.

    1. Natasha says:

      Excellent!! 😀 That’s nice to hear!!

  5. Sheila Heinen says:

    5 stars
    Wow! Just simple and delicious. Thank you for making this so easy to make.

    1. Natasha says:

      You’re very welcome!! 😀

  6. Elaine says:

    Third recipe I’ve made from S&L and once again, it didn’t disappoint. I like to think of myself as a Caesar salad connoisseur because I’m THAT obsessed with it. I’ve tried, at least, eight different homemade Caesar dressings from other websites and this one is, by far, the BEST!

    1. Natasha says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that, Elaine!! 😀 I am with you on being a Caesar salad connoisseur. So happy you liked it!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    5 stars
    Simple and delicious! Quick to whip up and far better than store dressing. It’s SO nice to not have to worry about shellfish byproducts AND have a tasty dressing. Add as much garlic as you want 🙂

    1. Natasha says:

      So happy you love this one, Elizabeth!! 😀 Thanks for your review!

  8. Karel Kemplay says:

    5 stars
    So tasty, better than any store bought dressing. Easy to make, with practical ingredients. I did add one anchovy but this wasn’t really needed. This will be my go-to recipe for Caesar Dressing.

    1. Natasha says:

      Wonderful!! Thanks, Karel! 😀

  9. Tanya says:

    Super delicious! Made this last minute with ingredients at hand so I substituted fresh garlic with garlic powder, yellow mustard for Dijon mustard and white vinegar for Worcestershire sauce and came out spectacular. Thank you!

    1. Natasha says:

      You are very welcome!

  10. Cheryl says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this Caesar dressing! My kids says it’s better than restaurant Caesar salads. I haven’t bought dressing since finding this recipe.

    1. Natasha says:

      Awww that makes me happy, Cheryl! 😀