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Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

A great Caesar salad gets it’s greatness from a great dressing. This easy, homemade version will knock your socks off. The hubs, a self-proclaimed Caesar salad connoisseur , approved of the authentic taste. Bonus for him? He didn’t have to worry about being served a ‘chemical cocktail’ (aka processed dressing) over his bed of lettuce for dinner ever again. The hubs can be touchy about such things.

Even better for me? This recipe doesn’t have anchovies. Anchovies give me the creeps. I didn’t even know that’s what gave Caesar the tangy bite I loved so much until my early twenties when a friend told me mid-bite of, you guessed it folks, Caesar salad. First I freaked out, then I had a mild panic attack, and felt like my throat was constricting blinking back tears and trying not to gag. Then I couldn’t even look at my salad, let alone eat it. It was a whole year before I could even think about eating it. Not my finest hour, err year. But hey, time can fix anything, right? Wrong. You did know Caesar dressing usually has anchovies in it…right? If not, sorry I told you. Spoiler alert!

A long while later a quick search of the all-knowing Google proved that I could still get the taste I craved without getting the willies. A host of tangy ingredients, and a good bit of garlic, cover beautifully for the absent anchovies.

Caesar Dressing (without anchovies)

4 Sons 'R' Us: Caesar Dressing

recipe adapted from BigTigger on Chow Hound

3 tsp minced garlic
3/4 – 1 cup mayonnaise
1+ tsp dijon mustard
1/2 tsp dry mustard
2 1/2 – 3 tbs red wine vinegar
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil


1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender, and blend until completely incorporated.
2. Slowly add in a little bit at a time, while continuing to blend, 1/4 cup of olive oil. Blend until the dressing has emulsified.
3. Refrigerate until chilled, so that the dressing thickens, and continue to refrigerate any leftovers for up to a week.

Love the zesty, tangy taste of Caesar dressing? Give these recipes a try next:

4 Sons 'R' Us: Tortellini Caesar Salad

Tortellini Caesar Salad

4 Sons 'R' Us: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad


About 4 Sons 'R' Us

Hi! I’m Meaghan. Welcome to my virtual kitchen & craft corner. Pull up a chair, stay awhile and follow along with us and our 4 sons. Can I get you a glass of wine? Some coffee? Pretzels or cheese sticks? While I can’t actually give you these thing online, I can show you how to make them… on a budget!

13 responses »

  1. Wow this Caesar dressing looks delicious! 🙂

  2. I pretend I don’t know what’s in Caesar dressing. But Worcestershire sauce has anchovies in the ingredients too. The Lea & Perrins Worcestershire I buy has anchovies on the list but I’ve heard there are vegan versions without them.

    • I know it does, Audrey. For me though, all it’s other flavors are enough to cover that little fact up. The tang from actually using anchovies? I don’t know how I’d ever stomach going back into the kitchen, and we can’t have that. 😉

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  6. Thanks for bringing this to FF!

  7. Delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe with us. I like that it doesn’t contain anchovy, which a lot of cesar dressings do and I don’t like that so much. So your recipe is perfect to bring along to a party like Fiesta Friday! Hope you had lots of fun partying with us! 😉 Sylvia

  8. Ooh I will have to try this out. I love caesar dressing so much, it’s my favourite dressing but I always use pre-made stuff because I don’t want to deal with anchovies! I don’t mind that they’re in there because I can’t see them, but if i make it myself I’llhave to and I think that’ll put me off! But anchovie free? sounds perfect!

  9. Your Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing looks so good, can’t wait to try it! Hope you have a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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