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Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

March 4, 2019 (Last Updated: January 4, 2020)

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A delicious take on a classic Caesar Salad dressing.  This dressing can be made ahead of time and is made without anchovies

Salad topped with croutons and parmesan cheese.

When I was in college, I worked in  a small fine dining restaurant. We made Caesar salads table-side. We wheeled out a cart and mixed up the dressing, added the lettuce and croutons and then served it up. 

It was quite impressive and very intimidating for me at the beginning.  It was my first introduction to Caesar salad

We didn’t measure anything….just a little of this and a little of that! We couldn’t taste the dressing as we were making it to see how it tasted.

 I made some amazing Caesar salads, according to my guests. And I’m also certain I had some that were a little less desirable when I didn’t get the oil/vinegar ratio correct. We didn’t get to measure anything, we just poured the oil and vinegar from little cruets. 

I ate a lot of Caesar salad during that time.  I started making them at home.  That was my practice arena.

 I wanted to make a really spectacular Caesar salad every time in the restaurant so I practiced a lot.  Plus, I really loved eating Caesar salad.

What is Caesar Dressing made of?

This is my version of Caesar dressing. This Caesar dressing consists of

  • Mayonnaise
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Garlic
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Red wine or white wine vinegar
  • Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Pepper

Ingredients for making Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing .

Does Caesar Salad Dressing have anchovies?

You can add anchovies, but this recipe does not use anchovies.

My Caesar salads today have changed since I first began making them.  I tend to make Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing now and somewhere along the way I stopped using anchovies in the dressing. Unlike a traditional Caesar dressing, this Creamy Caesar dressing can be made ahead of time.

Does Caesar Salad Dressing have eggs?

Traditional Caesar dressing is made using eggs. My recipe does not use eggs. I’ve used mayonnaise as a binder instead. 

How long does Caesar Salad Dressing last?

Caesar dressing can last up to two weeks in the refrigerator. If the dressing separates, just stir until it comes back together. 

A jar full of Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing on a wooden cutting board with lettuce in a bowl behind the dressing.

What can I add to a Caesar Salad?

You can add a grilled chicken breast, grilled salmon, or thinly sliced cooked steak. All of the items can be added warm or cold. 

This creamy dressing is also used when making a Chicken Caesar Wrap.

Other Great Salads

If you are looking for other great salad recipes, check out this Tuna Cobb Salad and Oriental Chicken Salad. If you are looking for other homemade dressings, you’ll want to try this homemade blue cheese dressing

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Creamy Caesar Salad dressing in a small jar.


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This recipe was originally published in May of 2016. I have updated the pictures and the recipe and added a video. 

5 from 8 votes
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing stored in a glass container.
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
Prep Time
20 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Creamy Caesar Dressing

Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caesar dressing, creamy caesar dressing
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 113 kcal
Author: Kathy
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon Mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Red or White Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
  1. Add all dressing ingredients except Parmesan to a blender or food processor. Process until all ingredients are incorporated. Add Parmesan and pulse until blended.

  2. Store in a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 113 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 151mg7%
Potassium 15mg0%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 3.8mg5%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Reply
    Fred G
    April 9, 2019 at 7:06 am

    5 stars
    My wife made some dressing last night. The guests thought delightful.

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      April 10, 2019 at 5:45 pm

      Glad they loved it! It’s a perfect make ahead dressing.

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    March 5, 2019 at 5:00 am

    5 stars
    This sounds awesome, Kathy! A creamy Caesar Salad dressing is probably one of my favorite salad dressings…right up there with a good blue cheese dressing. I’m totally going to make this soon. I’m thinking grilled chicken Caesar Salad will be on the menu here soon! šŸ™‚

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    Stacey | The Sugar Coated Cottage
    March 4, 2019 at 10:38 am

    Nothing beats a great caesar salad and as you know the dressing makes all the difference. You got a good education making this table side. I will keep this recipe handy šŸ˜‰ . Great video to. Take care.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    March 4, 2019 at 9:02 am

    5 stars
    I love homemade dressings so much better than store bought Kathy! And Caesar salads are a favorite of mine! Can’t wait to try your recipe.

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    March 4, 2019 at 8:34 am

    5 stars
    Nothing like homemade dressings and caesar is always a favourite. With spring soon here I’m sure to enjoy lots and lots of salads and this dressing is a must try! Looks super creamy!

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    Kelly | Foodtasia
    March 4, 2019 at 8:28 am

    5 stars
    Kathy, Caesar salad must be one of our family’s favorites! Nothing compares to homemade dressing. So cool that you used to make it in a restaurant! You must have made it a lot to get the proportions right without tasting it!

    • Reply
      March 5, 2019 at 5:11 am

      Making them in the restaurant was certainly challenging! So much easier to make in my own kitchen!

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    Alexandra @ It's Not Complicated Recipes
    March 4, 2019 at 5:51 am

    This reminds me that it has been too long in between caesar salads for me! Can’t wait to try your dressing soon šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      March 5, 2019 at 5:04 am

      I think it’s time for a Caesar!

  • Reply
    karrie @ Tasty Ever After
    May 18, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    5 stars
    Caesar is my Mom’s favorite salad so I grew up eating it every week. Love your creamy dressing recipe and will send it to my Mom so she can try it too! Also, love the story of you making caesars tableside at the restaurant. I would have been super scared! lol! šŸ™‚

    • Reply
      May 18, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      It was a lot of pressure! Somehow I made it through.

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    David @ Spiced
    May 16, 2016 at 5:07 am

    I’ve made my own Thousand Island dressing before (yum!), but never Caesar. Caesar salads are one of my go-to salads though…so I definitely need to try this one out. And I second the lack of anchovies. šŸ™‚

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      May 17, 2016 at 4:41 am

      Homemade is definitely the way to go!

  • Reply
    Katie Crenshaw
    May 15, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    5 stars
    Kathy, this Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing looks delicious! I love that you can make it ahead of time. Caesar Salad is one of our favorite salads in our house. I will make it soon!!

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      May 16, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Making it ahead of time is awesome! I just made a triple batch for a family get-together.

  • Reply
    May 15, 2016 at 4:59 am

    Ahhhh….those tableside Ceasars were the best! I don’t think I could remember all the proportions any more. I do remember trying to leave one bitty piece of lettuce in the bowl so I could sample my creation once back in the kitchen. Love that you omitted the egg!

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      May 16, 2016 at 4:40 am

      I wonder how many Caesar Salads we made back then….

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    May 14, 2016 at 10:03 am

    I love caesar salad, the dressing sounds amazing Kathy!

    • Reply
      May 15, 2016 at 4:21 am

      It makes a great salad!

  • Reply
    May 14, 2016 at 2:30 am

    5 stars
    I have never made ceasar salad or even tasted it. This salad dressing is creamy and rich. Salad is coloful and scrumptious

    • Reply
      May 14, 2016 at 5:29 am

      You need to give it a try!

  • Reply
    GiGi Eats
    May 13, 2016 at 1:25 pm

    Caesar Salads are quite possibly the BEST!!! I need to figure out a way to make it dairy free yet still TASTE LIKE IT!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

      That’s always a challenge.

  • Reply
    May 13, 2016 at 7:54 am

    This is brilliant! I like Caesar dressing, but I have been trying to make my own for awhile. Now, I have one that seems very attainable. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply
      May 14, 2016 at 5:30 am

      Very easy to make. Give it a try!

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    Geraldine | Green Valley Kitchen
    May 13, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Love this, Kathy. I haven’t had a Caesar salad in ages but I know what I’m having this weekend! Thanks for the recipe.

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    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    May 13, 2016 at 4:41 am

    This dressing looks simply amazing, Kathy. Love how tangy and creamy this looks. Wish you a great weekend.

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    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    May 12, 2016 at 11:31 am

    It’s Caesar Salad all-the-way fro me, Kathy. It’s one of my low carb faves (minus the delicious croutons). The dressing sounds stellar and the salad looks amazing. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    May 12, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I for one are glad there isn’t anchovies in this dressing. It adds a fishiness i’m not too crazy about.

    But this dressing looks just the right amount of tangy and creamy.

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    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    May 12, 2016 at 4:49 am

    Everyone needs a yummy caesar salad dressing in their arsenal Kathy! Creamy Caesar is a fave of mine! Thanks for sharing!

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    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    May 12, 2016 at 3:33 am

    What a good idea! I’ve never made Caesar salad dressing before, around, it’s blue cheese dressing but I think that’s a Buffalo thing. Fun little restaurant story. It’s amazing how you pick up knowledge in life!

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    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    May 11, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Hi Kathy, this dressing looks amazing. I’ve had Caesar salad dressing made table side and it is quite impressive, good for you. I never thought about the fact that the person making it couldn’t taste test. (!) My husband has always been a little leery of this kind of dressing because of the anchovies. But I’m ok with it either way. Now I’m so curious to try your recipe without them. šŸ™‚

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    May 11, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Super impressive you used to make these table side where you worked! I would have loved that! Caesar salad is such a classic and always delicious! This dressing sounds fabulous, Kathy! Love how creamy it is! Cheers, friend!

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