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Double this Caesar salad dressing recipe to have extra on hand for tomorrow night's salad.

Updated December 2022


Recipe Summary

10 mins

Do All Caesar Dressings Have Anchovies?

Caesar salad was created by Caesar Cardini, a restaurateur, chef and hotel owner in 1924. Although the original recipe does not contain anchovies, many recipes include anchovies as a key ingredient. Our recipe for Caesar salad dressing has anchovy paste, but it's optional. For a vegetarian version of the dressing, you can omit the anchovy paste.

What Is the Difference between Ranch Dressing and Caesar Dressing?

The differences between ranch dressing and Caesar dressing are the ingredients and flavor. Ranch dressing is a creamy salad dressing typically made with buttermilk, fresh herbs and mayonnaise. There are many variations of ranch dressing, which may include sour cream or yogurt. Try our tomatillo ranch dressing or vegan ranch dressing recipes. Our recipe for Caesar salad dressing is an emulsion of extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, anchovy paste (optional), lemon juice, reduced-fat mayonnaise and grated Asiago cheese.

Is Caesar Dressing Good for Weight Loss?

There are nutrition choices, exercises and lifestyle changes that can help you lose weight. Here's a guide of the best foods to eat for weight loss. Certain foods, like vegetables, can help you achieve your weight-loss goals. Eating more vegetables is one of the simplest and most effective things you can do to lose weight. Try our Caesar salad dressing alongside fresh or roasted vegetables for dipping, as a spread for sandwiches or as a salad dressing for hearty greens.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place garlic and salt in a medium bowl and mash with the back of a spoon to form a paste. Add lemon juice, mayonnaise, mustard, anchovy paste (if using), and pepper; whisk to combine. Slowly drizzle in oil, whisking constantly. Add cheese and whisk to combine.


To make ahead

The dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts

1 tablespoon
34 calories; protein 0.4g; carbohydrates 0.9g; dietary fiber 0.1g; sugars 0.2g; fat 3.3g; saturated fat 0.7g; cholesterol 2mg; vitamin a iu 29.6IU; vitamin c 1.5mg; folate 0.9mcg; calcium 13.7mg; magnesium 0.4mg; potassium 6.1mg; sodium 76.6mg.

1/2 fat