Caesar Salad Dressing


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

Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
about 1/2 cup

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 modern 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 this 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 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?

Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Vegetables are low in calories and high in fiber, which can help you lose weight. Try our Caesar salad dressing alongside fresh or roasted vegetables for dipping, as a spread for veggie sandwiches or as a salad dressing for hearty greens.

Additional reporting by Jan Valdez


  • 1/2 small clove garlic

  • teaspoon salt

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 3/4 teaspoon anchovy paste, or to taste (optional)

  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons grated Asiago cheese


  1. 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 (per serving)

34 Calories
3g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 tablespoon
Calories 34
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g 1%
Total Fat 3g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Vitamin A 30IU 1%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Folate 1mcg 0%
Sodium 77mg 3%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Magnesium 0mg 0%
Potassium 6mg 0%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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