Creamy Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

Heather Dessinger

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Caesar salad in bowl

If you ask my husband, the essentials of life are family, coffee, and homemade ranch dressing.

I definitely agree with him on the family part (and the coffee!), but I prefer to mix things up in the kitchen with homemade Thousand IslandCopycat Olive Garden vinaigrette, and this creamy caesar dressing recipe served over crisp romaine lettuce, grilled chicken or shrimp, and homemade bacon bits.

Y’all, it’s stuff your face and hide the jar from your family good. I don’t do that, of course (at least not usually).

Don’t think it’s just for salads, though. Although it’s delish with romaine lettuce and gluten-free croutons, this dressing also makes a fantastic marinade for steak or chicken, dip for raw veggies, coating for crispy baked chicken wings, or sauce for baked fish. Oh, and if you’re dairy-free, here’s a caesar dressing recipe for you.

Bottle of homemade caesar salad dressing
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Caesar Dressing Recipe

This creamy caesar salad dressing recipe is delicious over crisp romaine lettuce, and also makes a fantastic marinade for steak or chicken, dip for homemade chicken wings, or sauce for baked fish.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Blending 1 minute
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 308kcal
Author Mommypotamus


  • ¾ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup mayonnaise (I use this recipe)
  • 1 tsp fresh garlic (minced)
  • 2 tbsp plus 1½ tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • sea salt (to taste – the amount you need will vary based on whether you include anchovies)
  • 2-3 anchovies or 1½ teaspoons anchovy paste (optional)
  • milk or cream (to thin the dressing as needed)


  • Combine the parmesan, mayo, minced garlic, lemon juice, dijon mustard, pepper, and anchovies (if using) in a blender or a large-mouth mason jar if you have an immersion blender.
  • Blend the dressing together, then taste it and add milk/cream to thin or salt if needed. Drizzle over a grilled chicken caesar salad or use as desired.


Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 496mg | Potassium: 26mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 122IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 154mg | Iron: 1mg

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Creamy caesar dressing in bottle

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Heather is a holistic health educator, herbalist, DIYer, Lyme and mold warrior. Since founding in 2009, Heather has been taking complicated health research and making it easy to understand. She shares tested natural recipes and herbal remedies with millions of naturally minded mamas around the world. 

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