Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

3 minutes
May 19, 2021
Carole Jones

Learn How to Make Caesar Dressing because homemade is so much better than store-bought! This salad is the one salad in our house that absolutely everyone loves:  Straight forward romaine lettuce, dressing, cheese and croutons.  However, if I’m going to keep my salad that simple then the dressing better be phenomenal and this homemade caesar dressing recipe is definitely the best!  Creamy, lots of fresh parmesan cheese and yes, anchovies.  Don’t freak out….that is what makes this recipe so much better than the stuff in the jar at the store.

How to make caesar dressing

I know many of you will look at the ingredient list and won’t even try it because it says ANCHOVIES!!!  Believe me, I understand completely.  I worked one summer at a pizza shop and I would dread it when an order came in that required me to touch those nasty little buggers.

While I would never pop one on a pizza or directly into my mouth, when you mash them up, they add such a depth of flavor to this dressing.  Salty, briny and what most store bought caesar dressings are lacking.  So, be brave and try it before you dismiss it 🙂

how to make caesar dressing

This recipe comes from one of my favorite sources, Cooks Illustrated.  I always love the science that backs up their killer recipes and how they explain why an ingredient or a method works better than another.  That is food science knowledge I apply in all my cooking and baking.

Lastly, I know many of you will be tempted to pull out your cheap green jar of “parmesan cheese” from the fridge to make this dressing but please spend a few cents extra and buy a block of fresh parmesan cheese.  Not only will you get the most amazing flavor in your dressing but you will get to use my favorite kitchen gadget of all time, the microplane!  It is always a good day when I get to pull that baby out of the drawer 🙂

Looking for another great homemade salad dressing recipe? Check out my killer Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe!

Poppy seed dressing recipe

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Homemade Caesar Dressing

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Learn how to make caesar dressing at home and don’t be afraid of those anchovies!

  • Yield: Enough to dress 3 romaine hearts


  • 1 large clove garlic, pressed
  • 3 tablespoons Lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 6 anchovy fillets, minced and mashed into a paste with fork
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 5 tablespoons canola oil
  • 5 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 C finely grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Whisk garlic and 3 tablespoons lemon juice together in a medium bowl; let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Whisk Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, and egg yolks into garlic/lemon juice mixture. While whisking constantly, slowly drizzle canola oil and then the extra virgin olive oil into bowl. Whisk until fully emulsified. Finally, whisk in the Parmesan and pepper.
  • Author: Carole Jones


  • Serving Size: 1/8th
  • Calories: 151
  • Sugar: 0g
  • Sodium: 205mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 10g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 3g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Cholesterol: 30mg

**My friend, this post contains Amazon affiliate links which means I receive a small compensation if you make a purchase using my link, at no additional cost to you.   And no worries….I only link to products that I both use and love! ~Carole 

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.


Lisa B
7 years ago

I don’t care for anchovies, but do love the taste in Caesar salads. Rather than mash them, I buy the anchovy paste and use that instead. Works – and tastes – like a charm!

7 years ago

Absolutely Lisa! Thanks for the great tip

4 years ago

how much of the paste would equal the 6 anchovy fillets? Does it indicate that on the paste tube? What would b the conversion? Thanks!

4 years ago

Hi Laura! It should be about 1/2 tsp for each anchovy fillet. Enjoy!

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7 years ago

[…] you love homemade salad dressings, then be sure to grab my Homemade Caesar Dressing as well.  It will change your life […]

Ashley Villery
5 years ago

Is it two or three TBSL of lemon juice. The ingredients and directions don’t match. Thanks!

5 years ago

Hi Ashley! Thank you for catching that error. I have corrected the instructions to match the recipe. It is 3 Tbs.

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