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Homemade Caesar dressing is one of those things that you’ll never have from the store once you make it from scratch. It only takes a few ingredients and most you probably already have on hand.

There’s only one ingredient that you may need to hunt for, but you must include it in order for your dressing to be the real deal.

Anchovy paste is an ingredient that many people turn their noses up at, but it really is what makes Caesar dressing taste so good. Using the paste also makes it much easier to make the recipe.

You don’t have to spend time pulverizing anchovies to go in your dressing. Anchovy paste is sold in tubes and is easy to work with and measure out.

Homemade Caesar Dressing
You’ll never go back to store-bought dressing.

It may surprise you that Caesar salad was a spur-of-the-moment dish. Created on July 4, 1924, the salad was a mixture of leftover ingredients thrown together by Cesare Cardini in order to feed a mass of American tourists visiting Mexico. The salad was an instant hit and has remained popular for almost 100 years.

Related: If you are looking for a delicious and easy recipe, make sure to check my Grilled Caesar Salad Recipe here.

Caesar Salad
Caesar salad was a spur-of-the-moment dish created in Mexico.

Is Caesar dressing the same as ranch dressing?

No. The two are very different from one another. Caesar dressing is a combination of olive oil, garlic, mustard, anchovy paste, mayonnaise, salt and pepper while ranch dressing usually starts with buttermilk and mayonnaise and then has a combination of spices including garlic, onion, mustard, and herbs.

Is there egg in Caesar dressing?

Yes. Even the recipes that use mayonnaise technically have egg because mayonnaise has egg. However, some recipes call for raw egg.

The raw egg is sometimes combined with Parmesan cheese and mustard to create an emulsion. If you’re worried about using raw egg, you’ll love this recipe because it uses mayonnaise.

What is Caesar dressing made of?

This homemade Caesar dressing contain olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, mayonnaise, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper to taste. Other recipes contain slightly different ingredients.

Some include Parmesan cheese and raw egg. This recipe skips the raw egg and instead uses mayonnaise to create the emulsion.

Caesar Dressing Ingredients

How do you make Caesar dressing?

Homemade Caesar dressing uses the technique of creating an emulsion.

Olive oil and garlic

You start by combining the olive oil and garlic with a whisk and then whisk in the remaining ingredients until well combined. Transfer to a bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

All ingredients
Whisk to combine and create an emulsion.
Caesar Dressing
Homemade Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar Dressing

Homemade Caesar dressing is one of those things that you’ll never have from the store once you make it from scratch. It only takes a few ingredients and most you probably already have on hand.
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Caesar Dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 152kcal
Author: Mark Rogers


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Add oil and garlic to small bowl and whisk to combine well
  • Add remaining ingredients and whisk until well combined
  • Add salt and pepper to taste
  • Transfer to bottle or bowl for serving


Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg

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