This homemade creamy caesar dressing is the last caesar dressing recipe you will ever need. It’s rich in umami flavors, speckled with black pepper, and has just the right amount of salty tang.
This creamy caesar salad dressing is the perfect balance of tangy, tart, and creamy. It’s inspired by the Cheesecake Factory’s beloved recipe and it’s seriously foolproof. What’s better? It’s super simple to make. All you have to do is whisk or blend the ingredients together and that’s that.
Whether you’re obsessed with a good, old-fashioned caesar or you love having homemade dressing on hand, mastering this dressing will save you from relying on store-bought varieties. You can add more or less garlic, go heavy on the lemon, or add more parmesan cheese as you see fit.
How to Make Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing
Making creamy caesar dressing couldn’t be any easier. All you have to do is mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate the dressing to let it develop. Below, find a brief overview of the recipe before you get to mixing.
- Whisk/Blend the Dressing: Whisk together the lemon juice, dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pressed garlic, parmesan cheese, and black pepper.
- Add the mayonnaise and whisk until well-combined. Refrigerate until you’re ready to serve. Toss in your favorite salads or use the dressing as a tangy dipping sauce!
Hot Tip: If you’re blending the dressing, add in your fresh cracked pepper afterward. You don’t want the blender to break apart all the pretty peppercorn kernels!
Tips for Making the Best Caesar Salad Dressing
Below, find some quick-hitter tips to help you make the best dressing.
- Use fresh lemon juice versus bottled. Bottled lemon juice tends to have additives that dilute the natural lemon flavor.
- Use fresh cracked pepper. Fresh cracked pepper not only adds more flavor, it adds a pretty, speckled appearance to the dressing.
- Press the garlic versus mincing it. Pressing the garlic will prevent you from getting chunks of raw garlic.
- Grate your parmesan off the block. Grate the parmigiano reggiano by hand versus buying it pre-shredded. Block cheese touts so much more flavor and natural oils!
Serving Caesar Salad Dressing
The most obvious way to serve creamy caesar salad dressing is mixed into a traditional caesar salad. Using two spoons, toss the dressing into crunchy romaine, garlicky croutons, and thick shaved parmesan. Yum! Although caesar salad is the most traditional use of caesar dressing, its not the only place that it’s delicious. You can use it as a spread for fresh deli wraps or sandwiches, as well as a dipping sauce for air fryer french fries or air fryer zucchini fries. Use it anywhere you would use ranch dressing for an extra zing of flavor!
Storing Caesar Salad Dressing
Store leftover caesar dressing in an airtight container or sealable canning jar. It should last for up to 10 days. What’s better? The flavor will continue to develop as it marinates in the refrigerator. Make two to three batches at a time for a quick salad or dip!
Do all caesar salad dressings have anchovies?
All caesar salad dressings do not require anchovies. In fact, this recipe brings in the signature tang with lemon juice, dijon mustard, and Worcestershire sauce.
Do all caesar salad dressings require raw eggs?
Not all caesar salad dressings require raw eggs. In this recipe, the mayonnaise will make it creamy enough without the need to fuss around with raw egg.
Is there a way to make this dressing less creamy?
To make this dressing less creamy increase the amount of lemon juice or use a lighter mayo.
Can I blend the dressing instead of whisking it?
You can blend the caesar dressing versus whisking it. It’s up to you!
How long with this dressing last?
This creamy caesar dressing will last up to two weeks when stored correctly. Keep it in an airtight container or a sealable canning jar to ensure it doesn’t absorb any lingering smells in your refrigerator.
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