Creamy Caesar Dressing {Like store-bought, but even better!

Creamy Caesar Dressing {Like store-bought, but even better!

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Garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and anchovies… Just four of the classic bold flavor ingredients used to make this thick, creamy Caesar dressing.

Just imagine how good this creamy Caesar dressing would be poured over fresh crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons, and shaved parmesan cheese. It is so good, it will turn anyone into a salad fan!

If you think there are too many calories in Caesar salads, please bear with me. I actually have a way to lighten this dressing up, so keep reading.

ingredients to make creamy caesar dressing

David and I set our standards high when it comes to Caesar salad. Our dressing of choice is Ken’s Steakhouse Creamy Caesar dressing. We both feel that Ken’s Creamy Caesar is one of the best creamy Caesar dressings in the store. To be honest, we had my reservations about how this homemade version would taste. So, we bought a bottle of Ken’s from the store, just in case we didn’t like it.

We didn’t like this recipe, we loved it!!

In fact, we could hardly tell it wasn’t the store-bought favorite.

Caesar salad with creamy caesar dressing

How Do I Make A Lighter Creamy Caesar Dressing?

This creamy Caesar dressing is even better because it is made to order with fresh ingredients giving it a bright and refreshing taste. The fresh lemon juice really complimented the garlic and anchovy.

Now, if you have worried about calories, this creamy Caesar dressing comes with options! You can lighten it up significantly by substituting the mayonnaise with plain Greek yogurt. It practically takes over half the calories out of this dressing, which makes you feel a lot less guilty about opting for Caesar Salad.

When I made this recipe, I used mayonnaise, but this past weekend I swapped out mayonnaise for Greek yogurt when I made my Homemade Ranch Dressing recipe. Yogurt is a great substitute without greatly sacrificing the flavor of a creamy dressing.

What If I Don’t Like Anchovies?

You can totally leave the anchovies out and add a pinch of salt in their place. If you leave the anchovies out, you can store the dressing in the refrigerator for about 7 to 10 days without the overpowering fish taste.

How Do I Store Creamy Caesar Dressing?

Store any unused dressing inside the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. If you store it too long the anchovies make the dressing rather fishy.

pouring dressing over salad with mountain view

One of the reasons I chose this recipe was because it does not include raw eggs like a traditional Caesar salad dressing, which gives it a longer shelf life inside the refrigerator. This means you can top a salad, use it as a dressing for Chicken Caesar Wraps, Grilled Chicken Caesar Sandwiches, or use it as a marinade. The possibilities are endless!

I hope you enjoy this thick, creamy Caesar dressing and enjoy with or without the calories!

creamy Ceasar dressing on salad
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Creamy Caesar Dressing

This creamy Caesar dressing is packed with big bold flavor. It's creamy, smooth and will turn anyone into a Caesar salad fan! Learn how to make your own!
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Caesar dressing, dressing, salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 176kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 anchovy fillets minced (about 1½ teaspoons)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup mayonnaise*
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, using a whisk, combine the lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies and Dijon mustard; whisk well. Add in mayonnaise (or Greek yogurt), whisking until well incorporated and creamy. Stir in the grated parmesan cheese, and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Notes

A Lighter Option: *Nutrition Label based on mayonnaise. To make a lighter version of this recipe, use Plain Greek Yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It practically cuts the calories in half! 
Don’t Like Anchovies? You can totally leave the anchovies out and add a pinch of salt in their place. If you leave the anchovies out, you can store the dressing in the refrigerator for about 7 to 10 days without the overpowering fish taste.
Storage: Store any unused dressing inside the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. If you store it too long the anchovies make the dressing rather fishy.
Recipe adapted from Add a Pinch

Nutrition

Serving: 10g | Calories: 176kcal | Protein: 2g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 20mg | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 0.2mg
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