Garlic, lemon juice, parmesan cheese, and anchovies are just four of the classic bold flavor ingredients that blend together into this thick, creamy Caesar dressing recipe, packed with big bold flavor. Just imagine fresh crisp romaine lettuce, crunchy croutons and shaved parmesan cheese topped with this easy to make homemade creamy Caesar dressing. It’s thick and creamy, and will turn anyone into a salad fan!
If you are frightened by the calories in Caesar salads, please bear with me, I have a way to lighten this creamy Caesar dressing up…
When it comes to Caesar Salads, I am far from traditional. You may recall some time ago when I shared my Blonde Italian Caesar Salad recipe. This recipe was a kicked up version of Caesar salad that adds crispy pepperoni bits and feta cheese. Yes, it is full of calories, but it is so good, you’ll be so busy searching through the green leaves of lettuce for those tasty tidbits of pepperoni, the last thing you’re going to be thinking of when you eat this salad is calories!
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 the night I decided to try out this recipe, 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.
This creamy Caesar dressing was even better because it is made to order with fresh ingredients giving it a bright and refreshing mouthfeel. 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.
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. Which 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 Caesar Dressing
- 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
- 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.