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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.
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.
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.
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 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 freshly 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.