Homemade Caesar Dressing

This homemade Caesar dressing recipe will blow any store bought version out of the water. Made with just 7 ingredients, it's creamy, savory, and rich.

Caesar dressing

Purists will tell you that you can’t make a good Caesar dressing without an egg yolk, anchovies, and Worcestershire sauce. But here’s the thing: what I love about Caesar salad dressing is that it’s creamy, briny, tangy, and rich. I thought there had to be a way to make a dressing that checked all those boxes with totally vegetarian ingredients (and no raw eggs).

Turns out, I was right! This homemade Caesar salad dressing recipe is every bit as delicious as the traditional version, and it’s so easy to make. It calls for just 7 simple ingredients, and you don’t need to haul out the food processor or blender to mix it up. Just stir together the ingredients, and enjoy!

Caesar salad dressing recipe ingredients

Caesar Dressing Recipe Ingredients

Raw eggs, anchovies, and Worcestershire sauce aside, traditional Caesar dressing is made with Dijon mustard, garlic, olive oil, and lemon juice. These ingredients are all staples in my kitchen. They make this classic dressing rich, sharp, tangy, and bright, so I knew I wanted to use them as a starting point for my recipe. Then, to add creaminess and briny flavor, I turned to these key ingredients:

Whole milk Greek yogurt – It makes this dressing just as luscious and creamy as the traditional version, and it adds an extra punch of tangy flavor.

Capers – With their salty, briny flavor, capers perfectly replace the anchovies and Worcestershire sauce. Along with the lemon juice and Dijon mustard, they give this dressing a crave-worthy savory, tangy flavor.

Whisk the ingredients together and taste the dressing, seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Of course, I love tossing this dressing with with romaine lettuce, homemade croutons, and Parmesan cheese to make a classic Caesar salad. But your options for using it don’t end there! It’s also yummy drizzled over a simple green salad, mixed with massaged kale, or with roasted veggies like cauliflower or Brussels sprouts.

If you love this homemade Caesar salad dressing…

Try my cilantro lime dressing, carrot ginger dressing, chimichurri sauce, or ginger miso dressing next!

For more salad inspiration, check out this post.

Homemade Caesar Dressing

rate this recipe:
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Serves 4 to 6
This homemade Caesar dressing is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make! Serve it on a classic Caesar salad, or drizzle it over any simple green salad.

Ingredients

  • cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoons capers, minced
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, capers, and several grinds of black pepper. Season to taste.

 

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  1. Elianne
    12.17.2019

    How long will it keep in an air-tight container in the fridge?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2019

      Hi Elianne, about 3 to 4 days in the fridge.

      • Mary
        01.13.2020

        5 stars
        Taste wonderful. What would you recommend to thin it a bit?
        Thanks!

        • Jeanine Donofrio
          01.13.2020

          Hi Mary, you can stir in a little olive oil or water until it’s a drizzle-able consistency.

  2. Erin
    12.17.2019

    Can 0% milkfat Greek Yogurt be substituted for the whole milk yogurt for the dressing?

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2019

      Hi Erin, you can if you’d like, although I prefer it with full fat yogurt for richness.

  3. Julia
    12.17.2019

    Hi Jeanine,
    Been a big fan of your page for a while now. Do you have any suggestions for a vegan substitute of the yogurt? I’m thinking either vegan mayo or vegan yogurt (or both?)
    Thanks!
    Julia

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      12.17.2019

      Hi Julia! I’d try vegan mayo or a mix of vegan mayo and kite hill’s almond yogurt. If you have the new cookbook, there’s a cashew based recipe with the grilled romaine wedge salad.

  4. Justine
    01.02.2020

    Great recipe! Can you share where the cute dressing pitcher is from? Many thanks

    • Jeanine Donofrio
      01.03.2020

      Hi Justine, I think it’s from Crate & Barrel!

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