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Easy Caesar Dressing From Scratch

This Easy Caesar Dressing From Scratch is so easy it'll make you never use store bought again and wonder why you didn't make it sooner!
Course Condiment, Salad
Cuisine American
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 12 2 tablespoons
Calories 43kcal
Author Tracy


  • 6 anchovies packed in oil removed from oil
  • 1 large clove garlic minced
  • Large pinch of kosher salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh grated black pepper

Caesar Salad

  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Croutons
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese


  • In a mortar and pestle, add anchovies, garlic, and salt. Ground to a paste. See recipe notes for other ways to grind into a paste.
  • Add paste to a food processor and add egg yolks, Parmesan cheese, lemon juice, and mustard. Turn on processor and add oil very very slowly, just one drip at a time, then slowly add teh rest of the oil in a very slow and steady stream, emulsifying dressing like a mayo until it is creamy in texture.
  • Season with black pepper to taste (if desired).
  • Store in a air tight container in fridge until ready to use, up to 3 days. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.
  • Assemble a Caesar Salad by adding crisp romaine lettuce pieces, homemade croutons, and fresh shavings of Parmesan cheese!


This recipe makes approximately 1 1/2 cups of dressing.
Nutritional value is based on 1 serving of about 2 tablespoons.
Make without Mortar and Pestle: by putting it all out on a cutting board and chopping it all with a knife until it's finely ground into a paste, or use a mini food processor, or use a rolling pin by putting plastic wrap over the ingredients on a cutting board and use the rolling pin.
Oil: You can also use all extra virgin olive oil.  
Garlic: You can also use a 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder for 1 clove of garlic.


Calories: 43kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 52IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg