Caesar Salad Dressing is a classic Italian dressing that’s rich and creamy yet simple to whip up with just a few simple ingredients. The dressing with croutons, romaine lettuce, and parmesan cheese are key ingredients in a caesar salad.

The dressing joins our ranch dressing, the italian dressing, and 2-ingredient balsamic glaze for dressings that can easily be recreated at home.

Caesar salad dressing in a jar with a spoon.

Experience Caesar salad like never before with this homemade caesar salad dressing. The combination of mayo, lemon juice, garlic, dijon mustard, Worcestershire, and parmesan cheese creates a harmony of flavors that take the classic recipe over the top. Dress your salad, and of course, you can’t forget to finish with homemade croutons. 

Why You’ll Love This Dressing

  • Easy to make. The recipe comes together in a total time of 5 minutes!
  • Minimal Effort, Maximum Flavor. The recipe demands little effort while delivering a burst of flavor.
  • Perfect Anytime Dish. Enjoy it as a light lunch, a side dish, or a hearty dinner—the Caesar salad is versatile and fits any occasion.
  • Family Favorite. Loved by both kids and adults, making it a family-friendly option for meals.
Caesar salad dressing pouring into salad bowl that is loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, croutons, and onions.


Below are the ingredients to make the creamiest Caesar salad dressing!

  • Mayo – adds the richness to this recipe.
  • Lemon – add fresh lemon juice to get the tanginess of Caesar salad dressing. 
  • Worcestershire sauce  dating back to the original recipe, this is the secret ingredient that adds that special umami flavor!
  • Dijon mustard – dijon mustard will remove the taste of mayo, all the while adding flavor.
  • Seasoning – salt and ground black pepper. 
  • Garlic cloves- fresh and minced, for the best flavor. 
  • Extra virgin olive oil – adds even more creaminess to the dressing. 
  • Parmesan cheese – an integral part, dating back to the original recipe!

For a full list of ingredients and quantities, see the recipe card below.

Expert Tips:

  • Use high-quality ingredients to get the best flavor of caesar dressing. 
  • Grate a block of parmesan cheese right before assembling the dressing for the best consistency and flavor.

Substitutions and Variations

Caesar salad dressing is customizable and has a few variations that you can choose from!

  • Add protein: You can add anchovies to this recipe if you would a depth of flavor.
  • Dairy-free: For a dairy-free alternative, you can replace milk, cheese, and mayonnaise with your favorite, dairy-free ingredients.
  • Seasonings: Besides salt and pepper, you can add your favorite seasonings to bring your own twist on this Caesar salad dressing!
A bowl of salad with the Caesar salad dressing drizzled on top of the salad.

How to Make Caesar Salad Dressing

Caesar salad dressing just has 2 easy steps! 

  1. Combine: Add all ingredients into a mason jar, or bowl, and whisk together. You can also use a food processor, or blender to incorporate the ingredients. 
  2. Serve: Add your dressing to your salad, wrap, or pasta, and enjoy!

Tip for Getting the Best Dressing:

Emulsifying: drizzle the olive oil slowly into the ingredients to get the best consistency.

Ways to Use Caesar Salad Dressing

aesar salad dressing in a glass jar next to tomatoes and cheese.

Serving Suggestions

Creative ways you can pair the dressing!

Recipe FAQs

Does this recipe use anchovies?

This recipe does not use anchovy fillets, but if you would like, you can totally add them or anchovy paste!

Do you have to use raw eggs for caesar dressing? 

A lot of recipes use raw egg yolk, but our recipe simplifies the dressing and offers an option without eggs!

Does the lemon juice have to be fresh?

Fresh lemon juice is always best, but store-bought lemon juice can be used in a pinch

Is milk needed in this recipe? 

Milk is part of this recipe because it balances out the thickness of all of the other sauces and makes the dressing lighter, but if you do not have milk, you can skip this step. 

Store & Freeze

  • Storage. Store Caesar salad dressing in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 
  • Freeze. We do not recommend freezing Caesar salad dressing. 

More Dressing Recipes

If you loved this Caesar salad dressing, be sure to try our other salad dressings: 

Caesar Salad Dressing

Author: Valentina
5 from 6 votes
A simple twist on a 100-year-old recipe. This creamy caesar salad dressing will become your new favorite dressing! Mayo, garlic, parmesan cheese with lemon and dijon is a delicious flavor combination.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12 ounces



  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, or incorporate using a food processor. Drizzle olive oil in slowly while mixing.
  • Store and use when needed.


  • Store the dressing in the fridge for up to 5 days. 
  • Freshly grate parmesan cheese for the best flavor. 
  • Use high-quality olive oil, for a distinctly better dressing.


127kcal Calories1g Carbs2g Protein13g Fat2g Saturated Fat6g Polyunsaturated Fat4g Monounsaturated Fat0.02g Trans Fat9mg Cholesterol213mg Sodium26mg Potassium0.05g Fiber0.4g Sugar51IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C45mg Calcium0.1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Caesar Salad Dressing
Amount Per Serving
Calories 127 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 213mg9%
Potassium 26mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.05g0%
Sugar 0.4g0%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 51IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)