Caesar Salad Dressing

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • Caesar Salad Dressing:
  • 6 cloves garlic, mashed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Lemon juice, for seasoning
  • Minced anchovy fillets, optional
  • Caesar Salad Croutons:
  • 1 baguette
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Romaine lettuce, for serving
  • Freshly grated Parmesan, for serving
Directions

For the Caesar salad dressing: Combine the garlic, mustard, vinegar and two pinches of salt in a blender and mix thoroughly. Add the mayonnaise and blend together to form a thick base. In a slow stream add the olive oil through the hole in lid. Scrape the dressing with spatula into a bowl and season to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. If desired, add some anchovy to the dressing to create a deeper, saltier taste.

For the Caesar salad croutons: Cut the baguette into cubes. Melt the butter in a skillet and add the garlic powder, paprika and pepper. Add the bread cubes and saute just until the bread cubes begin to brown. Set aside to cool.

Wash and dry the lettuce. In a large salad bowl, combine the lettuce, dressing and croutons. Top with freshly grated Parmesan. Toss gently to combine well.


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Way too much garlic! But worth trying again with less garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this for the 1st time yesterday for a family get together! It was awesome & all was gone! Need to make again today for myself. Did not use anchovies & did not have regular mayo on hand. Used Hellman's with Olive oil! For sure a keeper item not reviewed by moderator and published
6 cloves of garlic is way toooooooooo much !!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good! Instead of raw garlic, I roasted 1 1/2 whole garlics first, let them cool and pureed them with the first ingredients (about 8 cloves)! Used 1 anchovy fillet and 1/4 squeezed lemon. Delish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this... Wow... it was the best! However, I did use 4 thawed frozen garlic cubes from Trader Joe's. All the rest was the same except 1/8 C oil, 1 anchovy filet and 1/4 C grated pecorino. Really good. My skeptical husband saw me adding Mayo.... He loved it!!! Thank You ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the Caesar dressing today, with a salad mix and store-bought croutons. Delicious!! I used about 1/4 lemon juiced and a little more garlic. It was less creamy and more mustard-y than some other Caesar dressings, which we loved. Highly recommended :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
My mom and i made this to try to find a good recipe for caesar salad dressing and we were very pleased. we put in a half lemon so it was a little lemony but other than that was very good. you might want to add more mayonnaise if you like it to be a little more thick but over all was very good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very tasty. Don't buy bottled dressing when you can do this with stuff you already have in the pantry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I see recipes as tools for building your own version. I took this recipe and made it my own based on mine and my family's tastes. For example, I used 1 heaping Tbls of chopped garlic from a jar, 1 Tbls of Dijon mustard, 2 Tbls of Dukes Mayo, 1 Tbls red wine vinegar, 1/2 lemon squeezed, 1 Tbls Anchovy Paste, 1/4 cup grated Parmesean cheese, salt and pepper. It was perfect, delicious and my husband loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was out of the bottle stuff and thought of checking food network for a recipe. It was a total hit. I have never seen my family enjoy a salad more. Good thing too because I over cooked the steak and the salad was so good no one even noticed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
don't know how this got 4 stars! to much mustard, to much garlic (& I use/love garlic I was able to fix it (hate throwing things out if fixable added a little water, 2oz of anchovies, more Olive oil & grate Parmesan. Suggestion~ use the "Classic Caesar Dressing" recipe. it's just as easy & the real thing: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I don't think of this as a caesar dressing but it was an excellent salad dressing. My family loves garlic so six was definitely not too many for us! My two teenage boys put the dressing on top of everything on their plate. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was absolutely the worst dressing I have ever made or tasted. The dressing broke and the flavor was like pure garlic and I only used one clove after reading other reviews . DO NOT TRY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The garlic amount has to be a misprint. Not edible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the advice on the garlic and only put in 2 cloves. That was plenty! I added an anchovy filet and it was delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent, easy recipe! I am a major garlic lover, but this calls for WAYYYY too much garlic. I will try three cloves next time and I bet it will still be spicy. I also added a couple squirts of anchovy paste. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this dairy free Caesar salad dressing. It is tangy and flavorful. We make croutons with gluten free bread, and top our salad with grilled chicken for an excellent summer dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved the ease of making this dressing but the garlic was overwhelming, and I used less than the recipe called for. I will give it another try but use much less galic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the dressing but did anyone else find it rather spicy? Perhaps too much Dijon mustard? Had to put in some honey to cut the spice but it was still so freaken tangy item not reviewed by moderator and published
6 garlic cloves was perfect. I first did it with 3 large because a few other people thought 6 was too much. I ended up adding more. My cloves were huge. I added 1 large tbs of mayo. I prefer oily because I usually use less dressing. : item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes, another garlic lover who thinks this recipe is way wrong. Next time, I will try two cloves. What I love about this recipe is the use of mayo to provide the emulsifier plus creaminess. But that said, the dressing is very, very thick and I think I will halve the mayo next time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe tastes good and might make a decent custom garlic lemon mayo for french fries at a fancy hotel bar but is not Caesar Salad Dressing. The core flavors which make up Caesar Salad Dressing are: lemon + parmazan + anchovi Can substatute egg whites for mayo or add things such as very small amount of garlic or dairy products for extended variations of Caesar Salad Dressing. But without these 3 core ingredients, no one eating it will know it is Caesar Salad Dressing. Make this exact recipe and served it with only carrot sticks along side authentic Casar Salad Dressing purchased from the refrigerated section of your grocery store. Your guests will not know that both dressings are Caesar Salad Dressing and will think that this recipe is some kind of custom garlic lemon mayo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found the amount of oil in it overwhelming. The lemon cuts it, but I didn't really want to be overwhelmed by the lemon either. The other ingredients are great...not too much garlic. The richness of flavor was deluted by the oil. I'll use about half as much next time and make a double batch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love the garlic, recipe was easy and tasted great, left out the anchovies, added course ground pepper and tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, it was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent and easy Caesar dressing! The lemon brightens the flavor--a little "heavy" without it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes - cut down the garlic. I used 3 large cloves and it was perfect. Otherwise, a great basic caesar dressing. I used anchovy paste - about 1 teaspoon worth. Taste as you go - if you tastes a little flat, add another squeeze of lemon juice until it taste right. I always double the recipe and keep this on hand in the fridge. Have had many compliments for this. item not reviewed by moderator and published
way too much gahhhhhlic! Never had a dressing that strong in a restaurant or at home and I'm a Hungarian with an understanding of vampire controls! I always follow the recipe accurately 1st time and then adjust on the next batch. Maybe 2 cloves tops item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good recipe, even though I didn't have mayo and substituted greek yogurt. I also omitted the anchovies. Yum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Let me start out by saying we LOVE garlic but this had so much garlic we could not eat it. I will not delete the recipe but just reduce the garlic to 2-3 cloves. item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMGGGGGG!!!!!!!! theres a dressing that we love rennee caesar dressing your recipe topped it amazing thanks, i recommend this recipe to everyone quick, simple & easy to whip up yum: item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved this dressing! I got lazy and didnt add the anchovies. Also just hand wisked everything together instead of getting the blender out. I only used 4 cloves of garlic and it was veery garlicky, but thats the way I like my ceasar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
If you like garlic, this is the Caesar salad dressing recipe for you. It was nice and creamy probably because it called for mayonnaise rather than eggs. A nice change. item not reviewed by moderator and published
it was pretty good. my roommate really liked it. honestly though, i think 6 cloves of garlic is way too much. i used 2 large cloves and it was very overpowering.. and i like garlic. i ended up adding 2 egg yolks and extra vinegar and lemon to cut it. i dressed the romaine lightly and tossed it with some parmesan before plating it with grilled prawns. i would use this recipe again. it was easy enough- definitely less garlic though. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is a keeper! Used 4 garlic cloves and was perfect. The mayo is a great alternative to egg. item not reviewed by moderator and published
With so many foodtv chefs supporting good mayo (like Real Hellmans via Barefoot Contessa I don't see it necessary to do it from scratch with yolks. Good mayo is a perfect supplement, and using the processor long enough will thicken it just fine. In my opinion, I would use a tad less dijon (and I LOVE mustard, and definitely include the anchovies. I added the shaved romano parm to the salad, but this could work well in the dressing. It is surely a lot of garlic, but that is a preference. I think 4 to 5 cloves would be just fine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is easy, concise, f;avorful and delicious! Will definitely keep in my repitore and make again and again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Super quick and easy! I added 2 teaspoons of anchovy paste and it was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a really good recipe, but does NOT taste like a Caesar dressing. I like the dressing and will make again, however I would not call it Caesar. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic dressing! I used a whole tin of anchovies and they gave this great flavor, but didn't change the recipe at all. For the salad I used grilled chicken, avocado, feta, and some Parmesan on top. Served with sliced sourdough bread and fresh cherries, a delicious summer dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is GREAT! i did cut back on the garlic just my taste but i love it and so does the family! Don't like anchovies but used them and its great!!!! Thanks for a great recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious!!! This dressing was the perfect blend of tangy and creamy. I used a half teaspoon of garlic granules instead of fresh, and it was amazing. I used it on salads, as a dipping sauce, and I plan on making more!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
GREAT and super easy recipe! My husband as well as guests were floored that I made the dressing myself. We eat salad with dinner every night, so I made a triple recipe and that lasted about a week for the two of us. I took note on the garlic being quite strong, so I used six cloves for the tripled recipe. Worked perfectly! We are garlic lovers and even six cloves in a single recipe would've been overpowering for us. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves Caersar salad. This was a straight forward dressing recipe that was a hit. I added anychovies in the dressing and also as a garnish. I will use this recipe again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Awesome and easy item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is very good! I didn't have any Caesar dressing at home so whipped this up and actually doubled the recipe. Next time I'll use a little less olive oil - but it was nice & light :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I didn't have any store bought caesar on hand and tried this one. I loved that I had all things on hand and it was so yummy!! Thank you food network! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How can you make a real Caesar dressing with already made mayo!? To let the food network even post this is awful!!! If you're so worried about using real egg then you shouldn't be making a Caesar dressing at all. Eggs these days are so pasteurized ,do you even know the real chances of catching something from a raw eggs! Slim! My boyfriend made this recipe and it broke. I fixed it by using a real egg yolk, and added some other ingredients that are not in it that should be. This recipe makes my expectations of the food network even more further down than they were before. Food Network.... please go back to the old days where you made everything by scratch. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Although I see that some other reviewers thought it was too garlicky, I thought this element made this dressing spectacular. My husband and I thought this was the best caesar salad we've ever had! My 10 year old daughter also loved it. I added three anchovies when blending it (omitting the salt) and used just a tad less olive oil. I also added some sliced anchovies at the end. May not be exactly classic, but that's fine with me because I thought it was better!! This is a great dressing for garlic lovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I liked this one a lot, it tasted very nice. I subbed Worcestershire sauce for the anchovy and I added a bit of Parmesan cheese. Loved it! It *was* a bit salty but that was probably my own fault. Good dressing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this Caesar dressing with some skepticism, but was very pleasantly surprised. The texture and flavor are quite good. I prefer to double the garlic and add some dijon mustard to the mix and found it even better. But hats off to this healthy classic. I even posted it on my healthy cooking blog to share with friends . . . see more here kirstenpetra.blogspot.com item not reviewed by moderator and published
Though more like a garlicky creamy italian than a true caesar dressing, it's still delicious! My husband begs me to make this dressing and would happily eat it on everything. For more authentic caesar, definitely use anchovy paste and add parmesaen cheese. If you're not a fan of garlic, cut back on the garlic by half. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Because you use 1/2 cup of olive oil, it tastes a little olive oily. But, that doesn't get in the way and the my family loved the dressing. It's not over the top, but you can still taste it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Best Dressing ever,no fish!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I thought that substituting the mayo for an egg would make this dressing greasy, but it was great!!! Very good and easy! Would definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very close ! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this and everyone loves it! I searched for different dressings and this is the perfect one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just didn't taste right. item not reviewed by moderator and published
We really enjoyed this recipe. I added three times the amount of vinegar and about the same amount of lemon juice. It had no tang without it. Very good, the recipe makes a ton of dressing. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, tasty and lots of room to improvise in future attempts. Try it!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Good tangy flavor item not reviewed by moderator and published
I followed the recipe precisely and found that the garlic was very overwhelming. After doctoring up the recipe the garlic was still too strong and the dressing was not edible. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The olive oil amount was too generous for my attempt at this recipe. Salvaged by adding a handful of parmesan cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The taste is good, but could do with a lot LESS garlic. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like the idea of a quick, eggless dressing, but this one needs modification. I cut down on the garlic and added more olive oil for a better result. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe makes the perfect amount of dressing for two dinner size servings, but I think it has too much mustard in it and so did my guests. We all came to the same conclusion, it needs less mustard and maybe a little more mayo. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tried this recipe b/c it didn't call for raw eggs, and it was very good. Used anchovies, and it definitely tasted authentic. Very aromatic and flavorful . item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a good tasting recipe but it lacks the true character of a caesar dressing. Use all the same ingredients but no mayo and thicken with cheese. You want the dressing to be thick enough to coat the leaves not float in the bottom of the dish. This minor change does the trick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
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We did the same so good too. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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