This salad dressing is surprisingly easy to make and tastes so much better than store-bought. Perfect for caesar salad, chicken caesar wraps and more!
There are many popular salads, but one of the most popular has to be the Caesar salad. Go to most restaurants and you will find a Caesar salad on the menu. The typical Caesar salad is quite simple, including torn romaine lettuce leaves, bacon, croutons and grated parmigiano reggiano. Some variations include mushrooms, sliced chicken breast, capers and more. Homemade Caesar salad dressing is easy to make and tastes so good!
The most distinctive element of the Caesar salad is the dressing. Flavours of garlic, anchovy, dijon and parmesan cheese all blend to make a wonderful dressing that beautifully coats the romaine lettuce leaves.
Old recipes for Caesar salad dressing were emulsified with raw egg yolks. With the fears of salmonella, it is just as easy to mix in some mayonnaise to get the emulsifying started. This recipe allows you to make Caesar salad dressing that is beyond amazing and way better than anything you will buy in the grocery store!
Ingredients You will Need
- olive oil
- dijon mustard
- parmigiano reggiano
- anchovy paste
- lemon juice
- Worcestershire sauce
You Can Make This Dressing Two Different Ways
I have made this dressing using two different techniques. You can use a wire whisk to manually mix the salad dressing. Another method is using a food processor to let the machine do all the work. Both options work well and the dressing tastes amazing using either method.
How to Make this with a Whisk
The first is with a large glass bowl and a wire whisk. This is hard work, especially for your arm as you are whisking the oil into the dressing. This dressing is emulsified in the same way as making mayonnaise from scratch or aioli.
For the dressing, whisk everything except oil together first. Then slowly, while whisking, drizzle the oil in. The whisking emulsifies the oil with the rest of the ingredients to create a smooth and creamy dressing.
How to Make Salad Dressing with a Food Processor
The other way that I have made this dressing, and my preference by far, is by using a food processor. I use my 7 cup food processor and I find that a food processor that is any larger (10 or 12 cup models) would be too big and not allow the dressing to mix well.
First, add all the ingredients, except the oil to the food processor. Then, turn on the food processor and slowly drizzle in the oil. The processor does all the emulsifying for you and saves your arm from a lot of hard work!
Other Salad Dressing Recipes
If you like this homemade Caesar salad dressing and want to make some more, then check out this recipes!
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 3 garlic cloves , minced
- 1/4 cup fresh grated parmigiano reggiano (parmesean cheese)
- 1 tsp anchovy paste (more or less depending on taste preference)
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- In a glass bowl whisk together all the ingredients except the olive oil, until smooth and creamy.
- Slowly drizzle the olive oil, while whisking. Do not pour the oil too quickly, but instead make sure that it has emulsified into the rest of the ingredients before pouring in more. Continue to drizzle and whisk until all the oil has been added.
- Store the Caesar salad dressing in the fridge for up to a week.