Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing that Everyone’s been asking for

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Team lunch is always mandatory when we’re working at the studio. It’s the 30 minutes that everyone one-set can walk away from focusing on all the food details and get to chill with a big lunch spread. When other food stylists are on-set we get more free time to create a huge lunch with all the trimmings, including homemade dressings for our salads. Everyone on-set is always asking for our homemade caesar salad dressing and are always asking what we put in it. Maybe it’s all the fresh lemon zest and Parmigiano Reggiano. Or maybe it’s the generous amounts of anchovy fillets or paste. What ever it is, it’s our homemade version that will make it hard for you to ever want to buy a pre-made bottle again.

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Finally, we’re sharing it today because we finally found time to photograph it! Hopefully you guys will enjoy it as much as we all do at work. And *waving* hi team, here’s the recipe so you don’t have to keep asking anymore! LOL.


diane and todd

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing and Caesar Salad Recipe | @whiteonrice

Caesar Salad and Homemade Caesar Dressing

Yield: about 2 cups of Caesar Dressing

Total Time: 15 minutes + Chill Time

The thickness of the dressing will vary depending on what type of parmesan cheese you use. Also, everyone likes a different consistency in their dressing. So adjust the amount of oil to your preference. We prefer to use a neutral tasting oil such as grape seed oil for our dressings.


For the dressing

  • about 1/4 cup (60ml) oil *see head note
  • 1 cup (240ml) mayonnaise
  • Zest of 1 medium lemon
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon (15ml) anchovy paste or 3 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) black pepper
  • 1 cup (240ml) freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) sugar

For the Salad:

  • Romaine hearts, washed & lightly towel dried leaves separated
  • Croutons
  • parmesan shavings
  • black pepper, to taste
  • lemon wedges (optional)


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender (oil, mayonnaise, lemon zest, lemon juice, anchovy paste or fillets, garlic, black pepper, Parmigiano Reggiano, sugar) until everything is smooth. Place the dressing in a storage container and chill for at least 2 hours (dressing will thicken up as it chills and rests in fridge).
  2. Add croutons and Caesar dressing to romaine lettuce or your favorite lettuce greens.
  3. Add parmesan shavings and season with black pepper, to taste. Serve with some lemon wedges
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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Recipe Note for Salt: All recipes containing salt are based on kosher or sea salt amounts, not table salt. If using table salt, reduce the amount used to taste.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }
  1. Melissa

    Hi! How long do you think this will stay good in the fridge?

    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Melissa, we’ve been able to keep the dressing up to about 10 days and it was still delicious.

  2. Sabrina

    I love having a great Caesar recipe from scratch! Love that I actually recognize all of the ingredients and that I can make it fresh without the need to put a bunch of unrecognizable preservatives in it, so thank you for this recipe!

    1. Todd & Diane

      Thanks Sabrina and enjoy the dressing!

  3. Linda


    I know that Caesar Dressing is not Caesar Dressing w/o Anchovies, but I just don’t think I can stomach them in my dressing. Will eliminating them ruin everything?


    1. Todd & Diane

      Hi Linda,
      Not at all. That’s the best thing about making things yourself. You get to make them how you like it. It will still be delicious without the anchovies or anchovy paste. Enjoy!

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