Homemade Simple Caesar Salad Dressing

A homemade Caesar salad dressing with no anchovies, just basic kitchen ingredients! Dressing has a tart, tangy taste that our family loves and it comes together in minutes.

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I still remember the first time I tried Caesar salad, I must have been around 9 or 10. We didn't eat out at nice restaurants very often, but there was one family restaurant that my parents loved, and we ate there occasionally. It was called the White Spot. Have you heard of it? It's a Canadian restaurant and after Googling it, it's still there and has been since 1928! My mom and dad always ordered the Caesar salad, and one time my brother and I were feeling brave and asked to try it. We both loved it and begged to order our own, LOL.

From that day, the Caesar salad has been one of my favorites! But here's the thing. Not many restaurants make homemade dressing anymore, and there's almost nothing more disappointing than ordering a Caesar salad in a nice restaurant, and knowing after the first taste that the dressing came from a bottle!

If you've never made your own Caesar salad dressing, it's so easy and I'll bet you already have all the ingredients in your fridge! Once you try it, you'll never want bottled Caesar dressing again, I promise you!

This classic Caesar dressing is homemade and tastes spectacular! Mr DIY and I eat it about once a week. The recipe makes enough dressing for about 3 large salads (that's 3 heads of romaine hearts). It's filled with lots of lemon and parmesan for that tang. You can always use less lemon if you find it too much, but I recommend following the recipe the first time you make it, and then altering it (if you want to) from there.

Included is a free printable recipe card so you can have it on hand to make whenever you're craving an amazing Caesar salad! Find the printable recipe card below.

How to make homemade Caesar salad

This recipe doesn't have any anchovies, but feel free to add them if you want to!


  • 1-2 small garlic cloves, minced
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise, use a good quality brand (I used Duke's)
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Romano or Asiago cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (from a shaker)
  • salt and pepper to taste



  1. Mince garlic and add to small bowl
  2. Zest and juice lemon and add to bowl
  3. Measure and add Dijon and Worcestershire
  4. Whisk dressing
  5. Measure and add mayonnaise
  6. Taste and season with salt and pepper
I don't add the cheeses until this point. You want the dressing to be a little runny. If you added too much mayonnaise, you can loosen it with a little more lemon juice. If it's runny, now is a good time to add the grated parmesan cheese (from a shaker). I like to save the freshly grated Italian cheese to top the salad.

Tear the romaine lettuce into a salad bowl. I'm using this cute Climbing Bunny glass bowl from Vagabond House. Isn't it adorable? I love the amazing quality, this is a sturdy bowl and perfect for so many things! You can use my coupon code DIYBEAUTIFY10OFF to save on anything from Vagabond House until the end of May, 2023. They have wonderful quality pieces for the table, with such a great Spring and Easter Collection! If you like pewter rabbits, you must check out their whole collection! Their pieces would make special gifts for Mother's Day, a birthday, even as a hostess gift.



At this point, add about 1/3 of the dressing to the salad and mix. If you find it's not enough, add more. Like I mentioned, I get about 3 large bowls of salad from this dressing recipe, which makes two large salads each. The dressing keeps well in the fridge for a week, covered.

Mr DIY and I like our Caesar salad tangy but our daughter doesn't like too much dressing, so fix it to your taste.

Top salad with the freshly grated parmesan (or Reggiano or Asiago, they're all good) and a little freshly ground black pepper.

Where are the croutons?

You might have noticed there are no croutons in my Caesar salad. That is simply a personal choice, as we are eating less bread these days. If you want to add croutons, by all means do!

Additional Caesar salad toppings

I like to occasionally add sliced fresh mushrooms to our salad, and if I'm serving it as a main dish, then I'll add chicken. You could also top it with thinly sliced steak or grilled shrimp.

This Caesar dressing is so tasty, I actually crave it! It's a good for you salad that can be made quickly and the dressing can keep, covered, in the fridge for days. Caesar salad will be on our Easter table this year!

If you try this recipe, please stop back and let me know what you think in the comments below!

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