Homemade Caesar Dressing

I am convinced that Caesar is the gateway salad. Even the staunchest of veggie skeptics cannot deny the appeal of buttery croutons, crisp romaine, salty Parmesan cheese, and that oh-so-addictive creamy Caesar dressing. Today’s homemade Caesar dressing recipe has all the richness and flavor you’ve come to expect from restaurant and storebought Caesars, but is healthy and easy to make too!

Homemade Caesar Dressing. Easy recipe with no eggs

As a kid, I was fairly vegetable shy, and Caesar salad is one of the first I legitimately enjoyed. Caesar salads are also the first pile of greens that Ben deemed as something other than “a waste of stomach space.”

Although I still love Caesar dressing’s garlicky flavor and decadent texture, I often shy away from ordering Caesar salads when I’m out or purchasing Caesar dressings at the grocery store, because most are so loaded with heavy, processed ingredients, they virtually negate the positive effects of ordering a salad in the first place.

Because I’m sold on the idea that I can enjoy Caesar salad AND earn my healthy salad bonus points, I decided to create this homemade Caesar dressing recipe. It’s healthier than classic homemade Caesar dressings, and it’s easier to make too!

Healthy Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing

Classic Caesar dressing’s thick, creamy texture is a result of slowly blending egg yolks and olive oil, a process that can be tricky and tedious and is also a far cry from healthy. Instead, I used protein-rich Greek yogurt to achieve the same decadent effect.

An easy and healthy homemade Caesar dressing that uses Greek yogurt. All the flavor of Caesar, without the guilt!

 

For maximum ease, I made the Caesar dressing in my blender. Once I’d added the Greek yogurt, I tossed in the other ingredients essential to creating that signature Caesar flavor: garlic, lemon, Dijon mustard, and anchovy paste. Blend, and less than one minute later, you’ll have a healthy homemade Caesar dressing that’s a dead ringer for the real thing.

Healthy Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing. Made with Greek yogurt

Before you ask: yes, you must include the anchovies. Anchovy is essential to Caesar dressing’s flavor, and I promise this Caesar dressing does not taste like seafood. Anchovies (or anchovy paste—either will work) give the Caesar dressing its captivating, savory quality and provide essential saltiness. I have yet to find an acceptable substitute. Worcestershire or even olives will likely taste fine, but only anchovies can capture Caesar dressing’s somethin’ somethin’. I encourage you to give them a try. As your reward, you’ll have a rich, creamy, healthy Caesar dressing that you are going to want to pour on EVERYTHING.

 

Homemade Caesar Dressing. Healthy and easy recipe

In addition to drizzling this homemade Caesar dressing on my greens, I’ve also used it to flavor sandwiches like this Chicken Caesar Sandwich, dipped it with veggies (and fries), and as the main flavor maker for the recipe I’ll be sharing on Monday. Be sure to check back—I promise it will be worth the click!

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Homemade Caesar Dressing {Easy & Healthy}

An easy and healthy recipe for homemade Caesar dressing made with Greek yogurt. All the flavor of classic Caesar dressing, without the guilt!

Yield: about 3/4 cup (6, 2-tablespoon servings)

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste or 2 anchovy fillets
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 large garlic clove

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients (Greek yogurt, Parmesan, olive oil, lemon juice, anchovy, mustard, and garlic) in a blender or food processor. Puree until smooth and emulsified.

Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake or mix gently before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 2 tablespoons

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 100
  • Total Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 9mg
  • Sodium: 230mg
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Protein: 6g

About Erin Clarke

I'm fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, lover of bourbon, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN...

82 comments

  1. 1. So excited for your name change!
    2. Excited x100 for this dressing! I LOVE me some Caesar, but haven’t eaten it in years due to the whole 104390 calories thing. I love you for using Greek yogurt. Pinned!

  2. Yes! Yogurt-based dressings are the.best. (I’m biased because we ALWAYS have yogurt around). Good thing our husbands have us to get something green down them :)

  3. I am SO doing this! Works perfectly with my new years resolution to eat more fresh vegetables. This will make it less painful for my husband! Thanks!!

  4. Great name change! I love dressing and I have to make it at my house because my wife gets all weird about salad dressing. She won’t touch it with a 10 foot pole. And I’m trying to be healthier. I love salads but drenched in blue cheese dressing, that just can’t be good.

  5. I agree homemade is always better and it really is easy to make at home.

  6. Do you think I could leave out the anchovy paste or anchovies? My husband won’t go near them!

    • Hi Sue, Although you can omit them (I suggest adding a little Worchestershire and salt to compensate for flavor), the dressing won’t have that exact classic Caesar flavor, which depends on anchovies. That said, it will still be a tasty dressing!

  7. Homemade is certainly always better! Definitely making this dressing.

    By the way, congrats on the upcoming name change! I love it!

  8. Sounds good! How long will this last in the ref?

  9. Love it! (And any other things that motivate husbands to do something :) are appreciated too! All the very best, Well Plated Erin!

  10. Looks like the perfect caesar recipe :)) Congrats on your name change!!

  11. I love the new name! This recipe is great. I’ve done the yogurt ranch, but this is even better!

  12. Patricia Shepard Reply

    Looks delicious! Greek yogurt is the best!

  13. Love this healthy version of classic salad dressing. Can’t wait to try it!

  14. I’ve been wanting to make my own dressing, too. You’ve inspired me to do just that, Erin. Congrats on the new name!

  15. I love that this has no egg! Safer and healthier that way. And I love the new name! After all, you deserve the spotlight more now that your husband’s not in school anymore.

  16. I want to DRINK that dressing.

  17. I eat way too much caesar salads at school – love this healthier update!!

  18. I’m a HUGE fan of homemade dressing. Caesar dressing scares some, but it looks like you’ve got all of the right tricks!

  19. I love that this doesn’t have mayo!!! Woot! But… anchovies scare me. LOL I might have to leave those out. And, I love your nail polish color… Orly?

    • Don’t fear the anchovies Marsha! I know they sound awful, but if you like other Caesar dressings you’ve tried, you probably had them and didn’t even know it. And thanks for your kind words about my nail polish! It’s Julep and the color is called “Erin.” One of my good friends (another Erin) sent it to me.

      • LOL. Anchovies are scary looking though. Not sure if I can get past that. If I don’t see them, then it’s ok. ha! How fitting for the name of the polish! That’s awesome! I will have to get it! Thank you!!

  20. mmm, looks delicious! I’m sort of scared of anchovy paste but I will give it a try! I also love the new blog name!

  21. Stacey @ Bake Eat Repeat Reply

    That’s totally something I’ve been wanting to make more of too, salad dressing! Grabbing a bottle out of the fridge is just so easy! But not nearly as good – need to make it more often! Starting with this one I think, this looks amazing!

  22. I am SO making this when I put together next! That dressing looks so creamy delicious! :)

  23. Oh I looooove this, I’ve always wanted to try making homemade caesar dressing so I seriously cannot wait to try this!

  24. Caesar salad is my husband’s favorite salad and I’ve always wanted to try making the dressing so I can’t wait to try this! Love the Greek yogurt in here!

  25. Yum! I’ve been wondering how to make a healthy caesar dressing so this is awesome.

  26. This is such a great post. I love all of your tips and Caesar dressing idea!!

  27. I’m so stinkin’ excited to see the new changes this weekend!! Love the name and it definitely suits you well :) homemade caesar dressing is my ultimate fav!! So much better than store-bought cause you can control all the stuff that goes in it! xoxo good luck with the switch over this weekend!

  28. First off, LOVE every recipe you put on here! Secondly, how long does the dressing last in the fridge?

  29. Erin – just finished makings this dressing and it was FABULOUS! I was Leary about the anchovy paste but went with it and I agree you can’t leave it out! It did come out a bit thicker than I expected – but that didn’t affect the flavor. I have been making my own salad dressings for over 2 years and never looked back. They are actually quicker to whip up than the salad itself! This recipe is now in my repertoire of recipes! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your posts!

    • Yvonne, I am so, so happy to hear it, and so proud of you for trying the anchovy paste :) If you want it a bit thinner, you can add a little milk or extra olive oil. Thank you so much for letting me know how it turned out and for your kinds words too!

  30. This is such a nice change, to get a healthy version of this dressing!

  31. Can’t wait to see your new website! I LOVE Caesar dressing, but I never make it too often because of the calories. LOVE this lightened up version!

  32. Wooohoo! Congrats on the name change and the gorgeous blog design!

  33. Congrats! Love the changes!!!

  34. First, I love you new name – it’s so classy and such a catchy name! My dad loves Caesar dressing so I’m going to pass this recipe onto him!

  35. Homemade dressing is on my list of things I wish I did – and this is helping nudge me along, what a gorgeous simple dressing!
    AND congrats on the big change and the site is GORGEOUS, I love love love it!!

  36. Erin – just finished makings this dressing and it was FABULOUS!  I was Leary about the anchovy paste but went with it and I agree you can’t leave it out! It did come out a bit thicker than I expected – but that didn’t affect the flavor.  I have been making my own salad dressings for over 2 years and never looked back. They are actually quicker to whip up than the salad itself!  This recipe is now in my repertoire of recipes!  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your posts!

    • Yvonne, I am so, so excited to hear this! I’m glad you went for the anchovy too :) . If it’s a bit thick, you can always thin it out with milk a bit. Thanks so much for your kind words and taking time to leave your review. Have a wonderful day!

  37. Erin, your site is very beautiful:)

  38. I read about your name change on an email, but haven’t had a chance to comment. I wondered when this was going to come about. Ha! It’s a good name. It’s not as easy as it might seem to come up with a name that suits you and that someone else hasn’t used. This is one of my favorite dressings. I’ve never tried to make it at home. I don’t like the bottle kind. So this is great for me.

  39. The new site is lovely! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see more from Well Plated. :)

  40. This dressing was SO good!  Unfortunately, no anchovy paste..  It was in my shopping cart & on the conveyor belt but somehow didn’t make it into the shopping bag.  It didn’t get scanned either.  Needless to say, I was so upset since you said that it’s a pretty crucial ingredient.  At least it was still good.

  41. How long does this dressing keep in the refrigerator?

  42. How much is a serving? Do you know the nutritional facts per serving? Thanks!

  43. This dressing is INCREDIBLE! I cannot get enough. I think the trick is real anchovies with a good quiality parmesan. Thanks for posting!!

  44. Awesome recipe. Didn’t have anchovy paste. Instead, I substituted creamed smoked fish roe (comes in a tube from Ikea). Turned out great! Thanks

  45. Is there a calorie count for this? It’s really good. 

    Just trying to count it on my food log. Need:
    Protein
    Carbs
    Fat
    Calories
    Sugar and 
    Fiber 
    for one serving

    Thank you 

  46. What a delicious and healthier version of Caesar dressing, pinning this! I’m also convinced that Caesar is the “gateway” salad too, but I actually don’t even like it anymore because I’ve had too many bad Caesar salad experiences…*shudders*. Butttttt that won’t stop me from making the dressing because this looks too good to pass up! Thank you for sharing <3

  47. This sounds really good.  I’ll have to try it on my very Caesar-dressing-picky husband.  There are very few places where I will order Caesar salads, because most aren’t done very well, but when I do order them the way I get around the heavy dressing is to order it on the side.  If I dip my fork into the dressing before picking up my bite of salad, I get plenty of the flavor without all the negatives of having too much, too heavy dressing.

  48. shawnna griffin Reply

    hey girl this looks so yummy!

  49. Perfection! I’ve made a very similar dressing and LOVE it! The only thing is that I hate to open a whole bottle of anchovy paste and not have anything to do with the rest of it. Any ideas?
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    – MAK

    • Hi Margaret Ann! I’m definitely not an anchovy paste expert in terms of all the different ways to use it, but I do know the tube will last for quite a while in the fridge. You could also try adding a little bit to red pasta sauces to see how that tastes.

  50. I just made this dressing and it was so delicious that I had to make extra to let my co-workers try. I’m so excited to eat more salads now. Thank you so much for your recipe!

  51. So..all ready to make this, thought I had a fresh lemon and only had a fresh lime. I made it with that instead and it is totally delicious! Today is my 21 wedding anniversary, made a special dinner tonight…hubby will be more than impressed loving homemade options BEST. This one is a keeper and I don’t plan on rationing it, thank you for sharing this… :-)

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