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

About this Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

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}

Yield: 6 2-tablespoon servings, about 3/4 cup total
Total Time:
5 mins
An easy and healthy recipe for homemade Caesar dressing made with Greek yogurt. All the flavor of classic Caesar dressing, without the guilt!

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

Instructions

  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.

Recipe Notes

Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake or mix gently before serving.
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Salad Dressing Recipe, Homemade Caesar Dressing {Easy & Healthy}

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (2 tablespoons) — Calories: 100, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 9mg, Sodium: 230mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Fiber: 13g

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