This homemade Caesar Dressing recipe has all the richness and flavor you’ve come to expect, but it’s healthy and easy to make too! Toss it (generously) with buttery croutons, crisp romaine and salty Parmesan cheese for a delicious, lightened-up Caesar salad that you can enjoy without guilt. 

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While I adore traditional Caesar dressing’s garlicky flavor and decadent texture, I often shy away from ordering Caesar salads when I’m out or purchasing Caesar dressing at the grocery store.

Most are overloaded with heavy, processed ingredients, which practically negate the positive effects of ordering a salad in the first place.

Sold on the idea that I can enjoy Caesar salad AND earn my salad bonus points, I decided to create a homemade healthy Caesar dressing recipe.

Adding healthy, homemade Caesar dressing to a salad from a mason jar

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“Love love LOVE this recipe! We make it just about once a week for kale caesar salads. Thank you!”

— Samantha —

About Traditional Caesar Salad Dressing

First, for the sake of comparison, let’s talk about what’s in classic Caesar dressings.

Standard recipes typically contain some combination of the following ingredients, which are emulsified together to achieve a thick, creamy consistency.

  • Olive Oil
  • Anchovies
  • Garlic
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Egg Yolk

Caesar Dressing Nutrition 101

If you’re wondering if classic Caesar dressing is healthy, the answer is: not usually. 

  • Made with heavy ingredients, like egg yolks, cheese, and oil, traditional Caesar dressings (even homemade) can be high in fat and calories.
  • Store-bought Caesar dressings are often loaded with processed ingredients and even added sugars, which don’t do you any favors. 
  • Most short-cut dressings call for mayonnaise, which can also contain hidden processed ingredients and added sugars. No thanks!

About this Healthy Caesar Dressing

Unlike traditional Caesar dressing, my healthy Caesar dressing is made with lighter, nutrient-packed ingredients with the following benefits:

  • Greek yogurt offers calcium, vitamins, protein, and probiotics.
  • Olive oil, garlic, and anchovy paste provide omega-3 fatty acids, anti-inflammatory properties, protein, antioxidants, and numerous vitamins and minerals (again, you CANNOT taste the anchovy!).
  • Drizzle or drench. With just over 100 calories per serving and 10g of fat, you can indulge as little or as much as you want with this Caesar dressing.
Ingredients for healthy Caesar salad dressing made with Greek yogurt

How to Make Caesar Dressing

If you’re frequently craving Caesar salad too, you may be wondering, “what is the best Caesar salad dressing?” Well, I believe it’s this one!

It’s healthier than classic homemade Caesar dressing, has full-on Caesar flavor, and it’s easy to make too.

Don’t believe the reviews!


The Ingredients

  • Greek Yogurt. My secret ingredient that makes this recipe creamy. I used non-fat plain Greek yogurt to keep this dressing light and make it a Caesar dressing without mayo or raw eggs.

Go Egg Free!

Many Caesar dressings recipes contain raw eggs, which means Caesar salads are generally off the menu if you’re pregnant to the risk of salmonella.

Luckily, this Greek yogurt-based recipe contains zero raw eggs so if baby is craving a Caesar salad, mama can eat a Caesar salad.

  • Parmesan Cheese. Freshly grated Parmesan cheese is a key component for the most perfectly salty and nutty Caesar dressing.
  • Olive Oil. A salad dressing MVP. Plus, olive oil is packed with monounsaturated oleic acid, antioxidants, and nutrients that help fight inflammation.
  • Lemon Juice. For a little acidity and brightness.
  • Anchovy Paste. Before you ask: yes, Caesar dressing, including this one includes anchovies. Anchovy fillets (or anchovy paste—either will work) give the dressing its captivating, savory quality and provide essential saltiness.

Substitution Tip!

If you’d like to make this Caesar dressing without anchovies, I have yet to find a spot-on substitute. In all honesty, only anchovies can truly capture Caesar dressing’s special somethin’ somethin’. However, if you’re set on swapping them for another ingredient here a few options:

  • Worcestershire Sauce. Is made with anchovies (or sardines) and probably as close to the real thing as it gets in terms of flavor.
  • Capers. A vegan and vegetarian anchovy substitute that will provide the dressing an acidic, savory flavor.
  • Olives. Choose an olive with a salty brine like kalamata or Castelvetrano for best results. 
  • Dijon Mustard. Adds delicious zip to the dressing.
  • Garlic. Fresh garlic completes our tasty dressing.

Dietary Note

This healthy Caesar dressing is gluten-free. If you’re looking for a vegan, vegetarian or dairy-free Caesar dressing, feel free to use this recipe as a base and swap in ingredients that suit your personal dietary preferences.

  • Substitute your favorite non-dairy yogurt in place of Greek yogurt.
  • Opt for vegan parmesan cheese or nutritional yeast instead of the real thing.
  • Use one of my suggested anchovy alternatives above.
Pouring healthy Caesar dressing onto a green salad from a mason jar

The Directions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. ENJOY!

Yes, it really is that easy!

Ways to use this Caesar dressing

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Store in an airtight jar or container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake or mix gently before serving.
  • To Freeze. Unfortunately, the ingredients in this recipe don’t lend themselves well to freezing and thawing. Therefore, I don’t recommend freezing this dressing.

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Caesar Dressing

4.82 from 37 votes
Healthy Caesar Dressing made with Greek yogurt is a homemade twist on traditional Caesar dressing that's so much better than storebought!

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 6 2-tablespoon servings, about 3/4 cup total

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
 

  • Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor.
  • Puree until smooth and emulsified.

Notes

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

Nutrition

Serving: 2tablespoonsCalories: 119kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 6gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 75IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 126mgIron: 1mg

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    1. 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!

    1. Hi Jenice, to be totally honest, we’ve always finished it in just a few days, but I think you’d be safe for at least 5.

      1. Thank you so much for the recipe! It is awesome.
        I hope my question isn’t gross! If anchovy paste lasts for a long time, and yogurt lasts for a few weeks, as does Dijon and the rest, what would prevent this recipe from lasting longer, like a month?5 stars

        1. Hi Krissy! Most homemade dressings only stay fresh for about 5 days despite the contents. To be safe, I would not recommend trying to keep the dressing for longer than this time period. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed the recipe!

  1. 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!5 stars

    1. 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!

  2. 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!5 stars

    1. 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!

  3. 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.5 stars

    1. Stephanie, I’m so sorry about the paste! That same thing has totally happened to me before. Regardless, I’m so glad that you enjoyed the dressing anyway. This calls for another batch :)

    1. Hi Shelby! We usually finish this within a day or two,  but I think you’d be fine keeping it for at least  4 or 5.

  4. This dressing is INCREDIBLE! I cannot get enough. I think the trick is real anchovies with a good quiality parmesan. Thanks for posting!!5 stars

    1. I am SO happy to hear this KR. And I totally agree: when a recipe has very few ingredients like this one, their quality is SO important. Thanks so much for your kind comment. I really appreciate it!

  5. Awesome recipe. Didn’t have anchovy paste. Instead, I substituted creamed smoked fish roe (comes in a tube from Ikea). Turned out great! Thanks5 stars

  6. 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

    1. 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.

  7. 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!5 stars

  8. 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… :-)5 stars

  9. Made this today, and as a person who normally never likes Dijon or sardines I absolutely LOVED this recipe!!! Truly delicious! Thank you for sharing! 5 stars

    1. Crystal, I’m so excited to hear you loved the recipe! Thanks for sharing your review…I really appreciate it!

    1. Hi Yvonne! Here’s the recipe for the ranch dip I make with Greek yogurt: https://www.wellplated.com/greek-yogurt-ranch-dip/

  10. Made this with Worcestershire sauce instead of anchovy paste using full fat greek yogurt; came out amazing! Absolutely delish! My new go to Caesar dressing :-)5 stars

    1. Kate, I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the dressing! Thanks so much for reporting back and taking the time to share your swaps. :)

  11. Made dinner for the in-laws tonight and used this recipe. They are picky eaters and loved it! Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m happy to hear the recipe was a hit, Brady! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this great review!

  12. Absolutely perfect! Love it! Left out the anchovies as didn’t have any, still great! It’s a keeper, thanks5 stars

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review, Jacky! I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed it. :)

  13. Hi Erin!
    I made this last night and absolutely loved it. I doubled the garlic (as I do for most recipes) and loved it. However, our teenager said it was “too garlicky”. I’ll tone down the garlic for her, but if I’m just making it for myself, I’ll keep doubling up : )5 stars

    1. Cheri, I’m so happy to hear the dressing was a hit! Thanks so much for sharing this awesome review!

  14. This is very good easy, clean tasting. I enjoy cooking and making the best for my family and this is well worth making. Thanks5 stars

    1. Bobby, thank you so much for taking the time to make the recipe and report back. I’m glad you enjoyed the dressing!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoy the dressing, Debra! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment!

  15. Hi Erin!

    I’d love to make a caesar casserole with this dressing recipe. How do you think the dressing would do if I added it to pasta and some veggies and then baked it like a casserole? 

    Thank you!
    Cait

    1. Cait, that sounds like a really yummy experiment! I can’t offer specifics as I’ve never tried. My initial thought is that the dressing might be kind of thin, but you can always play around and maybe add more yogurt and extra parmesan cheese. Be careful not to stir the dressing into the pasta while it is still super hot though, or it maybe curdle.

  16. Hi could u tell me if it would be possible to freeze this ? I know it sounds a silly question ? 
    Thank you. Stumbled across this healthy dressing & cant wait to make it , your site looks great!
    Julie, Scotland ??????? 

    1. Hi Julie! I actually wouldn’t recommend freezing this. It keeps well in the fridge for up to a week! I hope you enjoy if you try it.

  17. Absolutely the BEST! I figured out the WW points and it’s one point per tablespoon! Awesome for us Caesar Fanatics!!5 stars

  18. This stuff is great! I like to add a bit of cayenne for a kick. Light and airy. I even caught my son drinking it straight the other morning. Well done!5 stars

    1. Hi Fred! I’ve never tried to make the recipe this way, so I’m not sure how it would turn out. If you decide to experiment with it, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  19. Absolutely delicious! I added an extra garlic clove – makes it super garlicky and perhaps a bit overpowering but I adore garlic so no problem for me. This recipe is a delight!5 stars

  20. This Caesar dressing is amazing. You would never know there is no egg and hardly any olive oil. We have a favorite restaurant here in Los Angeles- Dan Tana’s- and we love their Caesar. Well… I have found a comparable recipe with less calories so we can indulge often!5 stars

  21. I just made this and followed exactly as written. This is an amazing recipe! Thank you so much! 5 stars

  22. Most delicious and easiest Caesar dressing to make. Plus it lasts refrigerated for 1 week!
    Made a big salad for 6 last night and not a bit of lettuce left on anyone’s plate. Was asked to share the recipe! This is the highest compliment.5 stars

  23. Super tasty!  Unfortunately, no anchovy paste on hand but used capers for their salty umami-ness and it worked wonderfully. Will definitely be making this often.  Thank you!5 stars

  24. This is easy and yet absolutely delicious!! Mine came out a bit thick, even though I followed the steps accurately. Loving this!5 stars

  25. I’ve been making Ina Garten’s classic Caesar dressing recipe for years, and weekly during the p, but my family is starting to put on the C 15 so I needed to find a healthier way to get them to still eat salads. I was skeptical that anything healthier could ever come close to Barefoot Contessa but OMG you can barely taste the difference and for the calorie difference, I’m not sure I’ll ever make my old one. Sorry Ina! This is amazing!5 stars

  26. Delicious! I used garlic powder instead of the garlic clove so I could just mix it all up in a bowl and not have to use a food processor. I also just eyeballed all of the measurements so it only took me about 3 minutes to make.5 stars

  27. Love this dressing! I am a caesar-o-holic and this is perfect! I love that it is yogurt based and healthy! Mine also came out a bit thick….Any tips for thinning it out? Thanks so much!5 stars

  28. Love love LOVE this recipe! We make it just about once a week for kale caesar salads… Thank you!!!5 stars

  29. Hello,

    I was going to make this today and wondered how much Worcestershire you use instead of anchovy paste?

    Thank you :)

    1. Hi Stacy! You can omit the anchovy paste or you can use 1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire, hope this helps!

  30. I’ve made this dressing several times, firstly with anchovies from a can, and today with anchovy paste, being the only difference. I think the ones with whole anchovies tasted better than today’s paste, so I think I’ll add some extra anchovy paste next time, but other than that, I have REALLY eoyed making this recipe! Thank you4 stars

  31. This doesn’t taste like Caesar, despite all the crossover ingredients, but it is a yummy garlic citrus yogurt dressing. I made a Caesar salad with it and I was disappointed, but when used other ways (like on a turkey burger) it was good.4 stars

    1. I’m sorry this recipe wasn’t to your tastes, Sue. I (and many other readers) have truly enjoyed it, so I wish you would’ve too!

  32. Just made this for tonight’s Caesar salad. I added a slash of Worcestershire sauce. So very good. I’ll be making this again and again.5 stars