Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

One of my favorite salads ever, is a caesar salad.  The crisp romaine lettuce, sharp and nutty Parmesan cheese, crunchy croutons, and plenty of that savory pepper-specked dressing… yes please!!  Usually I would just buy a bottle of dressing to have caesar salad at home, but no more… and once you try this recipe, you’ll be ditching that bottle too!

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!What salad is complete without some amazing croutons?  So how about some homemade garlic croutons?  Ohhhhhh yeah 😉

Making your own croutons is so easy, and it’s a great way to use up some old bread that you would otherwise forget about and end up throwing away.  I’m all about not wasting food, since that’s essentially wasting money, plus, I think homemade tastes better anyway lol.



Just start by cubing up some day old French or Italian bread, basically whatever you have laying around.  Lay them out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes.  While they’re baking, mix up your garlic oil mixture.  Drizzle the oil mixture over the bread cubes, toss to combine, then bake another 5 minutes.  Take them out of the oven, stir the croutons, then bake a final 5-6 minutes.  Viola!  Croutons 😀

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!Now this caesar salad dressing is just as simple, you don’t need a blender or food processor, just a whisk.  Just whisk all the ingredients together and chill in the refrigerator.  I usually make mine a few hours ahead of time, but it will still be plenty flavorful if you make it right before serving.

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!To make the salad, just chop up some fresh romaine lettuce (or buy a bag of the pre-chopped romaine), add 3/4 of your shredded Parmesan cheese, toss it together with the salad dressing and sprinkle with remaining shredded Parmesan cheese.

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!If you’d like, serve this salad with some sliced chicken breast on top to make it an entree salad.  For that, I usually use leftover chicken from another meal… makes dinner time a little less stressful 🙂  Some leftover chicken from my lemon chicken piccata would make a great addition to this salad!

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!This caesar salad would also make a great side to some Italian stuffed flank steak!

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!As the weather is warming up, I like to serve more salads as a nice refreshing side dish or even as an entree salad.  If you try this one, I know you’ll love it!

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Recipe from Cooking Classy

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!
3.91 from 21 votes
4 servings
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!
Author: The Chunky Chef
  • Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper depending on your tastes
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cloves small garlic pressed with a garlic press, grated, or finely minced
  • Croutons:
  • 1/2 loaf French bread 1-2 days old
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic pressed with a garlic press, grated, or finely minced
  • 1/4 each salt and black pepper
  • Salad:
  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. For the dressing:
  2. To a mixing bowl, add mayonnaise, anchovy paste, olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, salt, and garlic and stir. Whisk in sour cream. Place in airtight container in the refrigerator until serving.
  3. For the croutons:
  4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice bread into slices 3/4-inch thick then cut each slice into cubes. Spread out bread cubes in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake 5 minutes. While they are baking, in a mixing bowl, whisk together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  5. Remove baking sheet from the oven and drizzle with garlic oil mixture, toss to combine, then bake 5 minutes.
  6. Remove sheet from the oven and toss, then bake 5 - 6 minutes longer, until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.
  7. To assemble salad:
  8. In a large salad bowl toss together lettuce, croutons and 3/4 of the Parmesan. Drizzle with dressing and toss. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

** To make this salad an entree, add some sliced chicken breast to the top of the salad.
** Use as much dressing as you'd like.

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54 comments on “Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing”

  1. Nicely done lady! Well played 🙂

  2. Caesar salad is one of my favorites, too, but I usually just go with the old standby – Ranch.

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I’m pinning it so I can make it very soon. It sounds delish and your pictures are just gorgeous.

    Thanks, again!

    • Ranch is definitely a standby here too… my husband and kids would eat it straight from the bottle if I let them lol 🙂 Thank you so much Heather! Oh I hope you love this dressing when you make it 😀

  3. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try it:)

  4. Dahhhhhhhhhh!!!!! Caesar salad is my FAVORITE thing in the world. #1 favorite. And thanks to this picture I’m pretty sure i’m going to have to go out and lunch and buy one!! I can’t wait to try this dressing ASAP!!! I’ve never been able to find one as good as when you get it in a restaurant, so I’ll just have to make it myself! Thanks for this one, LOVE it.

  5. Hi Amanda, I do hope you’ll come over to Food on Friday: Salads to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole’s Chatter

  6. great looking salad. I love Caeser with all the Parma I can throw on it. this dressing sounds great. will try it soon, but probably without anchovy paste.

  7. I can eat caesar salad until I get ill. I didn’t know the dressing was so easy to make.

  8. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog 🙂 Caesar salad is my favorite and I never realized how easy it is to make your own dressing! Pinning this and will try out soon. Thanks for the great recipe. Oh, and your pictures are gorgeous!!
    Jessica @ togetherasfamily.com

  9. Caesar dressing is one of my favorites, too. I’m not sure why I’ve never tried making my own before, but you make it seem doable. I think I’ll have to give it a shot.

  10. Yum, I love recipes that don’t require me washing up my food processor but just a whisk instead 🙂 This salad looks so perfect!

  11. Homemade croutons and dressing are the BEST! Love these recipes 🙂

  12. Ceasar salad normally isn’t even my favorite but these pictures have just given me the strongest craving for it.

    So that’s a good sign yore doing this right lol

    Thanks for sharing this with us at the Fiesta!

  13. I just love a good Caesar Salad and this recipe looks very good, great photos! Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks delicious! Great shots!

  15. I LOVE caesar salad! It looks so crisp and delicious. Another great dinner dish!

  16. I love ceasar salad!! Pinning the recipe for future use! Now I can have Ceasar Salad at home… Can’t wait! 🙂

  17. Caesar salad is my favourite salad too, so simple but sooooooo good! I wish I had some now – definitely need to get in the stuff to make my own dressing though! Your recipe looks awesome!

  18. I love caesar salad dressing but have never tried to make it homemade! Thanks for sharing your recipe with Foodie Friends Friday! Hope to see you again next week!

  19. Love homemade caesar salad dressing! I always make my father in laws version, but I’ll definitely try yours too. I will eat in on any salad…it doesn’t have to be the traditional caesar!

  20. This is an all-time favorite! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  21. Oh my! I am obsessed with Caesar Salad, it’s pretty much my go to so this sounds amazing!

  22. I absolutely love Caesar salad and could it all the time… I was wondering, how much does this recipe yield for just the dressing? My hubby and I are dressing fanatics and I wasn’t sure how much this made. Also, how long after I made the dressing can I keep any left overs in the fridge? I’ve never made my own dressing and can’t wait to try your recipe. Just finished buying everything for it today!!! Thanks for posting!

    • Hi Meghann! Oh goodness, let me think… I believe it makes about 1.5-2 cups of dressing? We usually keep the leftovers covered in the refrigerator for about a week 🙂 Hope you guys love the dressing!

  23. Hi Meghann!

    Made this for a party of about 40 people. It was a big hit! Thank you for posting it. It was also easy to do.
    I’m making it again tonight.

  24. Hi,
    sorry didn’t read through all posts. I’m wondering if you omit the anchovy paste will it still taste good?
    I don’t usually have a cesar salad with anchovies.

  25. Excellence salad ….my kid loves it….?

  26. Hi!
    Can somebody tell me how can I replace de anchovy paste? Im allergic. Cant use anchovy

  27. Just made this for a party I’m catering tomorrow. It is excellent! Love everything about it, followed this recipe exactly as stated and am SO thrilled with the results. Seriously you must try this and really don’t try changing it up, it’s perfectly balanced with the flavors, you taste the lemon, garlic punches through and just leaves you wanting more. I haven’t even gotten to the Salad part just trying the dressing was enough for me. Could drink this stuff, that good! Thank you SO much for sharing! Look no further guys, this ones a keeper 🤗

  28. My all time favorite dressing! I have made this many times. I always double it and I add extra lemon and garlic! Big hit! 

  29. This recipe is so easy and and delicious! My family loves Caesar salad. 

  30. This is very similar to my recipe …. simple the best! .  I highly recommend this recipe .

  31. I used plain Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream. I added real bacon bits. Added lots of Shaved Parmesan Cheese and whisked everything but the bacon & cheese together. Had it for lunch yesterday with the girls for lunch and  had it tonight with the hubby for our dinner 🙂