Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Creamy and bursting with savory flavors, this homemade caesar salad dressing is SO much better than any store-bought variety!

Behold, my favorite salad of all time!  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!

Perfect restaurant-style Caesar salad with homemade dressing and homemade garlic croutons.  Amazing as a side salad, or add some grilled chicken and make it a meal! #salad #dressing #saladdressing #caesar #homemade #croutons #fromscratch

Whenever we go out to a restaurant, I always order a caesar salad with my meal.  No other side salad comes close for me!  Now that I’ve perfected the homemade dressing and croutons, it’s a staple around here as well.

To me, no salad is complete without croutons… and garlic croutons, well, that just makes everything better!

Homemade garlic croutons for caesar salad

Crunchy, buttery, perfection!


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.

  • Cube up (or tear) some day old bakery bread.  French, Italian, Ciabatta, etc are all great for this.  Make sure the bread cubes are bite-sized.
  • Lay them out on a foil lined baking sheet and bake @ 375 F degrees for 5 minutes.  While they’re baking, mix up your garlic oil mixture.  
  • Whisk together olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle the oil mixture over the bread cubes, toss to combine, then bake another 5 minutes.  Stir the croutons, then bake a final 5-6 minutes.  Viola… croutons!

Homemade caesar salad with croutons

This homemade caesar salad dressing is just as simple, you don’t need a blender or food processor, just a bowl and a whisk.  I usually make mine a few hours ahead of time, but it will still be plenty flavorful if you make it right before serving.


Traditionally, caesar salad dressing is made with olive oil, egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, lemon, mustard, garlic and pepper.  To keep this dressing as easy to make as possible (as well as eliminating any risk that goes with raw eggs), I chose to make mine with mayonnaise and sour cream.  This gives the dressing a beautiful creamy texture, that’s a bit lighter than an all mayo-based dressing, yet still velvety smooth.


I know, I know… anchovies can be a bit… off-putting.  Normally I shy away from using them in most of my cooking, but for this dressing, it really adds a great depth of flavor.  Without the anchovies, the dressing can taste really flat and one dimensional… sort of like if you forget to salt your food while cooking it.

Instead of using anchovy filets, I use anchovy paste!  You can usually find it in major grocery stores, and it’s shelf-stable (until opened, then you’ll need to refrigerate it).

Caesar salad dressing in bottle


This one may surprise you!  As a kid, I thought caesar salad was named after Julius Caesar, the infamous Roman Emperor.  But in fact, it’s named after a chef, Caesar Cardini.  He’s the man we all owe a big thank you to!

Pouring homemade caesar salad dressing


After one bite of this salad, you may want to turn this into your main meal, and I can’t blame you!  There are 3 main sources of protein that we add to this salad:

  • Chicken
    • Slice chicken breasts in half horizontally, to make 2 thin cutlets.  Season well with salt, pepper, dried minced onion, garlic powder, and a pinch of paprika.  Saute over MED-HIGH heat with a drizzle of olive oil for 4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Salmon
    • Rub salmon filets with a drizzle of olive oil, then season with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  Saute over MED – MED-HIGH for several minutes per side until cooked to your liking.
  • Shrimp
    • Season shrimp with salt, pepper, garlic powder and a pinch of paprika.  Saute over MED-HIGH heat with a drizzle of olive oil for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden and cooked through.  Squeeze some lemon juice over the shrimp when finished cooking.

Homemade caesar salad in bowl


This salad makes a fabulous side dish to a LOT of recipes, but here are a few of my favorites:

Perfect restaurant-style Caesar salad with homemade dressing and homemade garlic croutons.  Amazing as a side salad, or add some grilled chicken and make it a meal! #salad #dressing #saladdressing #caesar #homemade #croutons #fromscratch

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing

Forget about bottled salad dressing, this simple homemade caesar salad dressing is about 1000x better!
4.4 from 79 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 454



  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 tsp anchovy paste
  • 3 cloves garlic - , pressed with a garlic press, grated, or finely minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 - 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 - 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper - , depending on your tastes
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded fresh parmesan cheese
  • Salt to taste


  • 1/2 loaf artisan 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


  • 1 large head Romaine lettuce - , chopped
  • 1/2 cup shredded or shaved Parmesan cheese



  • 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 and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese. Place in airtight container in the refrigerator until serving.


  • 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.
  • Remove baking sheet from the oven and drizzle with garlic oil mixture, toss to combine, then bake 5 minutes.
  • Remove sheet from the oven and toss, then bake 5 - 6 minutes longer, until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oven and set aside.


  • In a large salad bowl toss together lettuce, croutons and Parmesan cheese. Drizzle with dressing and toss. Sprinkle with additional Parmesan and black pepper if desired.


For best results, use a good-quality mayonnaise and real, fresh Parmesan cheese.  The kind in a bottle in the pasta aisle won't taste nearly as good as fresh Parm!
Author The Chunky Chef
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If changing the recipe serving quantity, the recipe plugin will change the ingredient values for you, but it does NOT change the written instructions, those are manually added and not subject to a slider/button. You will have to extrapolate that multiplication to any amounts listed in the instructions.

For example: if an ingredient calls for 4 cups, and you doubled the recipe, it will automatically change to 8 cups. In the instructions, if I say “use 4 cups of cheese”, you will have to realize that since you doubled it, you use 8 cups, not 4


Perfect restaurant-style Caesar salad with homemade dressing and homemade garlic croutons.  Amazing as a side salad, or add some grilled chicken and make it a meal! #salad #dressing #saladdressing #caesar #homemade #croutons #fromscratch

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122 comments on “Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing”

  1. This made the best salad I have EVER put in my mouth!!! She was right when she said you might want to make this into the main meal after one bite. Sadly I didn’t have anchovy paste but I subbed 2 tsp soy sauce and it was still the best dressing I’ve EVER made! I served the dressing over romaine, tomato slices, mild banana pepper rings, and croutons with an extra grind of fresh black pepper. SO amazing!

  2. Do you think I could use plain Greek yogurt instead Of the sour cream? TY

    • Without testing and retesting it myself, I can’t say for certain if that would work the same, however, I think it would be just fine 🙂 If you try it, I’d love to know how it turns out!

  3. This is delicious dressing and exactly what I’ve been looking for! Super tasty and garlicky – love it!

  4. Best croutons ever!!!  The dressing is awesome as well. Love it😍

  5. OK, this was a terrific dressing, though I did make some tweaks… I used Plant based Sour cream, a Vegan mayonnaise and 4 gloves of minced Garlic with Homemade Polenta Croutons. My (non-Vegan / Gluten Free) friends said it was truly a GREAT Caesar… comparable to the Classic (and in my humble opinion BEST EVER) Caesar Salad served at Dan Tana’s in Los Angeles. I suspect this may always be at the ready in my fridge.

  6. My husband loves Caesar dressing and I have been using the same recipe forever.  We really enjoyed this version of the dressing. I used Meyer lemon juice, and 3-4 anchovy fillets smashed with a mortar & pestle.  Recipe made quite a bit, so I am looking forward to a couple more yummy salads.
    *I did have a problem with this website jumping around while I was trying to read the recipe and write this review….

  7. Just made this!!!!! Added spicey teriyaki chicken breast on top. It was by far the best dressing ever!!! Real parmesan all the way

  8. The dressing is really thick, does it loosen up?

  9. Can I use minced garlic instead? If so how much should I add in? 

  10. This salad has become a staple in our house! We love it! How long do you think the dressing can stay in the fridge if I make it ahead?

  11. How long is this good for in fridge?

  12. Really quick and easy…and perfect! Just the right balance of all ingredients, make for a delicious salad. Thanks!

  13. This was delicious! Thank you very much for the recipe.

  14. How can a dish that is easy to make, economical, and quickly assembled be so unbelievably de!icious? The Chunky Chef has scored a 10+ with this recipe! My international-traveler husband, upon being advised to give critical feedback, said “only two other Caeser Salads were comparable, not better,” and went on to name a famous ( and pricey) restaurant as well as a high-end cruise line. His final comment was, “please don’t change anything because it’s PERFECT.” Thank you for mastering and sharing this recipe. By the way, this is also his favorite salad.

  15. This is the best recipe! The salad dressing is very easy to make, creamy and delicious. This will definitely be my go-to caesar salad dressing recipe. Thank you very much.

  16. Sooooo delicious!

  17. I loved the recipe. Tried it at home with a few tweaks and it was so so good! Thanks for making ceasar salad nights amazing!

  18. Good recipe. Like leaving the egg yolk out and using mayonnaise and sour cream instead 

  19. Wonderful recipe!  The only change I made because I just could not consider adding anchovies – I doubled the Worcestershire sauce (which has anchovies in it already).  I did not have Dijon mustard so I used what I had – Creole Mustard which made it a little spicy.    I loved the recipe and will never go back to store bought!   Thank you!

  20. Excellent. Very lemony, but I added a whole lemon. I also added a bit more anchovy paste.
    I’m always on the lookout for a good Caesar salad dressing that doesn’t use raw eggs.  . 

  21. I don’t usually comment on blog recipes, but I have made this one SO MANY TIMES AND I LOVE IT! It is my go-to Caesar dressing, and everyone I have made it for loves it. Thanks for a great recipe!

  22. How long will the dressing keep if refrigerated in an air tight container? Apologiesiif it’s mentioned somewhere and I missed it. Thanks in advance, love your site!

    • I would say about a week 🙂 So glad you enjoy the site!

    • Whenever we have pasta for dinner, we treat ourselves to salads from a local restaurant. Most have a garden salad, but my favorite is Caesar salad. With this AMAZING dressing, I can save some money and make my salad at home! 🙂 Thank you so much!

  23.  Am I missing something? The dressing ingredients include Parmesan cheese but it seems that it’s not added into the dressing. Was that ingredient missed in adding all the ingredients together? Can you please clarify? Thanks! 

  24. This is a wonderful recipe. I wouldn’t have thought to use mayonnaise and sour cream, but the olive oil thins it just enough to make a great creamy dressing. It doesn’t need an egg yolk, like other recipes, but don’t skimp on the garlic and anchovies; they are essential to Caesar salad dressing.

  25. This dressing is amazing and easy to put together. I just made my second batch of it.

  26. This is my go to recipe for Caesar dressing, everybody loves it so Thank you for sharing it

  27. Hands down the best Caesar Salad. Without question the best croutons ever. I could eat the dressing with a spoon. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  28. Unless I’m missing something, this DEEE-lishous dressing is Keto friendly with 2g of carbs/2 Tbsp sour cream. Everything else is 0 carbs…No croutons though…(heavy sigh).

    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

    I love this ceasar dressing! You surely have a winner there.

  29. Excellent creamy Caesar salad dressing … I am old school & used to use a raw egg … never used mayo but I’m hooked now … my picky boyfriend said “delicioso” …

  30. This recipe is so simple and crazy good! Thanks so much, I will be making it again and again and again!

  31. So I’m just letting you know that Pinterest has blocked this link. I have been making this dressing for a year and just made it last week by clicking the link I pinned (this exact link) and it’s saying it’s now blocked. Not sure how this can get fixed, but I do love this recipe! 

  32. I’ve made this recipe so many times. It’s awesome!  But one question I have. When u say half a loaf, is that half a pound or about how much? I usually use a baguette and double the seasoning ingredients but sometimes I wonder if it’s too much. Still turns out delicious but wondering what size loaf you use. Thank you!

  33. Excellent recipe! I loved it on my salad and so easy to make 

  34. Thank you for this recipe! I didn’t have anchovy paste available to me, so I minced 3 1/2 filets and it worked fine. I blended everything but the sour cream in my Ninja then whisked it in at the end like you advised. It’s really good and has amazing depth of flavor, thanks again!

  35. Ever get home from a long day of work, cut up leftover chicken breast and you have all you need for a nice dinner salad.. only to find out there is only a drop of dressing left. I quickly took to the web and saw this recipe and I substitute ld Dijon for spicy brown and did not add any anchovies. So far. It has turned out to be the families new favorite!

  36. I made this recipe to the T…..it was fantastic…..I will never buy Cesar dressing again

    Thanks for sharing!!

  37. I would just like to tell you that I’ve tried a lot of homemade Caesar recipes, and this is the best one by far.  I didn’t use garlic cloves, just garlic powder and I left out the anchovy paste for the first batch.  I put it in for the second batch.  It tasted great both ways.  Thank you so much for sharing!

  38. This recipe is absolutely delicious!!  I added a little fresh horseradish and it added a lovely zip of flavor and now it’s a family favorite!!! Thank you for sharing this gem!!

  39. My Caesar dressing recipe is identical, with the exception that I have never added sour cream.  What a great idea, I will need to try it.  I make homemade Caesar salad 3-4 times a week we both love it so much and I haven’t bought a bottle of Caesar dressing from the grocery store in years.

  40. My go-to recipe for Caesar dressing!

  41. This dressing is absolutely awesome. I just made it and I don’t think is going to last a week in this home. Thank you for sharing.

  42. We’ve made your dressing 3 times in the last 7 days, since finding it online. It’s nice to watch my daughter eat green leaves with gusto. We’ve tried the dressing on spinach and arugula too, both with delicious results.

  43. I just mixed this up and had a taste. Very good. Looking forward to pasta and Casear salad for dinner!

  44. Is there a way to omit the anchovy paste? There is just something about it that grosses me out.

  45. This looks heavenly! Love this healthy option!

  46. I am always in for a good salad! This one is calling my name!

  47. Homemade dressing makes my life SO MUCH BETTER!

  48. I love a good caesar salad! The dressing looks delicious and I love that you made your own croutons too!

  49. Yummy! This made me drool. Cannot wait to try this. This recipe looks incredible! Thank you.

  50. I love the flavors in this!

  51. I think I can handle anchovy paste! Totally worth it for a delicious salad!

  52. Can I freeze any extra dressing?

  53. how long will dressing last in frig

  54. 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 🙂

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

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

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

  58. 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 🤗

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

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

  61. 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.

  62. 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.

  63. 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!

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

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

  66. 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!

  67. 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!

  68. 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!

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

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

  71. This looks delicious! Great shots!

  72. 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

  73. 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!

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

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

  76. 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.

  77. 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

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

  79. 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.

  80. 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

  81. 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.

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

  83. 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 😀

  84. Nicely done lady! Well played 🙂