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Looking for a dressing that's easy to make and packed with flavor? Look no further. Our creamy Caesar dressing offers all the rich, flavorful goodness you crave, without the mess of traditional recipes.

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Need a homemade Caesar dressing that isn't too runny?

Perfected through numerous tests, this recipe for dressing achieves the ideal balance between creaminess, acidity and depth. We simplified the restaurant classic, using anchovy paste for an extra touch Ummm—the savory flavor that enhances your culinary experience and makes your taste buds dance. Find out why this element is essential to making your homemade Caesar salad dressing stand out and take your Grilled Caesar Salad make a qualitative leap.

An assortment of ingredients for this dressing recipe, including a lemon, garlic, a tube of anchovy paste, grated cheese, mayonnaise, black pepper, and various sauces, arranged on a black tiled surface.

Ingredients for Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe

This recipe guides you through creating a Caesar dressing that's perfect for a variety of dishes. We skip the traditional method of raw eggs and use mayonnaise to do the job. It enhances flavors and adds a creamy texture to your favorite salads.

  • home made mayonnaise – or normal mayonnaise bought at the supermarket
  • Garlic cloves, minced (try smoked garlic confit for extra flavor)
  • Grated Parmesan cheese
  • Anchovy paste
  • Avocado oil (or your favorite neutral oil)
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • White wine vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Coarsely ground black pepper (or freshly ground black pepper)
  • Salt to taste

How to Make This Creamy Caesar Dressing

  1. Mix the base:
    • In a food processor, combine the mayonnaise, minced garlic, parmesan, and anchovy paste. Blend until smooth to create the flavorful base for your dressing. You can also use a whisk, but we found that a food processor speeds up this process.
  2. Incorporate liquids:
    • Add lemon juice, white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to the mixture. Blend again to combine all the ingredients well, ensuring a smooth and creamy consistency.
  3. Season:
    • Add coarsely ground black pepper and blend to combine. Taste and adjust seasoning to taste, adjusting to get the perfect balance.
  4. Shop:
    • Transfer the dressing to a glass jar or an airtight container and refrigerate until ready to use. This helps the flavors blend beautifully.
    • Storage: You can store it in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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Why is umami important?

  • Enhance the flavours: Umami acts as a flavor enhancer, making the seasoning more full-bodied and satisfying.
  • Depth and complexity: Anchovy paste is the key ingredient to impart this rich, flavorful note that pairs perfectly with the tart, creamy elements of the dressing.
  • Versatility: A good Caesar dressing with a strong umami presence can transform simple dishes into extraordinary ones, demonstrating its versatility in the kitchen.

Tips for the Carnivorous Girl Recipe

  • Confit Garlic: Using smoked garlic confit instead of raw garlic can add a subtle smokiness and mellow out the harsh flavor, which pairs beautifully with the umami of the anchovies.
  • Consistency adjustment: If the dressing is too thick, dilute it with a little lemon juice or oil, depending on your preference.
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How to use this creamy Caesar dressing

Pour this creamy Caesar dressing over a bowl of freshly chopped romaine lettuce, sprinkle with extra parmesan, add croutons, and maybe some grilled chicken for a complete meal. But it doesn't stop there; it's also great as a dip for crudités or as a spread on sandwiches and wraps.

Feeling wild? This recipe is also perfect for marinating chicken or pork.

This homemade creamy Caesar salad dressing is a game changer for any salad lover. With its rich umami flavor, brought to life by anchovy paste, it promises to elevate your salads from ordinary to extraordinary. Whip up some and see how delicious your salads can be!

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A creamy, delicious Caesar dressing that rivals any restaurant version, made easy with the clever use of anchovy paste for a quick umami boost. This versatile recipe makes a perfectly balanced dressing, ideal for classic Caesar salads, as a dip for crudités, or as a flavor-packed spread for sandwiches and wraps.

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  • Using a food processor, blend the mayonnaise, garlic, parmesan, and anchovy paste until smooth.

  • Add the lemon juice, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and blend again to combine.

  • Add the coarsely ground black pepper and pulse once or twice to combine.

  • Season with salt if desired.

  • Transfer to a glass jar and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

We like to make this dressing the day before to give the flavors time to blend.
Store it in a glass jar in the refrigerator and shake it well before using it.

This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days.

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 84kilocalorie | Carbohydrates: 0.4G | Protein: 0.5G | Fat: 9G | Saturated fats: 1G | Polyunsaturated fats: 4G | Monounsaturated fat: 3G | Trans Fats: 0.03G | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: ninety twomg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 0.03G | Sugar: 0.1G | Vitamin A: 8IU | C vitamin: 1mg | Soccer: 7mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Course: seasoning

Kitchen: American

Frequent questions

Is creamy Caesar dressing the same as Ranch dressing?

100% no. Not even close.

Is Caesar dressing creamy?

No, traditional Caesar dressing is not creamy. We like our version better.

How far in advance can you make Caesar salad dressing?

We like to prepare the dressing the day before to give the flavors time to blend.

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