Finally, a homemade Caesar salad dressing I love to make and eat! It’s delicious without the need to add a raw egg or anchovy paste (see ALLERGY NOTE below).
Not only do I love it, but so does our daughter. That’s a big deal because my kids don’t like dressings on their salad. They eat salad, but only if it’s not dressed. Weird, right?! This Caesar salad dressing changed all that; my 13 year old girl cannot get enough of this dressing. In fact, the other day when she was home alone – she made homemade croutons and this dressing and ate half a head of romaine by herself! Perhaps the boy will come around soon too.
Allergy Alert! For anyone with an egg allergy, please note that while this recipe does not include any raw eggs, mayonnaise often contains eggs or egg products and Worcestershire Sauce and Fish Sauce often have anchovy as an ingredient. More on this after the recipe.
Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
- ¼ cup Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup mayonnaise*
- 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ tsp fish sauce (optional)
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- salt & pepper to taste
- In a large jar, combine all ingredients.
- Stir or shake well.
- Store in fridge for 5-7 days.
- Makes 3/4 cup of dressing, enough for dressing one large head of romaine
- *Mayonnaise typically contains eggs, so while this recipe does not require any raw eggs, it is NOT suitable for anyone with an egg allergy.
- Toss some homemade croutons into the oven for the best Caesar salad ever.
What to Use instead of Anchovy Paste or Anchovies
I’m not opposed to using anchovies or anchovy paste, they add to the characteristic flavor of Caesar salad dressing. The problem is I never have anchovy paste or anchovies on hand and I don’t like buying ingredients for just one recipe. Since I use fish sauce much more frequently, I use it in this recipe and find it does the job (anchovies are often used when making fish sauce).
If fish sauce is no more a staple in your house than anchovies or anchovy paste, try increasing the amount of Worcestershire sauce, Soy sauce, Miso, Dulse (dried seaweed) or Maggi might be other ingredients that would add more umami flavor, but I haven’t tried those.
Do you have any other suggestions fro what to use instead of anchovies or anchovy paste?
What to Use Instead of Mayonnaise
I was so excited about a Caesar salad recipe with no raw egg, that I forgot all about the fact that most mayonnaise is made with egg. Anyone with an egg allergy will need to use a replacement for the mayo.
What are your go to substitutes for mayonnaise? I’m liking the looks of this Avocado Mayo by Wellness Mama. I wonder if a finely mashed avocado would be a good substitute in this recipe? I’ll keep you posted.
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