Caesar salad dressing is one of those rare treats. That’s because every store bought bottle contains nasty ingredients — everything from genetically-modified soybean oil to strange, unpronounceable chemical cocktails.
Thankfully, you can make a homemade Caesar Salad dressing almost as easily as you can make an oil & vinegar one. Better yet, you get to control the quality of ingredients. With raw eggs from pastured hens (see: Why I’m Not Afraid of Salmonella) and a tasty anchovy-rich Worcestershire Sauce, a homemade caesar salad packs a nutrient-dense punch.
Ever wonder how a dish got its name?
The myth of the caesar salad supposedly started in Tijuana, Mexico where restaurateur Caesar Cardini invented the salad on Fourth of July weekend because he was running low on food in his kitchen.
His original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, and Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. The original salad was prepared at tableside.
Whatever the reason, I’m glad that we have this savory, creamy caesar salad dressing to enjoy today! It’s easy to make and you can get the ingredients year round.
You can also transform caesar salad from a side dish to a meal by just adding grilled or roasted chicken.
And don’t be intimidated! A few flicks of my whisk and I have a delicious salad to enjoy. If you want to add a little flair, you can make your own sourdough croutons too.
Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
This recipe is taken from my book, Simply Salads by Season and makes about 2 cups.
Caesar Salad Dressing: The Players
- 1 1/3 cup olive oil (where to buy real olive oil)
- 1 egg yolk (from pastured hens)
- ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce (homemade Worcestershire Sauce recipe)
- 3 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- ¼ tsp. red pepper flakes
- ½ tbsp. mustard
- 2 anchovy fillets, mashed (where to buy BPA-free wild-caught anchovy fillets)
- salt & pepper to taste
Caesar Salad Dressing: The How-To
In a bowl, whisk egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, pepper, mustard, and anchovies.
Slowly whisk in olive oil until mixture is emulsified.
Add salt & pepper to taste.
To serve, simply drizzle the caesar salad dressing over chopped romaine and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. For some added flair, you can add chopped hard-boiled eggs or sourdough croutons.
Want even more homemade, wholesome salads to enjoy year round?
In my book, Simply Salads by Season, you’ll get dozens of new recipes for dressings, condiments, and salads — all organized by season.
Tired of picking up bottles of salad dressing with ingredients labels that read like chemistry texts? Saddened by how even so-called organic dressings still contain unhealthy refined oils like canola and soy?
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