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Caesar Salad Dressing

For me, this is the greatest homemade Caesar Salad Dressing.anywhere. Just try it!

The world's best Caesar salad dressing

The world's best Caesar salad dressing

How to Make a Great Caesar Salad Dressing

A delicious Caesar salad dressing recipe is worth its weight in gold! It's amazing how few restaurants know how to make this dressing properly. This is probably the one thing I have been most disappointed by when I've dined out. There is nothing worse than an unappetizing Caesar salad.

The potential pitfalls are many. Some people don't use enough garlic, and some people use too much (yes, it's hard to believe, but too much garlic is possible). Some people omit a necessary ingredient, and other people don't bother with homemade and use bottled dressing, instead. Of course, the problem might result from a combination of multiple factors.

The best Caesar dressing is greater than the sum of its parts. In other words, you can't omit any part (because you don't like the taste of blue cheese or anchovies, for example), or the final product will not be good as it was meant to be. Believe me, I am not a fan of blue cheese or anchovies by themselves. However, to make a delicious Caesar dressing, these two ingredients play a very important role.

So here I give you a garlic lover's Caesar salad dressing. Give it a try—you will absolutely love it! Remember, do not omit a single ingredient; you won't be disappointed. This is how all restaurants should make this dressing.

For me, this is the greatest Caesar dressing recipe anywhere. Whenever we make this dressing at home, we make enough salad for at least ten people, as that's just enough for the four of us. Sometimes this is all we need. Who needs supper when the salad is this good?

Best Classic Caesar Salad Recipe

This recipe will be sure to have you craving it time after time and is for people who love garlic! It is important to use the ingredients listed to capture the flavors intended.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of olive oil (extra virgin or regular is fine)
  • 6–7 cloves garlic (peeled)
  • Coddled egg (optional)
  • 1 1/2 tbsps of anchovy paste (or 1/2 can anchovies)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 5 ounces blue cheese
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt (optional)
  • Pepper (optional)

Note: Salt and pepper are optional. There is a fair bit of salt from the anchovy paste.

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients together into the blender.
  2. Blend for a thick and smooth consistency.
  3. Chill for 1 hour before you use it to allow the ingredients to meld together for optimal flavor. (If not using the egg, the dressing can be kept in the fridge for 1 week.)
  4. When you are ready to use, soak your romaine lettuce in cold water.
  5. Spin the lettuce and add it to a clean bowl.
  6. Add the croutons.
  7. Take the Caesar dressing out of the fridge.
  8. Spoon the Caesar dressing over your romaine lettuce and croutons; add a little at a time and toss thoroughly.
  9. Add the additional Caesar dressing until all the lettuce has a light coating.
  10. Sprinkle with extra Parmesan cheese just before you serve and enjoy!

Serves 12–16 people.

Cheese Garlic Toast

This salad is great with a baguette or cheese garlic toast.

Ingredients

  • Garlic spread mixture
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/8 tsp garlic salt
  • 1/2 tsp parsley flakes

Directions

  1. Cream all ingredients together and spread over French bread (or bread of your choice). Spread both sides.
  2. Set the bread under the broiler and lightly brown one side.
  3. Remove it from the oven and cover the other side with shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Set it under the broiler until the cheese bubbles. Remove it and serve.

Note: If you do not like cheddar cheese, you can add 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese to the garlic spread mixture; cover both sides of the bread and broil both sides. This is also very good.

Comments

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on December 04, 2011:

Thanks for commenting Hazelwood4, I can also remember years ago they used to toss Ceasar salad at the table. They don't do that anymore at least not in any restaurants I've been too. But it is hard to find a good ceasar salad in most restaurants, thanks goodness for home made.

hazelwood4 from Owensboro, Kentucky on December 04, 2011:

This Ceasar salad dressing sound really delicious. I remember when I first had a Ceasar salad many years at a fancy restaurant in town, the waiter tossed the salad at our table, and made the Ceasar salad dressing right in front of us! Great recipe for a wonderful salad!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on November 01, 2011:

This is a great recipe, though its always to taste as some like a little more of this or a little less of that. But for me this is tops! Thanks for commenting Derdriu and the Vote once more!

Derdriu on November 01, 2011:

Carcro: Thank you for the thoughtful inclusion of Caesar salad dressing and cheesy garlic toast recipes. The dressing recipe is fantastic with or without the egg although I prefer with. They already taste like more!

Voted up, etc.,

Derdriu

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 30, 2011:

Thanks for commenting healthywholefoods. Your mix also sounds very good. Thanks for the info!

healthywholefoods on October 30, 2011:

Fantastic recipe. I usually just use coconut oil, raw apple cider vinegar and Italian seasoning. Can't wait to try this recipe. Sounds delicious and healthy too.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 22, 2011:

Thanks oceanssunsets for the great comments, homemade is the best by far!

Paula from The Midwest, USA on October 22, 2011:

I love Caesar Salads and garlic, so thank you for this awesome looking recipe! Nothing beats homemade for taste and health both, in my opinion! :)

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 22, 2011:

Thanks for commenting Susan! The great thing about Ceasar salad is you can adjust to taste, so many great ways to prepare it. I'm sure yours is equally great!

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on October 22, 2011:

I make my Caesar salad dressing almost with the same ingredients that you use except I use Dijon mustard. I've never made mine with blue cheese. Will try that soon. Thanks.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 20, 2011:

Thanks again stars439! Hope you do get the chance...Have a great day!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 20, 2011:

Definitely have to make it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe. God Bless you.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 18, 2011:

You're most welcome Elena, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Elena Maria from Pennsylvania on October 18, 2011:

Your dressing looks and sounds delicious. I can't wait to make it!! Thank you for this Hub.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 15, 2011:

Thanks for reading and the Vote Up! I have to agree, some of those creamy dressings are worth buying, especially for dipping veggies!

Pollyannalana from US on October 15, 2011:

This does sound good, homemade is always better. About the only dressing I buy is the buttermilk ranch because I love to dip veggies in it. I should find a homemade recipe for that, never even thought to.

Voted up.

Polly

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 10, 2011:

Thanks Anglnwu, its definitely yummy, hope you get to try it one day!

anglnwu on October 10, 2011:

I'm going to bookmark this for when I need to make Caesar salad. Looks yummy and the process is not too difficult either. Rated up.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on October 06, 2011:

You're very welcome Hcosta, I hope you get a chance to try it. Thanks for commenting!

hcosta from Portugal on October 06, 2011:

Hello Carcro

I had dinner right now, and seeing this salad whetted the appetites again. I have to prove one day. Thank you for sharing.

Hcosta

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 29, 2011:

Hi Danette Watt, thanks for commenting on my Hubs, I am a little biased when I say this is the best Ceasar Salad dressing, lol. Definitely give it a try!

Danette Watt from Illinois on September 28, 2011:

Mmmm, garlic! This sounds absolutely fabulous and I'm bookmarked it try later.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 25, 2011:

You're very welcome Rachelle, I hope you find it easy to make and great tasting too! Thanks for reading and commenting!

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on September 25, 2011:

I absolutely love ceasar salad dressing, but I never knew how to make it. Your recipe makes it seem simple, because you have provided easy to follow steps.

Thanks for sharing.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 25, 2011:

Thank you so much tlmcgaa70 for the great comments and for the votes! Yes, I love hummus too, and you can have it with so many flavours, spicy salsa or greek olive to name a few, let your creativeness run wild...

tlmcgaa70 from south dakota, usa on September 25, 2011:

this sounds absolutely delicious. i love ceaser salads and garlic...now if i can just find a good recipe for hummus....yummmmm. thank you for sharing this lovely recipe! definitely voted up useful, awesome and interesting...

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 24, 2011:

Thanks Sherideem, I hope you really enjoy this recipe!

sherideem on September 23, 2011:

Good tips for us who loves Ceasar salad. Gonna try!

careeronlinedegre on September 23, 2011:

Sure, thanks for your reponse.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 23, 2011:

Thanks for Reading and commenting careeronlinedegre! And welcome to HubPages. I hope you get to enjoy this recipe one day!

careeronlinedegre on September 22, 2011:

Hi Carco, these are really very great, exactly there are many ways but this is very good and looks very pretty. Thank you for share this wonderful hub.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 22, 2011:

You are so welcome JT, There are many ways to make Ceasar salad, but this is the best way. Of course I am a little biased...Lol

JT Walters from Florida on September 22, 2011:

Hi Carco,

I love Casear Salad but never knew how to make the dressing. Thank you.

JT

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 21, 2011:

Thanks SmartyPens, if you get a chance, whip up a batch, its absolutely delish. Thanks for commenting!

SmartyPens on September 21, 2011:

This looks delish!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 19, 2011:

I have to agree, I got so fed up with restaurant Ceasar Salad, I stopped ordering it altogether. You can't beat home made. Thanks Pamela for commenting and voting up...Maybe have your daughter post her recipe too!

Pamela Dapples from Just Arizona Now on September 19, 2011:

This is great. My daughter makes a mean Caesar Salad, too, and to think I've gone almost 55 years before realizing these great concoctions exist. I used to order Caesar Salad in restaurants decades ago and they were nothing special so I quit ordering them for almost a lifetime until our daughter happened to make us one herself. Great hub. Voting up.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 17, 2011:

Thanks adrienne2 for reading and commenting! This recipe for Ceasar Salad is absolutely the best... I wish the restaurants would serve it this way, lol.

Fierce Manson from Atlanta on September 17, 2011:

Boy do the pictures look delicious! Have voted up. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 13, 2011:

Thanks for reading and the vote miccimom! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as me and my family do...

miccimom from U.S.A on September 13, 2011:

Looks yummy! Thanks for the recipe, I will try it out! Voted up and useful!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 06, 2011:

Thank you for reading and comenting on my hub cristina327. Hope you also have a great day!

Cristine Santander from Manila on September 05, 2011:

Great hub,which presents great recipe. I feel like trying it at home. Thank you for sharing this great recipe here at Hubpages. I wish you a great day today. Best regards.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 05, 2011:

Thanks for commenting and voting up prasetio30! You're right, fresh veggies and fruit are so delicious and an important part of our healthy diet. I'm so glad you enjoyed this hub! I'll have to share some more family recipes...

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on September 05, 2011:

Hmm.....yummy. I love your delicious recipes. I love salad and it make me always fresh every day. No one better than veggies and fruit, right. I really enjoy your step by step in making Ceasar Salad Dressing. Vote up!

Prasetio

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 02, 2011:

Thanks for commenting Inquilab, I hope you enjoy this Ceasar Salad recipe! Its been in our family for years.

Inquilab on September 02, 2011:

Good recipe... I ll give it a try.. voted useful..

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on September 02, 2011:

Thanks vocal coach for the great comments and for rating Up. I hipe you enjoy this Ceasar dressing, My wife has made it for years now and its always been a favorite at friend and family gatherings as well!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on September 01, 2011:

What a superb hub and recipe for Ceasar Salad Dressing. I will be trying it this weekend. A billion thanks! Rated UP.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 31, 2011:

Your most welcome stars439, hope you get to try it one day! Thanks for commenting and may God Bless You Too!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on August 31, 2011:

Thank you for sharing the wonderful recipe. God Bless You.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 31, 2011:

Your welcome amymarie_5! I hope you enjoy it as much as my family does. Thanks for commenting...

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on August 31, 2011:

That sounds easy to put together. I'm going to have to make this ceaser dressing. Thanks for sharing!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 30, 2011:

There are so many ways to make Ceasar salad, I have had some really good Ceasar Salads at a few select restaurants, but more bad than good. Your suggestions are also very good. Thanks for reading my hub and commenting!

Trsmd from India on August 30, 2011:

A lot of ceasar salad recipes will call for you to rub a crushed garlic clove around the bowl before mixing the salad in it - the wood helps absorb and hold the flavor of the garlic, as well as not react with the lemon juice,

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 30, 2011:

Thanks a bunch GIANTONIS! Really appreciate your comments! I'm glad to hear to have tried this recipe, I just love this Ceasar salad...

GIANTONIS on August 29, 2011:

Hey carcro...I found your recipe and immediately applied it.You turned an everyday salad to taste even better!!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 28, 2011:

Thanks Debby for reading and commenting. There is nothing better than a delicious Ceasar salad, except of course for yummy Shitake mushrooms.

Debby Bruck on August 27, 2011:

This looks wonderful. Shall give this a try, but without the Parmesan. Nicely illustrated. Thanks also for visiting my mushroom hub. Debby

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 22, 2011:

I'm so glad you tried it, I can never get enough of this Ceasar salad either. Thanks UniqueVanities for the great comments and vote of approval!

Heather from Ohio on August 22, 2011:

Not even a fan of Ceasar, but showed my mom this, thinking it might be something she would enjoy. I'm sitting at her house now, having my second salad!! Who knew?! Thanks! Voted up, useful, and awesome! :)

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 21, 2011:

Thanks so much JJ. We love our Ceasar Salad, time to pass it around. Lol

JJ Windrose on August 21, 2011:

Hi, very well done Hub...I am going to vote you up!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 19, 2011:

Thank you Cloverleaf for reading my hub and the kind remarks! We all love good homemade recipes, great to share!

Cloverleaf from Calgary, AB, Canada on August 19, 2011:

Carco, what a brilliantly illustrated hub you have put together here! Thanks for sharing your recipe. Bookmarked and Rated up/useful

Cloverleaf

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 18, 2011:

Thanks so much for checking out my hub, please do try the dressing exactly as shown, I love this recipe!

Movie Master from United Kingdom on August 18, 2011:

I love Ceasar salad and am always disappointed in bought dressings, so am really keen to try these, great hub and photos, many thanks for sharing.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 18, 2011:

Thanks for commenting Flora, if you love garlic, you'll love this recipe.

FloraBreenRobison on August 17, 2011:

I will have to try this the next time I make a salad. I've always loved Ceasar Salad

Om Paramapoonya on August 16, 2011:

Sounds delicious! Thanks for the recipe. Rated up and useful. :)

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 16, 2011:

Thanks Rsusan, It truly is a great recipe. I just can't ever get enough of it. If you get a chance to make it, I'm sure you will enjoy it too.

Rika Susan from South Africa on August 16, 2011:

Great Ceasar salad recipe and yummy pics, carcro! I love croutons and parmesan cheese. Good stuff!

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 14, 2011:

I know what you mean, we actually eat it all up in two sittings. But then we are salad lovers too... I hope you really enjoy this ceasar salad dressing, I just can't get enough. Thanks for commenting!

SweetiePie from Southern California, USA on August 14, 2011:

I know you said that recipe feeds 12-16 people, but I probably could eat that entire bowl of salad in two settings by myself. Okay, I really like salad, and sometimes I eat it by itself for dinner. Thanks for the recipe on how to make a real Caesar salad. I will try it.

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 12, 2011:

Thanks Nell, I have been reading a lot of hubs lately on cooking and recipes, thought I'd share a family secret recipe too...

Nell Rose from England on August 12, 2011:

Hi, Oh how I wish I could prepare food or cook like this! lol wonderful, I have had my share of dodgy restaurants, and believe me when I say they should start from scratch and do it the proper way! great stuff! cheers nell

Paul Cronin (author) from Winnipeg on August 11, 2011:

Hi Victoria, for myself and anyone we have shared this recipe with, there are very few occasions we have ever tasted a comparable Ceasar dressing, especially in a restaurant. Please do try it out and thanks for commenting!

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 11, 2011:

Useful and voted up! I'm always looking for a great Caesar dressing. I love Red Lobster's! I haven't found one comparable. Perhaps I'll try yours. You think it will compare?? thanks!