Caesar Dressing Without Anchovies Recipe

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This quick homemade creamy Caesar dressing is more delicious than store bought and it’s made without raw anchovies or anchovy paste! Caesar salad is one of my favorite comfort foods, and I love being able to easily make it at home.

Caesar Dressing Without Anchovies

Where I live, anchovies and anchovy paste are a hard ingredient to find, so this recipe was born out of necessity. After probably the fifth time that I was looking for anchovies at a store, I finally started wondering “Can Caesar dressing be made without anchovies?” It turns out that yes, it can!

After a little testing, I’m super happy with how this quick homemade salad dressing came out, and I think you’re all going to love it! It’s the perfect mixture of creamy, garlic-infused, and tangy.

Try making an amazing Caesar salad by serving this best Caesar dressing with some homemade garlic croutons, plenty of romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, grilled chicken, and freshly cracked black pepper.

Caesar dressing in a small bowl with the light glistening off of it.

What Can I Substitute For Anchovies In Caesar Dressing?

If you’re wondering “how to make Caesar dressing without anchovies”, this recipe has you covered. Anchovies add a salty and umami flavor, and we’re mimicking it with the combination of Worcestershire sauce and Dijon mustard. If you love the anchovy flavor, you can definitely add more Worcestershire sauce.

The labeled ingredients for creamy Caesar dressing.

Did The Original Caesar Salad Have Anchovies?

Caesar Cardini, the person that Caesar salad is attributed to, actually didn’t use anchovies in his dressing recipe. In fact, it’s said that he opposed them in his recipe.

A process collage showing blending the Caesar dressing in a food processor.

Why Use Worcestershire Sauce?

Some people search for a homemade Caesar dressing with no anchovies because they can’t find anchovy paste at the store, and some people search for it because they’re vegetarian or can’t eat fish.

Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so it’s a great addition if you want the flavor but can’t find anchovy paste. My favorite brand of traditional Worcestershire sauce is Lea & Perrins.

What Type Of Oil Should I Use?

I used grapeseed oil, but you could also vegetable oil. The key is to use a neutral tasting oil so that the oil doesn’t overpower the flavor of the dressing. If you want to use olive oil, I’d recommend using extra light olive oil.

A bowl of cut up romaine topped with creamy Caesar dressing.

Do I Have To Use Mayonnaise?

I’d recommend using it if you can. It allows us to skip using raw eggs in the dressing, and it also helps speed up the emulsifying process.

Caesar dressing in a terra cotta bowl with a lemon wedge.

Do I Need To Use a Food Processor?

This dressing needs to emulsified to become creamy, and that’s a lot easier to accomplish with either a food processor or a high speed blender. You can whisk it by hand if you’d like, just be prepared that it will be a lot more work.

Chicken Caesar salad on a white platter.

How To Make It Vegan

You’ll need to substitute both the mayonnaise and the Worcestershire sauce for vegan varieties. My favorite vegan gluten free brand or Worcestershire sauce is The Wizard’s Worcestershire Sauce. My favorite vegan mayonnaise brand for this recipe is the Follow Your Heart Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise.

Is It Keto?

Yes, this recipe is keto friendly and low carb as it is written.

Is It Gluten Free?

As long as you use a certified gluten free Worcestershire sauce, this recipe will be gluten free.

Caesar dressing in a small bowl with a lemon wedge.

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Yield: 12 servings

Caesar Dressing Without Anchovies Recipe

The best cream Caesar dressing recipe without anchovies.

This quick homemade creamy Caesar dressing is more delicious than store bought and it’s made without raw anchovies or anchovy paste!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 medium garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce *(see notes, contains anchovies, optional - but recommended)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 cup grapeseed oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Add the mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, garlic, lemon juice, white wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Blend until the ingredients are pureed.
  2. Very slowly pour the oil into the food processor while it’s pureeing until the mixture has thickened and emulsified. If you’re worried that you’ll pour it in too quickly, it’s best to do this a Tablespoon at a time.
  3. Add in the parmesan cheese and pulse about 5 or 6 times.

Notes

*For this recipe to be gluten free, it's very important to make sure that you're using a certified gluten free Worcestershire sauce.

*Some people search for a homemade Caesar dressing with no anchovies because they can’t find anchovy paste at the store, and some people search for it because they’re vegetarian or can’t eat fish. Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so it’s a great addition if you want the flavor but can’t find anchovy paste. If you need this dressing to have no fish, then either omit the Worcestershire sauce or replace it with a vegan Worcestershire sauce. The favorite brand of traditional Worcestershire sauce is Lea & Perrins, and my favorite vegan gluten free brand is The Wizard’s Worcestershire Sauce.

If you want this recipe to be egg-free, replace the mayonnaise with a vegan brand. My favorite brand for this recipe is the Follow Your Heart Grapeseed Oil Vegenaise.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1/12

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 143Total Fat: 14.8gCarbohydrates: 1.2gNet Carbohydrates: 1.1gFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.2gProtein: 1.3g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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4 thoughts on “Caesar Dressing Without Anchovies Recipe”

    • Hi Annie, So happy to hear you liked this homemade Caesar dressing! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave feedback, I really appreciate it. -Alexa

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    • Hi Alissa, Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! Worcestershire sauce does contain anchovies, which is why the recipe was written with it being optional. It was also addressed in both the notes and the article for the recipe. The tricky thing with this search term is that some people look it up because they can’t find anchovies in the store, and some people look it up because they can’t or don’t want to eat anchovies. I did my best to give both sets of people the best available option for them, and included a recommendation for a vegan brand of Worcestershire sauce for the people that want the flavor without using a fish ingredient. I appreciate you taking the time to comment! -Alexa

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