This homemade caesar salad dressing without raw anchovies puts store-bought dressings to shame!
I created this to remind me of the kind of caesar salad dressing you get at a restaurant when they make it right at the table. EXCEPT, I wanted that same great taste but without anchovies.
Note added in 2020: This has become one of the top 3 most popular recipes on XO&So along with my buffalo cauliflower bites and my homemade croutons with garlic butter. I’m so excited that you guys love it as much as I do!
By the way, those croutons I mentioned are the PERFECT thing to go with this caesar dressing. They’re crispy, buttery, delicious, and no salad is complete without bread if you ask me! Lol.
Since I became a vegetarian about six years ago, I’ve really missed out on good caesar salads when I can’t find a good recipe without anchovies. So, I decided to make my own!
I got a new KitchenAid Food Processor (I’m in love) and I used it to whip up this homemade caesar salad dressing in just a few minutes.
And let me tell you… this dressing has BROUGHT ME LIFE!!!
How to use this dressing
It’s a staple in my kitchen. Not only do I use it with romaine for a caesar salad, it also makes a great dip. My favorite is dipping Gardein seven-grain crispy tenders into it. Yummmm!
I like keeping a mason jar of this dressing in my fridge so I can grab it and use it whenever I want.
I’ve also made a caesar pasta salad with it a few times and it’s one of my favorite meals. I used rotini noodles, romaine lettuce, croutons, plant-based chicken, and lots of dressing to create the perfect meal that can be eaten hot or cold.
I love that this is the kind of thing you can keep in the fridge to enjoy all week. It’s also a crowd-pleasing meal because it’s a pretty universally liked meal!
By the way, I also have another great vegetarian salad dressing up on my site. You can find my Greek quinoa salad recipe here. It’s another meal that can be eaten hot or cold and it makes great leftovers.
It’s really easy to forget that some foods have animal products in them when they aren’t the main feature.
Case in point: most store-bought caesar salad dressing doesn’t taste particularly fishy (compared to the kind made in-house at restaurant), but most of them have anchovies in them still.
I’ve found a fewwwwww store-bought caesar dressings without anchovies, but none of them satisfied me in quite the way I wanted them to.
And then this recipe came into my life.
I’m so so so happy with it, and I could seriously eat it out of the jar by the spoonful. If you have a food processor, try this ASAP and you won’t miss the anchovies!
I should note, this recipe calls for Worcestershire sauce, and the classic kind usually has anchovies in it, but I use a generic brand with no anchovies.
I buy the Compliments brand Worcestershire from Safeway that doesn’t have fish in it. If you want a totally fish-free recipe, be sure to look for a Worcestershire sauce without fish too.
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing without Raw Anchovies
- 2 cloves garlic chop ahead if your food processor won't cut it finely
- 1 cup mayo I used Hellman's Vegan Mayo
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- 2 tbsp white vinegar
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce***
- ½ cup shredded parmesan
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 tbsp olive oil approx. see instructions.
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
- Add all of your ingredients to the food processor except for the olive oil. If your food processor has chop and puree options, select puree. Begin to puree your ingredients. Slowly add one tablespoon of olive oil into your food processor while it purees. Turn your food processor off, and test your dressingSlowly add another tablespoon (or more) of olive oil until you get the consistency you desire (two tablespoons gave me the perfect thick consistency I like in a Caesar salad dressing)
- Store in the refrigerator in a container with a tight lid and consume within 3-4 days
If you’ve tried this recipe, please let me know what you think of it in the comments below! I’d also love to hear if you used it for salad or as dip or what. Look forward to hearing from you!
Hope you love it!
xo – C