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If you’re looking for a quick Caesar dressing recipe - no eggs required, you’ve come to the right place. Not only does this Caesar salad dressing NOT require doing the whole egg-emulsion thing, you can make it in minutes with just a few simple ingredients. We use mayonnaise as a base, and this dressing couldn’t be easier to whip up.
It doesn’t matter if you’re avoiding eggs for health reasons, don’t want to eat the raw egg, or are just way too intimidated by the egg-emulsion required for the traditional Caesar dressing.
It doesn’t matter because you can still get that great Caesar salad dressing flavor in minutes.
What is caesar salad dressing made of?
Most caesar salad dressings in the store are made of some form of vegetable oils (soybean oil, vegetable oil, canola oil, etc.), vinegar, parmesan cheese, egg yolk, salt, spices, garlic, and a bunch of preservatives.
Fortunately, we can make Caesar dressing at home, with the added benefit of having WAYYYY less ingredients.
If you’re wondering if all Caesar Dressings have raw eggs, the answer is no (just look at this recipe). But the traditional way to make Caesar dressing is with a raw egg.
How to Make Caesar Dressing With No Egg
This recipe could NOT be easier.
- Zest the garlic (we love this zester)
- Add all ingredients to the jar/bowl you’re using
- Stir to combine
- Enjoy over a delicious salad
- Zester (optional, but recommended. This is the one we use and love)
I understand you may not have all these ingredients in your cupboard, but you still want to make this Caesar dressing for your salad tonight. No worries. I’m all about substituting when possible. If I didn’t cover something here, drop a comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.
If you’re avoiding eggs for health reasons, make sure you’re using an egg-free mayo substitute. Most store-bought mayonnaise jars have egg in them (in case you didn’t know) and I don’t want to mislead you into thinking there are ZERO eggs in this recipe.
There are just no RAW eggs, and you don’t have to do an egg-emulsion.
If you don’t have any mayo, you might be able to use plain yogurt. I haven’t tested this, but if you’re looking for ideas, you can try it and let me know how it goes.
I’ll be the first one to admit that I don’t like anchovies by themselves. But when you use the paste and put it in a dressing? My goodness it’s delicious.
I encourage you to keep an open mind if you’re anchovy-averse.
If, however you REALLY don’t want to use anchovy paste, you’ll lose that traditional “Caesar” flavor. It’ll still be a delicious recipe, but not quite the same.
Anchovy paste comes in a tube that you can easily squeeze out into your measuring spoon. It’s already blended and everything. We like using this kind, made with olive oil.
When you zest fresh garlic into this dressing, you should expect a bit of a garlic kick. That’s how we like it. If you’d prefer not to use fresh garlic, you can substitute with garlic powder for a milder garlic flavor. Start with ¼ tsp and see how it tastes. If you want more garlic, add more.
What other salad dressings are egg free?
If you’re looking for other egg free salad dressings, I’ve got you covered. All these recipes are made with simple, healthy ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard (or can easily get at your local grocery store).
- 3 Ingredient Balsamic Vinaigrette (just remember the ratio and you’ll never forget the recipe)
- Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
- Avocado Lime Cilantro Dressing
- Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp anchovy paste
- 1 garlic clove - zested
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- Salt, black pepper to taste
1. Using the zester, zest the garlic into a bowl.
2. Add mayonnaise, anchovy paste, and lemon juice.
3. Taste, and add black pepper and/or salt if you’d like
4. If you’d like the dressing to be thinned out, add 1 tsp of water at a time until it’s the consistency you want it.