If you’ve been wondering how to make a super Simple Caesar Salad Dressing at home, but you are looking for a recipe without egg then you’re in the right place!  In today’s post, I have all you need to know about how to make simple egg-free caesar salad dressing with step-by-step photos.

A jar of Caesar Salad dressing with a red and white cap

I originally shared this recipe on July 5, 2012. I have updated the images and some of the text today.

Why We Love This Recipe For Caesar Salad Dressing

While I love a thick and creamy Classic Caesar Salad made with raw egg yolk, if I am serving Casear to the kids or to my elerly relatives, I made this egg-free Caesar instead. It uses no raw egg yolk, but still has the bold flavors of a classic Caesar Dressing!

This week when my family came to visit, I whipped up this simple Caesar dressing without eggs and made a giant salad with a bunch of chopped Romaine and tossed it with a batch of my Home-made Whole-Grain Croutons. It was so tasty and just what I needed.

The best part about this recipe is that in just 10 minutes you will have an awesome jar of loveliness.

If you’re looking to turn your Caesar into more of a main course, you could top the salad with some crispy oven-baked chicken tenders, grilled boneless chicken thighs or Foil Baked Salmon.

Egg-free caesar dressing alongside a bowl of Caesar salad

Key Ingredients For This Recipe

  • Garlic: Garlic goes a long way, so you don’t want to add too much. Dressings also get more garlicky as they sit.
  • Coarse kosher salt: You’ll need this to make the garlic-salt paste.
  • Anchovies, chopped: Even if you’re not a big anchovy fan, please don’t skip this ingredient! Anchovies are a classic Caesar dressing ingredient that really amp up that umami flavor.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil: I prefer a mildly fruity olive oil for Caesar dressing
  • Freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese: grating the cheese yourself versus buying pre-grated makes such a difference. It has so much more flavor and tastes much fresher.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice: Make sure to use fresh lemons, not the juice from a bottle of lemon juice.
  • Dijon mustard: I like the classic Grey Poupon Dijon, but any Dijon will do.
  • Cracked black pepper: Season the dressing to your liking with pepper.

Step-by-Step Instructions to Make This Caesar Dressing

How to Make a Caesar Dressing with Step-by-Step Photos

Peel and roughly chop the garlic clove. Sprinkle coarse kosher salt on top. You can also use regular table salt. But if you do so, read this first to see why you should use half the amount.

Use the side of your chef’s knife to press down on the garlic and salt to form a smooth paste.

chop the garlic then sprinkle with salt
make a garlic paste with coarse salt

While you are chopping, go ahead an chop the anchovies. Even though they are going into the food processor, this step will make sure they break down evenly.

Scrape the chopped anchovies and the garlic and salt paste up off the cutting board and add them to a food processor fitted with a steel blade attachment. 

chop the anchovies
add anchovies to the dressing

Add extra-virgin olive oil, grated Pecorino Romano cheese, fresh lemon juice and pepper to your food processor or blender.

Since this is an egg free Caesar salad dressing, the dressing would otherwise come out of suspension rather quickly. But I’ve added in a hearty spoon of Dijon mustard which is a natural source of lecithin, which acts as the emulsifier in the dressing.

The Pecorino is also helpful in keeping the dressing in suspension (it act as a physical emulsifier.)

adding the cheese to the dressing
food processor with the dressing in it
Caesar Dressing being poured over a Caesar salad

FAQs and Expert Tips

Why do you need to make a garlic and salt paste?

Making a garlic and salt paste ensures the garlic will be incorporated evenly throughout the dressing and you won’t get a big bite of it in the salad- instead you’ll have an overall awesome garlic flavor (see photos above).

Which blender is best to use?

If you have a smaller blender (with a narrow style pitcher) you can also use that. But a wider blender like a vitamix wont work well because there will not be enough dressing to come above the blade. If you want an alternative to the food processor you can use a mini prep, and imersion blender or you can always whisk by hand. If you do so, make sure to chop the anchovies very finely.

How is this egg-free Caesar dressing different than classic dressing?

This dressing is different from classic Caesar made in the bowl because it relies on the food processor or blender to make the emulsion. Just one more way to keep it egg free.

How long does this dressing last?

The one downside to this dressing is that it doesn’t last that long. I would recommend making it only one to two day in advance if making ahead. If you’re making it right before serving and there’s dressing left over, store it in the fridge for an additional day or two.

How much dressing do I need for my salad?

This recipe makes 1 cup or 8 servings. The jar of dressing is enough for a salad made with three chopped hearts of romaine and croutons. Keep in mind that this dressing is really strong, so taste as you go when you’re tossing it with your greens. I like to add a generous amount of Pecorino Romano as I’m tossing. The saltiness helps to balance the lemon’s acidity. You’ll also be happy to know it can dress a surprisingly large bowl of greens which is a good thing because this salad will disappear quickly.

Additional Caesar Recipes to Try

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a bowl of salad from overhead

Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing (without Egg)

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This simple Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing (without Egg) is snap to make and ready in just 15 minutes! Pour it over Romaine, Croutons and add in cheese or make a kale caesar with it. 


Units Scale
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
  • 4 anchovies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper


  1. Peel and mince garlic clove. Sprinkle salt over the garlic and mash with the side of a chef’s knife to form a smooth paste. Scrape garlic paste into a food processor or blender.
  2. Add anchovies, oil, cheese, lemon juice, Dijon and pepper and puree until smooth and pale yellow, about 30 seconds.


Make Ahead Tip:

Can be made up to two days ahead. Store in a jar in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature and shake well before using. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Salad Dressing
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
  • Calories: 134
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 1 g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Protein: 1 g