Homemade Caesar Dressing Recipe (no raw egg)

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What to do, what to do?

...you're ready to make a Caesar salad and you realize you forgot to buy Caesar dressing - ugh!  (or in my case, left the refrigerated type in the back of my hot car all day) 😆

Usually I make homemade salad dressings or just use oil and vinegar, but for some reason I have always bought Caesar dressing - I think the raw eggs scared me.  Turns out a little mayonnaise solves that problem as it contains pasteurized eggs.  

Disclaimer: I realize this recipe is not 100% "traditional" Caesar dressing - (see quotation marks in recipe title)  However, it's super delicious and better than anything you can buy in a bottle.  I loved the creamy, lemony and Parmesan flavor so much, I was using it as a dressing, spread and dip all week long!

I used my KitchenAid 3.5 cup Chopper to make this dressing, but you could make it in any chopper, food processor or blender.  I love how you can grind a few chunks of fresh Parmesan right in your chopper instead of using pre-ground - really makes a big taste difference!

 

Homemade "Caesar" Dressing Recipe

Tina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes about 1 3/4 cups

 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup finely ground or shredded Parmesan Cheese (or to grind yourself - use 4, 1" x 1" chunks of Parmesan)

1-2 garlic cloves (depending how much you like garlic - I used 1)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (it's what I always use at home, if using regular table salt, use a little less)

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 teaspoons dijon mustard

1 teaspoon anchovy paste (optional)

2-3 tablespoons oil

 

Directions:

If grinding your own cheese, go ahead and do that.

To the ground cheese, add you garlic clove(s) and process until finely minced with the cheese.

Add the rest of the ingredients except for the oil and process until smooth.

With the machine running, drizzle in slowly 2-3 tablespoons oil until desired texture is reached.

Printable Recipe: Homemade "Caesar" Dressing

Simple Strawberry Sauce (No Cook)

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Simple Strawberry Sauce (No Cook)

Great to pour over ice cream, yogurt, strawberry shortcake, pound cake, cheesecake, pancakes...  Also great to flavor sparkling water, smoothies, cocktails and lemonade!

I pureed mine in my KitchenAid 3.5 cup Chopper, but you could use any chopper, food processor or blender.  

 

Simple Strawberry Sauce Recipe:

Tina Verrelli - epicuricloud.com

Makes about 1 cup sauce

 

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and cut in half

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons powdered sugar (Can add more to taste)

 

Directions:

Place all ingredients in chopper, food processor or blender and puree until smooth.  

If desired pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds.  

Store in the refrigerator and use within 3 days.

 

 

 

 

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip Recipe

Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip Recipe:

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Buttermilk Ranch Dressing and Dip

Tina Verrelli – epicuricloud.com

 

Ingredients:

¾ cup light mayonnaise

½ cup buttermilk +more if needed

½ cup sour cream

¼ teaspoon garlic powder or ½ teaspoon fresh minced garlic

¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves (or leave whole if using Food Processor)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives (or leave whole if using Food Processor)

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill (or leave whole if using Food Processor)

3 teaspoons white vinegar

1½ teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

½ teaspoon celery salt or kosher salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

Directions:

To Make by Hand or using a Mixer:

Whisk together until smooth: mayonnaise, buttermilk and sour cream. Add in other ingredients and whisk until combined.  Add more buttermilk if thinner texture desired.

To Make if using a Food Processor:

Use Multi-Purpose (metal "chopping" blade)  Add all ingredients to bowl and process until smooth, stop and scrape down the bowl half-way through if needed.  Add more buttermilk if thinner texture is desired.