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
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
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.