This creamy faux caesar salad dressing is a staple in our house. It is packed with lemon-y and garlic-y flavors, though not overpoweringly so. And because the salad dressing is dairy-free and egg free, it can be enjoyed by almost everyone. With just four ingredients, you are less than five minutes away from having this delicious homemade salad dressing with your next salad!
This quick and easy salad dressing uses one of my must-have kitchen tools: the citrus juicer. I remember the first time a friend watched me squeezing limes for a pitcher of mojitos and asked why I didn’t use a citrus juicer. I bought one the next day and use it multiple times a week!
Kitchen gadgets are also the theme for this month’s Recipe Redux: “Show us a healthy recipe highlighting a favorite kitchen tool, gadget, or gizmo.”
Though it only takes five minutes to make, I usually double this recipe so that I have extra in the fridge. I have found that I am much more likely to make a salad for a quick lunch or to go with dinner if I have a healthy and delicious dressing already made.
This recipe makes about one cup of salad dressing and can be stored in the refrigerator for a week in an airtight container.
Quick and Easy Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
This healthy, delicious salad dressing takes just 5 minutes to make and 4 ingredients!
- 6 cloves garlic finely minced
- 2 lemons juiced (about ¼ cup)
- 2 tablespoon dijon mustard
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- cracked pepper optional, to taste
Combine lemon juice, dijon mustard, and garlic and stir to combine
- Add olive oil and whisk until an emulsion forms
Stir in cracked pepper, if using, and store dressing in an air tight container
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree on high speed until a thick emulsion forms
Creamy caesar salad dressing recipe tips and tricks
A citrus juicer tip: to extract the maximum amount of juice out of my lemons, I always squeeze them twice. First by squeezing each half on its own, and then combining the halves and squeezing together. This generally results in an additional teaspoon or more of juice from each lemon.
Note: You may notice salt is not added to the creamy caesar salad dressing. This is because dijon mustard already contains salt.
Delicious salad combinations using this creamy caesar salad dressing:
- Not-your-standard Caesar Salad: romaine lettuce, tomato, avocado, parmesan cheese
- Baby arugula, roasted beet, avocado, pistachios and parmesan cheese
- Spinach, Pear, and Pecan Salad with Boursin (below)
Nutrition information (per 2 tablespoon serving, approximately 8 servings):
- 132 calories
- 0 g added sugar
- 0 g fiber
- 0 g protein
- 87 mg sodium
- 14 g fat
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