Completely Paleo, Home Made Caesar Salad Dressing

20 Jan

Caesar salad is great.  It’s a mix of flavors – but most prominently, garlic!

However, most people are accustomed to creamy Caesar Salad dressings that come from a bottle!  The ingredients list, even for a company like Newman’s Own, is full of non-Paleo compliant ingredients:

All Natural Ingredients:
Ingredients: Vegetable Oil (Soybean Oil and/or Canola Oil), Water, Egg Yolks, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled Vinegar, Molasses, Corn Syrup, Water, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic*, Sugar, Spices, Anchovies, Tamarind, Natural Flavor), Salt, Contains 2% Or Less Of: Distilled Vinegar, Parmesan Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Lemon Juice Concentrate, Spices, Garlic*, Onion*, Xanthan Gum
Contains: Egg, Milk, Anchovy

Others are turned off by fresh creamy Caesar dressings having raw eggs.

Here’s a way to get your Caesar fix, and even get some Fish Oil from a food source in the process.


Juice of 1 Lemon, Fresh

1/2 Tube of Anchovy Paste

1/2 Cup of Olive Oil

2 Tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar

1/4 teaspoon Dry Mustard

2 Garlic Cloves, Pressed or Minced Fresh

1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ground Black Pepper

2-3 Drops of Worcestershire Sauce (Lea & Perrins is Gluten Free)


Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl and whisk together vigorously.


Romaine is the traditional green that Caesar is served with – but I’ll eat it with Romaine, Spinach, Arugula or Bibb (or a mixture).  You could probably even use Kale with the ribs removed – it would stand up well to the dressing which will quickly wilt weaker greens.

If dairy is allowed in your program, you can add a light dusting of a high quality Parmesan Cheese to the top.

And of course, leave those cardboard croutons out!


5 Responses to “Completely Paleo, Home Made Caesar Salad Dressing”

  1. moderncavegirl January 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm #

    Awesome recipe!!! I will definitely be trying this. 🙂

  2. lowcarbshow January 20, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    This looks great! Thanks for the recipe

  3. Dennis Murray January 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    One more note – as you start making this recipe more, you can change the ratios of ingredients to help suit the specific flavors you like – more lemon, more garlic, or whichever ingredient’s flavor you enjoy.

    It’s also great topped with grilled salmon, some shrimp or chicken.

  4. melissaschaff January 31, 2012 at 5:29 pm #

    Thanks for leaving this comment on my blog… I made the recipe the other day and its great! Probably going to be my standard dressing from now on

    • Dennis Murray February 1, 2012 at 1:09 am #

      Really glad it worked for you! Also good to add a piece of salmon, chicken or shrimp to the salad for a complete meal.

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