This Caesar Dressing is so easy to make, ready in 5 minutes and let me tell you so much better homemade.My son Aiden loves Caesar salad. Any time he gets the chance to order one he does, he will even take it over fries or garlic mashed potatoes. So happy now the most kids menus let you substitute fries for salad and Aiden is happy as well.
While I like Caesar salad, I struggle with sometimes to overwhelming power of the anchovy. So when I found a recipe that didn’t have it, well I was all over it. I modified a few things, like using garlic oil! Oh holy yumminess. It adds to that classic garlic zing that I just love about Caesar dressing.
Our new favorite way to eat this dressing is with kale. With the goal of eating more greens and less carbs and red meat, this dressing will be on the menu plan for multiple weeks this summer and to come.
Take the 5 minutes to make this dressing you won’t be disappointed. Caesar and non-Caesar fans will be happy you did as everyone just loves it here in our home. That’s right thumbs up from all 7 of us. Wait, make that 6. Jojo did eat it, but I think there were tears.
Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing
- 1 tablespoon drained capers
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon garlic oil
- 1/8 cayenne pepper, or more to kick up the heat
- 1 lemon, juiced (about 3 tablespoons)
- Freshly ground black pepper
In a blender or food processor add garlic, capers, salt, mustard, mayonnaise, garlic oil, cayenne, lemon juice and pinch pepper. Puree on high until smoother and creamy. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe adapted from Southern at Heart
What goes into a Caesar salad?
Here is the list of everything you could put on this grilled Caesar salad or any in caesar salad. Pick and choose what you like:
- romaine lettuce or hearts of romaine
- parmesan cheese
- grilled chicken
- caeser salad dressing
What is in a traditional Caesar salad?
When you read the list above you might have been taken aback by a few of the choices. Maybe the tomato? We’re just saying that you could put that in and I have and I liked it! However, the traditional ingredients in a caesar salad are as follows:
- romaine lettuce
- parmesan cheese
- caesar salad dressing with lots of garlic
- salt and pepper
How do you make grilled Caesar salad?
Its simple! First get your toppings ready. Chop and cook your bacon, get out your croutons or better yet, make your own amazing croutons, chop your onions.
Make the caesar dressing. Get all your ingredients except for the oil into a good blender or food processor. Blend those up until they are smooth and then pour in the oil VERY SLOWLY as the blender or processor is on. The mixture will become thick and beautiful! Season with salt and pepper and pour into a serving container.
Heat up your grill and when its nice and hot, cut your romaine hearts in half and brush them with a little olive oil. Place the cut part down on the grill and grill for two or three mins or until the greens start to wilt just slightly and you have nice grill marks on them.
Take them off the heat and place half a heart on a plate, top with your toppings and the dressing, Serve right away.
So so SO good!
I am going to go out on a limb here and announce that this is the best Ceasar salad and dressing that I have ever had!
What to serve with your grilled Caesar salad:
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Throw all the ingredients except for the oil into a blender and blend it up till its nice and smooth. Add the oil VERY SLOWLY into the top of the blender while the blender is running. The dressing will get nice and thick. Put it in a container and keep it in the fridge till your ready to use it.
Get all your toppings ready. Chop and cook the bacon in a hot pan until nice and crispy. Spoon it out onto paper towel and set aside. Chop the onions, get out the croutons (or make your own!) and parmesan cheese.
Heat your bbq to medium-high heat. Slice the romaine hearts in half. You want a half for each person that you are serving.
When you bbq is ready, brush each half of romaine with a little olive oil. Place the cut side down on the grill and grill the romaine hearts for about 3 mins or until you get nice grill marks and some of the lettuce just begins to wilt. Remove from the heat.
Drizzle a couple tbps of dressing on each serving, then sprinkle on red onion, cheese, bacon, and croutons. Serve right away.
Grilled Caesar Salad with Homemade Caesar Dressing Amount Per Serving (1 salad) Calories 478 Calories from Fat 360 Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.