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5 from 13 votes

Classic Caesar Salad with Homemade Dressing

Classic romaine lettuce dressed with a quick, 2-minute creamy Caesar dressing highlighting savory anchovy, lemon and Parmesan.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: salads
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 234kcal
Author: Judy Purcell


  • 2 large heads romaine lettuce (about 12 cups) -- washed and dried
  • 1 clove garlic (or rounded teaspoon)
  • 1 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 5 anchovy fillets , chopped -- approx 2 tablespoons
  • 1 *egg , pasture-raised
  • 1 *egg yolk , pasture-raised
  • 1/3 cup shredded Reggiano Parmigiano cheese , plus more of a block to shave for garnish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard , Annie's GF
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil , or extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup croutons (see quick recipe steps in post)


  • Chop cleaned and dried lettuce into bite-size pieces. Set aside.

Using a food processor:

  • In a small bowl, stir garlic into lemon juice, set aside. Place anchovies, egg, egg yolk, 1/3 cup Parmesan, 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a food processor and blend until anchovy is chopped fine.
  • Add lemon juice and garlic; blend again until incorporated. While the processor is running, pour in the 1/2 cup avocado oil in a slow, steady stream until emulsified and incorporated.

Using a hand blender:

  • Place the combined garlic and lemon juice, anchovies, egg, egg yolk, 1/3 cup Parmesan, 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard, 2 teaspoons Worcestershire, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup avocado oil in a tall jar. Blend with a hand (immersion) blender on high for about 30 seconds until emulsified and incorporated.
  • Toss the romaine lettuce and croutons with enough dressing to coat the leaves just before serving. Shave thin pieces of Parmesan cheese from a block with a vegetable peeler for garnish and offer fresh cracked pepper at the table.



*Raw egg is not recommended for infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems. To minimize the risk of salmonella, use pasteurized eggs available in some supermarkets or easily pasteurize eggs at home.
=> To pasteurize large eggs, place them in a saucepan filled with enough water to cover by 2-inches. (Monitor the temperature of the water with a digital thermometer.) Turn on the heat and bring the water up to 140F. Keep the water temperature at 140F for 3 minutes (and no more than 142F), reducing the heat or sliding off the burner if necessary. Carefully remove eggs from the hot water and rinse thoroughly with cold water. Store in the refrigerator until needed or use right away.
Serve this Classic Caesar Salad recipe as a side dish or top it with grilled chicken or blackened salmon as a main dish.


Calories: 234kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 202mg | Potassium: 68mg | Vitamin A: 940IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 0.8mg