This creamy homemade Caesar salad dressing is the perfect topping for a fresh and crispy salad. Learn how to make this simple and delicious recipe with lemon juice, sour cream, and garlic!
Why you'll love this Caesar salad dressing recipe
There's no going wrong with a Caesar salad.
This restaurant staple is one of the most delicious ways to enjoy a crunchy salad with a whole lot of flavor. And luckily, you can enjoy that crunch at home with my homemade Caesar dressing recipe!
While store-bought Caesar dressing ingredients can contain sneaky added sugars, my version is totally keto-friendly.
In this post, I'll teach you how to make Caesar dressing at home, along with tasty serving suggestions and fun variations to experiment with.
Ready to try the best Caesar dressing out there? Let's jump in!
Caesar dressing recipes are tart and creamy, with just a bit of kick! Here's everything that goes into my homemade Caesar salad dressing:
I love using sour cream as a creamy base for my salad dressings. It has a high-fat content, mild and tart flavor, and can transform based on paired ingredients.
Added parmesan cheese makes this dressing cheesy and delicious.
And the added fat is enough to make your daily macros sing!
Dijon mustard is sharp and tangy, pairing well with our sour cream base.
Fresh garlic can take an average recipe and make it spectacular!
Because we're using raw garlic, the flavor will be intense and pungent.
Fresh lemon juice gives ample acidity to your Caesar salad dressing.
For even more brightness, I suggest you serve your finished Caesar salad with extra lemon wedges.
Olive oil ups the fat content and the flavor, thinning out your dressing in the yummiest way possible.
Salt and pepper
Because of these all-star ingredients, salt and pepper are the only spices needed to make this dressing pop!
Before you make your keto Caesar dressing, follow these quick and easy cooking tips to ensure the best results possible:
- Add olive oil slowly to avoid separation.
- Use freshly grated parmesan cheese and fresh-minced garlic cloves for the best flavor possible.
- Always taste your dressing before seasoning with salt and pepper!
How to make Caesar salad dressing
Making this homemade Caesar salad dressing is incredibly easy once you know what you're doing. Follow these easy steps:
First, add your sour cream, parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and lemon juice to a medium bowl, whisking until everything is creamy and well combined.
Drizzle olive oil
Next, drizzle your olive oil into the mixture, whisking constantly as you go. This is going to ensure an even mix!
You'll know you're done when everything is smooth and combined.
Season and serve your Caesar salad dressing
Finally, season to taste with salt and black pepper and serve it up on some fresh romaine lettuce.
For later use, pop your dressing into an airtight container and store it in the refrigerator.
How to serve homemade Caesar salad dressing
This Caesar salad dressing was made to create the ultimate low-carb salad! Add it with chopped romaine lettuce, grated parmesan cheese, and crunchy low-carb croutons. Top with a lemon wedge, and you're done!
Beyond a simple Caesar salad, you can use this dressing in a number of creative ways.
Variations of Caesar dressing
While this Caesar dressing is darn tasty as is, you can definitely get creative with any of these fun variations:
- Add a squeeze of anchovy paste for a traditional flavor.
- For a tangy addition, include Worcestershire sauce in your mix. I even have a recipe you can try!
- You can use any neutral oil you have on hand, from canola oil to avocado oil.
- For a thicker, traditional Caesar salad dressing, include a beaten raw egg yolk.
Here are a couple of answers to the most commonly asked questions I get about this Caesar salad dressing recipe. If I don't answer your questions, please leave it for me in the comments down below.
Homemade Caesar dressing is often keto-approved because it's filled with great fat content and whole ingredients, keeping the carb count low.
Some recipes and store-bought varieties, however, contain added sugars from Worcestershire sauce and other additives.
Always check the macros before purchasing a pre-made dressing, or make your own at home! It's always going to taste that much more delicious.
The best dressings for a keto diet have high-fat ingredients, creamy bases, and zero added sugars. Each recipe will be different, but the most common keto dressings include:
- Ranch dressing
- Mayonnaise dressing
- Blue cheese dressing
- Caesar dressing
- Avocado dressing
- Russian dressing
Avoid any fruity dressings with added sugars, fruit juices, honey, or other sweeteners that aren't keto-approved (you can find a list of the best keto sweeteners here!).
Like this Caesar salad dressing recipe? Try these!
If you're itching for more keto-approved dressings, try a few of these yummy recipes:
- Keto Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing is sweet and tart without any sneaky added sugars.
- Low Carb Blue Cheese Vinaigrette Dressing is made with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and crumbled blue cheese.
- Keto Russian Dressing is incredibly creamy with a great kick from added dill pickle relish and horseradish sauce.
- Avocado Cilantro Lime Dressing is dairy-free, filled with healthy fats, and delicious on just about any salad recipe.
- Homemade Keto Blue Cheese Dressing is made with easy, creamy ingredients like sour cream, buttermilk, and blue cheese.
Keto Caesar Salad Dressing
- ¼ cup sour cream
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese grated
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ¼ cup olive oil
- salt and black pepper to taste
- In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, Parmesan cheese, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, and lemon juice.
- Slowly drizzle in the olive oil while whisking constantly, until the dressing is smooth and creamy.
- Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
- Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
- This dressing goes well with a variety of salads, including Caesar salad, mixed greens, or grilled vegetables.
- Store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Shake well before using.
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