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 This Whole30 Caesar dressing is one of my favorite Whole30 salad dressing recipes! Rich, tangy, and garlicky, it comes together so easily with an immersion blender, making it “dump Caesar dressing”! This Whole30 Caesar dressing is great to have in the fridge and makes a delicious, easy side. You’ve got to try this “dump Caesar dressing”!

Whole30 Caesar dressing in a jar with lemons, garlic, peppercorns, and light tasting olive oil in a bottle

What Makes This Recipe So Good

Every now and then I get an intense craving for a Caesar salad: the crisp romaine, the creamy dressing so rich with umami, the crunchy croutons and creamy, aged parmesan. I’ll settle for a bowl almost anywhere!

The trouble strikes when we’re in the middle of a Whole30 and heavy sweet potatoes and avocados and eggs no longer sound appetizing. I need cool and refreshing and crisp, and a big Caesar salad would fit the bill so perfectly. Except, you know, that aged parmesan. Not exactly Whole30 compliant.

But ever since my vegan days, I’ve been working tirelessly at winning substitutions for cheesy flavor and tang in recipes. From my paleo and vegan broccoli cheese soup to my paleo and vegan queso blanco, I simply refuse to let the cheese craving go! I’ve experimented with tahini and lemon, nutritional yeast and pimentos. I no longer settle for simple, yet massive, amounts of nutritional yeast, nope. It’s gotta be complex and nutty and rich and perfect to hit the blog.

I came up with this Whole30 Caesar dressing by tweaking my beloved Whole30 immersion blender mayo (which I’ve made approximately 400000 times) and my favorite Caesar dressing from my pre-paleo days. Easy and flavorful = Whole30 heavyweight.

Whole30 Caesar dressing in a jar with lemons, garlic, peppercorns, and light tasting olive oil in a bottle

The result? This Whole30 Caesar dressing is all of those things I mentioned before: complex and nutty and rich and tangy and creamy and perfect. I could essentially survive off of turkey Caesar lettuce wraps for lunch, and there’s nothing more refreshing and light yet filling than a big ass bowl of Caesar salad, topped with a bit of spiced seared salmon (Coming soon!).

And when it comes to Whole30 date night? This Whole30 Caesar dressing has you absolutely covered. Pair a bowl of crisp lettuce tossed in this Whole30 Caesar dressing with a seared steak and a steamed sweet potato and wham bam thank you ma’am. Love is totally in the air.

This Whole30 Caesar dressing is made entirely in the immersion blender, just like my Whole30 coconut oil mayonnaise, my Whole30 immersion blender mayo, and “dump ranch.” Dump the ingredients, give it a whirl, and you’re done. In approximately… 26 seconds.

There are two important notes here, though: first of all, you must use “light-tasting” olive oil or avocado or fractionated (liquid) coconut oil. The coconut oil must be “tasteless” (Refined, in other words) in a bottle and must be liquid all the time; if it’s solid in a jar ever, it won’t work. And if you use regular olive oil, even organic or “extra virgin,” you’ll find a bitter, heavy taste to your dressing that you just won’t dig. Trust me on this.

Whole30 Caesar dressing in a jar with lemons, garlic, peppercorns, and light tasting olive oil in a bottle

Secondly, don’t skip the anchovy! If you like Caesar dressing, you don’t mind the taste of anchovy, I promise. And without it, you just won’t have Whole30 “Caesar dressing.” You’ll have a, um, creamy, lemony, garlicky dressing, which sounds totally good in its own right! But you know what it won’t be? Whole30 Caesar dressing. Plus, anchovies are stellar for you. DON’T SKIP THEM!

You can use anchovy paste, my personal favorite, which we keep in the fridge to add to dishes that need a boost of umami. Or you can use a tablespoon of anchovy filets, which we like to keep around to throw on salads. Basically: learn to love the anchovies, y’all. Tiny but mighty nutritionally, they add so much flavor to so many dishes. Try the anchovy paste first – you can find it in a rectangular box in the Italian imports section – or go with filets packed in olive oil if you can’t find paste.

Oh, and your egg doesn’t have to be room temperature if you’re using an immersion blender. I’ve made this and my Whole30 immersion blender mayo approximately 4000 times, and it makes no difference whatsoever. However, if you don’t have an immersion blender and are making this Whole30 Caesar dressing as outlined below, you’ll want to err on the side of caution and  use a room temperature egg.

If you don’t have an immersion blender, use the oil, mustard powder, and egg to make mayonnaise first, as outlined in my recipe for Whole30 garlic mayonnaise. Don’t underestimate how slowly you must incorporate the oil: if you go even a tiny bit too fast, the mayo will break. After you’ve made a thick, creamy mayo, blend in the remaining ingredients from this Whole30 Caesar dressing recipe.

That said… you should really own an immersion blender. Really.

To make this Whole30 Caesar dressing, I used…

Recipe By: Cheryl Malik
5 from 29 votes

Whole30 Caesar Dressing


Prep 5 minutes
Cook 0 minutes
Total 5 minutes
This Whole30 Caesar dressing is one of my favorite Whole30 salad dressing recipes! Rich, tangy, and garlicky, it comes together so easily with an immersion blender, making it “dump Caesar dressing”! This Whole30 Caesar dressing is great to have in the fridge and makes a delicious, easy side. You’ve got to try this “dump Caesar dressing”!
8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Pour all ingredients into immersion blender jar or other jar that isn’t much wider than the immersion blender head.
  • Push immersion blender into jar all the way to the bottom then start to blend, on medium speed first then increasing to high if necessary, until mixture at bottom becomes thick and opaque. Slowly raise the immersion blender a little at a time then press back down, to incorporate the remaining oil.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning level as needed.
  • If you can’t find a compliant brand of anchovy paste, substitute 1 tablespoon of anchovy filets packed in oil.

Approximate Information for One Serving

Serving Size: 1servingCalories: 248calProtein: 1gFat: 27gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 225mgPotassium: 28mgTotal Carbs: 1gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 6IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 15mgIron: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimers
Number of total servings shown is approximate. Actual number of servings will depend on your preferred portion sizes.
Nutritional values shown are general guidelines and reflect information for 1 serving using the ingredients listed, not including any optional ingredients. Actual macros may vary slightly depending on specific brands and types of ingredients used.
To determine the weight of one serving, prepare the recipe as instructed. Weigh the finished recipe, then divide the weight of the finished recipe (not including the weight of the container the food is in) by the desired number of servings. Result will be the weight of one serving.

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52 Comments

  1. I’ve been making this dressing for years. It’s is my go to! Recently, I’ve noticed that my dressing turns out watery vs. Creamy like it used to. Following directions exactly. Any idea what could be going wrong?5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Hmm have you changed the container you use? It sounds like it’s not aerating properly, which will happen if the container you use is too large. It should be no wider than the head of your immersion blender in order to give the dressing the right consistency.

  2. This tastes better than non paleo Caesar dressing! We love it!!5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you love it!! 🙂

  3. Perfection. Easy, creamy, full of flavor. Anchovy paste is a must! New favorite Caesar dressing recipe.5 stars

    1. Avatar Jessica | 40 Aprons Team says:

      So glad you love this dressing! Thanks for sharing, Melissa. 🙂

  4. Ok, I’m on board with the anchovies, BUT I couldn’t find any paste or anchovies in the store and I don’t have Worcestershire sauce. Any suggestions for a substitution if we absolutely have to?5 stars

  5. Avatar Star Alexander says:

    Unbelievable!!! You have to give this a try!! Yum yum5 stars

    1. Molly | 40 Aprons Team Molly | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Thanks for the great review, Star! Glad you enjoyed!!

  6. How long does the Ceasar dressing g last in the fridge?

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Refrigerate it in an airtight container and it should be fine for 3-5 days!

  7. Great recipe! I subbed though based on what I had on hand. Used mayo instead of almond milk and egg. A sherry vinegar instead of white vinegar. It was a foodie crowd pleaser!5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      That sounds delicious, Kebby! Thanks for sharing!

  8. This might be the best Caesar dressing I’ve had. And it was so so easy. I subbed apple cider vinegar for the white wine vinegar. So good, as usual with 40 Aprons recipes!5 stars

    1. Megan | 40 Aprons Team Megan | 40 Aprons Team says:

      Thanks for sharing, Jenna! So happy you loved the dressing.

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