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Caesar Dressing (kind of like Ranch Dressing) is hard to nail at home. Recipes often come out either more like a vinaigrette, not parmesan-y enough or just bland. This keto-friendly Caesar Dressing recipe is creamy, filled with parmesan, and tangy. The perfect homemade Caesar dressing recipe that won’t leave you missing the bottled dressings.
There’s a reason Caesar salad is such a classic. The delicious dressing on crisp romaine with Parmesan cheese running through the whole thing. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures.
Store Bought Creamy Caesar Dressing versus Homemade Caesar Dressing
Unfortunately many store bought salad dressings are not so healthy. After I changed my lifestyle to follow a low carb way of living, I started to read the labels of my favorite brands of salad dressings. To my surprise, my healthy dressings were not only filled with sugar but also packed with random ingredients.
The long list of added sugars and other weird ingredients in most store bought salad drove me to start making my own, and now that I do and have perfected this homemade Caesar dressing I could never go back to purchasing bottled dressing. The flavor hits all the right notes: creamy, salty, tangy, garlicky. Yum.
Not only doesn’t my Caesar dressing have any weird ingredients or added sweeteners, but it is a simple to make recipe full of easy ingredients. And because you control the ingredients, you can make the dressing to suit your dietary needs.
Is Caesar Dressing Keto Friendly?
This Caesar dressing is very keto friendly! It keeps carbs to a minimum with each serving containing around 2 grams of total net carbs. That’s it!
Be wary of store bought or restaurant Caesar dressings. Many of them will contain more carbs because of the added sugars that they have and not be keto approved.
Turn this Caesar dressing into a quick, keto-friendly meal!
This Caesar dressing makes it easy to add flavor to so many quick keto meals.
To make a keto Caesar salad using this dressing, get rid of the croutons and try one of these substitutions for the carb laden croutons:
- Parmesan or asiago cheese crisps like these Whisps Crunchy Cheese
- Low Carb Nuts like sliced almonds, pecans, or walnuts
You could also add a protein to your Caesar salad to make it more filling. I like to add:
If you want something a little different, try adding grilled, cajun style, or air fryer salmon, or even a classic grilled steak to your Caesar salad. And of course, you can always add more veggies.
Try serving it with zucchini, grilled portabella mushrooms, or any low carb veggies you like!
You could even use this recipe as a basis for meal prep meals. Make your salad and dressing as you normally would but keep the dressing on the side. Then place the salads in meal prep contains like these and store the dressing in these reusable containers.
Keto Caesar Dressing Ingredients
Unlike many bottled Caesar salad dressings, this homemade Caesar salad dressing only has seven easy ingredients. You probably have most of them in your pantry already! To make my homemade Caesar dressing, you need:
- Grated parmesan cheese – I get mine from the refrigerated section of the market
- Dijon mustard
- Lemon juice
- Anchovy Filets
- Garlic Cloves
- black pepper
- Sea Salt
- Real Hellmann’s Mayo or your preferred brand
I find my anchovies from the aisle that has tuna. If you find that they are too fishy for you, you could always adjust the amount of anchovies you use to suit your tastes.
How to Make Creamy Caesar Dressing
The dressing is so easy to make! Just add the ingredients in the order that they are listed into a blender cup. I use a Nutri Ninja from Ninja Professional Kitchen System. Then blend away!
I like to put the parmesan cheese in first because it prevents the mayo from getting stuck at the bottom of the blender cup. Plus, the layer of parmesan cheese also serves as a guide for how well things are blended. Once the parmesan layer is gone, I know that the rest of the dressing is well incorporated.
Then serve immediately or store it. The recipe makes a little more than a cup of Caesar dressing, which is enough for 4 entree sized salads. If storing it, make sure you store leftover dressing in the fridge in a sealed container. If this dressing gets thick during storage, just add a squeeze of fresh lemon (or 1/2 tsp of lemon juice) to the dressing to thin it out.
Other Low Carb Salad Dressing Recipes
If you’re looking for another low carb salad dressing, try one of these Keto Salad Dressings. This post includes my Blue Cheese Dressing, Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette, and Ranch Dressing as well as a few options for people who are dairy-free.
Keto Balsamic Vinaigrette RecipeGet this recipe
- Add the ingredients in the order that they listed to a high-speed blender. I use the Nutri Ninja cup that’s part of this Ninja Professional Refurbished set that I purchased
- Blend using the puree or medium setting until it's mixed (~6 presses on the Single-Serve button). I keep this in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.