Minimal Monday: Authentic Caesar Dressing in 30 Seconds

30-Second Homemade Ceasar Salad Dressing

Authentic Caesar Dressing in 30 Seconds — this creamy, rich salad dressing comes together almost instantly using your immersion blender…it’s a real game changer!

30-Second Homemade Caesar Dressing --- this easy method, using an immersion blender, is a real game changer! theviewfromgreatisland.com

This is the thick, tangy, cheesy Caesar dressing of your dreams, and it turns a plate of lettuce and croutons into a sensuous feast.  You don’t have to buy the expensive stuff in the refrigerator case that’s made with additives and less than top notch ingredients.   This one is whipped up right in your own kitchen, in 30 seconds, from fabulous ingredients like extra-virgin olive oil, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, and Dijon mustard.  You’ll have a whole mason jar full of the stuff at your disposal.  Have your way with it on salads, of course, but don’t underestimate its other talents as a dip, a sandwich spread, and a mayo substitute in things like deviled eggs etc.

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This is one of those ‘aha!’ moments in the kitchen.   It all started with my 30 Second Mayonnaise recipe.  Once I realized how versatile that easy process was, I started to look for other ways to use it.  Here’s how it works —  all the ingredients go into a large glass, and with the flip of the switch on your handy immersion blender they transform into a gourmet dressing before your eyes.  It’s a little bit of instant luxury, and it’s pretty cool.

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I made a batch of crisp dark pumpernickel croutons to accent our salad.   No recipe needed — just cube whatever good bread you have around, toss with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and a bunch of fresh thyme leaves.  Spread out on a baking sheet and toast in a 375F oven for about 20-30 minutes, or until crisp.  Give them a stir every now and again to crisp them evenly.  I also make a mean Everything Crouton, which has tons of flavor, just like an everything bagel, but with lots of extra crunch!  I think they’d be great on this Caesar salad.

Caesar salad with 30-second homemade dressing and pumpernickle croutons

You know I like to ease into the week with something short and sweet, but never bland or boring.  Minimal Monday posts have repeatedly shown me how the simplest tweaks to the kitchen routine can make a huge difference.  This salad was simple and spectacular.  Mostly due to that fab dressing.  And maybe the croutons helped a bit.  Be sure to get really fresh, crisp Romaine lettuce for a great Caesar salad.  Add roasted chicken to make a meal out of it.

Authentic Caesar Salad Dressing in 30 Seconds Flat

Ingredients

  • 1 pasteurized egg, at room temperature
  • 1 cup olive oil, mild or extra virgin, your choice, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed (add 1 more clove if you love garlic)
  • 4 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp anchovy paste

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients in a large mason jar. Make sure your egg and oil are at room temperature.
  2. Put an immersion blender down into the jar, and turn on. Blend, pulling up as you go, until the dressing has emulsified. This will only take a few seconds. Give it a stir, and then taste to adjust the seasoning. Tasting is key to getting it just perfect. You may want a little more anchovy, or lemon. I always add more cracked pepper.
  3. Keep refrigerated and eat within a few weeks.
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notes:

  • Raw eggs can very rarely contain bacteria that can make you sick.  That’s why I use pasteurized eggs for any recipe that calls for raw or under cooked eggs.  Pasteurized eggs have been heated to a temperature that kills any possible bacteria, but is not hot enough to cook the egg.  You can find pasteurized eggs in most supermarkets now, and they can be used just like any other eggs.   If you don’t have an immersion blender, this dressing can be made in a regular blender, too.
  • Looking for other Caesar salads?  how about a healthier Kale Caesar Salad?  Or this brilliant BLT Chicken Caesar Salad Wrap sandwich.  And if you’re craving a few more carbs, I love this Fusilli Caesar Salad, it’s a pasta salad and Caesar salad in one!

This thick cheesy 30-Second Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing will blow you away --- use it for salads and dips!

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I use my IMMERSION BLENDER a lot in my kitchen.  I have always used it to blend soups etc. right in the pot, but I have to say that ever since I discovered how easy it is to make HOMEMADE MAYONNAISE and dressings like this Caesar Dressing, it’s become one of my most beloved tools.  It’s not expensive, it’s very easy to clean because the top screws right off for rinsing, and it has a solid, heavy feel to it.

49 Comments

  • Reply
    Melanie
    January 20, 2017 at 8:54 am

    I’ve been making homemade mayo (so much healthier) and homemade Caesar dressing with it for years, but I never thought to make it all at once. The immersion technique has never worked for me, but maybe I’ll give it another try. Thanks for the great idea.

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    Teresa Davis
    May 24, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Way too mustardy for me. Next time I’ll cut by 2/3. (Feel so guilty criticizing one of your recipes, Sue. But I believe this is the first time!! ??)

    • Reply
      Sue
      May 24, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Oh I welcome your feedback Teresa — it helps everybody out who stops by here!

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    Cathy
    April 12, 2016 at 8:53 am

    I’ve been reading all your 30 minute recipes. I love all these things fresh and since regular mayo and many dressings in the store have soy, I like making my own. I bought a kitchenaide immersion blender on my last trip to the U.S. and haven’t been crazy about it, so maybe I will get a cuisinart next trip back. I have made mayo in the past with an immersion blender that finally died and it came out great. Not so much so with my current blender, but maybe I just need to play with it more.

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      Sue
      April 12, 2016 at 9:26 am

      I’m sure immersion blenders vary a bit in quality, i stick with the larger brands and I’ve been happy.

    • Reply
      Caitlyn
      April 13, 2016 at 5:43 pm

      Hi Cathy,

      I would recommend Braun. I have one and it’s about 18 years old! Now that I realize how old it is, maybe they don’t even make them anymore:) Btw Sue, this dressing is amazing and is the only one I use now! Thank you.

      • Reply
        Sue
        April 13, 2016 at 5:47 pm

        I’ve used Cuisinart and KitchenAid and loved both. And thanks so much Caitlyn!

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    Ruth
    October 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Hello, cannot wait to make this! I was wondering though if you don’t have an Emerson blender do you use a regular one or maybe beaters?

    Thank you!

    • Reply
      Sue
      October 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      You should be able to do the same thing in a good blender, Ruth, but I haven’t tried that. The beaters work differently, You would have to beat as you slowly drizzle in the oil, it’s a little tricky. The immersion blenders are inexpensive, and well worth the price!

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    Heather
    September 10, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    i just tried this and it was phenomenal!!!! And it was so quick and easy. Definitely something I’ll be keeping in the fridge!

    • Reply
      Sue
      September 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm

      Yay!! Can you imagine the money you can save, too? The refrigerated Caesar dressings are expensive :)

  • Reply
    forty817
    September 1, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    So Delicious!!!!!

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    danielle
    June 7, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! Normally stuff with eggs only lasts about 5-7 days in the fridge but you said a few weeks! I’m excited about that! Do u know why this is the case? Just because the egg is pasteurized? I make a poppyseed dressing we love that doesn’t have any real fresh ingredients and lasts at least a month in the fridge and I like it cus I can make a huge batch and save time for that month and have quick healthy salad options available for my family! Would love to do something similar with this mouth watering Caesar dressing!

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    Tracy
    June 6, 2015 at 8:54 am

    Wow! This was fantastic! I did not have pasteurized eggs so I simply coddled mine for 60 seconds to rid me of the “raw egg fear”. Outstanding! Thanks so much for such a great recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      June 6, 2015 at 9:05 am

      That’s nice to know about the coddling, Tracy. Glad it worked for you!

  • Reply
    Marlene
    April 25, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    AMAZING! I usually don’t comment on recipes….but this was incredible! Either that or the cooking gods were on my side tonight!

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    Marlene
    April 25, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    AMAZING! I never comment on the recipes I use…. but this is worth commenting. Either the cooking gods were on my side tonight or I just finally followed a recipe to the “T”! Delicious!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 25, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      I love this kind of feedback Marlene :) :)

  • Reply
    Michelle
    March 11, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This not only looks delicious – it IS delicious. Made it tonight and it really was easy peasy! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Reply
      Sue
      March 11, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      I’m so glad to hear it Michelle — I’ve got a new Caesar salad recipe coming up and I’m going to use it again.

  • Reply
    Victoria
    January 5, 2015 at 10:18 am

    This looks so easy! I’ve never tackled caesar dressing, but I will now!

    • Reply
      Sue
      January 5, 2015 at 11:29 am

      It’s so good Victoria, you’ll find lots of other uses for it, I bet. Thanks for commenting!

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    anna
    December 12, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Are you using both the white and yellow of the egg? My husband does basically the same recipe but doesn’t use the White’s. Dressing comes out more like a vinaigrette then a creamy Caesar. It is great. This one sounds just a good with a little more body?

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      Sue
      December 12, 2014 at 6:57 am

      Yes, I use the whole egg, Anna, and it always comes out perfectly. There is a little bit of a learning curve, but if you follow everything exactly you should have great creamy dressing!

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    Amber
    November 19, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Absolutely amazing. Didn’t know how simple Caesar dressing was!

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    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife
    April 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Mmmm, I want to jump into your gorgeous photos and devour every last bite of that salad! Also, I’m loving the tip on using this awesome Caesar dressing in place of mayo. Just brilliant! Pinning! :)

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks
    April 13, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    Love how easy this is, Sue! And no blender to clean or food proc to wash. Love it! Pinned

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    Kitchen Belleicious
    April 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    yep! Pinned and a must try in my house tonight! How did you know that Tuesdays are salad night:) LOL!

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 8, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      Ooooh, I need to institute Salad Tuesdays in our house :)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert
    April 8, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I love a good, easy, delicious Caesar dressing! I would use the pasteurized eggs and not worry one minute about it. Remember the days when we ate raw cookie dough before we knew better :) Love this series and my immersion blender as well!

  • Reply
    Monica
    April 8, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Wow – this does sound incredibly quick and easy…plus, I have an immersion blender so it’s perfect. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 8, 2014 at 9:32 am

      You will love this, Monica!

  • Reply
    Joanne
    April 8, 2014 at 4:58 am

    I refuse to buy salad dressings, but LOVE Caesar…so this is a must must must make! I see a lot of lettuce dunking happening in my future….

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes
    April 7, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    I love anything that’s this easy to make!! Looks yummy!

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    Veronica's Kitchen
    April 7, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Thanks for dropping by at my website. I always worry about using raw eggs for recipes as my daughter once hospitalised for bacterial infection. I’ve not seen any pasteurized eggs in the shop but it would be a great idea!

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      Sue
      April 8, 2014 at 7:26 am

      I am super cautious as well, Veronica, but I’ve done a lot of reading on the subject and pasteurized eggs really are safe. They are pretty common these days in larger stores, so you might check them out.

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    Helen @ Scrummy Lane
    April 7, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    This is a great idea for Mondays – I never feel like being very ambitious in the kitchen on that day. Good tip to make a dressing directly in a mason jar like this, too. I doubt we can get pasteurized eggs so easily over here in Europe (certainly not in Greece where I am right now) but I’ll file this away for when I can! (don’t want to get Sam and Ella! Sorry, that’s a joke from a British comedy that my husband is always quoting. I couldn’t resist …)

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 8, 2014 at 7:28 am

      It’s so interesting because in the little bit of research I did on raw eggs in cooking, it only seems to be we Americans who are concerned about them, most of the rest of the world eats raw eggs in certain dishes without a second thought.

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        Nancy Long
        October 27, 2014 at 3:33 pm

        Actually, most of the world doesn’t even refrigerate their eggs – we were in Cancun with friends this summer and cooked in most nights because the resort restaurants were so expensive. Shopped several times at WalMart and the eggs are never refrigerated. They were some of the best eggs I’ve ever had!

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          Sue
          October 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

          I bet they were fabulous eggs!

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    April 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm

    What a delicious recipe Sue for salad dressing, and I love the croutons idea!! Fabulous! Caesar salad is my daughter Lizzy’s favorite. She will be so happy when I make this one for her. Thanks for the recipe. We absolutely love everything you post- you have the most amazing recipes! Have a great day!

  • Reply
    Velva
    April 7, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    Shut the front door! I think adding the dressing ingredients to the jar and using the immersion blender is a clever idea. I am going to remember that- the caesar salad looks divine.

    Velva

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    Cathy at Wives with Knives
    April 7, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    This sounds delicious, Sue, and it couldn’t be any easier to make. How would we get along without an immersion blender? I use mine all the time.

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    cheri
    April 7, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    This dressing really looks good, we are big salad eaters here. I use the same little ball jar for my salad dressings as well.

  • Reply
    Eileen
    April 7, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    This dressing sounds so flavorful, and so easy! I’ve never heard of pasteurized eggs before–must keep an eye out for them. Then I can not only make this, but also my grandma’s special pumpkin chiffon pie…yeah, I will definitely get my hands on some.

    • Reply
      Sue
      April 7, 2014 at 2:09 pm

      Oh yeah, they are so useful for so many recipes…egg nog, meringues, edible cookie dough :) They look just like other egg cartons from the outside, so you have to read the fine print, or ask your grocer. I bet you’ll find them.

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    Abbe@This is How I Cook
    April 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I love an immersion blender, too! And I love this dressing! Caesar Salad is a standard in this house and for some reason I never think to make more than I need. This looks great, Sue!

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