Easy Caesar Salad Without Anchovies

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This Caesar Salad is made without anchovies and you won’t believe how easy it is! Crisp romaine lettuce, croutons and fresh Parmesan cheese are all topped with a creamy homemade dressing that comes together in minutes. The easy homemade Caesar dressing recipe doesn’t include raw eggs, anchovies….or the need for a food processor! Whip this salad up on busy weeknights as a side for pasta dishes or top it with grilled chicken and make it a main dish!

A white serving bowl with Caesar salad.

Once you make this homemade Caesar salad, you will be craving it all the time! The dressing is made with simple ingredients and it’s perfectly balanced…not too garlicky, not too much acid, not too much mayo! And no food processor is required! Just whisk together the dressing ingredients and enjoy!

I did LOTS of testing on this dressing to get it just right and balanced and my family says it’s the BEST Caesar salad dressing! ….and they a tough critics, let me tell you!

This salad pairs perfectly with any pasta dish as well as soups and stews! If you want another quick and easy salad recipe, try this Spinach and Arugula Salad that comes together in 5 minutes!

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE

  • This Caesar dressing contains no anchovies or raw eggs, but still has amazing flavor!
  • The creamy Caesar dressing is a cinch to whip up–no food processor required!
  • Add some grilled chicken and it’s a perfect light lunch or dinner.

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

You’ll need the following ingredients to make this easy Caesar Salad Without Anchovies:

Ingredients needed to make Caesar salad without anchovies.

INGREDIENT NOTES

Mayo: The easy Caesar dressing has a mayonnaise base, and I highly recommend REAL mayo vs. reduced fat.

Parmesan cheese: Finely grated Parmesan is what is used in the dressing. I also like shaving off strips of parmesan for the top of the salad.

HOW TO MAKE CAESAR SALAD WITHOUT ANCHOVIES: STEP BY STEP

Here are some quick visual instructions. Remember that full instructions with exact ingredients will be in the recipe card below!

Step 1: Whisk together all ingredients for the creamy dressing.

Dressing ingredients for the Caesar salad dressing without anchovies in a small bowl whisked together.

Step 2: In a large bowl, add romaine, croutons and Parmesan shavings (or grated/shredded Parmesan). Top with the dressing, toss and serve right away with lots of freshly ground black pepper.

A bowl of Caesar salad that has no dressing on it yet.

RECIPE TIPS & TRICKS

  • I like to refrigerate the dressing for an hour or more before serving. It’s not necessary, but I think it tastes better chilled. It also allows for all the flavors to marry.

  • Use a vegetable peeler to shave fresh Parmesan cheese right over the top of the salad.

  • Double or triple this recipe and take it to pot lucks and parties. It’s the EASIEST side dish and everyone will think you’re a hero for making homemade dressing!
A mason jar with caesar salad dressing made without anchovies.

⭐️ CONFIDENCE TIP ⭐️
If you have an extra few minutes, make this salad extra special and whip up your own homemade croutons! I love this super easy skillet recipe from Ina Garten. I think you’ll be surprised how easy it is!

HOW TO STORE

  • Storage: Once the salad is tossed with the dressing, it doesn’t stay good for more than a hour or so. However, you can easily make the dressing ahead of time. The dressing will stay fresh in the fridge for up to a week in a airtight container or jar.

ADDITIONS AND SUBSTITUTIONS

Here are few additions you can try:

Tomatoes: I LOVE cherry tomatoes in my Caesar salad!

Olives: I have also seen some Caesar salads with olives, but it’s not traditional.

Here are a few substitutions you can make:

Greek Yogurt or Light Sour Cream: You can substitute both of these for the mayo if you insist on lightening things up, BUT you won’t get the same rich creamy taste if you don’t use mayo.

Worcestershire Sauce: Although this recipe does not include anchovies, Worcestershire sauce typically has some form of anchovies in it. If you have an allergy, you can substitute soy sauce for the Worcestershire sauce. It won’t be the exact same, but the soy sauce will give the dressing that deep, savory flavor it needs. 

Lettuce: Romaine is traditional and holds up well with the creamy Caesar salad dressing. However, sometimes I like adding in a little iceberg lettuce, too….for extra crunch!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How is this Caesar salad dressing recipe different than a CLASSIC Caesar salad dressing?

Original or authentic Caesar dressing includes an emulsification of olive oil and raw egg yolks, along with fresh garlic and anchovy paste or anchovy filets.

In this homemade version of Caesar salad dressing, we make it super easy, while not sacrificing flavor whatsoever!

Mayo is used in place of the olive oil/egg yolk emulsification (it’s just EASIER!). Worcestershire sauce replaces the umami flavor of the anchovies, but it’s nice and mild. Last, garlic powder is used in place of fresh garlic cloves making this dressing a cinch to whip up without a food processor or ANY chopping! #winning

What pairs well this homemade Caesar salad recipe??

This salad is my go-to as a side for pasta dishes like these amazing stuffed shells, this 5 Ingredient Spaghetti with Bacon, and this Cheesy Baked Spaghetti! It’s also great as a side for soups and stews like this 15 Bean Soup or this classic Vegetable Beef Soup.

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A white bowl with Ceesar salad.

TOOLS FOR THIS RECIPE

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Dressing Jars: I love making and storing salad dressing in these airtight mason jars.

Salad Serving Bowl: I use this white serving bowl for everything!

Whisk: This is all you need to whip up your Caesar dressing–no food processor needed!

Vegetable Peeler: An easy way to get those nice, pretty Parmesan strips for the top of your salad.

I hope you love this Caesar Salad {without anchovies}! If you make it be sure to leave a comment and a rating so I know how you liked it. Enjoy, xo!

Easy Caesar Salad Without Anchovies

This Caesar Salad is made without anchovies and you won't believe how easy it is! Crisp romaine lettuce, croutons and fresh Parmesan cheese are all topped with a creamy homemade dressing that comes together in minutes. The easy homemade Caesar dressing recipe doesn't include raw eggs, anchovies….or the need for a food processor! Whip this salad up on busy weeknights as a side for pasta dishes or top it with grilled chicken and make it a complete meal!
4.82 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 199 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the salad

  • 3 romaine hearts, roughly chopped into 1/2" pieces
  • 1 cup croutons store bought or homemade
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded or freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano is best if you can find it! See Note 1
  • freshly cracked black pepper

For the dressing

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce See Note 2
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt

Instructions
 

  • Place all dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together until smooth. For best results, whisk for at least 15-30 seconds to ensure ingredients are well combined. Taste dressing and season with a bit more salt, only if needed.
  • In a large salad bowl, add lettuce, Parmesan cheese and croutons. Toss with the dressing. Season with freshly cracked black pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, if you like! Serve right away.

Notes

Note 1: Use a vegetable peeler to shave off pretty strips from a block of Parmesan cheese. 
Note 2: Although this recipe does not include anchovies, Worcestershire sauce typically has some form of anchovies in it. If you have an allergy, you can substitute soy sauce for the Worcestershire sauce. It won’t be the exact same, but the soy sauce will give the dressing that savory flavor. 
Nutrition information is only an estimate. Info is based on the Very Well Fit Nutrition Calculator.

Nutrition

Calories: 199kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 10.7gFat: 13gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 624mgPotassium: 25mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gCalcium: 284mgIron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    This is going to be my new salad from now on. I love Caesar salad, but I never make it because everyone else in the house hates anchovies.

  2. 5 stars
    Ah I love all the flavours in caesar dressing but I’m vegetarian so an anchovy-free version is absolutely perfect. Thanks so much!