Caesar dressing without anchovies
A kid-friendly version of Caesar dressing without anchovies or eggs. Want to know the secret? Japanese Mayo and lovely capers.
Don’t we all love a good crunchy Caesar salad? But did you ever encounter an unwanted friend in there??? The anchovy? Well, I know a few people who get turned off by this traditional ingredient. I’m one of them and most kids would probably never touch it if they saw a little punchy fish laying on top. Let’s say the anchovy divides many! So here is a Caesar dressing without anchovies, or raw eggs but with tiny green friends: capers! The perfect substitute!
Capers aren’t seen in many recipes because of their strong and salty taste. In this dressing though, it fits like a glove! Plus, the kids don’t have anything against this green little pearl. They happen to be really salty so the dressing won’t need any added salt.
Caesar was Roman but not the Salad
Guessing the romaine lettuce used for a typical Caesar salad is the reason why it’s called this way… but the truth is an Italian Chef invented this dish in the USA. (Check info here) Originally, the salad didn’t contain any anchovies. So in a way, this recipe is closest to its original form. Strangely enough, in Spain, they often just dress this salad with simple mayo and omit the bacon bits. Therefore, I had to import a good version of the Caesar dressing that the whole family would enjoy.
Japanese vs. Normal Mayo
This recipe reaches another level thanks to our special ingredient: Japanese mayo! It uses a different type of vinegar, more yolks and usually a tad of MSG, which brings this umami flavour in. It’s not a prerequisite but it does bring the salad another, more profound flavour! The most popular Japanese mayo, the one you see on sushis often is the Kewpie. You can easily buy it online. (Check over here)
Of course, the mayonnaise used could be a normal kind, but it would still be a great dressing! Also, the drops of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco are optional.
You can keep the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week without problems.
- 6 tbsp Japanese mayo *or normal mayo
- ½ lemon
- 1 garlic clove mashed
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 tbsp parmesan finely grated
- 2 tsp capers
- 3 drops Worcestershire sauce
- 3 drops Tabasco
- salt and pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a small blender and blend until smooth.
- Let it rest for a minimum of 10 minutes in the fridge before serving.
I am very pleased with how this dressing turned out- it is better than store bought and much better for you! I always hated that caesar has anchovies, so I am happy to have found this recipe.
Yay! A tasty dressing with the furry fish~ Thanks so much for sharing this.
This dressing is perfect! I ran out of caesar dressing last night and I am so glad I found this recipe, because now I don’t think I want to buy it from the store anymore! Thank you so much for this recipe 🙂
- Katie Crenshaw
The dressing came out delicious! It was full of flavor and perfect as a Caesar dressing. Loved it.
Amazing Caesar dressing! This is a staple in my household since I first made it. Thank you!
Thank you so much for this recipe! While I love anchovies, my husband does not, but we both love Caesar salads. This is a keeper!
We regularly make salads, and caesar salads are by far our favorite, but I’ve never made my own dressing. I’m sure this is so much better than store bought. I can’t wait to give it a try!
I love Caesar dressing and never cared for anchovies, your recipe was delicious!
I love making ceaser dressing with salad, I made this yesterday and it was super delicious, thank you for sharing I can’t wait to make it again!
I am so happy to have found a Ceasar dressing without anchovies, it tastes just like my favorite restaurant dressing without wasting the few anchovies I need to buy to make it home.