Caesar Dressing Without Anchovies

It is a kid-friendly version of Caesar dressing without anchovies. 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? 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 lying on top. Let’s say the anchovy divides many! So here is a Caesar dressing without anchovies but with tiny green friends: capers! The perfect substitute!

Capers

Capers aren’t seen in many recipes because of their bold and salty taste. In this dressing, though, it fits like a glove! Plus, the kids don’t have anything against this little green pearl. They are salty, so that the sauce won’t need added salt.

Caesar was Roman, Not the Salad

Caesar dressing without anchovies
Caesar salad

I guess the romaine lettuce used for a typical Caesar salad is why it’s called this way… but an Italian Chef invented this dish in the USA. Initially, the salad didn’t contain any anchovies. So, in a way, this recipe is closest to its original form. Strangely enough, they often dress this salad with simple mayo and omit the bacon bits in Spain. Therefore, I had to import a good version of the Caesar dressing that the whole family would enjoy.

Japanese vs. Normal Mayo

Caesar close up

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 brings the salad another, more profound flavour! The famous Japanese mayo you see on sushis often is the Kewpie. You can easily buy it online. (Check over here)

Alternatives

Of course, the mayonnaise used could be an everyday kind, but it would still be a great dressing! Also, the drops of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco bring this balance to the dressing but are optional.

Storage

You can keep the dressing in the refrigerator for up to a week without problems.

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Caesar dressing without anchovies

Caesar dressing without anchovies

It is a kid-friendly version of Caesar dressing without anchovies. Do you want to know the secret? Japanese Mayo and lovely capers.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: caesar, dressing, japanese mayo, Kewpie, salad, without anchovies
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 224kcal
Author: Marie Breton

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients to a small blender and blend until smooth.
    Caesar-Dressing-ingredients
  • Let it rest for a minimum of 10 minutes in the fridge before serving.

Notes

This salad is usually served with croutons, bacon, and grated parmesan.

Nutrition

Calories: 224kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 10g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 0.3mg
Nutrition Facts
Caesar dressing without anchovies
Amount per Serving
Calories
224
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.04
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
10
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
9
g
Cholesterol
 
11
mg
4
%
Sodium
 
234
mg
10
%
Potassium
 
36
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
2
g
1
%
Fiber
 
0.4
g
2
%
Sugar
 
1
g
1
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Vitamin A
 
40
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
8
mg
10
%
Calcium
 
38
mg
4
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Notes

This salad is usually served with croutons, bacon bits and extra grated parmesan

17 Comments

  • Sharon

    5 stars
    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.

  • Kristina

    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.

  • Megan

    5 stars
    Yay! A tasty dressing with the furry fish~ Thanks so much for sharing this.

  • Cathleen

    5 stars
    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

    5 stars
    The dressing came out delicious! It was full of flavor and perfect as a Caesar dressing. Loved it.

  • Mindy

    5 stars
    Amazing Caesar dressing! This is a staple in my household since I first made it. Thank you!

  • Pam

    5 stars
    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!

  • Claire

    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!

  • Dennis

    5 stars
    I love Caesar dressing and never cared for anchovies, your recipe was delicious!

  • Ramona

    5 stars
    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!

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