Anchovy Free Caesar Dressing

Did you know one of the base flavors of Worcestershire sauce is anchovy? The deep, umami flavored sauce is such a fantastic ingredient to keep in the pantry. It lasts a long time, it’s so versatile and adds bold flavors to many different dishes. I love to use it in my Caesar dressing. I don’t have to buy anchovies or anchovy paste, and the flavor is just as good! If you don’t like the idea of using anchovies for your homemade Caesar dressing, give this anchovy free Caesar dressing a try. This will become a staple in your kitchen!

Why you’ll love these Caesar dressing without anchovies

  • You will love this anchovy free Caesar dressing because it’s so easy to make with items you probably already have in your fridge and pantry. Gotta love recipes like that!
  • This recipe can be customized to your liking. Do you love THICCCCCC Caesar? This can be made that way! Like it a little thinner? You can do that too.
  • Caesar dressing is jam-packed with flavor, and this recipe is no exception.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

  • Bowl – A bowl large enough for all of your ingredients and room to stir.
  • Cheese grater or microplane – I prefer a microplane for this. You can zest your lemon finely with it, as well as finely grate your Parmesan. A microplane has become one of my favorite kitchen gadgets and I highly recommend you get one.
  • Lemon squeezer – You can, of course, just use your hands for this. But I love my lemon squeezer.
  • Garlic Press – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, GET YOU A GARLIC PRESS! It’s the best and so easy for fresh garlic.
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons – Or you can eyeball it like I do.

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Ingredients & substitutions

  • Mayonnaise – I use Hellman’s Olive oil. It’s our fav.
  • Dijon mustard
  • Worcestershire – Worcestershire is what gives you the anchovy flavor without the anchovies.
  • Garlic – I use fresh garlic so it gives that spicy bite that fresh garlic gives.
  • Lemon – You will need this for the zest and the juice.
  • Parmesan – I use fresh Parmesan and grate it myself. For ease, you can buy grated Parmesan, but I would be sure to buy quality grated Parmesan.
  • Black pepper
  • Water for desired thinness

Bonus, this is gluten free Caesar dressing! And here is how you make it.

Step 1. Grate Parmesan cheese. Press garlic. Zest lemon. Juice lemon.

Step 2. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add water if you would like the dressing to be less thick, if you like it that way. If you like a thick dressing, forego the water.

FAQs about Worcestershire sauce

What is Worcestershire sauce made out of?

Worcestershire sauce is a fermented sauce. It starts with a base of vinegar and is flavored with molasses, sugar, onion, garlic, tamarind, and anchovies.

What does Worcestershire sauce do to a recipe?

It’s an easy way to add deep flavor to uncooked sauces, but it can also be cooked into barbecue sauces to cut through some of the inherent sweetness. A little Worcestershire added to a pan sauce can also pack in a new dimension of flavor to complement your piece of seared meat.

Does Worcestershire sauce go bad?

What’s the Shelf Life of Worcestershire Sauce? Hard to say, but easy to store. It lasts up to three years unopened in the pantry. Keep an open bottle of Worcestershire sauce for up to three years in the refrigerator.

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Anchovy Free Caesar Dressing

This easy anchovy free Caesar dressing is the best dressing you can make at home!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course dips, dressings, salad dressing
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 6 People
Calories 150 kcal


  • 1 Bowl
  • 1 cheese grater or microplane
  • 1 lemon squeezer
  • 1 Garlic Press
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons


  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • water for desired thinness


  • Grate Parmesan cheese. Press garlic. Zest lemon. Juice lemon.
  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well. Add water if you would like the dressing to be less thick.
Keyword anchovy free caesar dressing, caesar dressing, homeade caesar

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