Paleo Caesar Dressing Recipe (2 Methods) [Keto, Dairy-Free]
If you love eating salads, but want to make sure you’re not drenching your healthy salads with unhealthy dressings, then keep reading!
I’ll show you how to make your own healthier version of Caesar dressing from scratch in under 10 minutes (this recipe is Paleo and Keto).
And I’ll also tell you why this is healthier and introduce you to a variety of other Paleo salad dressings. That way you won’t get bored by your salads!
What is a Caesar Salad?
There are many versions of Caesar dressing these days, but the original Caesar salad is often attributed to the Italian Mexican chef, Caesar Cardini.
It’s said he concocted the recipe when he was running out of regular ingredients and had to create something with what he had on hand.
Typical Caesar salad ingredients (other than the dressing) include:
- Romaine lettuce
- Parmesan cheese
The original salad was also more than just a recipe – when you ordered it at a restaurant, it also involved elaborate tossing done table-side by the chef.
What is Caesar Salad Dressing usually made of?
Again, there are so many variations, but here are some of the common ingredients in Caesar salad dressings.
- Olive oil
- Raw or coddle eggs
- Worcestershire sauce
- Lemon juice
- Black Pepper
- Parmesan cheese
How is this Paleo Caesar Dressing Recipe different from Store-bought Dressings?
There are 4 main problems with store-bought salad dressings (like the popular Newman’s Own).
- They contain rancid, non-Paleo cooking oils (e.g., canola, soybean, or sunflower oil).
- They contain added sugar (like corn syrup).
- They contain thickeners like xanthan gum.
- They sometimes contain dairy-products (like cheese).
You probably already know about those last 3 issues. But…
What’s wrong with these cooking oils?
While these seed oils are often touted as “healthy,” the fact is that they’re easily oxidized and often contain traces of chemicals that are used to extract them.
That means those bottles of store-bought Caesar dressing you have at home are made with tainted oils that have already gone rancid by the time they entered your home.
However, you can avoid these issues with store-bought salad dressings by simply making your own Paleo salad dressings by following recipes like this one.
Common Ingredients in Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing:
Paleo Salad Dressing Recipes
Check out our large selection of other Paleo salad dressing recipes here.
There’s Thousand Island, Ranch, Vinaigrette, Italian, French, and more.
Make your own Paleo mayo…
As you know, many salad dressings rely on mayonnaise as their base to create that creamy texture we love. And store-bought mayo pretty much always contains non-Paleo cooking oils (this Paleo mayo is the exception).
So why not make your own mayo by following this recipe here. Make a batch each week and use it to create salads, spread on Paleo sandwiches, mix in with your tuna or salmon or chicken, or as a dip with your parsnip fries!
Too lazy to make your own Paleo mayo?
No worries – Mark Sisson’s company has solved that problem. You can now buy delicious Paleo mayo and use it straight from the jar.
Paleo Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe [2 Methods]
If you already have Paleo mayo handy, then just add the mayo to the anchovies, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper to a blender and blend until smooth.
Alternatively, if you don’t have Paleo mayo handy, then you can place all the ingredients except for the coconut oil into a blender, food processor, or mixing bowl and slowly add in the melted coconut oil (or avocado oil or olive oil) until a mayo-like creamy consistency forms.
You have to add in the coconut oil slowly in order for the emulsion to form.
- Blend or whisk the 2 egg yolks with the apple cider vinegar.
- Slowly add in the coconut oil while blending until it forms a mayo texture. This makes the Paleo mayo. If you already have Paleo mayo, then start from this step.
- Add in the anchovies, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper and blend well.
- Serving Size: approx. 1/8 cup