Since most store bought dressings have a lot of sugar and artificial ingredients, I like to make them myself. This homemade Keto Caesar Dressing Recipe is super easy to make and tastes delicious. One of the best things about it is that you can keep it in your fridge for about a week as well.
Is Caesar dressing keto?
When it comes to the keto diet, buying salad dressings is extremely tricky and almost always not a good idea.
Most store bought salad dressings are high in net carbs and have hidden sugars inside. Even if the label says “sugar free” it might not have actual sugar in it, but a bunch of substitutes that will raise your glucose anyway such as sucrose and maltodextrin.
Even if they’re not keto, most of the homemade Caesar salad dressings I’ve checked out over the years don’t add sugar or other ingredients that are considered to be high carb foods.
Just to be sure, I made my own Keto Caesar Salad dressing which I love. It’s just the right amount of zesty thanks to the lemon juice, garlicky, salty and peppery at once. I doubt I know anyone who hasn’t had Caesar dressing in their life before, but if you haven’t you’re definitely in for a flavor bomb treat.
Keto Caesar Dressing Recipe Ingredients
I’m a huge fan of salads in general because they’re quick to make. Also, I go by this one rule you definitely heard of plenty of times – the less ingredients, the better.
Although you can make your own mayonnaise at home using egg yolks and olive oil or avocado oil, I decided to go with the regular store bought option.
There are tons of healthy mayonnaise options on the market, but most importantly regular mayo is keto friendly as well. Just make sure to pick one with no sugar and stay away from anything that says low fat. We want the fat
I have a love and hate type of a relationship with anchovies – I hate them on pizza, but I can’t imagine a low carb Caesar salad dressing without them. They’re intensely fishy, pungent and salty and the taste is hard to duplicate.
You can omit them if you want to, but I strongly suggest you don’t. For me, a Caesar salad dressing has to have it (unless you’re vegetarian or vegan of course).
No, please don’t substitute it for any other cheese (unless it’s very similar to Parmesan, like Grana Padano).
I usually buy Parmesan cheese in blocks so I simply put it in a food processor to get it finely shredded, but you can use a store bought one that has already been prepared.
I add garlic or garlic powder to literally everything. It’s the #1 spice I use aside from regular salt and pepper. One average garlic clove is about 1g of carbs. I used 2 cloves for the recipe because I’m all for the pungent and strong flavor, but you can use only 1 if you’re not a fan.
In case you didn’t know, garlic has so many health benefits – from lowering blood pressure and cholesterol to boosting your immune system and reducing inflammation.
Did you know in the old times people used to make garlic syrups for the cold? Don’t ask, I had to drink that when I was younger but that’s a totally different topic. Just look it up.
When used in moderation, it’s surely keto friendly. I can’t imagine a Caesar salad dressing, keto and low carb friendly without a bit of tangy lemon juice.
I only used half a lemon here because I don’t want it to overpower other ingredients too much, but adjust it to your liking of course.
Don’t quote me on it, but I feel like Worcestershire sauce makes everything taste so much better, even this Caesar salad dressing. Yes, most of the time it’s added in regardless to give it that irresistible umami flavor.
If you don’t like Dijon mustard, just trust me when I say don’t skip it. You can probably add a different (but similar) mustard instead, however this one works best. I only use a teaspoon here so it’s not a lot, but oh boy does it make a difference.
Salt and pepper
Just to taste!
How to make Keto Caesar Salad Dressing
There’s no rocket science here and I promise you, this is one of the easiest keto recipes ever. Even if you’re not a great cook there’s no way you can mess this up.
- Take out a food processor: If you don’t have one, you can mince and possibly grate all the ingredients but that will obviously take you about 10 minutes longer.
- Add all ingredients: peeled and fresh garlic cloves, Parmesan, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, Dijon mustard and mayonnaise to the food processor. Pulse for a minute or two until combined and uniform in consistency.
- All set: Just season with salt and pepper to taste.