Healthy Caesar Dressing

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Looking for a healthy caesar salad dressing? This caesar dressing uses avocado instead of eggs so it’s still super creamy and flavorful, but low in calories and fat. Less than 60 calories per serving!

I feel like caesar salad is something you either love or you hate. Or maybe everyone loves it… I just know I’ve never been a huge caesar salad person myself, maybe because when I first started eating healthier I learned that caesar salads weren’t exactly “healthy”, so I spent years avoiding them.

Hand holding a spoon full of avocado caesar dressing above a jar with the dressing on a table with lettuce and an avocado.

Typically, caesar salads are high in calories and fat and don’t have much nutrition because they’re made with just lettuce, cheese and croutons. But to my own surprise, I recently created this dressing and a totally epic, kale caesar salad and can now say I’m hooked! I can totally see why people like the taste of caesar salads.

Glass jar filled with avocado caesar dressing on a table with a spoon, napkin, lettuce and avocado.

How to Make Healthy Caesar Dressing

When it comes to caesar salad dressing , it’s typically made with eggs and loaded with processed oils, but I’ve created a delicious, healthier avocado caesar dressing that’s creamy and light but still packed with all the caesar flavor you love.

Bonus points: this dressing couldn’t be much easier to make – just throw everything into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth! No separating egg yolks, no whisking — bada-bing, bada-boom.

Bowl filled with romaine lettuce. Next to the bowl is a head of lettuce, a jar of avocado caesar dressing, and a half avocado.

Anchovies are Packed with Nutrition

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: anchovies. I know they’re scary and a little weird, but let me tell you – they are nutrition powerhouses and are what gives caesar dressing that unique flavor! They are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are really important in the standard American diet. They are also high in calcium and vitamin K, which help with bone health (yes please!). Last but not least, they pack a surprising punch in the protein department (1 serving of anchovies has 13 grams of protein)! If you’re freaked out by using anchovy fillets, you can also use anchovy paste (found in your grocery store near the tuna) — whichever is easier for you!

Hand pouring a jar of avocado caesar dressing over a bowl of romaine lettuce with parmesan cheese.

Are you a caesar salad lover? If so, try this dressing and let me know what you think!

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Healthy Caesar Dressing

5 from 9 votes
Looking for a healthy caesar salad dressing? This caesar dressing uses avocado instead of eggs so it's still super creamy and flavorful, but low in calories and fat. Less than 60 calories per serving! 
Hand holding a spoon full of avocado caesar dressing above a jar with the dressing on a table with lettuce and an avocado.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 3 /4 cup

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup mashed avocado
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 anchovy fillets, or 1 teaspoon anchovy paste, if you prefer
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/4 cup shredded or shaved parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons water
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened almond milk

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons Calories: 58kcal Carbohydrates: 2g Protein: 2g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 4mg Sodium: 336mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado caesar dressing, avocado dressing, caesar salad dressing

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    29 comments
    1. Jennifer
      May 2, 2021 AT 8:27 pm

      5 stars
      WOW!!!! Officially never buying dressing again. Didn’t have anchovies, so subbed capers. Also, out of lemons so used lemon essential oil. Delish! Even my 3 year old asked for seconds. Thank you!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2021 AT 11:48 am

        Yay!! I’m so glad this caesar dressing was a hit, Jennifer! Thanks for the review. It means the world to me!

    2. Kristy
      January 2, 2021 AT 8:49 am

      5 stars
      A taste revelation. Incredibly easy and coats a salad beautifully after tossing, so you don’t need much at all. Yet still packs a flavor punch. New favorite

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 2, 2021 AT 2:53 pm

        I’m so glad you love this salad dressing! Thanks for the review, Kristy. I so appreciate it!

    3. Tessa Waggoner
      December 19, 2020 AT 10:48 pm

      5 stars
      So yummy! Served with chicken enchiladas. Everyone loved the dressing!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 20, 2020 AT 11:42 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad this dressing was a hit!

    4. Becky
      September 23, 2020 AT 8:53 pm

      5 stars
      This is awesome. The only thing I had to buy was the anchovy. It’s delicious. Im so glad I stumbled on this. I omitted the salt and pepper too.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 24, 2020 AT 11:26 pm

        So pumped you enjoyed this dressing, Becky! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    5. Radha
      September 19, 2020 AT 12:01 pm

      What alternative we can use instead of almond milk?? Thank you..

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 20, 2020 AT 2:42 pm

        A different non-dairy milk like unsweetened oat, cashew or rice milk will work great. I’d say you could also use coconut milk but it might impart a coconut flavor.

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