Avocado Caesar Dressing

Looking for a healthy caesar salad dressing? This avocado 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.

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, EBF-friendly caesar salad (recipe coming soon) and can now say I’m hooked! I can totally see why people like the taste of caesar salads.

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

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!

If you try this dressing, please leave a comment and star rating below. Your feedback is helpful for us here at EBF and other EBF readers who plan to make the recipe! 

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

Avocado Caesar Dressing


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 3/4 cup

Description

Looking for a healthy caesar salad dressing? This avocado 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! 


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

  1. Add all ingredients into a high powered blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Taste and add additional salt and pepper if needed. 
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 58
  • Sugar: 2g
  • Sodium: 336mg
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 2g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 4mg

Keywords: avocado caesar dressing, caesar salad dressing, avocado dressing

 

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    23 comments
    1. Becky
      September 23, 2020 AT 8:53 pm

      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

    2. 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.

    3. Christina
      August 2, 2020 AT 10:42 pm

      Hi! Could the anchovy fillets/paste be omitted and the recipe still be ok without that ingredient? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2020 AT 1:42 am

        Hey Christina! I haven’t tried it without the anchovies, so I’m not 100% sure how it would change the flavor omitting it, but I’m sure the dressing would still be delicious. Let me know if you try it!

    4. Liz b
      May 18, 2020 AT 3:01 pm

      This is the BEST homemade Caesar dressing I’ve ever had! Bonus: it’s healthier than most other recipes that use mayo.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 18, 2020 AT 10:56 pm

        Ahh yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this dressing, Liz!! Thanks so much for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. It’s super helpful to other readers, so I appreciate it. <3

    5. Paula
      March 23, 2020 AT 6:06 pm

      I have been missing my caesar salad every since I made a commitment to healthier eating. Thank you so much for “reviving” an old friend for me. This dressing is really good.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 25, 2020 AT 12:20 am

        Ahh that makes me so happy to hear, Paula! I’m glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it!

    6. Amanda
      November 24, 2019 AT 6:52 pm

      Tastes just like Caesar dressing. Love it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 25, 2019 AT 8:02 pm

        Yay!! Thanks for trying my recipe. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this dressing. And thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating, I so appreciate it! <3

        1. Riska
          February 15, 2020 AT 7:06 am

          How long keep in Fridge?

          1. Brittany Mullins
            February 16, 2020 AT 8:41 pm

            The dressing should definitely last 3-4 days in the fridge in an air-tight container.

    7. Michelle
      November 20, 2019 AT 10:41 pm

      Made this tonight and it’s so yummy! Used anchovie paste and it was perfect!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 21, 2019 AT 5:10 pm

        Amazing!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Michelle. Thank you for leaving a comment and star rating, it means the world to me! <3

    8. Beth
      July 18, 2019 AT 5:30 pm

      How long will this recipe keep in fridge?

    9. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite
      July 31, 2018 AT 9:52 pm

      Excited to try this! Your website is one of my main go-to’s for homemade salad dressings! Love everything I’ve tried 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2018 AT 11:09 pm

        Awww. This makes me so happy! Thanks babe.

    10. Kary
      July 31, 2018 AT 10:23 am

      If one has leftovers, are there any special storage considerations?

    11. Carolyn Garrity
      July 30, 2018 AT 3:01 pm

      How long can you keep this dressing? Does the avacado turn brown quickly?

      1. Angie
        August 8, 2018 AT 6:43 pm

        I was wondering how long the leftovers would last? I looked up other avocado based dressing recipes and found that 3 to 4 days is good, max would be one week! As for the browning, I’m sure the longer it sits the more chances of the browning. Hope this helps 🙂

        1. Brittany Mullins
          August 13, 2018 AT 10:36 am

          Thanks so much for the comment, Angie. The dressing should definitely last 3-4 day sin the fridge in an air-tight container. I store my dressings in a small (1/2 pint) mason jar.

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