Caesar Salad Dressing

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Caesar Salad Dressing

[Photograph: J. Kenji López-Alt]

When it comes down to it, an emulsified Caesar salad dressing like this one is essentially a flavored mayonnaise. But because of the Parmesan and black pepper it contains, it's far easier to emulsify a Caesar dressing than a standard mayonnaise. The absolute easiest way to do it is using my Foolproof 2-Minute Mayonnaise technique.

Why It Works

  • An emulsified dressing clings well to the surface of waxy, hydrophobic lettuce leaves, for even coating and better flavor in each bite.
  • This recipe calls for up to a half dozen anchovies for plenty of savory depth, though you can scale back that amount if you like.
  • Yield:Makes about 3/4 cup (180ml)
  • Active time: 7 minutes
  • Total time:7 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 to 6 anchovy fillets (see note)
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce (see note)
  • 2 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 ounce Parmesan cheese, finely grated (15g; about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/3 cup (80ml) canola oil
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. 1.

    Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, anchovies, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and parmesan cheese in the bottom of a cup that just fits the head of an immersion blender, or in the bottom of the mini-chopper attachment of a food processor. With blender or processor running, slowly drizzle in canola oil until a smooth emulsion forms. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl.

  2. 2.

    Whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in remaining 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Season to taste generously with salt and pepper. Caesar dressing can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.