This Keto Caesar Dressing can be mixed up quickly at home, so there’s no need to buy one with additives and extras you don’t want. It’s one of the most flavorful, creamy salad dressings and it just takes 5 minutes to make.
You have to be careful with store-bought dressings because many of them contain extra ingredients, preservatives, and sugars that you don’t expect. When you make your own dressing at home, you don’t have to worry about those things because you are in control of what goes in it.
That’s why I love making my own dressings. This is one of my favorites to make because you can adjust it to taste the way you want it to taste. Some people like it zippier, some like it with more anchovies. You can decide.
Caeser salads are low-carb with the addition of this keto-friendly Caeser dressing (0 net carbs) and either leaving off the croutons or using low-carb seeded bread croutons, that you can easily make at home by toasting in the oven.
Is Caesar Dressing Keto Friendly?
Caesar dressing is most definitely keto friendly. This is owing to the fact that it has very little carbs and is high in fat. Because of the high fat content, this is a great dressing for a keto diet – to make sure you hit your fat ratios.
Despite what you might think, there isn’t really a difference between traditional Caesar dressing and this keto version. The ingredients in Caesar dressing are naturally low in carbs. The difference comes in with store-bought dressings that add additional sugars and additives.
Ingredients in Keto Caesar Dressing
We use the easy method to make this dressing because most people don’t have the time to make the traditional method, which essentially involves making your own mayonnaise with a raw egg. We use prepared mayonnaise to make the process faster.
This might seem like quite a list of ingredients. It can look a little overwhelming, but don’t let that push you to purchase your caesar dressing instead. It’s mostly things that you probably already have in the house and there are a few substitutions you can make if you’re short of an ingredient or two.
- Mayonnaise – I always use full-fat mayonnaise for the best flavor, but you can use any mayo you like.
- Parmesan cheese – It’s best to use a freshly grated high-quality Parmesan cheese. Try to avoid using the dust in the green can that isn’t refrigerated. The stiff pre-grated Parmesan you can get in a bag is also not amazing, because it’s so hard. Best to grate it fresh.
- Garlic – Garlic adds some spiciness and tons of flavor, so you don’t want to leave it out. If you don’t have fresh garlic, you can add a small amount of garlic powder instead.
- Worcestershire sauce – This is really the secret to amazing Caesar dressing. It has such a robust flavor that you really can’t substitute. You can try to make your own though!
- Dijon mustard – Dijon or spicy brown mustard is a must. Yellow mustard doesn’t add the same flavor. You can add mustard powder instead, if you have it.
- Anchovies or anchovy paste – Some people just don’t like anchovies, and that’s okay. But if you can, definitely add them because that’s what makes Caesar dressing unique and delicious.
- Lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Keto Caesar Dressing
First, you’re going to need a small mixing bowl and either a spatula or a small whisk. You could also use a small container with a lid that will fit the ingredients.
If you use a container, you can put the lid on and shake the dressing to mix it, which is super simple. Then you can store the dressing in the same container.
Put all the ingredients into your bowl.
Whisk or stir it all together. Cover it and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes. The garlic and anchovy needs a bit of time to impart their flavor. Mix it once more before serving.
Questions Asked About Keto Caesar Dressing
Do I have to use anchovy paste?
Anchovies aren’t for everyone. But if you love a traditional Caesar salad dressing then you may not know there are anchovies in it! It adds a saltiness that’s quite delicious and is the signature taste of this salad.
You can use anchovy paste, which you find in a tube on the same aisle as you’d find tuna. Or you can use canned anchovies and just mince them up yourself. I like that method because I like to add a few extra anchovies to my salad.
That being said, you don’t have to use them if you don’t like them. Just leave it out.
How Long Does Keto Caesar Salad Dressing Last in the Fridge?
You can keep your homemade Caesar dressing for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator. Because it doesn’t have any preservatives, it will begin to loosen and spoil after about 3 days. So be sure to use it quickly.
Can I double this recipe?
You can half or double the recipe, as you need. It’s very easy to cut down or bulk up the measurements, so you can make a large salad for the family, or just one salad for yourself.
What is the serving size?
A serving is around 2 tablespoons of dressing. This is sufficient to coat the lettuce in your salad. There is 1 gram of carbs and 1 gram of fiber in a 2 tablespoon serving. That means this dressing has 0 net carbs.
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Keto Caesar Dressing
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/8 cup Parmesan cheese freshly grated
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire
- 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon anchovies or paste optional
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon water
- Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Whisk together until well combined. Taste and add additional salt and pepper, if necessary.
- You can use anchovy filets or anchovy paste, or just leave it out if you don’t like it.
- This makes a very thick sauce, which is what you need to coat the lettuce. You don’t want to water it down.
The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Laura is an avid home cook and recipe creator. She shares her favorite low-carb recipes here that are both easy to make and full of flavor, so you don’t even miss the carbs.