Healthy Caesar Dressing

I’ve been making this bright and healthy Caesar dressing for years. It’s lightened with Greek yogurt and packs in loads of lemony, garlicky flavor.

This post was first published on Oct. 14, 2016 and last updated on September 25, 2019.

Healthy Caesar dressing in a ceramic spouted jarCan you think of anyone who doesn’t like Caesar salad? I feel like it’s the gateway salad that we either all eat until we graduate to more complex salads. Or we never really learn to like salad (tragic), but can still get down on a Caesar anytime.

A bowl of Caesar Salad with shaved parmesan and croutonsI myself can enjoy just about any kind of salad- if I’m in the mood for one. It usually has to be super captivating though, with a million different ingredients and lots of varying textures to keep me interested. There is nothing worse than a boring salad.

But for some reason a simple Caesar with nothing more than romaine (or little gem lettuce, my new favorite, Parmesan cheese and croutons is always satisfying and never boring.

A bowl of Caesar salad on a marble dining tableTruthfully I almost always add avocado and tomato to my Caesar salads because I can’t stop myself from jazzing it up, but the secret to Caesar salad’s classic appeal is the complex, umami flavor of the dressing. Without it, it’s just basic.

I usually like to lighten things up if I can, so I’ve been making this healthy Caesar dressing for years.

Ingredients needed for healthy Caesar dressing

What makes this Healthy Caesar Dressing taste so good

  • A base of Greek yogurt allows you to cut back on the amount of olive oil used and omit the egg yolks completely, while thickening up the dressing at the same time.
  • The tanginess of the yogurt is played up with lemon juice and zest.
  • LOTS and LOTS of garlic- 2 big cloves, which is almost an obscene amount, gives this healthy Caesar dressing a nice kick.
  • Ingredients like Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and grated Parmesan deliver a big flavor boost.

A bowl of lettuce, croutons, Parmesan and Caesar dressing

How to make Healthy Caesar Dressing

To make this dressing, simply whisk all of the ingredients together- it couldn’t be simpler. You can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

A woman pouring dressing over a bowl of Caesar salad

Tips for the best Caesar Salad

Even though Caesar salads can be thought of as basic and maybe even a little boring, putting a little extra thought into the ingredients will make it anything but that.

  • Try switching out romaine lettuce for tender little gem lettuce leaves.
  • Buy good quality parmesan and make croutons from scratch or buy some from your local bakery that were made from a good quality bread.
  • Making your dressing from scratch like this healthy version is always a fantastic way to upgrade your Caesar salads.

Caesar Salad

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Caesar Salad
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Healthy Caesar Dressing

I’ve been making this bright and healthy Caesar dressing for years. It’s lightened with Greek yogurt and packs in loads of lemony, garlicky flavor.

Course Salad
Cuisine American
Keyword Caesar Salad, healthy dinner ideas, salad, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cup
Author Denisse

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese finely grated
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk vigorously until combined (or blend in a food processor).
  2. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator.
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Comments

  1. Sarah Wentz

    I was looking for a healthy alternative to ranch dressing and I’ve always enjoyed Caesar. This dressing turned out awesome followed as is. My only question is what does a serving size consist of? I went with 2 tbl. Thank you for a great dressing!!

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