As a vegetarian, I always find it impossible to find a vegetarian Caesar dressing without anchovies at the supermarket or at any restaurant. I LOVE Caesar salad, so it is such a bummer that I can only eat it when I am at home, when I make it. Why on Earth is it made with with anchovies!? For sure is has something to do with flavor but whatever, they are not necessary. If you do not like fishy flavors, then do not fret…you will not miss it!
I have a recipe here for a flavorful just as good as the original, no anchovy, vegetarian friendly version! It is still creamy and most of all, cheesy like the original. The only thing missing is fish and other chemicals that come in the bottled variety of most Caesar dressings…hello high fructose corn syrup on a salad anyone? Bottle this up, and take it with you the next time you go to a restaurant. Yes..what a genius idea.
- 1 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 2 tbsp mayo
- 2 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- Place mayo, Dijon, garlic cloves, lemon juice, salt and black pepper into a food processor. Smash the garlic first.
- Process until smooth and well blended. While the food processor is still on, VERY slowly pour in the 1 cup olive oil. Stop once the oil is gone, and the texture is creamy.
- Add Parmesan cheese and pulse 5 or 6 times.