What Is Caesar Dressing, Really?

The salad dressing aisle can be an intimidating place for someone as indecisive as I am. Which is the correct one to go with? Do I close my eyes and nab one at random? Or try to collect them all? Well, fret not, because there’s always one dressing you should always have at the ready, and that, my friend, is caesar dressing

What is in caesar dressing? 

Caesar dressing is a pleasant melange of lemon juice, olive oil, egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, garlic, Dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, and black pepper. You can remember it by using the helpful acronym LJOOEYWSAGDMPCBP. Nice and simple! Someone will stop you on the street and say, “Quick! What is in caesar dressing? My ailing grandmother’s life depends on it!” And all you’ll have to do is remember “LJOOEWSAGDMPCBP” before saying “lemon juice, olive oil, egg yolk, Worcestershire sauce, anchovies, garlic, Dijon mustard, parmesan cheese, and black pepper, of course!” Ta-da! You’ve saved a life. And because I taught it to you, I saved it too. I always knew I had a hero lurking inside me. 

Does caesar dressing have dairy?

Yes, usually caesar dressing has parmesan cheese (a dairy product) as an ingredient. However, if you are making the dressing yourself, you can control what ingredients you include—try using Sporked’s top vegan shredded parm. Alternatively, if you’re still looking for a dairy-free store-bought bottle, brands like Panera At Home, Daiya, and Primal Kitchen offer caesars that nix the lactose. Always check the label! 

Does caesar dressing have anchovies?

Just like a pizza order that wasn’t run by everyone first, yes, caesar dressing indeed includes anchovies. I was indoctrinated against the salty little fellows by my fish-despising parents. Luckily, some time in college, when one can’t afford to be too picky when it comes to free pizza, I finally gave anchovies a go, and folks, I’m proud to say that I like them just fine now. And, barring a herring allergy, I bet you will too. Ease into the world of anchovies with caesar!   

What does caesar dressing taste like? 

Caesar dressing’s taste is hard to describe, so I’ve asked Sporked to enable this article with late-breaking technology in which you, the reader, can lick the screen of whatever phone, computer, or tablet you’re reading this on, and instantly experience the sensation of tasting caesar dressing. Go ahead, try it! 

Oh, whoops, I’m getting word now that the price of the usage of that technology would eat into my fee considerably, so hopefully your screen is relatively sanitized. Please accept my apologies, and my assurance that caesar dressing tastes like a creamy mixture of garlicky, lemony, and salty. It doesn’t taste like laptop dust at all, I promise. 

Best Caesar Dressing

Best Caesar Dressing

Now that you know all about caesar dressing, find out what the best caesar dress is. We dipped leaves of lettuce and ate dressing straight off a spoon to find the best one.

About the Author

Joe Rumrill

Joe Rumrill is a fictional one-eyed spinach-loving sailor created in 1929 by E.C Se- Wait, no, that's not right... Joe Rumrill is a stand up comedian and writer currently based in Los Angeles. His favorite thing about food is a close tie between the taste and the nutrients one gets from it. His least favorite thing about it is the "gritty, dirt-like quality some food has", but he's most likely referring to the time in third grade he was dared to eat playground sand.

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