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Hands Down The Best Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

Updated on May 3, 2016

I've Decided to Share My Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe With the World!

This truly is hands down the best Caesar Salad Dressing. I have made my fair share of Caesar Salad Dressing in my lifetime.

I am a chef, and have cooked somewhere around 20 years, with culinary school training at The Culinary Institute of America. I've also worked in some great restaurants, including Tra Vigne in St. Helena California, which is in the heart of Napa Valley.

OK, enough of my qualifications. I kid you not when I say this is the best dressing you have ever tasted. (Of course this is my opinion, but I have heard it from others).

I have seen a number of recipes and basically spun my own version. There are only a number of variations one can do, and you may be surprised at some of the ingredients, so I am going to get right down to it.

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Let's make some delicious Caesar Salad Dressing!

My recipe makes approximately one gallon, which is how I have it memorized. Just divide everything by 4 to make a quart.

For unit measurement questions or to make smaller quantities, the following will be useful:

A 1oz and 2oz ladle may be used for all the measurements in ounces, for they are volume measurements rather than weight.

A cup measure may also be used for converting from ounces

1oz = 2 US Tablespoons

3 teaspoons = 1 Tablespoon

1oz = 1/8 cup

2 oz = 1/4 cup

6 oz = 3/4 cup

Photo, © Slastic

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Large Brown Eggs
  • 3 Large Brown Egg Yolks
  • 2 oz chopped garlic (a tad extra won't hurt)
  • 2 oz dijon mustard
  • 2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Worcestershire Sauce
  • 5 good shakes Tabasco
  • 1 oz Horseradish
  • 2 rounded Tablespoons med ground black pepper
  • 1 oz salt
  • 2 rounded tablespoons dry leaf oregano
  • 3 anchovy fillets
  • 2 oz Balsamic Vinegar
  • 6 oz Redwine Vinegar
  • 2 oz ground Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Mix in a food processor or a blender if that is what you have for ten seconds and then shut off.
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Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe - Finishing Steps

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Ingredients

  • 6 cups Salad oil (10-20% olive oil blend or any nice salad oil)(not evoo)
  • 2 cups Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 oz filtered water
  • 3 generous handfuls nice fresh grated Parmesan

Instructions

  1. 1. With the blender running, slowly add 1/3 of the oil, then slowly add 1/3 of the water.
  2. 2. Repeat this twice more.
  3. *Slowly adding the oil will especially help with the emulsification, which is the binding process that makes it into a thick product which looks like a dressing. Pouring the oil too fast can cause it to separate.*
  4. 3. Once all oil and water are added, turn off the blender or processor, then add the 3 handfuls of Parmesan cheese, turn the blender on for just a couple seconds until the cheese is blended in and shut it off, and now you have your Caesar dressing!

* In Case You Didn't Notice *

This recipe is printable!

Look for where it says 'printable version'.

Hopefully that will save you some time :)

Enjoy!

Easy Preparation of Chicken for Caesar

I have a really simple way that I make chicken that I think tastes delicious with Caesar.

First you want to either sear or put grill marks on the chicken (your preference)

Then place the chicken on a sheet pan and roast it in the oven for 15-20 minutes with my honey Dijon glaze, at 375 convection or 400 non-convection.

The bare minimum glaze you can use is literally just honey and mustard, with almost 2/3 honey. I mix them about 50/50 with a tad more honey, else it is a bit too hot and tart. I mix until the Dijon color starts to turn closer to the color of honey. When you mix it, it thins out slightly, darkens in color and thats's perfect.

I also like to add a hint of roasted garlic paste or granulated garlic powder. (toasted garlic would also work). Along with a pinch of dry oregano, salt and pepper mixed in, and a hint of balsamic vinegar.

For the amount, you want about 2 tablespoons per chicken breast, enough to put on a nice coating prior to roasting the already seared or grill marked chicken breast.

Make sure to also season the chicken prior to grilling or searing, which is key.

Photo, © U.S. Department of Agriculture

Items You May Find Useful

A Salad Spinner

A Spinner is Essential!

A salad spinner is essential if you are serving the salad right away.

When you wash the lettuce, there is water on it that is hard to get off.

If you are creative, you may have tried crutching it in a strainer and whipping it around, flinging water around your kitchen, or perhaps used a half a roll of paper towels to try to soak up the endless water that keeps reappearing.

In case this hasn't occurred to you, the water on the leaves of romaine keeps the dressing from sticking, and will create a watery salad. This can make a huge difference for your salad!

A salad spinner takes all that work out of it for you.

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Please Leave A Comment About My Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That dressing was LEGIT! I'm a chef at a Montessorri school and they ate it up!!!!!!!

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      jeffersuan 4 years ago

      Looks mighty delicious! Do you have any recipes for ranch dressing as well?

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I'm always looking for new recipes to try and I love caesar salad.

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      Niagara Ghosts 4 years ago

      I can't wait to try this!

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      MikeRobbers LM 4 years ago

      I love Caesar salad! the sauce of your recipe sounds and looks fantastic , I will definitely try it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lens, I will try within the next few days.

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      whiteskyline lm 4 years ago

      @JoshK47: Thanks for the visit!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Popping back in to bless this tasty lens!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @MaggiePowell: Thanks :) I hope you enjoy it if you make it

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      MaggiePowell 5 years ago

      my kids LOVE caesar salad.. pinning this recipe

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Escapes2: Let me know how it was :)

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      barbiefashionistas 5 years ago

      Caesar salad is my favorite!

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      Yes! I will be trying this Caesar salad dressing because it sounds delicious.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @ctmom1: Come back and let me know if you try it :)

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      ctmom1 5 years ago

      This sound really good...I think I'll skip the anchovies if I try it.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @qasimalhammad: Let me know if you make it

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      qasimalhammad 5 years ago

      it seems a delicious recipe, so will try it. But won't add the Red Wine vinegar. Thanks for sharing.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @VscorpianC: Thanks, come back and let me know how it came out.

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      Valentina Cabral 5 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thanks for sharing can't wait to try it, I luv Caesar Salad.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: OK, I'm sold now, I have actually never been to the Olive Garden, I do appreciate a great caesar.

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      I'm a fan of caesar salad. I'll go out of my way to lunch at Olive Garden on their great salad.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Gerald McConway: You're welcome!

      Same here, I don't mind the typical Caesar, but it is not often when I really love someone's Caesar Salad

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      Gerald McConway 5 years ago

      Will definitely try this. I love this dressing, but can never find a store brand that does it for me. Thanks for the recipe!

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      Looks so good! I'm on it for the next dinner party.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WeeBGB LM: Glad you liked it ;)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @littlelotus: You're very welcome :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Richard-H: Mine too!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's been a while, but I hope you made it and enjoyed it :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @chezchazz: I hope you did, and if you come back, let us know how it was!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @JoshK47: These days there may even be a vegetarian substitute flavoring, though I'm sure it will be great.

      Take note that Worcestershire does have anchovies. I wouldn't be surprised if they have an option without them.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @termit_bronx: :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @writerkath: Yep, pasteurized is what most places use now, I believe they are required ny law now.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @JodiFromFlorida: You're welcome, please come back and say how it was if you see this

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @darciefrench lm: You're welcome

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @julescorriere: mmm caesar never gets old :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I switched this pic since, it's definitely one of my favorites as well.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WayneDave LM: You're welcome

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @traveller27: I hope you tried it :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WindyWintersHubs: You're welcome!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: I'm way late on this, but thanks for the tip, I like how that worked :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WayneDave LM: You're welcome!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: I hope it came out great!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @goo2eyes lm: Not at all :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @LisaAuch1: Belated thank you Lisa :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @kathysart: Belated thank you for the blessing :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @dixiebliss: :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WriterDave: Mmm caesar!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Rangoon House: I hope you come back and let me know how it came out :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: My pleasure, I hope you were able to try it :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Mandy Stradley: I love Caesar, I will have to try it :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @Lynda Makara: Thank you!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Thanks!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, let me know if you try it :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Sounds like really the best Caesar Salad Dressing. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      This sounds fantastic! Thank you for sharing your secret recipe with us all to enjoy. Blessings! :)

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Mmmm looks good! I love the Caesar Salad at Red Lobster!

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      Lynda Makara 5 years ago from California

      I love caesar salad! Angel blessings.

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      Faye Rutledge 5 years ago from Concord VA

      Thanks for this great caesar salad dressng recipe. :)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WeeBGB LM: LOL! I know what you mean. Some people get sick of their own food, I try not to let that happen.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @betsuzlap: Thanks betsuzie! (I know I'm a tad late)

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @donaldwilson: We had used raw eggs for many years, and then they created laws and all now most restaurants, if not all used pasteurized now.

      I guess that is one of those questions that can be debated, and my opinion is that they are safe, but for anyone concerned, just get some pasteurized and homogenized liquid eggs, I don't think you will notice any difference.

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: Just saw this, yes it is in St Helena. I was never sick of the food, even after working there :)

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Without having the chance to put this together yet, I can well understand the rave reviews this dressing has. I can't wait to try it and think with the deletion of a few ingredients, it could be used for myriad other uses as well. Blessings.

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      WriterDave 5 years ago

      Yum!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah this was the result of a number of caesar recipes I have learned. Everyone used vinegar and Tabasco. We actually had a Maitre D' in one that I worked in and IIRC he only used lemon juice (perhaps you also), but the owner of the restaurant used vinegar for the menu caesar.

      I picked up the horseradish, oregano and balsamic in one restaurant etc.

      People love it. I don't know how many people said it's the best they've ever had :)

      I'm not a food history expert, and in even in culinary school, some 'traditional' recipes were debatable.

      I know one of the chefs I worked with was adamant that caesar originated in Mexico, which I found interesting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I worked 40 years as a Maitre d' in fine restaurants and lots of table side

      cooking. Never so never made Caesar salad dressing with; oregano,tabasco,

      horseradish, vinegars. Wow this must be for the people that they really dont

      know what is reall Caesar Salad Dressing is .

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Jim! Don't know how I missed that :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      correction on your conversion: 3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

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      TrialError 5 years ago

      Definitely going to try this.

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      WeeBGB LM 5 years ago

      I have a question. I just found my dressing container from last August! LMAO! There's a tiny bit of dressing left in the bottom of it. It got buried behind lots of other stuff over the past few months. Do you happen to know how long this will last? I mean, do you think it would be safe to eat it NOW? I'm craving this salad again and I don't have everything in the recipe. (I live 1/2 hour away from the nearest store! LOL!) And I want it NOW! LMAO! I hope you're online, and can send me an answer soon. I won't eat it until I hear from you! THANKS! This is going to be torture! Hahahaha! It's SOOOOOOO GOOOOOD!!!!!

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      dixiebliss 5 years ago

      I can't tell you how many times I have had this dressing - and each time it just amazes me how great it is!! BEST. DRESSING. EVER!

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Caesar salad is my favorite kind of salad. Very impressive about the Culinary Institute. If this is the one in St. Helena, I've eaten there before.

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      kathysart 5 years ago

      I absolutely LOVE it! I am so bored with dressings that claim to be Caesar dressings but are not. You are the man! THUMBS UP ANGEL BLESSED!

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      Don Wilson 5 years ago from Yakima, WA

      The recipe sounds real good, but is it safe to consume raw eggs?

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      traveller27 5 years ago

      Looks good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The Caesar salad is one of my favorites. The intro pic certainly looks very very inviting and yummy!

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      WayneDave LM 5 years ago

      Love a good Caesar salad so this is something I will definitely be trying. Thanks for sharing this great lens.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i squidliked this lens long time ago but i noticed that i did not leave any comments. i will try your salad dressing. the salad in your intro pic looks yummy.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yum! Thanks for the recipe!

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      Jules Corriere 6 years ago from Jonesborough TN

      This looks absolutely delicious!

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      darciefrench lm 6 years ago

      Sounds like a fantastic Caesar salad dressing - many thanks :)

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      JodiFromFlorida 6 years ago

      I am going to try this, I love caesar salad! Thank you for the recipe.

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      betsuzlap 6 years ago

      I am definitely giving this one a try! Great lens! Angel blessing too!

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      JoyfulPamela2 6 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Ohh, this sounds so tasty! :)

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      goo2eyes lm 6 years ago

      I LIKE YOUR RECIPE. I WILL TRY WITH ANCHOVIES. HOPE YOU DON'T MIND.

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      Lisa Auch 6 years ago from Scotland

      Love it love it love it, so much I had to leave an Angels blessing too! please check your points to make sure you reive this blessing, I am having a bit of difficulty today with the mechanics around Squidland! ...lol cnat wait to try out the recipe!

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      @WeeBGB LM: Thanks WeeBGB! :) I actually also buy organic, cage-free! I have never tried eggs in my smoothies (but I do make them w/ Kale, and when I tell people that, I get some weird looks!)

      I want to try this recipe now. Of course...it's dinnertime...hungry...so....hungry. :)

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      WeeBGB LM 6 years ago

      Kathy,

      I always buy organic, cage-free eggs and have NEVER had a problem with them. :O) No need to be nervous! I sometimes make smoothies with raw egg, too, and like I said, never had a problem.

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      WeeBGB LM 6 years ago

      Still EATING!!!!! YYYYUUUUMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!! Licking the bowl now!!!!! NOM, NOM, NOM!!!!!!

      **pppuuurrrrrrrrrrrrr** :O)

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      WeeBGB LM 6 years ago

      OOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!! I FINALLY made your dressing and OOOOOOMMMMMMMGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!! It is to DIE FOR! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!! :O) <3

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      writerkath 6 years ago

      Caesar is one of my all time favorites - but is there a way to make it without the egg yolks? For some reason that makes me nervous. :)

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      termit_bronx 6 years ago

      Yummi, this sure looks delicious!! :) On my way to the grocery store!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Sounds delicious - plus no anchovies, so my vegetarian gf can eat it!

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      Wednesday-Elf 6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Sounds delicious, Martin. And I agree with Tipi - check out using the Recipe Module to make your recipe printable for interested readers.

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      Chazz 6 years ago from New York

      Can't wait to try this. Sounds great!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      How amazing that you are sharing your hands down best Caesar Salad dressing recipe, time for a trip to the grocery store for ingredients, my mouth is ready for this. I wonder if you know about out recipe module, it is easy to use, can just copy and paste without using the individual ingredient lines and gives you a printable version. Browse all module, click on all modules, "R" and there it is, if you are interested.

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      Richard 6 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      Caesar salad is one of my favourites. Will have to try this :)

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      littlelotus 6 years ago

      mmmm can't wait to try.... I love caesar salads.....:):)

      thanks for sharing, chef ;)