This Low Carb Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing is made in a food processor and uses real and healthy ingredients!
The Best Low Carb Caesar Dressing
Low carb caesar dressing can be added to any type of recipes. You can make casseroles with it, make your favourite Caesar salad with it, dip vegetables in it, coat some chicken or make sandwiches with it instead of using mayonnaise. I used this recipe to make my Shrimp Caesar Salad last year and skipped the parmesan to keep it paleo.
Pair this recipe with my grilled chicken caesar salad and my low carb croutons and you have the perfect caesar salad!
How to make Caesar Dressing using a food processor
Making homemade caesar salad dressing is just like making homemade mayonnaise. You just need to add some basic base ingredients to a food processor and slowly drizzle a bit of light olive oil while processing. It’s important that you do not stop the food processor while you’re adding the oil in so that it can perfectly emulsify.
When two liquids that are immiscible, meaning they separate when mixed together, are mixed together at high speed, this process is called emulsifying. By adding an oil to the base ingredients of this recipe, and processing it at high speed, non-stop, in a food processor, the oil is able to blend with the egg yolk/lemon juice/anchovy sauce without any problems. As your oil mixes with the other substances, it will thicken and create a delicious spreadable cream!
Caesar dressing originally used Worcestershire sauce instead of anchovy, but I wanted a version that didn’t have any added sugars so anchovy sauce was perfect. I personally like to add lots of oregano and black pepper to my caesar dressing as it adds so much flavour. The final step to a caesar dressing is to add some parmesan and mix everything together once more.
Finally, you can use any type of oil when making low carb caesar dressing. I prefer to use healthier oils like olive, avocado oil or macadamia oil, but you can use any type you want. Just make sure to use LIGHT TASTING olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is much too strong and bitter in flavour that it will not taste good in any recipes that make aiolis.
Now this recipe makes a pretty thick caesar dressing, the way I like it, but if you like your caesar dressing to be more on the runny side, add a few tablespoons of almond milk until your desired consistency. If you do add some milk, though, just remember that the portions might get bigger or smaller so make sure to calculate that in the nutritional information!
Are raw eggs safe to eat?
If you’re worried about using a raw egg in your caesar dressing, just make sure to use pasteurized eggs or in-shell pasteurized eggs. You cannot pasteurize your eggs at home, so please make sure to buy some already pasteurized ones. You also have to make sure to eat your caesar dressing within a week because we are using raw eggs and our dressing isn’t cooked on low heat like in factories.
Eating raw eggs in Japan is quite common and cases of salmonella are less frequent than in the US, so all eggs here can safely be eaten raw. They wash them more and have active salmonella treatment for the chickens so they are different than the eggs from the US. Our eggs also expire within 10-14 days and do not last longer than that unlike the eggs back home that last 1-2 months in the fridge.
If you absolutely do not want to use a raw egg, no problem! Instead of using an egg yolk and light olive oil, just use a cup of mayonnaise and mix all of the ingredients together. You’ll have an easy caesar dressing without having to use a food processor!
How to fix a broken aioli:
If you add your oil too fast or if you whisk the ingredients together too slowly, your homemade caesar salad dressing can easily break. Here are a couple of tricks that have helped me save my caesar dressing multiple times! This trick can also be applied to homemade mayonnaise, lemon curd, hollandaise, bernaise and different salad dressings!
- Place an egg yolk in a new bowl and slowly add your broken caesar dressing into the bowl while whisking vigorously. The broken caesar dressing should thicken up as you add it to the fresh yolk. Once it’s all added, it’s now good as new!
- Another trick you can do is the cold water trick. Add one tablespoon of water to a large bowl and add your broken caesar dressing a little bit at a time and whisk vigorously until it’s all added in. It should get thicker just like the first trick!
Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing
A delicious caesar dressing made in the food processor.
In a food processor add all of the ingredients except the olive oil. Pulse for 30 seconds until all nicely blended together. Add the olive oil in a slow stream while pulsing. Food processors usually have a small hole on the cover to add liquid. Pulse until all of the oil is added. This will thicken the salad dressing.
Continue this until you have added all of the oil to the food processor. Your dressing should be pretty thick right now.
Add the parmesan and blend for 20 more seconds and you're all done!
If you break your caesar dressing, check out the tricks above to see how to fix it!
Good in the fridge for about 5-6 days.