Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing
Making your own homemade salad dressing is not as tricky as you might think, especially if you start with this recipe for Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing. You will be eating and serving a much healthier salad. Store-bought salad dressings can be full of preservatives, food colourings, synthetic flavour-enhancers and other modified ingredients, while homemade ones are simple, clean, and green. Using whole food ingredients in your salad recipes helps ensure that their nutrients will be absorbed by the body, while modified ingredients are not often recognized by the digestive system as real food. When you look at the food scores of typical pre-packaged Caesar salad dressings, provided by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the results are not very favourable. Ratings are based on nutrition, ingredient concerns, and processing concerns based on label readings. Many of these brands do not include organic ingredients; they use vague phraseology, such as “flavor” and “natural flavor” in their ingredients lists, and often include unhealthy fats. Be sure to read your labels and be discerning whenever you’re selecting any kind of food.
Making your own salad dressing recipes at home can be a very rewarding experience on many levels! You will know the exact ingredients, and you will definitely taste the difference.
Out of interest - a typical ingredient list of store bought Caesar Salad dressing looks like this:
Ingredients from some STORE BOUGHT Caesar Salad dressings:
SOYBEAN OIL, WATER, VINEGAR, ROMANO AND PARMESAN MADE FROM COW'S MILK CHEESES (PART-SKIM MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES), SUGAR, EGG YOLKS, SALT, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF DRIED GARLIC, LEMON JUICE CONCENTRATE, SPICE (CONTAINS CELERY), WHEY, CORN SYRUP, XANTHAN GUM, CREAM, DRIED ONIONS, BUTTERMILK, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, DISODIUM INOSINATE, TAMARIND, NATURAL FLAVOR, ENZYMES, SORBIC ACID AND CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PROTECT FLAVOR).*
Do you even know what all these things are that you are eating in this pre-made dressing?
Makes 1 cup
This is a printable recipe.
1 Tablespoon drained capers
3 cloves fresh garlic
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or more to taste
3 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
This recipe makes about 1 cup of delicious dressing.
Place all the ingredients into a blender and pulse blend on high speed until smooth and creamy.
Do a taste test and season with salt and pepper to you liking.
Nutrition Facts for: Easy Homemade Caesar Dressing From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Capers, garlic cloves, kosher salt, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, olive oil, cayenne pepper, fresh squeezed lemon juice, black pepper.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet
* The entire recipe has been calculated 1 CUP dressing.
* Per Serving:Calories 847, Calories from Fat 669, Total Fat 74.3g 114%, Saturated Fat 10.8g 54%, Cholesterol 46mg 15%, Sodium 4190mg 175%, Potassium 117mg 3%, Carbohydrates 48.0g 16%, Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%, Sugars 11.7g, Protein 3.9g, Vitamin A 10, Vitamin C 7%, Calcium 7%, Iron 8%
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