Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Creamy Caesar Dressing for Salad

Recipe adapted from Steven Raichlen's BBQ USA

The genius of this dressing lies in combining seemingly discordant ingredients — garlic, anchovies, sharp Parmesan cheese — into a harmonious whole.


  • Yield: 3/4 cup
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  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 anchovy fillets, rough chopped, or 2 teaspoons anchovy paste
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Pecorino-Romano cheese (about 1-1/2 ounces)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, or more to taste
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Step 1: If using a blender, add all of the ingredients and puree to a smooth creamy dressing. Correct the seasoning, adding salt and pepper to taste.

Step 2: If using a food processor, add the garlic, anchovy, mustard, mayonnaise, and cheese and grind to a paste. Gradually work in the olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste.

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