Caesar Salad Dressing No Anchovies with Cottage Cheese

This is the best-tasting Caesar salad dressing made without anchovies and with high-protein cottage cheese. It’s made without the fishy taste of anchovy paste or raw eggs and is made healthy with cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic.

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This is the best-tasting Caesar salad dressing made without anchovies and with high-protein cottage cheese. This easy recipe delivers an authentic Caesar dressing flavor without the anchovy paste or raw eggs found in traditional versions. It’s made with simple ingredients, including cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic.

Perfect for busy weeknights, this anchovy-free Caesar dressing offers a yummy alternative for those who dislike the fishy taste. Made with simple ingredients, it creates a luxurious and creamy texture, mimicking the classic Caesar salad dressing you love. Low-carb and higher protein, this healthy Caesar salad with homemade dressing is about to become your new favorite!

Why is this easy Caesar salad dressing with cottage cheese healthy?

Compared to store-bought options, homemade Caesar salad dressing allows you to control the ingredients. This recipe uses healthy fats like olive oil and avoids processed sugars and unhealthy additives. The cottage cheese provides added protein. However, keep in mind that cheese and creamy bases like yogurt or cottage cheese add calories and fat, so enjoy it in moderation.

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Why You’ll Love This Cottage Cheese Caesar Dressing Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Lemon garlic chicken caesar salad on a platter.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make my easy creamy caesar salad dressing:

Shredded Parmesan Cheese: Grated pecorino romano, asiago parmigiano reggiano cheese, or any grated cheese can be used as an alternative to shredded Parmesan.

Cottage Cheese: You can substitute with Greek yogurt, cream cheese, or mayonnaise as creamy alternatives.

Light Olive Oil: Avocado oil or grapeseed oil can be used as alternatives.

Lemon Juice: Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives the best lemon flavor. But you can also storebought lemon juice but juice from fresh lemons tastes best!

Dijon Mustard: You can omit or use yellow mustard or mustard powder instead.

Worcestershire Sauce: If needed, use a gluten-free brand. If you have a fish allergy, use a brand that does not contain anchovies. You can also replace this with liquid aminos.

Garlic Powder: Fresh garlic cloves can be used instead of garlic powder.

Milk: You can use any milk, including almond milk, regular dairy milk, soy milk, or coconut milk.

Salt and Black Pepper: You can omit these or use any variety you like.

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How to Make My Homemade Caesar Salad Dressing without Anchovies Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for making my cottage cheese caesar dressing. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Make the Salad Dressing

In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

Blend until the dressing is smooth and well combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.

Adding lemon caesar salad dressing ingredients to a chopper cup.
Blended salad dressing in a chopper cup.
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Helpful Recipe Notes

Dressing Consistency: Add more milk for a thinner dressing

Additional Seasoning: Taste the dressing and adjust the salt and seasonings as needed. You can also add fresh lemon zest or an additional tablespoon of lemon juice to increase the lemon flavor.

Dressing Storage: This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of lemon caesar dressing. One serving is 1-2 tablespoons, so you will have plenty of dressing to store in the fridge. You can cut the recipe in half if you prefer less leftover.

Delicious Caesar Serving Suggestions

Classic Caesar Salad: Toss crisp romaine lettuce with your homemade caesar dressing, sprinkle with freshly grated parmesan cheese, and top with homemade croutons. This classic Caesar Cardini-inspired salad is packed with umami flavor, making it a perfect side or main dish.

Chicken Caesar Salad: Grill or pan-sear a chicken breast, slice it, and lay it over a bed of crisp romaine lettuce dressed in your homemade caesar dressing. Add homemade croutons and a generous sprinkle of fresh parmesan cheese for a complete meal that’s both satisfying and nutritious.

Vegan Caesar Salad: For a plant-based option, use crispy breaded tofu in place of chicken. Toss crisp romaine lettuce with your vegan caesar dressing (enhanced with white miso paste for that umami flavor), and finish with homemade croutons and vegan parmesan cheese for a delicious, cruelty-free twist.

Caesar Pasta Salad: Use your homemade caesar dressing as a pasta salad dressing for a refreshing change. Mix cooked pasta with chopped crisp romaine lettuce, fresh parmesan cheese, and homemade croutons. Add grilled chicken breast or crispy breaded tofu to make it a complete meal.

Umami Powerhouse: Enhance the umami flavor of your salad by adding a touch of white miso paste to your caesar dressing. This will bring out deeper flavors and make your caesar salad even more irresistible.

Each serving suggestion transforms your homemade caesar salad dressing into a versatile ingredient that elevates any meal, making it easy to enjoy the classic caesar taste without anchovies.

Refrigerate: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to seven days. You may need to stir it first if the contents separate. 

Freeze: You can freeze it for up to 3 months, but you must stir it well once it’s thawed.

Can I make this homemade caesar salad dressing vegan?
This dressing is vegetarian by default. To make it vegan, swap the parmesan cheese for vegan alternatives like nut-based cheeses or nutritional yeast, and use your favorite plant-based milk instead of dairy milk.

What can I use instead of cottage cheese in this homemade caesar dressing recipe?
Use an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for similar creaminess, or increase the parmesan cheese to 3/4 cup for a thicker, cheesier dressing.

How long can I store homemade caesar salad dressing?
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 5 days for best quality.

Does this caesar salad dressing recipe taste good without anchovies?
Yes! It’s made with flavorful ingredients, including cottage cheese, parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic. These simple ingredients all create a creamy, delicious dressing with a classic Caesar flavor.

Is this anchovie-free caesar dressing also gluten-free?
Yes, as long as you use a gluten-free Worcestershire sauce.

Jar of homemade ceasar salad dressing with cottage cheese.

Caesar Salad Dressing No Anchovies with Cottage Cheese

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
You'll love my healthier Lemon Chicken Caesar Salad with Cottage Cheese with parmesan cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, fresh lemon juice and zest, dijon mustard, and garlic. Then, it's tossed with fresh romaine, mini cucumbers, parmesan cheese, and gluten-free croutons, and topped with my juicy Pan-Seared Lemon Garlic Marinated Chicken Breasts.
5 from 3 votes
Servings 6
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup cottage cheese (blended)
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce (gluten-free)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3 cup milk (almond milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • dash pepper

Instructions
 

  • In a blender, food processor, or the chopper cup with an immersion blender, combine parmesan cheese, cottage cheese, almond milk, light olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
    Blend until the dressing is smooth and well combined. Adjust the consistency by adding more milk if needed.

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Notes

Dressing Consistency: Add more milk for a thinner dressing
Additional Seasoning: Taste the dressing and adjust the salt and seasonings as needed. You can also add fresh lemon zest or an additional tablespoon of lemon juice to increase the lemon flavor.
Dressing Storage: This recipe makes about 1-1/2 cups of lemon caesar dressing. One serving is 1-2 tablespoons, so you will have plenty of dressing to store in the fridge. You can cut the recipe in half if you prefer less leftover.

Nutrition

Calories: 123kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 4gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 401mgPotassium: 46mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 74IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 123mgIron: 0.3mg
Keyword caesar dressing, cottage cheese, healthy salad, lemon garlic, parmesan cheese
Did you make this recipe and love it?Please let me know in the comments below how it turned out 🙂

5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This a great caesar recipe without tasting like fish!! Love it!!! The cottage cheese is a yummy and healthy base.

  2. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to share this recipe with you!! It is easy to make and has all the classic caesar flavor 🙂

5 from 3 votes

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