Ina Garten’s Caesar Dressing: Easy, At-Home Caesar Salad

April 2, 2021
Ina Garten Caesar Salad

Hey, y’all. If you know me, or have been here on the blog before, you are aware of the fact that Ina Garten (aka the Barefoot Contessa) is one of my idols. I’ve made a couple of Ina’s recipes here on the blog, most notably her most famous recipe: the perfect roast chicken; as such, I’m excited to be bringing Ina Garten’s caesar dressing recipe to y’all today! Fun fact: I order caesar salad at almost every restaurant that I visit — it’s my life-long favorite! And while I enjoy eating it at restaurants, this recipe makes me enjoy it just as much at home!

Ina Garten Caesar Salad

Ina Garten’s Caesar Dressing

JC’s note: I add about half of the anchovies to the recipe that Ina calls for — this is due to the fact that I enjoy the anchovy flavor, though don’t desire it to overpower. With the same logic, I also double the amount of dijon mustard — I love it! Adjust accordingly to your preferences!

You’ll also need a food processor for this recipe. I have a Cuisinart and it’s one of the best investments that I have made in the kitchen.

Barefoot Contessa Caesar Salad
Ina Garten Caesar Salad

Ina Garten’s Caesar Dressing

JC Phelps
There's no better caesar dressing than this recipe from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. Try it once and thank me later!
5 from 22 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course sauce
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 468 kcal


  • 1 extra large egg yolk room temperature
  • 2 tsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 large cloves garlic chopped
  • 8 to 10 anchovy fillets optional
  • 1/2 c. lemon juice 3 lemons, freshly-squeezed
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 c. good, mild olive oil
  • 1/2 c. Parmesan cheese freshly-grated


  • Place the egg yolks, mustard, garlic, anchovies, lemon juice, salt, and pepper into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth.
  • With the food processor running, slowly pour the olive oil through the feed tube (as though you were making mayonnaise), until thick.
  • Add the grated Parmesan cheese and pulse 3 times.
  • Enjoy!




Sodium: 734mgCalcium: 189mgVitamin C: 6mgVitamin A: 153IUSugar: 1gFiber: 1gPotassium: 56mgCholesterol: 37mgCalories: 468kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 34gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 9gFat: 49gProtein: 7gCarbohydrates: 2gIron: 1mg
Keyword Barefoot Contessa, caesar dressing, Ina Garten, Ina Garten’s Caesar Dressing
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So easy and so delicious, y’all — I know you’re going to love Ina Garten’s Caesar Dressing as much as I do!

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My best,


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  • Reply
    MA Hauck
    April 2, 2021 at 8:27 pm

    You don’t say how many egg yolks to use in this recipe?!

    • Reply
      JC Phelps
      April 2, 2021 at 8:32 pm

      Thank you so much for catching that! I’ve updated the recipe! Xo JC

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    Sherron Karaboitis
    August 15, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    This is so delicious. Just made it for tonights dinner. Going to try with kale from the garden instead of romaine and some fresh bacon. Thank you for the recipe!

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    January 15, 2022 at 10:27 pm

    This is delicious, thank you for sharing! I have SO MUCH left over! How long can it keep?

    • Reply
      January 16, 2022 at 9:37 am

      Egg yolks, unfortunately, deteriorate quickly — as such, I would say the best usage life of the dressing is 2-3 days in an airtight container. I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Julie! Have a great day!

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