Chicken slices on top of a Caesar salad

Is Caesar Dressing Keto?

Caesar dressing is a great way to add flavor to your diet due to its low carbs and high fat. However, even with high-fat and low-carbs: is Caesar dressing keto? This guide provides comprehensive information on whether you can include Caesar dressing in your ketogenic diet.

Is Caesar Dressing Keto Friendly?

Caesar dressing can be keto or not, depending on the ingredients used. A keto-friendly Caesar dressing does not contain many carbs from ingredients such as modified starch, soybean oil, and sugar. This means you can make a keto-friendly Caesar dressing at home with zero carbs or buy one in a store.

Caesar salad with a wedge of lemon

How to Make a Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing

With a teaspoon and a large bowl, you can make a keto-friendly Caesar dressing by following the steps below:

Ingredients 

To end up with a healthy and delicious Caesar dressing that is keto-friendly, you have to choose your ingredients wisely to determine how keto-friendly the Caesar dressing will be. Below are the ingredients that you will require:

  • Olive oil to assist in emulsifying the dressing
  • Garlic 
  • Dijon mustard
  • Mayonnaise to make the base of your dressing creamy
  • Lemon juice to add bright, lemony flavor and balance the richness of your Caesar dressing
  • Anchovy paste - It adds a salty flavor to the dressing

Instructions

Now that you have assembled all the necessary ingredients, it is time to make the Caesar salad dressing at home. Here is how to make it in around 5 minutes and taste the dressings made in restaurants.

  1. Use a garlic press to finely mince three garlic cloves and then put them in a large bowl. 
  2. Add one and a half teaspoons of anchovy paste. 
  3. Add around a half lemon or two tablespoons of freshly made lemon juice. 
  4. Add 1 ½  tsp of Dijon mustard. 
  5. Whisk the ingredients together until they are well mixed. 
  6. Add a ¾ cup of mayonnaise into the bowl.
  7. Mix until everything combines well.
  8. You can season by adding pepper and salt until you achieve your desired taste.

The above recipe of keto-friendly Caesar salad dressing will give you 1 cup of dressing. Each tablespoon of this serving will give you 0.54 grams of protein, 0.51 grams of net carbs, 10.74 grams of fat, and 100.39 calories. The following table provides a more detailed breakdown. 

Keto 5-minute Caesar dressing 

Calories

Fats (g)

Carbs (g)

Fiber (g)

Net Carbs (g)

Protein (g)

3/4 cup mayonnaise 

1561.2 

170.28 

2.76 

0

2.76 

6.96 

2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice 

5

0.06

1.66

0.1

1.56

0.08

Three cloves garlic, finely minced 

13

0.04

2.98

0.2

2.78

0.57

One teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 

4

0

1.09

0

1.09

0

One and a half teaspoons anchovy paste 

15

0.75

0.5

0.5

0

1

1 and 1/2 tsp Dijon mustard 

8

0.75

0

0

0

0

Totals

1606.2 

171.88 

8.99 

0.08

8.19 

8.61 

Per serving (/16)

100.39 

10.74 

0.56 

0.05 

0.51 

0.54 

What Can I Serve With Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing?

Caesar dressing is delicious when tossed with other keto salad recipes including:

Chicken slices on top of a Caesar salad
  • Roasted asparagus- You can make a delicious Italian meal by drizzling your keto-friendly Caesar dressing on roasted asparagus. 
  • Marinated artichoke salad- Instead of using the regular dressing in this recipe, you can swap it with the keto-friendly Caesar dressing to obtain an incredible Italian flavor. 
  • Cucumber noodle salad- You can consider swapping with a keto-friendly Caesar salad dressing instead of using the tahini dressing in this recipe. Typically, this will be a lighter and new option that you can turn into a complete meal by adding some grilled chicken.

How Long Can a Homemade Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing Last?

A homemade keto-friendly Caesar dressing can last for around one week if you put it in an airtight glass jar and then store it in the fridge. Keep in mind that this keto-friendly Caesar dressing doesn't contain preservatives, and so you can’t store it for long like the store-bought dressings.

If the Caesar dressing separates after storing it in a refrigerator, you can simply whisk or shake it to make it smooth again. However, you should not freeze it as it might change the texture of the dressing. 

Keeping in mind that you can prepare this keto-friendly Caesar salad dressing in around 5 minutes, you should not hassle too much on storing it as you can prepare it every time you need it.

For a delicious alternative, Hungry Squirrel offers a large selection of keto-friendly dressings to meet all your cravings.

Health Benefits of Caesar Dressing 

The ingredients included in a Caesar dressing come with some nutritional value, including:

Salad with Caesar dressing
  • Garlic: The garlic included in the Caesar salad dressing helps lower the cholesterol levels in the body, reducing blood pressure. It helps to prevent various infections by acting as a natural antibiotic. It can also prevent the formation and activation of many compounds that can cause cancer.
  • Lemon Juice: The lemon juice included in the Caesar salad dressing contains Vitamin C, significantly improving the immune system. The flavonoids in lemon juice can also act as anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antiviral, and antioxidants.
  • Anchovies: Anchovies in a Caesar dressing salad are a great protein source and rich in fatty acids. These constituents of anchovies have been attributed to improving the longevity of life


Frequently Asked Questions 

What Is the Taste of Caesar Dressing?

Caesar dressing is rich and creamy, balancing bright, earthy, and salty flavors that change lettuce into a great meal. Freshly made Caesar dressing has a rich taste, although the bottled dressings are creamy, bold, and tangy even though they're not oily. 

Can Caesar Dressing Lead To a Weight Gain?

Using a creamy Caesar salad dressing can cause weight gain as it will slow down the rate of metabolism. Typically, 2 tbsp. of this dressing comes with 270 mg of sodium, 18 grams of fat, and 170 calories. 

Final Thoughts 

So, is Caesar dressing keto? Most Caesar dressings use keto-approved ingredients such as lemon, garlic, anchovy, egg yolk, and oil, making the dressing naturally keto. If you want to ensure that your Caesar dressing is keto, you can use the above tips to prepare one at home.