Lime Caesar Dressing
Lime Caesar Dressing is a cinch to whisk together in about 5 minutes and has an irresistible taste, with tangy Greek yogurt and a hint of fresh citrus. This is a fantastic healthier homemade salad dressing!
This post was originally published July 19, 2019, and has been updated with new photos and more helpful answers to questions throughout the post text.
Caesar dressing is such a classic, and this recipe has become my go-to for making it quickly at home.
Prior to landing on this combination, I used a cashew-based Caesar dressing recipe that tasted pretty good, but required the blender or food processor and was kind of a production. No wonder I didn’t make it very often!
In contrast, I’ve made this at least six times so far this year. And, it’s a bit healthier than some other Caesar dressings, so that’s nice, too. 🙂
Pro Tip: If you’re enjoying a really delicious salad at home, try making homemade croutons to take things to the next next level.
Caesar Dressing with Lime Juice
You might be skeptical of lime juice in Caesar dressing. I say, don’t knock it til you try it! While lemon is more traditional in such a dressing, lime provides the same citrus bite with a subtle something extra.
This is very much inspired by the kale Caesar salad served at Sweetgreen, which is what I order 100% of the time. Their dressing definitely has that je ne sais quoi, and I did a little research and found out it’s lime!
Yes, you can sub lemon juice if you prefer. But I encourage you to try it as written at some point: you might be a convert!
Here’s the rest of what you will need: Greek yogurt, Parmesan, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
Do I really need anchovy paste?
I totally get that it might be a pain to buy anchovy paste for this dressing, since it’s probably not something you use a lot otherwise. For what it’s worth, you buy it in a little tube, which lasts an eternity in the fridge, and I do find it worth keeping on hand just for this dressing.
However, you can leave it out and still have a tasty dressing. Taste the finished product and if it’s missing a little something, try adding another 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire (or more!) to replace some of the salty, umami flavor that might be lacking.
How To Store It
This recipe makes about 1 cup of dressing, which I find to be enough for about 2 large family-sized salads, or more if I’m just using it for quick lunch or meal prep.
Store dressing in a mason jar or another airtight container in the fridge, and it will keep well for up to 1 week. Lime Caesar doesn’t keep as long as some other dressings, because of all the dairy. It will separate out a bit — this is normal. Just give the jar a vigorous shake before serving.
More Homemade Salad Dressings
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Lime Caesar Dressing
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt whole milk or non-fat is fine
- 1/2 cup finely-grated Parmesan cheese
- 3-4 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon anchovy paste
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 8-10 cranks fresh-ground black pepper
- 1 and 1/2 tablespoons water
- Combine the yogurt, Parmesan, 3 tablespoons of the lime juice, olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, anchovy paste, mustard, garlic powder, sea salt, and pepper in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until smooth.
- Taste; add the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice if you prefer the dressing to have a little more bite. Add water a little bit at a time to thin out the dressing to your desired consistency. Whisk again until very smooth, and enjoy.
- Any extra can be stored in the fridge in a tightly-sealed jar for up to 1 week. Shake well to recombine before serving.
- Citrus: Yes, you can sub lemon juice if you like! But try the lime and you might be a convert. 🙂
- Anchovy Paste: Adds a signature flavor but can be left out if needed! If you skip it, taste the finished dressing; if it’s missing a little something, try adding another 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire to replace some of the salty, umami flavor.
- Recipe: Inspired by Sweetgreen’s Kale Caesar Salad.