This Caesar dressing has a big flavour despite having NO ANCHOVIES. Parmesan cheese, garlic, dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce are the ingredients that provide this dressing with lots of umami.
Its not that I mind anchovies all that much, its just every now and then with caesar dressings you get a strong hit of anchovy flavour. The taste can be a little too strong for my liking. So I decided to make a caesar dressing without, and I still think it is better than any shop bought Caesar. This dressing is actually the base for many other salad dressings. Sometimes I add blue cheese instead of parmesan, sometimes I add dill to make ranch (see my recipe here) or sometimes ketchup and chopped capers and pickles for a homemade Thousand Island.
I’ve been in the habit of making our salad dressings for about a year now. Its amazing how much you can make, in comparison to the containers at the supermarket! I have not taken the time to cost it all out (nor could I be bothered to), but I know there are savings going on here. If I have all the base ingredients in my fridge anyway, I might as well just make it myself. I also like to use half yogurt and half mayonnaise for any creamy dressing like this I make, just to lighten it up a little. I actually prefer the taste anyway with the yoghurt added in for freshness and an added sour note.
Since buying a Thermomix, we have a lot of buttermilk leftover from making butter. That always sounds a little bit ridiculous, that we make our own butter, but it really is easy once you know the steps. Its just basically whipping cream until the liquids and solids separate. The liquid part is buttermilk, and the solids are butter. I really love making it, because I get 2 great ingredients to use out of just one pot of cream. The buttermilk is used in dressings, pancakes and baking, and the butter we practically eat by the spoonful!
- 1 cup plain yoghurt
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 garlic clove, grated
- 1 spring onion, very finely chopped
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp each salt and pepper
- Add all ingredients to a blender and mix well.
Makes almost 1 litre of dressing.