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Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing

On a summer’s day there is nothing more enjoyable than a crisp salad tossed with a tasty dressing and topped with your favorite grilled meat.

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And one of the best of all has to be a Caesar salad with crispy croutons, grated parmesan cheese and even a poached egg. But if you’ve been denying yourself this pleasure because it doesn’t fit well into a keto diet, then this Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing is just what you need!

Ever wondered where the Caesar salad got its name?

Whilst most people assume this salad got its name from some sort of connection to Julius Caesar, this is actually not the case!

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There are many stories that claim to explain the origins of this summery salad, but there is one story that has been quoted many times and appears to be the most acceptable.

A gentleman by the name of Caesar (Cesare) Cardini – originally born in Italy – moved over to the United States after the First World War. He lived in San Diego and opened a restaurant called Caesar’s Restaurant in Tijuana.

Caesar’s daughter, Rosa, claims that on a busy evening on July 4th in 1924, they had started to run out of things typically on the menu. Their solution to avoid disappointing guests was to throw together whatever they had to create a unique salad.

To make the salad even more special, Caesar would prepare it at the diner’s table. Over time, more and more people began coming to the restaurant just to try the salad and it became a big hit. 

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Top tips for a perfect Caesar salad

For the perfect Caesar salad it is important to prevent your lettuce leaves from wilting and going soggy.

You should always use a salad spinner to remove moisture from your leaves. If you don’t have one, then just lay the lettuce between sheets of paper towel and press down.

Although some sources suggest otherwise, we recommend only dressing the salad once you are ready to serve it. If you dress it too early, then the leaves are likely to wilt.

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Most people like to dress a salad by pouring the dressing on top of the leaves and then tossing it all together. The problem with this method is that it can often leave the salad unevenly dressed.

A better method is to drizzle dressing down the sides of the bowl and then gently toss together.

For the best results, be sure to chill your serving plates. This helps to keep the salad leaves fresh and crisp while you enjoy your salad. 

More ideas with Caesar Salad

Charred Caesar Salad Avocado Tacos

Chicken Caesar Salad

Spicy Shrimp Caesar

Chicken Caesar Bruschetta

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Keto-Friendly Caesar Dressing

Cyd Converse
Nothing beats a the savory tanginess of a classic Caesar dressing – even better when it’s keto-friendly!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 4 kcal


  • 3 Garlic finely chopped
  • 1.5 Anchovy Paste
  • 1 Worcestershire Sauce
  • 0.5 Lemon juiced
  • 1.5 Dijon Mustard
  • 0.75 Mayonnaise
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • In a large jar or mixing bowl, whisk together the garlic, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice and dijon mustard.
  • Mix in the mayo, then whisk again until everything is completely combined.
  • Store refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.


Calories: 4kcalCarbohydrates: 0.29gFat: 0.88gSodium: 47.83mgFiber: 0.08gSugar: 0.08g
Keyword Dressings, Keto, Salads
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