Chef Gerard's Award Winning Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe -
Chef Gerard's Award Winning Caesar Salad Dressing Recipe
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Chef Gerard's Award Winning Caesar Salad Dressing

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"Recipe from my dad, Chef Gerard (now deceased). He trained in France and Germany. He developed this recipe as assistant chef at Waldorf Astoria Hotel in NYC many years ago. He later used this at Blackstone Hotel in Kansas City, Drake Hotel in Chicago, and when he was Executive Chef at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City (where he was featured in Gourmet Magazine). This recipe won countless awards and was in national cooking magazines. Not as easy as other Caesar dressing recipes, but worth the effort! I guarantee it! Julia Child has a great Caesar dressing recipe, but this recipe beat hers in one contest. Chef Gerard suggested letting this dressing stay in the refrigerator for 2 days for better flavor. Optional, but suggested."

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  • PREP

    30 mins

    30 mins


  1. Crush parsley, green onions, celery salt, oregano, basil, black pepper, paprika, and garlic cloves together to create a paste. Combine paste with olive oil, Burgundy wine, white wine vinegar, and stewed tomatoes in a mixer. Mix for 5 minutes. Refrigerate. Stir well before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 08, 2013

This dressing is absolutely wonderful, Bueny! Can't help but wonder why it's called Caesar Dressing since the ingredients nor the flavor is anywhere near Chef Caesar Cardini's original creation though.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 20, 2015

Made for Recipe Group. This was just ok for me. It had a strong vinegar taste and I too added some sugar as it was a little tart. I blitzed it with the immersion blender. This is not at all what I thought a Caesar salad dressing is supposed to be as I thought they are usually white and have never heard of using tomatoes. But it was interesting. Thanks for the recipe.


8 Ratings

Jun 08, 2013

I have been searching for one dressing like this...... Delight , Excellent!

Apr 15, 2015

"Chef Gerard's Award Winning Caesar Salad Dressing" met my expectations: I had hoped to be able to make a delicious gluten-free (no croutons) dairy-free (no Parmesan cheese) "Caesar Salad." I used white burgundy and white wine vinegar. I taste tested 4 brands of commercial stewed tomatoes for this recipe. I found "President's Choice" ("Original with Onions, Celery, and Garlic" and "Stewed Tomatoes with Italian Seasonings") to be superior to "Alymers" ("Diced Tomatoes with Italian Spice" and "Aylmer Accents with Italian Seasonings"). I chose "President's Choice" Original (no Italian seasonings). I followed the recipe instructions exactly (mortar and pestle, mixer - no blender) to give it a rustic presentation (tiny bits of bruised herbs throughout). On the first day I found that the flavor of my cold-pressed extra-virgin olive oil overwhelmed the other salad-dressing ingredients. I WOULD DEFINITELY USE A LIGHTER OLIVE OIL NEXT TIME. On the third day the flavor had mellowed out, and I balanced it with a little extra wine. I had made 2 "Caesar Salads" using this dressing for a birthday party (both with romaine lettuce, bacon, and room-temperature salad dressing): (i) a gluten-free dairy-free (GF/DF) version (with chickpeas and red onion); and (ii) a "regular version" (with croutons and Parmesan cheese). Ironically, everyone really enjoyed the GF/DF version (4 or 5 stars) but not the version with cheese (3 stars). Thank you Bueny for sharing your dad's recipe. [RECIPE GROUP]

Apr 14, 2015

We really enjoyed this recipe by the late Chef Gerard Bueneman. I had never made nor eaten a "Caesar salad dressing" using these unique ingredients and was pleasantly surprised. By using my immersion blender, I created a creamy dressing by blending all of the ingredients together. The dressing was a little tart for us so I added 1 t. of sugar. Thank you, Bueny for sharing your father's recipe. It is definitely a keeper for me. This was the Buzz Recipe Group selection for April 11, 2015.

Apr 18, 2015

Recipe Group Selection: 11, April 2015 ~ I love making salad dressings, and was looking forward to this very different version of Caesar salad dressing. One day after making this, I would have given it a 3-star rating, but after waiting 2 days, the flavors did mellow and blend much better. I made a half batch, using the wine and cut back some on the olive oil. I now have lots of fresh herbs to use in other recipes.

Apr 16, 2015

Recipe Group Selection 4/2015. I put everything into my food processor except the olive oil and whizzed it to a smooth consistency. With the processor still going, I trickled in the olive oil until it was fully incorporated. After tasting I had to add sugar to get it to a flavor we liked. I was not wowed by the flavor of this dressing, but of course that could just be a matter of preference. I love trying different homemade dressings and I appreciate the opportunity to have tried this one. Thanks for sharing your recipe, Bueny!

Apr 13, 2015

Recipe group pick April 2015...I was really looking forward to this recipe. I enjoy trying new things and "non-traditonal" ingredients or preparations have never scared me off, they inspire me. But I have to say this unique twist on a Caesar dressing didn't work for me. I did halve the recipe, but used exact measurements. It's extremely thick, and after 36 hours in the fridge this was tomato paste consistency. After warming a lots of shaking it came up to dressing consistency. Biggest concern, an overwhelming olive oil taste. I used a very good EVOO. After adding some anchovy paste and kosher salt I felt I could serve this, but hubs was disappointed with his salad. That makes me sad. Thanks for sharing your recipe, and the story of your dad with AR.


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  • Calories
  • 662 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 4.4 g
  • 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 72.3 g
  • 111%
  • Fiber
  • 1.2 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 0.8 g
  • 2%
  • Sodium
  • 334 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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