Jamie Oliver’s low fat Caesar salad dressing

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Jamie Olivers low fat Caesars salad dressing

Jamie Oliver’s low-fat Caesar salad is packed with flavour and so easy to make. Using yoghurt instead of oil is much healthier too. This is a great dressing to add to any salad or chicken and fish. I

Jamie Olivers low fat Caesars salad dressing

I’m a big fan of Jamie Oliver. His recipes just work, are packed with flavour and are never too cheffy and complicated. I saw him make this low-fat Caesar salad dressing on his TV show  ’15 Minute Meals’ and fell in love. I am a huge fan of a classic Caesar salad and love it with a classic coddled egg dressing. It’s among my favourite foods, and I could probably eat it every day.


Jamie was making a chicken Caesar’s salad dish with all sorts of tasty bits and pieces, but I zoned in on the dressing. It doesn’t contain olive oil but rather uses yoghurt instead, and since I had half a tub of low-fat yoghurt leftover from making tzatziki the other day, I didn’t even need a trip to the shops to whip this up. I was also a little intrigued by his use of basil, not at all typical of Caesar’s dressing.

I don’t yet have the 15 Minute Meals book, it’s definitely on my list. In the meantime, I’m loving the show. Simple and quick recipes that are perfect for weeknight suppers. I love how everything is jam-packed with flavour, has shorter cooking times, and has a good dose of fresh ingredients thrown in the mix. Jamie has really focused on healthy eating here, and since I am in dire need of calorie restriction, this is totally what I need right now.

**PS ~ This post has become very popular so I thought I would add a postscript. I make this dressing all the time these days and I prefer the following tweaks. I add olive oil and much less lemon, and by adding pesto the garlic is incorporated more softly, but you could also add another half a clove to the mix if you are a fan.

Scroll down to see Jamie Oliver’s original recipe if you prefer.

You might also like my Green Goddess BLT pasta salad recipe or my Green Goddess lettuce and chicken wraps.

Jamie Olivers low fat Caesars salad dressing


** I often leave out the cheese to save more calories and it’s still great or substitute it with nutritional yeast.

Jamie olivers low fat caesar salad dressing

Adapted from Jamie Oliver, this is more like a green goddess dressing and is utterly delicious.
Print Recipe
Lettuce & chicken wraps with green goddess Caesars dressing
Prep Time:5 minutes


  • 110 ml yoghurt
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 6 anchovy fillets
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp basil pesto if you don’t have fresh basil
  • 1 t Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 40 g Parmesan cheese or pecorino
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Place all the above ingredients into a food processor or liquidizer and whiz it up until it is well combined.
  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge and use as required.


Use good quality mayo if you prefer or half may and half yogurt. Play around with the ratios to make your perfect dressing. Add a cup of baby spinach leaves to make it a green goddess
Author: Sam Linsell

Jamie Oliver‘s Caesar salad recipe

Jamie is quite loose with his measurements, which I don’t mind at all, so I adapted my recipe based on his splash of this and spoon of that, and to my taste. I reduced the amount of lemon as it is very tangy.

Recipe | Adapted from Jamie Olivers 15 minute Meals | makes about 350 – 400ml

  • 5T low fat / fat-free yoghurt – 100ml
  • 1T red wine vinegar
  • 8 anchovy fillets
  • 1T Worcestershire sauce
  • 1t Dijon Mustard (Jamie uses English – I prefer Dijon)
  • a small handful of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove of garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup of fresh lemon juice (about 1 1/2 – 2 lemons)
  • 50g Parmesan cheese (I used Pecorino)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Follow the instructions above

* to see the recipe for my ‘action-packed’ Caesar’s salad with chicken and bacon, but with a classic dressing – clickity click over here.


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  1. Lovely photos- I love the contrast of colour and the short depth of field.

  2. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’m kinda bummed with my dressings recently, haven’t been creative at all.
    But this one gives me hope especially sans oil nor mayo.
    I’m going to check his book next time. I do enjoy his show and foodtube.

  3. Thanks Theresa, I bought the bowl in Knysna :-)))

  4. That’s great S, I always like to make my own too, and htis is so tasty and zingy. Maybe slightly too lemony, but I like big flavours.

  5. Hi Ami, such a winning dressing. I am in love with it 🙂

  6. Hey there Sam, I absolutely love your blog but there is one thing that’s missing. The ‘Print the Recipe’ option. I’m not too up-to-date with technology so perhaps it’s because it’s a ‘Blog’ as opposed to a web site. Maybe you have a suggestion. Thanks, Jenny

  7. Hi Jenny, thanks for the note, and I am looking at adding that in, it is possible. In the meantime, copy and paste into a word doc and print from there. I think I should add it in though. I kind of hate printing, and try to lead a paperless life, so its not something I don’t do. Im also not sure how many people do this?

  8. Hello again Sam, Thanks so much for your quick reply and yes, I agree, I’m also not a big fan of printing so I’ll try the copy and paste thing with a select few – all baking because, although I do tinker a bit with savoury dishes, baking is so precise and I need that recipe in front of me. I need to get an iPad as my laptop uses up too much counter-top space. It was good to see you on Masterchef. They need to call in the Bloggers more often. Jenny

  9. Thanks Jenny, it was fun and very cool that they engaged food people from the digital side of things 🙂

  10. Just quick. Tried the copy and paste thing and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much Sam. Have a great weekend. Jenny

  11. I love Jamie’s food! I’ve actually got the book too, but I’ve never really took much notice of this recipe for some reason. I think i’ll definitely have to give it a go now though as Caesar salad is one of my favourites, but obviously usually pretty unhealthy too haha! Have a lovely week!

  12. HI April, I think you will love this healthy version 🙂

  13. Love this dressing. Made as is but next time I would adjust the anchovy’s. A little strong for my taste. Will taste after adding 4 then adjust. I added more 3 tbs more yogurt and a 1tbs more lemon . It does have a strong flavor so those that don’t particularly like that may want to taste as you go..A keeper though !!

  14. Hi Pam, yes totally agree. I really think that people should always taste their food and make it exactly to their preference. It is so easy with this dressing to simply add or subtract whatever ingredient. I have been making it lately without anchovies (I ran out) but just added a bit more worcestershire sauce (which is anchovy flavour) – I also add more yoghurt. I just kind of wing it now using these a guideline 🙂

  15. How long is it good for?

  16. Hi Darla, I normally eat it within a few days. I think about 4 – 6 max. It tends to go a little runny after a couple of days.

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