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May 26, 2021

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6 Easy Vegan Salad Dressing Ideas

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Use these 6 vegan salad dressing ideas to make a delicious and easy homemade dressing that will punch up any salad, from greens to grains. Oil-free, nut-free, spicy and mild options. 

six simple vegan salad dressing for every day recipes

It's no secret that I love salad. Whether it's a light green salad like Vegan Nicoise Salad  or a hearty grain-based number like 10-Minute Spicy Moroccan Quinoa Salad. You just can't go wrong with a big bowl of colorful, crunchy veggies tossed in dressing.

Speaking of dressing, one of my favorite ways to instantly upgrade a homemade salad is with a new salad dressing. Sometimes it's a simple vinaigrette with olive oil. Other times, it's a creamy and decadent tahini-based dressing. But no matter what, the salad dressing has to be packed with flavor and good-for-you ingredients. That's why I'm sharing my six favorite vegan salad dressing recipes. There's a dressing on this list for very appetite, vegan or not.

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These are the salad dressing you'll want to make on repeat all summer long:

  • Everyday Tahini
  • Creamy Balsamic
  • Spicy Lemon Olive Oil
  • Vegan Caesar
  • Vegan Green Goddess
  • Spicy Thai Almond Butter

We've got oil-free options, nut-free options, mild ones, spicy ones, colorful ones, and lots in between! I also gave you specific recipes to try with each recipe so you have a solid jumping-off point!

1. Everyday Tahini Salad Dressing


how to make vegan tahini dressing with lemon and garlic

Tahini is one of my go-to ingredients. I drizzle it on everything, use it in energy balls, make cookies with it and it's definitely the base of my go-to salad dressing. Our first staple vegan salad dressing is my fave: my everyday tahini! It's the one I make most often, the one I find goes with everything and you will always find it in my fridge!

Everyday Tahini Dressing goes well with:

2. Oil-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette


how to make oil-free balsamic vinaigrette with tahini

I think everyone loves a good balsamic vinaigrette! I've taken this classic and put my own spin on it that replaces oil with (you guessed it): tahini!

The sunflower seed paste makes the dressing super creamy, more flavorful and totally oil-free! I know a lot of you are looking for oil-free salad dressings, so I wanted to make sure to give you a few tasty options. You're going to love the flavor of this and trust me, this oil-free balsamic vinaigrette has the most amazing consistency!

Creamy Balsamic Dressing goes well with:

3. Spicy Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing


how to make a spicy lemon olive oil dressing with just 5 ingredients!

Like I said, Matt and I are always making salads for dinner. Trouble is, we don't agree on the texture of dressings. I like creamy salad dressing, he likes more of a classic oil-based vinaigrette.

However, this spicy lemon vinaigrette is one recipe we both agree on. It's Matt's specialty and I love it! It's spicy, tangy, bright and adds the perfect coating to a crunchy salad!

Spicy Lemon Olive Oil goes well with: 

4. Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing


how to make vegan ranch dressing with cashews

You can't go wrong with ranch dressing! Whether you like to use it as a dip, on top of pizza or on a classic salad, it's definitely a staple.

My vegan ranch recipe uses raw cashews for creaminess and it's one of my favorite vegan salad dressing recipes out there! The rest of the tangy, salty flavor comes from lemon, capers, and a touch of nutritional yeast. I also have a cashew-free version if you want to try that!

Simple Vegan Ranch goes well with:

5. Vegan Green Goddess Dressing


how to make vegan green goddess dressing

Before I went dairy-free, one of my all-time favorite dressings was Newman's Own Green Goddess. It was herby, it was creamy, it was tangy and it was SO yum! But…it has sour cream, expeller pressed canola oil, and sugar, all of which I don't like to eat anymore.

So I developed my own version of green goddess dressing using vegan coconut yogurt, fresh herbs, and maple syrup. I have to say it tastes even better than Newman's Own.

Vegan Green Goddess goes well with: 

6. Spicy Thai Almond Butter Salad Dressing


how to make an almond butter dressing with just 6 ingredients

While not a classic salad dressing, this is definitely a keeper! I've made a variation of this Thai almond butter salad dressing countless times before and I always adore it.

It's great with crunchy, fresh ingredients like cabbage, peppers, carrots, broccoli and does really well with grain. It can also be used as a yummy dipping sauce for spring rolls!

Spicy Thai Almond Butter goes well with:

More Vegan Salad Dressing Ideas

If you want even more vegan salad dressing recipes, we've got tons to choose from on the blog. Here are some other posts to get more inspiration!

Vegan Salad Dressing Ideas

These 6 easy vegan salad dressing ideas include oil-free, nut-free, spicy and sweet versions so there's something for every salad and palate.
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Ingredients

for the simple tahini dressing

for creamy oil-free balsamic vinaigrette:

for the Spicy Lemon Vinaigrette:

for the easy, creamy vegan ranch:

for vegan green goddess dressing:

  • 1/2 cup plain non-dairy yogurt (I like coconut for green goddess)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup*
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 - 3 tablespoons water

for spicy Thai almond butter dressing:

Instructions

for the simple tahini:

  • Simply whisk together all the ingredients (minus water). Then add as much water as you need, starting with 1/4 cup and adding more as needed. I like to add just enough water so the dressing is pourable, but not watery.

for the creamy balsamic:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If dressing is too thick, you can add a splash or two of water.

for the spicy lemon vinaigrette:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients until combined.

for the vegan ranch:

  • To make the dressing, first drain and rinse the cashews. Then add them to a blender along with the remaining ingredients (starting with 1/3 cup water). Blend on high until smooth and creamy, adding additional water as needed!

for the vegan green goddess dressing:

  • Add all ingredients to a blender (minus the water) and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dressing reaches your desired consistency.

for the Thai almond butter dressing:

  • Whisk together all the ingredients until smooth and creamy. If dressing is too thick, you can add a splash or two of water.

 

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  1. Excellent collection of salad dressing recipes. Thank you for sharing. I’ve tried most of them and they’re delicious.

  2. So glad your dressings are oil free!!! I am also cutting all unnecessary added fat. Your vinaigrettes looks so full of flavoirs that no needs for the oil. THANK YOU!

  3. Hi, the everyday tahini recipe looks interesting to me! Is there a substitute for miso paste? I’ve noticed in some of the recipes that when I add tahini it the recipe tastes bitter. Will this dressing be on the bitter side?

    • You can definitely leave it out. If you wanted the dressing to be a little sweeter instead of bitter you could add maple syrup or honey instead of the paste 🙂

  4. Since this is probably my 6th time coming back to this recipe I felt like I should leave a comment! The creamy balsamic dressing is SO good!! Creamy, flavorful and easy to make. It’s become my go to whenever we are serving food for family or at a party and everyone always asks for the recipe. And I LOVE that it’s oil free! Thanks so much for this staple in my house!

  5. I made your balsamic vinaigrette with a twist. I added frozen raspberries. The original recipe was amazing, but with the raspberries it took it to another level. Great recipes!!

  6. I am curious how long they would last in the fridge please? They all sound great and can’t wait to them in summer in NZ. 🙂

  7. I made the tahini dressing (no 1) and it was terrific! I will make another one each day. Thank you! Suzan

  8. Hi! Could something be substituted for the nutritional yeast? Would the taste and/or texture change dramatically if the nutritional yeast was simply omitted? Thank you for yummy salad dressing options! ????

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  13. So excited that I found you, I’m so New at Whole Foods so I’m learning slow but very excited that I will be a follower and can’t wait to try all your oil free salad dressing’s
    Gracias! for sharing.
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  14. Ok WOW, I am hooked. These are awesome and taste great. I’ve made the Ranch and the Oil-Free Balsamic Vinaigrette so far. THANK YOU for sharing!!!

  15. It’s easy to eat healthy meals when you have tasty dressings to top them with! Thank you so much!!

  16. yummy! with this meal/dressing, my husband enjoyed sweet potato for the first time. such a tasty and easy recipe.

  17. Hi Allysa! I eat a salad every day for lunch…and these dressings are a welcome change from my “usual!” And the link to the Summer Spring Rolls was great for a “Portable Salad” for when our New England Spring finally gets here!

    I’d also like to thank you for all your fabulous tips and recipes. I usually try at least one new recipe from you a week…but am a silent benificary! So this is an umbrella thank you.

    You really make a difference for those of us trying to eat (and enjoy) a healthier diet.

  18. I don’t quite understand; we can follow you on Pinterest, but cannot Pin the recipes or articles on our own Pinterest.

  19. Hey Alyssa ,

    thanks for these Salad Dressings . This is one thing that I always wanted to do and I’m looking forward to trying them.

    • You’re so welcome! Glad you found them helpful and can’t wait to hear how they turn out for you, Mark!

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