Vegan salad dressing recipe

8 Vegan Dressing Recipes That Will Take Your Salad to the Next Level

Whether out of concern for their health, the planet, or the animals suffering at factory farms, more and more people are moving away from dairy and eggs and choosing healthy plant-based foods instead. While there are tons of “accidentally” vegan salad dressings at your local grocery store, including nearly every kind of vinaigrette, you can make your own creamy vegan salad dressings at home with a few simple ingredients. It’s easy to do, and they will likely be way more delicious than anything you could buy in a bottle!

1. Savory Tahini Dressing

Just wow. Recipe here.

2. Garlic Soy Maple Dressing

The name says it all. Get the recipe.

3. Creamy Curry Dressing

Recipe here.

4. Five-Minute Vegan Caesar Dressing

Recipe here.

5. Red Pepper Hummus Dressing

Dressing from hummus? This recipe has to be good.

6. The Best Vegan Ranch Dressing

The best. Recipe here.

7. Lemon Poppyseed Dressing

Only five ingredients! Get the recipe.

8. Green Goddess Dressing

Yes, please! Recipe.

Want more? Here are nine mouthwatering vegan salad recipes for when you want to feel healthy AF.

Vegan Salad Dressings

by Brodie Categories: Savoury Vegan FoodVegan Product Lists
Tags: vegan lunch

    Last updated: 24/06/18

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    This started out as a salad cream and mayo article, but now lots of other salad dressings have been added too because we are spoilt for choice! Article now includes horseradish and mustard.

    AL FEZ

    Tahini sauce found in Waitrose


    Egg free mayonnaise with sunflower oil


    Free From Sour Topping

    Free From Salad Cream

    Free From Salad Cream ingredients

    Various salad dressings are vegan

    Balsamic Dressing & French Dressing




    biona organic

    Biona Organic Egg Free Mayo Vegan


    (Rebranded Tiger Tiger)
    Dairy free, gluten free and egg free mayo. Other sauces and dressings too, not just for salads.





    Vegan Honey Mustard

    vegan Caesar salad dressing

    Vegenaise better than mayo

    Follow Your Heart Organic Vegan Coleslaw Dressing Gluten Free labelled vegan

    There are several flavours of Vegenaise including soya-free

    garlic farm on the isle of wight

    horseradish mustard with garlic


    Really Not Dairy in 3 flavours

    GRANOVITA Mayola


    salad cream





    M&S (marks & spencer)

    M&S Dressings, these three labelled vegan



    Via Ocado



    Found in Tesco and Waitrose, and it says 100% vegan on the front, so deserves a place in a article! Other flavours available.



    Various Egg Free Mayo’s from this 100% vegan company

    rubies in the rubble

    Aquafaba Mayo labelled vegan

    sacla Italia

    Free From Mayonnaise


    Organic French Dressing



    Katie from Katieeatsvegan.com has allowed me to use her picture.

    She has reviewed this product and some of the other vegan mayos in this great blog article.

    Categories: Savoury Vegan FoodVegan Product Lists
    Tags: vegan lunch

    Are you a salad fan? How do yo flavor up your salads? Here are 13 homemade vegan salad dressing recipes you have to try. Swap out the dressing each time and never get bored of eating salad.

    We love to have light meals like salads during summer and trying new dressing combinations has become our new obsession this summer. It is easy to turn your salad into an appealing meal with the right dressing. I’m not talking about store-bought dressings here. Not about regular dairy dressings either. Have you ever tried a vegan salad dressing? No? Try one of the recipes below today! It will take your salad to the next level.

    Tahini Salad Dressing Recipe:

    1. Cucumber Tahini Dressing

    Turmeric Salad Dressing Recipes:

    2. Lemon Ginger Turmeric Dressing

    3. Turmeric Tahini Dressing

    Avocado Salad Dressing Recipes:

    4. Creamy Avocado Salad Dressing

    5. Vegan Avocado Dressing

    Vegan salad dressing recipes with plant-based milk

    6. 3-Ingredient Creamy No Mayo Coleslaw Dressing

    7. Celery Ranch Dressing

    8. Vegan Buttermilk Salad Dressing

    Poppy Seed Salad Dressing Recipes:

    9. Lemon Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe

    10. Turmeric Orange Poppy Seed Dressing

    Mustard Salad Dressing Recipes:

    11. Easy Greek Salad Dressing

    12. Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

    Nut Salad Dressing Recipe:

    13. Strawberry Walnut Salad Dressing

    Although we are not vegan, I always find testing vegan recipes challenging. I read somewhere that veganism is not a limitation in any way. So true! That’s why, you see vegan dishes on the blog from time to time. To my surprise, they turn out as tasty as non-vegan dishes, so I will be trying more. Hope you love them as much as we do.

    I thought sharing our favorite vegan salad dressing recipes with you before summer ends would be really helpful for those who are keen on changing up their salads. You can find them in categories here. We’d love to hear your feedback (you know we always do!) if you have a chance to try these amazing recipes both from our blog and from amazing bloggers we are following.

    Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing

    This Homemade Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing only takes minutes to make and tastes so crazy good, it will forever change the way you think of salads… In fact, you’ll probably want to have salad every day, from now on!

    I’ve been eating lots and lots and lots of salads this summer… As such, I’ve also been making lots and lots and lots of different salad dressings. So much so, I could easily be sharing a new salad dressing recipe every week with you. But then you’d probably be like “Hey! Enough with the salad dressings already! Where’s da real food at?” at some point…

    But seriously, can you imagine a life without salad dressing? Me, all I can say is thank goodness for them! They have the incredible ability to turn any ordinary — and often rather boring — salad into an extraordinary explosion of flavors.

    And I’m telling you this vegan ranch dressing right here is a illustrious superhero at doing just that! You will not believe the amount of flavor that this thing hides under its cape. KLUNG! KAPOW! BOOM! It’s simply astounding!

    In fact, of all the different dressings that I’ve created so far, this one is my absolute favorite — I could almost drink it with a straw — which is why I decided that I had to share it with you.

    I hope that you like it just as much as I do and that it gets to liven and brighten many of your future salad fares…

    Start by gathering all the ingredients that you are going to need to make this dressing. It may look like a lot, but they’re all fairly simple ingredients that you should already have in your pantry…

    We’re talking:

    • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (if you haven’t tried my recipe yet, you absolutely have to. I swear it’s a total game changer!)
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
    • 1 tsp herbes de Provence (or any other dried herb)
    • 1 tsp dehydrated chives
    • 1 tsp onion flakes
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp dill seeds
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

    Now place all those ingredients at once into a large measuring cup or glass container — a mason jar would do the trick — and process with a stick blender until the dressing becomes thick and smooth and creamy.

    If you didn’t have a stick blender, you could totally get away with mixing the ingredients vigorously with a whisk until they got really well combined and slightly emulsified. However, you will have to mince the garlic first, and I strongly recommend grinding the spices before adding them to the dressing, too. Also, your final product might not be quite as thick and creamy, but it will still taste as fantastically good!

    That’s it, you’re done! You can now pour your dressing into a cruet or any other clean glass jar and then drizzle it generously over your favorite salad!

    Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator, in a sealed container, for up to a few weeks. So erm… yeah… maybe you should make a double batch?

    5 from 9 votes Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 5 minutes This Homemade Creamy Vegan Ranch Dressing only takes minutes to make and tastes so crazy good, it will forever change the way you think of salads… In fact, you’ll probably want to have salad every day, from now on! Servings: 20 tablespoons

    • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise
    • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
    • 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
    • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
    • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
    • 1 tsp herbes de Provence, or other dried herb
    • 1 tsp dehydrated chives
    • 1 tsp onion flakes
    • 3/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp dill seeds
    • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    • Place all the ingredients in a large measuring cup or glass container and process with a stick blender until smooth and creamy.
    • Pour into a cruet or any other clean glass jar; drizzle generously over your favorite salad.
    • Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to a few weeks.

    If you didn’t have a stick blender, you could totally get away with mixing the ingredients vigorously with a whisk until they are well combined and emulsified. However, you will have to mince the garlic first, and I recommend grinding the spices before adding them to the dressing.


    Calories: 62kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 137mg, Potassium: 16mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 5IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 5mg, Iron: 1mg Course: Condiment Cuisine: American Author: Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

    If you’ve tried this recipe, please take a minute to rate the recipe and let me know how things went for you in the comments below. It’s always such a pleasure to hear from you!

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    Salads have incredible potential. They are infinitely customizable and completely satisfying, given the right ingredients. One of the key factors that take a boring salad to an epic salad is the dressing. Whether you toss, drizzle, or dip, dressings can elevate even the blandest iceberg to something delicious and even crave-worthy. We’ve rounded up the best, easy-to-make vegan salad dressings to ensure you never have to crunch through a sad salad again.

    9 Easy Vegan Salad Dressings for Summer Salads

    No Greek salad is complete without its proper dressing. Drizzle this Mediterranean-style dressing over a bowl of chopped romaine, kalamata olives, tomatoes, and cucumbers for a light yet delicious lunch. To get even more authentic, top with some vegan feta cheese, like VioLife.

    Get the recipe here.

    2. Spicy Lemon Olive Oil Dressing

    The classic lemon and olive oil emulsion is so basic. Spice things up with this twist on the culinary classic. Simply add a pinch of red pepper flakes to your lemon and olive oil mixture and whisk like crazy. This neutral dressing works well on almost any green. For a unique salad with some punch, roast your favorite veggies with a light coating of this dressing, then serve them on a bed of your favorite lettuce.

    Get the recipe here.

    3. Maple Tahini Dressing

    Move over ranch, this creamy tahini-maple dressing is our new salad staple. This thick, luxurious, and slightly sweet dressing may have you licking the spoon… or at least dunking veggie sticks into it. We love massaging it into a raw kale salad and letting it sit for a few hours to transform tough kale into a tender treat.

    Get the recipe here.

    4. Garlic Soy Maple Dressing

    This Asian-inspired mixture doubles as a dressing and a marinade. Use it to add flavor to Asian cabbage salads and slaws, or marinate tofu and tempeh to give your vegan protein some extra kick.

    Get the recipe here.

    5. Caesar Dressing

    The classic Caesar-style dressing typically involves anchovies, giving it that umami flavor the whole world seems to adore. This recipe attains that sample savory taste… without the pureed fish. It’s a crowd-pleaser for sure. Toss it with a bunch of chopped romaine or massaged kale and your guests may lick the salad bowl clean.

    Get the recipe here.

    6. Classic Ranch Dressing

    For the kid at heart, the one who would only touch a vegetable if it was slathered in ranch, this is for them. It’s the perfect accompaniment for romaine, carrot sticks, and cucumber slices, but it’s also terrific for slathering on sandwiches for a harmonious sandwich-and-salad-combo.

    Get the recipe here.

    7. Thai Peanut Dressing

    Peanut dressing is essentially the liquid equivalent to peanut butter, but with a bit more kick. It’s liquid gold. Toss it with cabbage or lettuce for a Thai-inspired salad, use it as a marinade for tofu, or turn it into a dipping sauce for veggie-packed spring rolls.

    Get the recipe here

    8. Cilantro Lime Dressing

    You don’t need cream to make a creamy dressing. This recipe relies on the popular avocado for its creamy texture. A squirt of lime, cumin, and a handful of cilantro make this a must for taco salads. Chop up some romaine and top with tomatoes, black beans, tomatoes, and corn, then go wild with this dressing.

    Get the recipe here.

    9. No-Honey Mustard Dressing

    You are three ingredients away from the dressing that may change your life. For the salad-haters, whip up this simple yet satisfying no-honey mustard and be prepared to crave salad on the daily. We love it over massaged kale, romaine, spinach… you get the picture. Don’t worry about leftovers. This dressing is also a terrific dip for vegan chicken nuggets. Because some days are salad days, and others are not.

    Get the recipe here.

    Image Credit: Minimalist Baker

    Having my own garden has always been high on my bucket list. I mean, what’s more ‘One Ingredient’ than growing and harvesting your own food straight from the soil? So when a 100 sq. ft. plot opened up at my local community garden last December, I had to jump on it… even though I had no gardening experience.

    Like anything worth doing, there was a huge learning curve, a lot of hard work to be done, and not many results at first. But fast forward 4 months and many YouTube gardening tutorials later, and things have exploded… dozens of sugar snap peas, bok choy, radishes (daikon and red belle), beets, multi-colored carrots, and more salad greens than I could ever use – handfuls of spicy arugula, bags of fresh kale, bunches of crispy spinach, and a near-infinite amount of baby lettuce.

    So, as you might imagine, salads have been on my mind a lot lately. Today I thought I’d share my three favorite simple salad dressing recipes. They are all very different, very easy to make, and add a ton of variety to your salads.

    Then, don’t forget to check out some of my garden photos below 😉

    Orange Mustard Vinaigrette

    This oil-free vinaigrette is a super-fresh low calorie dressing that adds a ton of tangy sweetness to any salad. It’s super versatile and you would be hard-pressed to find a salad where this dressing doesn’t work well, but I particularly like how it cuts through the bitterness of more intense greens. Pairing this one with a salad of arugula and fresh fruit is perfection.

    Makes about 1 cup


    • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • Salt, to taste

    When I said these dressings were simple, I wasn’t kidding. They all follow the same two-step process: 1) Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. 2) Taste, and adjust any flavors to suit your preferences. Done!

    For best results, store refrigerated in a sealed mason jar.

    Peanut Sesame Dressing

    I use these classic flavors of peanut butter, soy sauce, and sesame in a lot of dishes, and they make a pretty yummy Asian-inspired salad dressing as well. This one is incredible tossed with a salad of shredded cabbage, carrots, green onions, and sesame seeds. It also works well as a marinade for tofu, or just a dipping sauce for fresh vegetables.

    Makes about 1 cup

    • 1/4 cup peanut butter
    • 1/4 cup water
    • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
    • 2 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

    Once again, the process is the same: 1) Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. 2) Taste, and adjust any flavors to suit your preferences.

    Store refrigerated in a sealed mason jar.

    Smoked Paprika Ranch Dressing

    Those of you who read my blog regularly will not be surprised to see that I’m using cashews… It is true that 90% of my recipes these days use this ingredient, but I promise I’m not getting kickbacks from the cashew farmers (though, I should really look into that…).

    The reason is that cashews make the perfect plant-based cream when blended. Here, we’re turning that cream into a ranch dressing with kicked-up flavors of smoked paprika and nutritional yeast.

    This one pairs perfectly with a simple salad of torn kale leaves and sliced green onions.

    Makes about 1 cup

    • 2/3 cup raw cashews
    • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
    • 1/2 cup water, as needed
    • Salt, to taste

    Here, the process is the same, but the cashews do need to be soaked for 1-6 hours before blending. This adds another step: 1) soak the cashews and drain of their soaking water. 2) Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth, adding as much water as needed to create the right Ranch dressing consistency. 3) Taste, and adjust any flavors to suit your preferences.

    Store refrigerated in a sealed mason jar.

    And now for some gratuitous garden photos…

    Rows and rows of mixed baby lettuce…

    So many sugar snap peas!

    Very disappointing broccoli – the weather became too hot before real florets could form 🙁

    These two wild arugula plants are going crazy.

    One of my favorite ingredients, these green onions are almost ready!

    This spinach is growing faster than I can harvest it.

    So. Much. KALE!


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