11 Delicious Oil-free Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes

Are you looking for something to give your salad that extra punch of flavor?

Are you tired of dull, dry salads?

Can't find any healthy vegan salad dressings?

Below, we’ve compiled an array of vegan oil-free salad dressings that don’t skimp on flavor and won't hurt your wallet. You’ll find it difficult to resist pouring these dressings over everything!


1. Creamy Dill Dressing

Creamy Dill Dressing

Why can’t creamy and rich salad dressings be healthy? Why do we have to sacrifice our health and the livelihood of animals just to enjoy a silky smooth dressing?

Well, we don’t! This Creamy Dill Dressing will give you a luscious but refreshing sauce to drizzle over your vegan Caesar or as a separate dipping sauce for your favorite chopped vegetables.

What makes this dressing so creamy and silky? Cashews! With the tangy goodness of apple cider vinegar and citrus fruits, this dressing is well balanced.

Full Recipe available at healthyjulie.com


2. Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

If you love sweet and tangy vinaigrettes than this raspberry-infused goodness will satisfy your every need. This naturally sweetened and striking dressing is perfect drizzled over a simple garden or greek salad.

As well as giving your salads that extra kick of slightly sweet tanginess, it’s vibrant pink color contrasts beautifully with the darks greens of lettuce and spinach, so is perfect for a bubbly dinner-party environment.

Full Recipe available at myplantbasedfamily.com


3. Black Bean Dressing

Vegan Black Bean Salad Dressing Without Oil

As vegans, we all appreciate the versatility of black beans. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes and give anything a thick creamy texture and deep nutty flavor.

This spicy and fresh dressing pairs perfectly with a cold pasta salad, as the recipe above describes, but could be equally delicious mixed with brown rice or quinoa.

Full recipe available at veganricha.com


4. Cheesy Vegan Pesto

Cheesy Vegan Pesto

Do you love the rich and cheesy taste of pesto? Did you reluctantly give it up when transitioning to a cruelty-free lifestyle? Do you detest the oily feel of traditional pesto?

Well, if you’re a pesto lover, you’ll love this dairy-free Cheesy Vegan Pesto.

How is it so cheesy? Nutritional yeast!

With the warming flavor of traditional pesto but without the bad stuff, this dressing is perfect to lather over pasta or even as a simple dressing over a green salad!

Full recipe available at youtube.com


5. Sweet Chilli Mustard Dressing

Sweet Chilli Mustard Oil Free Salad Dressing

I find there’s nothing in the world that beats the flavor of spicy mustard. If you’re like me and live for spice why not try out this simple Chilli Mustard Dressing?

This creamy, thick and earthy mixture is perfect for bean and rice salads and can even be substituted for a dipping sauce!

Smooth and subtle-tasting fruits such as avocado are a perfect balance to the tangy spice of this dressing. The best thing about this recipe is that since it’s home-made, you can adapt the spice depending on how much chili powder you use.

Full recipe available at thevegan8.com


6. Cumin Ranch Dressing

Cumin Ranch Vegan Oil Free Salad Dressing Recipe

Do you pine for the traditional herby goodness of conventional Ranch Dressing? Well, this Cumin Ranch Dressing is just that, but even better.

The addition of cumin in this creamy oil-free dressing makes it perfect to drizzle over Mexican-style salads or legume salads containing such pulses as chickpeas and red beans.

What’s more, like it’s traditional counterpart, it’s perfect for a dipping sauce paired with smoky BBQ flavored morsels.

Full recipe available at veggieinspired.com


7. Applesauce Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

Vegan Applesauce Vinaigrette Salad Dressing

If you enjoy a classic sweet vinaigrette, then you’ll love this modest Applesauce Dressing.

Naturally sweetened with maple syrup and the tang of vinegar and mustard it’s perfect for a plain spinach salad or a traditional garden salad. 

The use of applesauce, as well as giving the dressing a subtle fruity flavor, also helps to emulsify the ingredients together and improves the consistency. It acts like the oil in this oil-free dressing!

Full recipe available at plantpoweredkitchen.com


8. Cauliflower Cream Sauce Dressing

Cauliflower Cream Sauce Dressing

So, technically this isn’t a salad dressing per say, but this creamy sauce could be used as a dressing on a classic bean salad or steamed broccoli and cauliflower salad.

This creamy cauliflower sauce is simple to make and gives a richness to any vegetable lathered in the good stuff. With its rich creaminess you’ll be amazed that this sauce is 100% fat-free and oil-free!

Full recipe available at itdoesnttastelikechicken.com


9. Zucchini Bacon BBQ Sauce

Vegan BBQ Sauce

We all love the sweet tang of a great BBQ sauce. This tomato paste based and smoky vegan, oil-free BBQ Sauce is perfect drizzled over salads, whether they be green or bean-based.

Like the recipe states, it substitutes as a great dipping sauce, perfect for zucchini bacon. Yes, you read correctly! Zucchini Bacon!

Full recipe available at healthyhelperblog.com


10. Caesar Salad Dressing

You just can’t live without the rich goodness of Caesar Salad Dressing? Well, now you can rest easy, with the invention of this vegan oil-free dressing.

With this recipe, you won't be able to tell the difference between it’s fatty, harmful traditional counterpart.

This version is so healthy it’s raw, wheat-free and gluten-free. So now you don’t have to feel guilty preparing your salads with this delicious mouth-watering dressing.

Full recipe available at plantpoweredkitchen.com


11. Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

Some people love it, others hate it, but cilantro can be the perfect herb in creamy dressings, giving it that extra punch of herby flavor.

Paired with the tanginess of lime in this rich dressing, it’s perfect drizzled over all variants of salad but especially on fresh steaming corn on the cob.

Full recipe available at itdoesnttastelikechicken.com


Enjoy Your Salad, Oil-Free

As you can see, all the recipes listed above are cheap and easy to make and require very little energy. You might even have most ingredients in your pantry already.

Now, there’s really no excuse for boring, bland vegan salads!

The only problem you’ll face is finding room for a fridge full of unique and familiar salad dressings to make the everyday salad into a delightful gourmet masterpiece!

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