Here you’ll find 15 easy, healthy, vegan homemade salad dressing recipes you need to know.
Salad dressing is one of those things that I spent most of my adult life purchasing. I quickly realized, however, that many of those contained unnecessary fillers, sugars, preservatives, and too much oil and sodium.
Making homemade salad dressing is easy, and the result is often healthier and tastier. So I wanted to share 15 of my favorite salad dressing recipes to help us all eat a little more veggies, in a delicious way, and prove that salad should never be boring. In addition to salad dressing, I often simply add a dollop of homemade salsa, guacamole, or hummus to salad bowls for quick flavor and nutrition.
How to Make Vinaigrette Salad Dressing Recipes
There’s a basic method for concocting your own tasty signature salad dressing. Thinner vinaigrette type dressing is best for pasta salad and lettuce-free salads like Greek Chickpea Salad, where you don’t really want to see the dressing. Here are the elements:
Start with the vinaigrette method above, but add one creamy element. Here are some good choices:
soaked raw cashews
Tips for Making Homemade Salad Dressings
When using liquids and finely chopped herbs/spices, a whisk and small bowl work well. When using larger ingredients like shallots, a blender makes the process quicker.
Store homemade salad dressing in an airtight container in the fridge. Mason jars work well.
How long it lasts will depend on the specific ingredients, but a balsamic or apple cider vinaigrette should last about 2 weeks, while creamy dressings last about 1 week.
Salad Dressing Recipes
Find out how to make the best easy salad dressing ever! Many of these healthy vegan salad dressing recipes have no oil, while others have a little olive oil. Once you know a few salad dressing recipes, you'll never go back to store bought. From creamy tahini to oil-free balsamic vinaigrette, these homemade dressings will make your salads tastier than ever.
An easy oil-free vegan salad dressing that's perfectly tangy and creamy. This lemon tahini dressing is delicious on salads, Buddha bowls, or as a dip for veggies. This is my #1 favorite dressing for Mediterranean inspired green salads.
Creamy lemon vinaigrette is fantastic with these meal prep bowls and most salads. An easy meal prep recipe that makes a delicious lunch or dinner on busy days. This meal prep bowl is naturally vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free. It's packed with quinoa, roasted broccoli, grapes, and pecans.
Avocado Green Goddess dressing is bright, fresh, and zingy! Made with ripe avocado, fresh herbs, and lemon juice, this vegan salad dressing is oil-free and gluten-free. It's a healthier version of the classic Goddess dressing. Use it as a dip for veggies, a dressing for salad, or sauce for grain bowls.
A delicious Thai style peanut dipping sauce perfect for spring rolls, satay, or Buddha bowls. This easy recipe comes together in five minutes. While it's not "exactly" a salad dressing, it's so delicious with spring rolls and Buddha bowls, I just HAD to share again.
I'm so glad you're here! I'm a busy mama to two sweet girls and a bunch of funny animals. I'm passionate about sharing the beauty of real food through plant based recipes. I hope you find many easy, nourishing, delicious recipes your family will love.