Salad Dressing Recipes
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:
- Oil (extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil)
- Acid (red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, etc.)
- Flavor (Dijon mustard, dried or fresh herbs, garlic, ginger, capers, etc.)
- salt and pepper to taste
How to Make Creamy Salad Dressing Recipes
Start with the vinaigrette method above, but add one creamy element. Here are some good choices:
- soaked raw cashews
- vegan mayo
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.
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.
This sesame ginger dressing adds sweet and savory flavor to any Asian inspired salad. It's wonderful on a cabbage salad or kale salad.
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.
Easy vegan Caesar dressing for making the most delicious vegan Caesar salads! Cashews make this dressing extra creamy and dairy-free.
A light, sweet, and tangy orange citrus vinaigrette that's perfect for dressing salads. Orange vinaigrette is especially wonderful with roasted beets and orange segments.
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.
Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is made with just a few natural ingredients. It's bright and sweet and perfect on spinach salad with more strawberries, pecans, and red onions.
If you're looking for an oil-free balsamic vinaigrette, look no further! This no oil vinaigrette works on almost any salad.
A big beautiful Southwest salad with creamy avocado-cilantro dressing, corn, tomatoes, and roasted chickpeas (or black beans) is a hearty vegan dinner salad filled with flavor.
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.
Mediterranean Green Olive Salad Dressing is loaded with tangy flavor. This rustic vegan sauce is simple to make with garlic, lemon, and parsley.
Hoe beautiful would this be for the holiday season? You make this quick-and-easy Ginger Cranberry Dressing in your blender! Just throw everything in, puree, done.
Cool and creamy, buttermilk dressing is a comfort food classic.
The best cool ranch recipe! It's so quick and easy for all sorts of dipping and salad...
Everyones favorite! this classic dressing recipe has an oil free option.