30 Mouthgasmic Oil-Free Salad Dressing Recipes
By Team Dirty
Sep 1, 2023,
Ditching the dairy in salad dressings is one thing, but going oil-free as well? *Insert eye roll 🙄 here.* Many of our members hesitated to let go of the EVOO and traditional oil-laden dressings they were familiar with, but once they tried our mouthgasmic recipes, they never looked back.
That classic Italian dressing you love, minus the oil? Absolutely possible.
Oil-free vinaigrette? We’ll show you how!
Garlic Ginger Miso Drizzle without a drop of oil? That’s right.
We’ve put together this collection of 30 oil-free salad dressing recipes you can whip up yourself. These concoctions can be drizzled on salads, poured on bowls, or spooned into wraps—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg lettuce! It’s so easy, you’ll wonder why you didn’t make your own dressings all along. These recipes are all 100% vegan and free of highly processed ingredients in addition to being oil-free. That’s a triple win as far as we’re concerned!
1. Creamy Chive Dressing
Infused with the essence of chives and parsley, this dressing adds a subtle yet distinct flavor to your salads. It’s an easy way to dial up the flavor and impress friends and family.
“I keep trying other dressings, and I can’t wait to get through [them] to get back to this. It’s delicious!” – Kandis
2. Garlic Tahini Dressing
Creamy and robust, this dressing combines the nutty richness of tahini with the bold flavor of garlic, and with just five ingredients, it whips up in a flash! It’s one of our most beloved dressings for a reason.
3. Island Vinaigrette
A deliciously tangy and versatile cashew-based oil-free vinaigrette with flavors reminiscent of the Greek isles, this dressing is perfect for salads, wraps, and anything that could use a kick of flavor.
Plant Fueled Life member Carla says it’s “the go-to dressing in our house. I’ve been making this for years now.” And Travis, another member, agrees, saying, “I could drink this shit by itself. It’s my favorite dressing of all time.”
4. Miso Tahini Dressing
Another member favorite. Carin said, “This is my default salad dressing. Flavors go well with pretty much any type of salad. And, most important, you can make it quickly and not use a blender—win!”
5. Orange Sesame Dressing
This classic is “delicious and creamy,” according to Carol, one of our members.
6. Creamy Cashew Blue Cheese Dressing
All the blue cheese flavor you love! Cashews, hemp seeds, and a unique blend of seasonings come together to make this creamy blue cheese-like dressing. Perfect on salads, bowls, potatoes, spread on sandwiches, or served as a dip with fresh veggies. You can’t go wrong with this one. One member says, “Absolutely love it! Favorite plant based dressing ever!” How did we capture the flavor of blue cheese in a dairy-free dressing? You’ll have to find out for yourself.
7. Thai Peanut Sauce
You may not think of Thai Peanut Sauce when you reach for the salad dressing, but this is a versatile staple that’s just as good on salad greens as it is drizzled on bowls, noodles, or used as a dip for summer rolls.
8. Sweet Onion Dressing
Our members love this one. “One of the best dressings in the portal,” says Gillian. Tabitha gushes, “This is hands down the best salad dressing ever. I have literally eaten it every single day for the last six days. I put it on everything from salads to rice and bean bowls.”
9. Maple Tahini Dressing
Plant Fueled Life member Angela says it best, “I have always loved this dressing and how quickly it comes together. I recently served it for guests, and everyone raved about it. It’s a guaranteed winner!”
10. Garlicky Vinaigrette
Aromatic and tangy, this dressing boasts a bold garlic kick combined with the bite of vinegar, making it a simple yet flavorful vinaigrette you’ll reach for again and again. Cynthia says, “Really good! Worth doubling! Kid-friendly if they like tangy… mine do!”
11. Easy Maple Dijon Dressing
It’s all in the name. “So easy and so delicious! Less than five minutes for a tasty dressing is a win in my book,” says Shara.
12. Creamy Greek Dressing
This restaurant-style dressing is a luscious and tangy treat that will make any salad or pita feel like a big fat Greek vacation.
13. Quickie Tahini Dressing
Another last-minute dressing that packs in the yumminess. Janet says, “My go-to dressing. I make it all the time!”
14. Lemon Basil Balsamic Dressing
A creamy, delicate dressing with wonderfully balanced flavors of lemon and basil. “INCREDIBLE!! Might just eat it straight from the bowl,” says Plant Fueled Life member Heidi.
15. Toasted Sesame Almond Dressing
“I used this on a salad of romaine, mandarin oranges, edamame, red pepper, scallions, cilantro, and slivered almonds. Everyone said it was the best salad ever!” – Caroline
16. Lemony Miso Dressing
A fusion of tangy lemon and savory miso, this oil-free dressing delivers a distinctive combination of flavors that harmonize perfectly, bringing an umami-filled brightness to your greens. Yum!
17. Almond Citrus Dressing
Member Melli Bri says, “Delicious! I don’t even like salad, but I like salad if it has this dressing on it. Worth purchasing almond butter for.” We’re blushing!
18. Orange Maple Balsamic Dressing
This is one versatile delight of a dressing. “Perfect on top of roasted beets and greens!” -Nicole
19. Sweet Italian Dressing
A savory and subtly sweet oil-free Italian dressing with lemon, oregano, and a surprise ingredient, this beauty is a deliciously quick recipe to have up your sleeve.
20. Chili Lime Cilantro Ranch Dressing
This Southwestern spin on classic ranch dressing is “super delicious” according to Am, a Plant Fueled Life member.
21. Orange Tahini Dressing
Whisk up a citrusy knockout dressing in minutes. It’s especially delicious on salads with fresh fruit and greens. “Fantastic combination. I *LOVED* this dressing!” – Kristen
22. Garlic Ginger Miso Drizzle
At home on salads and bowls alike. “Yummy sauce! Used it for rice bowls. My 13-year-old omni wanted to drink it and has requested again.” – Jacqui
23. Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Dressing
Buttery soft and sweet roasted garlic and herbal rosemary give a wonderful depth of flavor to this lemony tahini dressing. Use it for bowls, wraps, salads, veggies and, if you’re like us, grabbing a spoonful whenever you’re passing through the kitchen.
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24. Creamy Dijon Dressing
Silky, tangy, and herby, this dressing has it all. Member Tamara says, “Best dressing out of all of them I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot! This doesn’t taste how you expect it to. It has a bit of a Caesar taste to it, but not too strong. It’s a thinner dressing (which I prefer) and tastes great on any salad!”
25. Sweet & Tangy Catalina Dressing
An oil-free take on a classic. Gillian, a Plant Fueled Life member says it “tastes like summers at Nan and Pop’s trailer circa 1985.”
26. Chili Lime Dressing
Oil-free and nut-free, too! “I can’t get enough of this dressing! It’s delightful!” – Tabitha
27. Red Wine Herb Vinaigrette
Like an Italian restaurant in your home. “This is absolutely my favorite salad dressing EVER! It’s perfection! Not too sweet, not too tart…just right. It makes me want to eat salad every day!” – Julie
28. Buffalo Ranch Dressing
Dairy-free ranch dressing is kicked up a few notches with this fun and fabulous version. Feel free to add more hot sauce if you’re feeling spicy!
29. Balsamic Vinaigrette
Another super tasty quickie dressing that’ll be on heavy rotation. It elevates any side salad to a main attraction.
30. Roasted Garlic Tahini Dressing
The subtle caramelized flavors of roasted garlic come together with umami-rich tahini for a versatile and delicious dressing you’ll want to pour on everything.
None of the oil, all of the flavor
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Here’s to a delicious dressing every day of the month!
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