30 Mouthgasmic Oil-Free Salad Dressing Recipes

Oil free salad dressings

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

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

Get your chive on >

2. Garlic Tahini Dressing

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.

See for yourself >

3. Island Vinaigrette

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.”

Find your new favorite >

4. Miso Tahini Dressing

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!”

Give this blender-free darling a try >

5. Orange Sesame Dressing

Orange Sesame Dressing

This classic is “delicious and creamy,” according to Carol, one of our members.

Orange you dying to try this one? >

6. Creamy Cashew Blue Cheese Dressing

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.

Discover the secret >

7. Thai Peanut Sauce

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.

Think outside the bottle >

8. Sweet Onion Dressing

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.”

Jump on the bandwagon >

9. Maple Tahini Dressing

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!”

Sweet and savory? Yes, please! >

10. Garlicky Vinaigrette

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!”

Embrace the garlic >

11. Easy Maple Dijon Dressing

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.

Keep things easy >

12. Creamy Greek Dressing

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.

Transport yourself >

13. Quickie Tahini Dressing

Quickie Tahini Dressing

Another last-minute dressing that packs in the yumminess. Janet says, “My go-to dressing. I make it all the time!”

Short on time, big on flavor >

14. Lemon Basil Balsamic Dressing

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.

Perfect for summer >

15. Toasted Sesame Almond Dressing

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

Get toasted >

16. Lemony Miso Dressing

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!

Find harmony >

17. Almond Citrus Dressing

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!

Learn to love salad >

18. Orange Maple Balsamic Dressing

Orange Maple Balsamic Dressing

This is one versatile delight of a dressing. “Perfect on top of roasted beets and greens!” -Nicole

Mix it up >

19. Sweet Italian Dressing

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.

Fast and flavorful >

20. Chili Lime Cilantro Ranch Dressing

Chili Lime Cilantro Ranch Dressing

This Southwestern spin on classic ranch dressing is “super delicious” according to Am, a Plant Fueled Life member.

Give your ranch a makeover >

21. Orange Tahini Dressing

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

Fall in love >

22. Garlic Ginger Miso Drizzle

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

Get drizzled >

23. Rosemary & Roasted Garlic Dressing

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.

Dive in >

24. Creamy Dijon Dressing

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!”

Elevate your salad >

25. Sweet & Tangy Catalina Dressing

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.”

Go back in time >

26. Chili Lime Dressing

Chili Lime Dressing

Oil-free and nut-free, too! “I can’t get enough of this dressing! It’s delightful!” – Tabitha

Try this tangy treat >

27. Red Wine Herb Vinaigrette

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

Say buongiorno >

28. Buffalo Ranch Dressing

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!

Spice it up >

29. Balsamic Vinaigrette

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Another super tasty quickie dressing that’ll be on heavy rotation. It elevates any side salad to a main attraction.

Check it out >

30. Roasted Garlic Tahini Dressing

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.

Roast and blend your way to happiness >

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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