16 Fresh, Flavorful Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes

By Lisa Esile, MS,

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Looking for a vegan salad dressing recipe with no added oil? We've got you covered. Bursting with flavor from fruits, veggies, herbs, and spices, here are 14 delicious plant-based salad dressings, including classics like ranch, balsamic, Dijon, and lots more. They're a snap to make and taste amazing.

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Easy Vegan Ranch Dressing

Fragrant with fresh herbs, this scrumptious vegan ranch dressing gets its creaminess from your choice of tofu or cannellini beans.
Creamy corn dressing

Creamy Corn Dressing with Dill and Chives

Pureed froze corn makes a surprisingly good base in this golden-hued, creamy dressing. Enjoy it on greens or mixed into potato or pasta salad.
Light Thai Peanut Dressing in a white bowl surrounded by eggplant, soy sauce, peanut butter, and lime slices

Light Thai Peanut Dressing

Blended eggplant and jarred roasted red pepper make for a velvety, richly flavorful low-fat peanut sauce that can make any salad a crave-worthy meal.
Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

This is a great basic dressing recipe. It uses pantry staples, such as chickpeas and dried Italian seasoning, and it's ready in 10 minutes.
Wasabi Orange Sauce

Wasabi Orange Sauce

Fresh oranges steal the show in this succulent dressing, with peanut butter and wasabi sauce playing strong supporting roles.
Date-Sweetened Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing

Date-Sweetened Mustard Dressing

This vegan version of honey mustard dressing uses date paste instead of honey and applesauce instead of mayo. The result: sweet-tangy perfection.

Tahini Dipping Sauce

With just three ingredients—tahini, garlic, and lemon juice—plus salt and pepper, this nutty-flavored dressing is a great family-friendly recipe to have up your sleeve.
Spicy Vegan Ranch Dressing

Spicy Ranch Dressing

Salsa and apple cider vinegar kick up the flavor of this cashew-based vegan ranch dressing. To rev it up even more, add hot sauce.

Cilantro-Cashew Dressing

The name of the game in this green cashew dressing is cilantro, and lots of it. This fresh and flavorful dressing tastes great drizzled over salads, rice bowls, and roasted veggies.
oil-free balsamic dressing

2-Minute Oil-Free Balsamic Dressing

With intense flavors and a velvety texture, this easy balsamic dressing adds a zing to any salad.
cilantro, dressing

Creamy Cilantro-Garlic Dressing

If you're a cilantro fan be sure to try this creamy tofu-based dressing. The herbal flavors work well with pasta, potatoes, grains, beans, and greens.

24-Carrot Gold Dressing

The golden color of this dressing looks fabulous on the table. Tahini adds a nutty richness, maple syrup and carrot add sweetness, and fresh ginger and chickpea miso power it with pep.
You can make this creamy, delicious (and very authentic-tasting) vegan Caesar dressing recipe as is, or add nutritional yeast for a cheesy twist!

Cheesy Caesar Dressing

Kelp granules, garlic, capers, and cashews create a flavor profile that's very similar to traditional caesar dressing. Grab those croutons and enjoy!

“Magical” Applesauce Vinaigrette

The "magical" part of this heavenly vinaigrette is how robust and satisfying it is, without using any oil. This is a salad dressing you'll make again and again.
Classic Dijon Dressing

Classic Dijon Dressing

Transport yourself to the rolling hillsides of rural France with this oil-free salad topper that's as tasty as it is visually appealing.
Low-Fat Tahini Dressing in a white bowl with sticks of zucchini on a white plate

Low-Fat Tahini Dressing

Blended zucchini is the secret ingredient in this fresh, luscious dressing, which delivers the creamy, nutty goodness of tahini with a fraction of the fat. Serve it at your next vegan Mediterranean feast!

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. She is the author of Reach Your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway? Find her on Facebook.
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