Try these vibrant and homemade plant-based salad dressing recipes with fresh herbs, spices, and fruits. From zesty to creamy, these easy homemade dressings will give your salads new life.
I love salad and using a delicious dressing can make any salad bowl go from average to outstanding. Let’s face it, leafy greens on their own aren’t a flavor bomb, but with a few ingredients, you can whip up a flavorful dressing and take your salads up a level.
From basic fresh green salads to cucumber salads bathed in plant-based Tzatziki sauce to salad bowls with whole grains and roasted vegetables, the dressing is what brings it all together.
Say goodbye to tired store-bought dressings and hello to big beautiful salad bowls with this list of salad dressings made from wholesome ingredients. In this post, you’ll find something to fill your bowl, from creamy plant-based dressings to vinaigrettes.
Salad dressings are great for meal prep – you can make a big batch before the week starts and enjoy delicious salad bowls and grain bowls all week long with minimal effort.
Why make salad dressing at home?
- You can customize it to your liking: spicier, tangier, creamier
- More options! You can have exactly what you want, even if your local grocery store doesn’t carry it
- You can control the ingredients and the quality
- Make a dressing that fits your diet, whether you eat without restrictions or follow a plant-based, vegetarian, or vegan diet.
- You’ll benefit more from fresh ingredients like fresh herbs which give more flavor.
My favorite ratio for making vinaigrette dressings is 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar. I love ratios because whether you scale it up or down, it works every time.
So for a basic vinaigrette dressing you’ll need:
- 3 parts oil
- 1 part vinegar
- mustard to help the mixture emulsify
- other flavors as desired (think spices, herbs, shallots, garlic, etc.)
- optional sweetener for balance
Simply add all of the ingredients to a small jar and shake. Done!
The dressing recipes below fit a plant-based diet. Vegan recipes will be labelled.
10 recipes for creamy dressings
If you’re craving a plant-based version of your favorite creamy salad dressing, you’ll find it here. Try a vegan Caesar dressing, basil buttermilk dressing, or a vegan ranch dressing for comforting, rich flavors.
For some creamy vegan dressings, the secret ingredient is raw cashews – read this post to learn about 3 easy methods for soaking cashews. Next, browse the recipes below!
1.Greek Tzatziki Dressing
2.Easy Homemade Ranch Dressing
3.Lemon Herb Tahini Sauce
4.Creamy Tahini Lime Dressing with Cilantro
5.Maple Tahini Dressing
6.Creamy Tahini Caesar Dressing
7.Creamy Sesame Ginger Dressing
8.Basil Buttermilk Dressing
9.Oil-Free Vegan Ranch Dressing
10.Vegan Avocado Basil Dressing
11 recipes for vinaigrette dressings
These dressings start with a base of oil and vinegar with simple ingredients like mustard, spices, and herbs. The oil is the main ingredient here and the most common oil used in fresh vinaigrettes is extra virgin olive oil for its bold flavor and thick consistency.
Types of vinegar will vary based on the recipe but having a pantry stocked with balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, red wine vinegar or white wine vinegar will allow you to make a variety of dressings. Explore fun new recipes below.
11.Apple Dijon Dressing
12.Vegan Greek Dressing
13.Honey Balsamic Dressing
14.Creamy Black Garlic Vinaigrette
15.Citrus Balsamic Vinaigrette
17.Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing
18.Mint Vinaigrette with Za’atar
21.Vegan Italian Dressing
11 recipes for bold, zesty + Un ique dressings
Spice up your plant-based salads and meals with these awesome bold, zesty, and totally unique flavors that will upgrade your dishes.
Picture bold grain bowls with a kick of heat from spicy cashew dressing. Try oil-free dressings and dressings made with vibrant ginger and carrot flavors.
These homemade plant-based dressing recipes are flavorful and exciting, helping you keep your salads, grain bowls, and roasted vegetables far from ordinary.
22.Japanese Roasted Sesame Dressing
23.Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
24.Spicy Cashew Dressing
25.Oil Free Balsamic Dressing
26.Asian Style Dressing
27.Japanese Carrot-Ginger Salad Dressing
28.Ginger Lime Salad Dressing
29.Tahini Ginger Dressing
30.Creamy Oil Free Balsamic Dressing
31.Hemp Seed Dressing
32.Sherry Shallot Dressing
Avocado, tahini, or different types of nut butter all make a good replacement for oil in salad dressing, each offering different flavors and textures.
Homemade dressings usually last for one to two weeks in the fridge depending on ingredients used. This can vary so always check your dressing before use and toss it if you’re doubtful.
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