What salad dressings are vegan?

When we talk of plant-based dressings to complement our bowl of salad vegetables, what usually comes to mind is a bit of oil, a bit of vinegar or lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper. But the answer doesn’t always have to be the same old thing when asked “What salad dressings are vegan?”

The Good Food Community team looked up some ideas to complement your salad pack while keeping things fresh with options that vary from the fruity or tart to the rich and luxurious.

Vegan Caesar Salad Dressing
Yes, it’s a decadent treat and yes, for most people going plant-based, it is annoyingly off-limits. This zesty, garlicky concoction often requires Worcestershire sauce for the sweet, salty caramel notes and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, anchovy paste, and mayonnaise to achieve that creamy consistency. But surprise, surprise! This vegan version we found uses hummus, vegan parmesan cheese. mustard, capers and maple syrup along with the usual mustard, lemon zest, lemon juice, garlic, salt and olive oil.

Avocado and Fresh Herb Dressing
For this, you’ll need blend one pitted avocado, five large basil leaves, 1/4 cup cilantro leaves loosely packed, 1/4 cup chives loosely packed, 1/2 lemon juiced, 1/4 red onion roughly chopped, two green onions roughly chopped, one clove garlic roughly chopped, salt & pepper to taste. Thanks to The Savory Vegan for the recipe!

Vegan Cashew Ranch Dressing
Instead of buttermilk, sour cream, yogurt or mayonnaise, this recipe by The Minimalist Baker uses cashew nuts to create the signature creamy tangy emulsion that is great for grilled or fried vegetables. Soak cashew nuts in very hot water for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Drain and rinse before blending to a smooth texture. Then add the rest of your ingredients: unsweetened almond milk, lemon juice, garlic, salt, black pepper, onion powder, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, dill, parsley and chives.

Going plant-based even with your salad dressing doesn’t have to feel like you’re missing out. We have you covered with vegetable subscriptions and salad dressing tips that make shifting to a healthier lifestyle an exciting new adventure in the new decade. 

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