A big, hearty salad bowl is the best way to celebrate delicious seasonal fruits and veggies! Salad recipes are an excellent way to highlight vibrant, in-season fruits and vegetables. The coolest thing about salads is that you don’t need to do much to transform them into a delectable meal. They’re quick and easy to make, and they’re incredibly tasty. There are numerous salad recipes to try if you want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your diet.
Salads are sometimes widely regarded as boring by many people. That’s a common misconception about salads. There are numerous ways to enhance the flavor and vibrancy of your salad. Salad dressing is one way to make your salad look and taste amazing. In this post, we will share the top 5 vegan salad dressing recipes. These salad dressings are ideal for taking your salad recipes to the next level. The best thing about these salad dressings is that they are easy to make, flavorful, and free of eggs, dairy, and honey. Vegans and salad fans will love these dressings for sure!
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1. Tahini Maple Salad Dressing
This is one of the world’s most popular salad dressings. It has a rich and creamy texture and a bitter-sweet, nutty flavor. Tahini Maple Salad Dressing is simple to make and only takes a few seconds to prepare. Yet complex and one-of-a-kind enough to make your salad feel extra special and fancy.
This dressing complements heartier salads such as raw kale, chopped lettuce, shredded cabbage, and chopped veggies such as onion, carrots, celery, and spinach with some nuts added to it, like walnuts, pumpkin seeds, etc.
- Sesame Seeds – 4 Tbsp
- Maple Syrup – 2 Tbsp
- Lemon Juice or Apple Cider Vinegar – 4 Tbsp
- Salt to taste (optional)
- Cayenne Pepper to taste (optional)
- Toast the sesame seeds for that added flavor. Take a dry saucepan over medium-low heat, add sesame seeds, constantly stir with a spoon until the kernels darken slightly in color and become fragrant.
- Now add roasted sesame seeds to a blender along with other ingredients and blend until it gets creamy.
- Consistency you can set according to your preference.
Your Tahini Maple Dressing is ready!
2. Green Goddess Salad Dressing
As the name says, this famous dressing is prepared with hearty greens. You can make it in myriads of ways, thin and vibrant or rich and creamy. This dressing goes perfectly with firm greens like chopped chard and kale, crisp greens like romaine and iceberg. You can use plenty of fresh greens, such as parsley, dill, cilantro, chives and basil to make this bountiful salad dressing. Fill a baked sweet potato with it or make a complete meal by adding some crispy roasted chickpeas!
- Avocado – 1 large
- Lemon Juice – 1 Tbsp
- Lemon Zest – 1 Tbsp
- Parsley or Cilantro or Dill – Handful
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 3-4 Tbsp
- Garlic Powder – 1/2 Tbsp or 2 Raw Garlic Cloves
- Salt & Pepper to taste (optional)
- Raw Walnuts – 1 Tbsp
- Vegan Mayo – 1 Tbsp
- Cayenne Pepper (optional)
- Roughly chop all your fresh herbs.
- Now, take a blender or food processor.
- Add all ingredients to a blender, blend until smooth.
Your Green Goddess is ready to make your salad heavenly!
3. Vegan Miso Salad Dressing
The combination of rice vinegar, soy sauce, miso paste, and sesame oil gives this Japanese-inspired miso and ginger salad dressing an effervescent, gingery Asian flavor. The unique salty and sweet taste of miso dressing makes any ordinary salad extraordinary! This dressing is low in sugar and goes perfectly well with fresh seasonal produce. Miso salad dressing is well-known for its health-promoting properties, as well as its high protein, vitamin, and mineral content.
- Miso Paste – 1/4 cup
- Rice Vinegar – 2 Tbsp
- Soy Sauce – 2 Tbsp
- Sesame Oil – 2 Tbsp
- Minced Ginger – 1/2 Tbsp or Ginger Powder – 1 Tbsp
- Water (optional)
- Take a blender or food processor.
- Take all ingredients and combine them in the blender, and blend until smooth.
- You can add a bit of water for a thinner consistency.
Your Miso Salad Dressing is ready to use in a salad or use as a dipping sauce and enjoy!
4. Hummus-Based Salad Dressing
This is yet another hearty and tasty salad dressing for that loaded flavor. These dressings are simple to make and high in fiber and protein, making them ideal for any salad recipe. You can use any flavor of hummus for this dressing and simply add a few ingredients like citrus juice, oil, or vinegar to make the dressing.
- Hummus, any flavor – 4 Tbsp
- Lemon Juice/Orange Juice/Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 Tbsp
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2 Tbsp
- Cayenne Pepper and Garlic Powder (to taste)
- Freshly Chopped Herbs (to garnish)
- Take your blender or food processor.
- Add all the ingredients to the blender, and blend until smooth.
- You can set the consistency according to your need.
Your creamy Hummus-Based Salad Dressing is ready for consumption!
5. Orange Mustard Vinaigrette
This fat-free vegan salad dressing is perfect for making Asian-inspired salad recipes. The sweet and tangy orange juice combined with spicy mustard and sour vinegar makes for a truly unique salad dressing.
- Balsamic Vinegar – 1/2 cup
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – 2/3 cup
- Orange (juiced) – 1
- Orange Zest – 2 Tbsp
- Coarsely-Grained Mustard – 2 Tbsp
- Take a bowl.
- Now add all the ingredients to the bowl.
- Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, orange juice, olive oil, orange zest and mustard.
Your Orange Mustard Vinaigrette is ready to serve as a salad dressing. You can even store it in the refrigerator for up to one week!!
Which Recipe Will You Try?
These are the top 5 vegan salad dressings that you can use to transform your bowl of salad into a heavenly meal. All the five salad dressings are vegan and are very easy to make. Try these out, and stay tuned for more vegan recipes!! Leave a comment below!