Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes

Find healthy, delicious vegan salad dressing recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
We could eat it by the spoonful.
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By Carolyn Malcoun

Roasted Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.81 stars 18
In this quick vegetarian dinner recipe, you can skip boiling the gnocchi--they'll cook through while roasting on the sheet pan with the rest of the ingredients. If you can't find Meyer lemons, use 1 small regular lemon in Step 2 and use 4 teaspoons lemon juice and 2 teaspoons orange juice in Step 4.

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
A classic black bean salad is a must for picnics and potlucks. This vegan version gets its creaminess from blended avocado. Any mix of salad greens will work well, but try arugula if you want to give this hearty salad a peppery kick.

Citrus Vinaigrette

This versatile citrus salad dressing gets a touch of natural sweetness from orange juice, which balances the acidity of the lemon juice. Use it in coleslaw for a mayo-free dressing, or drizzle it over winter greens with dried fruit and nuts.

All-Purpose Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 1
Use this vinaigrette to dress any combination of mixed greens. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.

Garlic-Dijon Vinaigrette

Rating: 4 stars 3
This garlicky mustard vinaigrette is great to have in your repertoire as it goes with almost anything. The recipe makes plenty so you can fix it once and then have it on hand for several days. The garlic is delicious but bold here; use fewer cloves if you want to tone it down.

Kale Salad with Beets & Wild Rice

Rating: 5 stars 3
Beets and kale, speckled with chewy wild rice and crunchy sunflower seeds, make a satisfying, colorful dinner salad. The beets are nicest when they are sliced paper thin. Use a mandoline or vegetable slicer, if you have one.

Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Spoon this tangy dressing over cooked broccoli, green beans, salad or poached fish.

Olive Orange Vinaigrette

Minced olives add a briny flavor to this healthy homemade salad dressing. The dressing keeps for several days in the fridge, so make a big batch to use on your favorite dinner salads and side salads. Try it on a salad with sliced red onion and fresh oranges.

Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
Tangy and spicy, this citrus-lime vinaigrette with orange juice, jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro is perfect tossed with baby arugula.

Balsamic Vinaigrette

In this balsamic vinaigrette recipe, the addition of Italian seasoning adds an extra layer of flavor and spice. Use as a quick and easy balsamic vinegar salad dressing or as a balsamic marinade for chicken that's delicious and moist.

Orange & Avocado Salad

Rating: 4.75 stars 7
This colorful salad would be a welcome addition to a Mexican-inspired meal.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Parsley-Lemon Vinaigrette
Rating: Unrated 1
Parsley has a lovely grassy flavor--but feel free to use any herb, such as cilantro, rosemary, basil or dill, in this healthy salad dressing.
Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette
Rating: Unrated 1
This healthy salad dressing takes just a few minutes to whip together and keeps for several days in the fridge. Try it with spicy greens, such as arugula, or any of your favorite dinner salads.
Roasted Broccoli with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette
Rating: 4 stars
1

Resist the temptation to turn the broccoli over while it roasts in this easy recipe. Leaving it cut-side down means you'll get deliciously caramelized results.