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 3
We could eat it by the spoonful.
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By Carolyn Malcoun

No-Cook Black Bean Salad

Rating: 5 stars 9
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.
By Hilary Meyer

Strawberry Vinaigrette

This subtly sweet strawberry vinaigrette has a nice kick from the apple-cider vinegar and crushed red pepper flakes. Try this easy vinaigrette on a spinach or arugula salad.
By Britney Victoria Alston

Citrus Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 2
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.
By Katie Webster

Greek Salad Dressing

Rating: 5 stars 1
This simple Greek vinaigrette is so easy to make and so finger-licking good you'll never want to go back to bottled dressing again! Drizzle it over classic Greek salad, a green salad or even use it as a marinade for grilled vegetables or chicken.

Lemon-Tahini Dressing

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

Apple-Cider Vinaigrette

This light, garlicky apple-cider vinaigrette tastes great with all manner of greens: delicate greens, peppery greens like arugula and hardy greens like kale.
By Britney Victoria Alston

Cilantro-Lime Vinaigrette

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
Orange juice and cilantro yield a tangy dressing that you'll want to have on hand.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Tahini Dressing

Rating: 4 stars 1
Tahini adds richness to this creamy dressing. Its nutty flavor will enliven any salad.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Maple Balsamic Vinaigrette with Shallots

Rating: 5 stars 2
This healthy homemade salad dressing has just the right amount of sweetness without being cloying. Try it on a salad with fresh strawberries and spinach or arugula.
By Breana Killeen

Roasted Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 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.
By Carolyn Casner

Balsamic Vinaigrette

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Inspiration and Ideas

White Balsamic Vinaigrette
This white-balsamic dressing is perfect when you want the sweet-tart flavor of balsamic vinegar without the dark color. This dressing will work well on any salad, but pairs particularly well with fruit.
Citrus-Lime Vinaigrette
Rating: Unrated 2
Tangy and spicy, this citrus-lime vinaigrette with orange juice, jalapeno pepper, and fresh cilantro is perfect tossed with baby arugula.
Basic Green Salad with Vinaigrette
Rating: 3.5 stars 2

Make a larger batch of this basic vinaigrette to have on hand for salads throughout the week.