5 Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressings To Make At Home

How to make a salad even tastier while keeping it as healthy, if not healthier, than a non-dressing salad?

The answer you’re looking for is dressing, but you guessed it, not any dressing. You must know that fats are essentials to your body. Without fat in your diet, you’d be extremely unhealthy to say the least, but what you can do is replace the bad fats by the healthy fats. Yes, there are are such thing as “healthy fats”!

I’m not about to give you a long and full explanation right here right now, but I can quickly mention a few things about it before jumping into the healthy dressings to clear it up a little bit. Fats are categorized in two groups: satured fats and unsatured fats (read bad fats and healthy fats). So, what you want to do is get rid or limit all the satured fats (meat, dairy and processed and fast food) and replace them with the unsatured fats which are predominantly found in foods from plants such as seeds, nuts and vegetable oils.

Now that you have had a little informations, here are 5 of my favorite dressings that’ll not only make your salad tastes even better, but will actually make it even healthier.

Lemon Tahini Salad Dressing

By Yummy Mummy Kitchen

This is one of my all time favorite dressing and if you love a lemony taste, it’ll soon be one of yours as well. This dressing is as healthy as tasty, is easy and quick to make, and contains protein and various different minerals and vitamins. You may use it in your salad, buddha bowl or as dip.

What’s in it?

- 1/4 cup tahini
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/4 cup water to thin

Blend all ingredients together.

I like to use lime better than lemon, 1 garlic clove. If the tahini is too strong for your taste, you may add a splash of maple syrup.

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Mango-Hemp Dressing

By Dreena Burton

Here is a fresh and fruity salad dressing that everyone at your table will love.
Again, easy and super quick to make, contains protein, minerals and vitamins.

what’s in it?

- 3/4 cup mango chunks
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tbsp chopped shallots
- 1-2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper to taste

Blend all ingredients together.

Add water to thin, and maple syrup to sweeten.

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Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing Oil-Free Vegan GF Healthy

By Hello Nutritarian

I bet that this is about to become your go-to vinaigrette. The ingredients are surprising but the results will amaze you. As easy and quick to make as the rest of the dressings of this list, as tasty, as healthy and as nutritious.
Protein + minerals + vitamins.

what’s in it?

- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp dried thyme

Blend all ingredients together.

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Vegan Cheesy Pesto Healthy Vegan GF Oil-Free

By Feasting On Fruits

This super cheesy pesto is particularly good with pasta (and certainly meant for pasta), but a couple teaspoon of it in your salad bowl is quite a the treat. You must love basil of course, but us there anybody who doesn’t like a taste of summer? As nutritious and high in protein as a dressing will ever get, and without a doubt the healthiest version of pesto you’ll ever find.

what’s in it?

- 1 cup frozen peas (defrosted)
- 2 large stalks of basil (about 15-20 leaves)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Juice of half a lemon
- 1 clove garlic
- 3-5 tbsps vegetable broth

Blend all ingredients together but the broth, and use it to get the consistency desired.

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Magical Applesauce Vinaigrette

By Dreena Burton
(again, she’s the Queen of dressings, dips and sauce. Check it out!)

This is a magical vinaigrette indeed. Quick and easy as this whole list, it contains minerals and vitamins but very little proteins. I hesitated to put this on my top 5 for this reason, but I thought that if you combine it with a very nutritious salad then it’ll be working (nutritious + delicious), and it is one of my favorite dressing after all!

what’s in it?

- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tsp mild miso ex: chickpea miso or brown rice miso
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste

Blend all ingredient together.

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Let me know which one are you gonna try first!
Enjoy x

Joanna Colomas