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Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing - 5 Awesome Recipes

Written by Ali Donahue
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A whole food plant-based diet will make you healthier so you can live your best life (duh). However, as you dig in you might discover a big learning curve in the kitchen.

Lots vegan newbies just like you find that one of the hardest adjustments when adopting a whole food plant-based lifestyle is learning to cook and eat without oil. You can read about why a whole food plant-based diets don't promote oil in our Heartbeet Journal - How to Cook Without Oil: A Guide for WFPB Beginners.

Learning to make an oil-free vegan salad dressing (or two) you love will make the adjustment easier on you and we're here to help (cause that's what we do here at MamaSezz). 

5 Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing Recipes

1. Oil-Free Garlic Tahini Salad Dressing

Your mouth is gonna love this. This creamy oil-free vegan salad dressing takes just 5 minutes to make. Our Heartbeet Gang loves it best on a raw vegan salad dressing made with equal parts arugula, spinach, and basil. 

2. Dairy-Free Ranch Dressing

Missing ranch dressing now that you’re whole food plant-based? You can ditch the fake "fat-free" bottled stuff that tastes like chemicals and whisk up this delicious oil-free ranch salad dressing instead. 

Start by making a batch of this cashew cream recipe and then add a ½ cup water, 2 Tablespoons fresh minced dill seasoning, a pinch of salt and 2 teaspoons of maple syrup or date syrup. Blend until creamy use on your favorite salad, or as a veggie dip. Yum!

3. Oil-Free Sesame Lemon Dressing

You are going to love this one. This oil-free vegan dressing tastes good with everything. It's creamy and sweet and loaded with vitamin C for an immune system boost. Toss it with salad or use it as a spread on vegan sandwiches or on your Mama's Burger or drizzle on your MamaSezz Quinoa Stack, or serve with a fresh salad. 

4. Jane Esselstyn’s 3-2-1 Dressing

You don’t need olive oil to make a delicious balsamic oil-free salad dressing and it's so easy to make. Just whisk up 3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 Tablespoons of Dijon mustard, and 1 Tablespoon of maple syrup (or date syrup). And voila -- the easiest oil-free dressing recipe out there.

We love to dress it up with a bit of garlic powder and a pinch of dried or fresh basil and oregano. Or add a bit of nutritional yeast to add a savory twist.

5. Creamy Avocado Dressing

Avocado lovers, rejoice! Your favorite fruit can be used to make an oil-free vegan dressing. Great ready to take your salads, budda bowls, and your MamaSezz Black Bean Bowl to the next level of yummy. P.S. it also tastes awesome drizzled on grilled corn on the cob.

Just blend together 1 ripe avocado, 3 Tablespoons minced fresh cilantro, juice, and zest of 1 lime, 1/2 cup of water, 1 Tablespoon maple syrup, a pinch of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.

You've got this! You’ll soon find you prefer oil-free dishes.

Happy Noshing!

About Mama Sezz

MamaSezz delivers hearty, delicious, prepared, ready to eat, whole food plant-based meals to your door that are:

  • Organic, Non-GMO & Responsibly Sourced
  • Vegan, Oil-Free, Refined Sugar-Free, No Preservatives, & Gluten-Free
  • Made Fresh to Order - Never Frozen
  • Ready to Heat & Eat - No Chopping
  • Salt-Free & Soy-Free Options

Allison Hall (MamaSezz Customer)
"The best ship to home meal service out there, hands down. The food is delicious with just enough flavoring that you can jazz the meal up with your own spices if you wish. Nothing is bland or overly spicy. Best of all, they include a shipping label for you to return all the packing materials to them for free for reuse until ready for recycling. So easy and enjoyable."

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