Picture this: you’ve promised yourself that you’re going to try to eat more veggies and you’ve finally found your perfect salad recipe on the Food Monster app. Maybe you like your salad light and fresh, like this Spring Salad With Carrots, Beets, and Edible Flowers and this Watermelon Salad With Fried Tofu. Or, maybe you gravitate towards unique flavors and textures, like this Crunchy Ramen Noodle Salad or this Potato and Falafel Crumble Salad. Either way you like your salad, we can probably all agree that salad can be tough to eat without a little bit of dressing to drizzle on top. Luckily, most salad recipes you come across on the Food Monster app also include dressing recipes — but what if you don’t have the time or the ingredients to whip up a dressing?
Good thing there’s store-bought dressing. Unfortunately, if you’re avoiding or allergic to both dairy and soy, this pares your choices down quite a bit. Most creamy dressings, you’ll find, include dairy — and if they don’t have dairy, they might use soybean oil or soy sauce.
Well, fear not, dear reader, because we’ve made the selection easy for you. That’s right, we’ve read the ingredients label, so you don’t have to! Check out these dairy-free, soy-free, and vegan salad dressings!
1. Foods Alive Better Than Ranch Organic Superfood Dressing
Life without dairy doesn’t have to mean life without creamy ranch dressing! This Foods Alive Better Than Ranch Organic Superfood Dressing is hand-crafted in small batches and made from a combination of cold-pressed artisan sesame oil and chia seed oil with coconut water, hemp seeds, apple cider vinegar and more. Not only is it great for salads, baked potatoes, rice dishes, and sandwiches, this dressing is organic, non-GMO, raw vegan, soy-free, and gluten-free. Reviewers in general love how similar it tastes to authentic ranch. According to one reviewer, “it may not taste 100% exactly like Ranch but it’s still really tasty, has clean ingredients, and is convenient to have when you’re in a hurry/lazy.” Interested in giving it a try? You can pick up one 8-ounce bottle for about $11.
Or, you can try making your own vegan ranch dressing by clicking here.
2. Daiya Dairy-Free Dressing Creamy Caesar
This Daiya Dairy-Free Dressing Creamy Caesar will transform any salad into a winner. On top of being 100 percent vegan, this creamy dressing is gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free, and tree nut-free. Reviewer ADW was a big fan of this dressing, stating that, “If you taste this on its own it is obvious it’s not a dairy homestyle ranch, however, on salads or wraps you’d never know the difference” and reviewer Miss M. recommends using it as a dip for veggies. Want to try it? You can pick up an 8.36-ounce bottle for about $5.
3. Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil Greek Dressing and Marinade
It can be tough finding a premade salad dressing that doesn’t use soybean oil. Luckily, this Greek Dressing from Primal Kitchen uses avocado oil and a pinch of oregano oil instead of the usual soy and canola — and yes, it’s also dairy-free! Not only is it free from soy, it’s also gluten-free, grain-free, sugar-free, non-GMO, paleo, and Whole30-approved! Amazon reviewer Jennifer Pelton says that, “I use it on Salads and also in my crockpot to season vegetables. I also put a tablespoon in the water of my rice cooker. It tastes AMAZING!!!!!” while JillinoisRN likes the flavor, but thinks that the vinegar flavor isn’t strong enough. If you want some soy-free, canola oil-free dressing in your life, you can pick up an 8-ounce for about $10.
4. Just Thousand by Hampton Creek
Traditional Thousand Island dressing is typically made from a base of mayonnaise, olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, paprika, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, vinegar, cream, chili sauce, tomato purée, and ketchup — delicious, but unfortunately not dairy or soy-free. Luckily, this Just Thousand by Hampton Creek brings all the flavor without the unwanted ingredients! A 12-ounce bottle retails for about $5 in stores, so keep an eye out in the dressing section of your local grocery!
Or, try making your own! The Thousand Island dressing on these black bean burgers is made with vegan mayonnaise, ketchup, and herbs and spices while this dairy-free Thousand Island dressing is made from just vegan mayonnaise, ketchup, and a squeeze of lime juice.
5. Follow Your Heart Lemon Herb Dressing
Need a bright, citrus-y dressing to brighten up your bed of greens? Try this Lemon Herb Dressing by Follow Your Heart, a plant-based food company that has been making vegan food since the 1970’s. According to the company website, this dressing has a “bright citrus flavor, blended with mustard, herbs and spices for a zesty twist” that can be used as a dressing or a marinade. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free, and non-GMO. A wide variety of stores carry Follow Your Heart dressings, including Whole Foods, so keep an eye out for it next time you go shopping!
6. Annie’s Organic Gluten Free Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing
This one’s for the garlic lovers — this Annie’s Organic Gluten Free Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette Dressing isn’t your typical oil and vinegar dressing. According to the company, this garlicky vinaigrette brings a “hit-you-over-the-head garlicky concoction with a tangy sweetness” with undertones of lemon and onion. It’s dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, and organic. The company recommends trying this on green salads, as a marinade (try it with plant-based meats such as tofu, tempeh, and seitan), or try brushing it over your favorite veggies before you throw them on the grill! Reviewer Johnny was a big fan of this dressing, naming it as one of his favorites, however, mran was not a fan of the fact that this dressing uses canola oil. If you’d like to try this dressing, you can pick up an eight-ounce bottle for about $10.
7. Dr. Fuhrman’s Almond Balsamic Salad Dressing
If you prefer salad dressings that are oil-free with minimal ingredients, check out Dr. Fuhrman’s Almond Balsamic Salad Dressing. In addition to being oil-free, this creamy dressing is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, salt-free, free from preservatives, and made with only eight ingredients. According to the company, “Heart healthy raw nuts and seeds take the place of unhealthy oils found in most other dressings.” This creamy almond balsamic dressing uses a blend of almond butter and sunflower seed butter, along with balsamic vinegar, raisin paste, garlic, onion powder, and spices to create a dressing also doubles as a dip for veggies. Reviewer Saxmo said, “This taste is probably not for everyone, but this is definitely my go-to dressing, these days. I really like the robust flavor” and while Holyforge loved the flavor, they found the pricepoint to be a little too high. You can pick up a 16.4-ounce bottle, which contains about 15 servings, for $15.25.
8. Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette
Brianna’s Blush Wine Vinaigrette adds a pop of fruity freshness to your salads without dairy, gluten, soy, and trans fats! The company describes this dressing as a combination of “the very best grapes in the vineyard with our special blend of spices to create the perfect marriage of zesty tang and scrumptious sweetness.” According to Amazin reviewer Joel L. Gandelman, “It’s sweet but also has enough salt and flavor so it makes THIS salad buff want to eat it even more.” One reviewer recommends trying it on a green salad that has fruit and cheese, such as gorgonzola — try it with this easy-to-make vegan gorgonzola made from extra firm tofu. If you want to try this fan favorite from Brianna’s, you can pick up a 12-ounce bottle for about $5.
9. Walden Farms Calorie Free French Dressing
A great-tasting dressing can make or break a salad — but if you’re also concerned about oil, you might think this means dressing is off the table. Luckily, this Walden Farms Calorie Free French Dressing is proof that a dressing doesn’t need to be made with oil. According to the company, this dressing is made with “just the right touch of the world’s finest aged vinegars, fresh ground herbs and spices, triple filtered water and natural flavors.” Plus, it’s dairy-free, soy-free, sugar-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, and sugar-free. One reviewer remarked that “I can’t believe this is low enough in calories for them to list it as zero calories” while reviewer Suzanne said that “It tastes good and is smooth and pourable.” If you’d like to give this dressing a try, you can pick up a pack of two 12-ounce bottles for about $14.
While there’s a wide variety of dairy-free salad dressings to choose from, there’s nothing quite like making your own dressing from scratch! Short on time or ingredients? We bet you can still whip together a dressing from ingredients in your pantry! Check out 5 Ingredients That Make an Amazing Vegan Salad Dressing – you probably already have all five ingredients in your pantry, so there’s no need to go out and purchase anything obscure. Then, read 5 Oil-Free, Dairy-Free Salad Dressings to learn how to make dressings like mustard vinaigrette, ranch, and sweet lemon curry without oil or dairy.
You can try this French Dressing made from a base of cashews, tomato paste, and pickle relish, this creamy, this Miso Turmeric Ginger Dressing, and this Poppyseed Ramp Dressing, too. For even more homemade salad dressings, as well as more cooking how-to’s, we highly recommend checking out the Food Monster app, a food app available for both Android and iPhone. With over 8,000+ vegan recipes and 10+ new recipes added daily, you’re always going to find something to keep you busy in the kitchen!
Lead image source: Spicy Cucumber Salad With Pan-Fried Tofu