Many vegan dressings are super simple to make but to make them creamy without including dairy-products can seem kind of tricky.

Luckily for you, we have all the secret tips you need to make the richest, vegetable-enhancing dressings you need! Turn salad-haters into salad-lovers with your new-found, homemade vegan dressing hacks!


1. Add in Nut Butter of ChoiceVegan Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing over salad

Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing / One Green Planet

Rachael Hutchings showed us that adding in just 1/3 of a cup of almond butter to your dressing recipe can create a creamy and slightly sweet flavor! Whisk some into store-bought dressing or try this Almond Butter Turmeric Dressing!

Almond butter is super thick and creamy, but if you prefer a sweeter, less rich flavor, try peanut butter! Kelly Fielding added just 1/3 of a cup of unsalted peanut butter to her Raw Gado Gado Dressing for a slightly sweet, slightly tangy dressing that is creamy enough to pour over a veggie bowl or a salad!

2. Add in Tahini

Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing / One Green Planet


Tahini is so rich, creamy, and a lot less sweet than most nut butter. It is also not as thick. Tahini adds all of the creaminess of a nut butter but in a lighter way. If you prefer a savory dressing, try tahini in your creamy dressing for a creamy vegan treat!

Zoe Eisenberg used a 1/2 cup of tahini in her Caesar Dressing to add some extra tang. It replaces the tangy anchovies and creamy dairy all in one ingredient!

This Golden Turmeric Tahini Dressing by Brittany Mullins has 1/4 cup less tahini for a light but still creamy dressing.

These dressings are so delicious and tangy that they would be the perfect dipping sauce for your fries!


3. Add in Hemp Hearts

Greek Dressing / One Green Planet

Hemp hearts are packed with iron, magnesium, omega-3s, omega-6s, and of course protein! If you blend them into your salad dressing, you are adding in some extra creaminess and a whole lot of extra health benefits!

This 6-Ingredient Tahini, Hemp Seed, and Basil Dressing by Olivia Budgen combines the best of the tahini and hemp worlds for a delicious nut-free dressing. She adds 2 tablespoons of each with water and some herbs for a creamy and delicious dressing! Mix and match your favorite herbs for a unique dressing for your salad.

Helyn Dunn relies solely on hemp hearts and chia seeds to thicken her Greek Dressing recipe. Just by blending in 1/4 cup of hemp hearts, you’re adding in a lot of creaminess and tons of nutritional value.

5. Add in CashewsVegan Dandelion Greens Dressing

Dandelion Greens Dressing / One Green Planet

Everyone knows cashews are loaded with protein and healthy fats! If you soak them in water and blend them into your dressing, you’ll be left with added creaminess without adding too much extra flavor.


The secret creaminess in this Copycat Ranch: Creamy Cucumber Herb Dressing by Lindsay Clarke is soaked cashews! She uses 3 ounces of soaked cashews to make her creamy ranch taste authentic.

Karielyn Tillman added in an entire cup of cashews to her Dandelion Greens Dressing as to not overpower the other flavors while adding creaminess. This way, the greens and the spices take center stage and are enhanced by added  creamy texture.

Vegan Grain-Free Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad

Roasted Chickpea Caesar Salad / One Green Planet

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Lead image source: Yogi Bowl With Ginger Miso Tahini Dressing