I’m a salad phase person. Sometimes I love them and eating them on repeat for days. Other days if I look back, I may not have had a salad in weeks and find myself gravitating towards cooked veggies. Lately, I’ve been on a salad kick and realized I haven’t shared my go-to vegan dressings. If you know me, you know that I like uncomplicated, simple recipes that taste great but that don’t compromise time or energy. These 5 vegan salad dressings for summer are just that – delicious but so sophisticatedly simply that you can serve them when company comes over!

The other really great part is that these 5 salad dressing don’t require a blender. While I love a good blender salad dressing, in the summer months I find myself whipping a little bowl of this or that to sauce up the raw veggies, grains, and proteins than dig the big Vitamix out. Can I get an A’men if ya feel me??!

In full disclosure, this post was inspired by my sister who insisted I share some of my favorite dressing recipes. 🙂

  1. Vegan Ranch – because you need a good one
  2. Vegan Taco Salad Dressing
  3. Maple Mustard – Such a staple I can’t even handle it
  4. Miso Magic Dressing – New to miso? This is a good introduction for Asian inspired salads with shelled edamame, raw veggies, tofu, and maybe even cold noodles!

Vegan Ranch

Everyone needs a staple Ranch on hand - especially if you're representing for the Midwest because where I come from....Ranch goes on everything!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayo like Vegenaise
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Plain Vegan Yogurt (like Kite Hill plain unsweetened or SoDelicious Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt)
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Plain Vegan Milk (soy or almond are best here)
  • 2 tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Few Hearty Dashes of each: Trader Joe's Onion Salt (or chives, onion powder, salt), dried parsley, dried garlic, fresh or dried dill - add more or less to taste based on your preferences

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together OR combine in a jar, cover tightly and rock and roll (shake until blended well).

Vegan Taco Salad Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 tablespoons Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 dash salt to taste, if desired

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together or in a jar with a lid and shake what your momma gave you.

Maple Mustard Dressing

This sweet and zippy dressing is a solid staple in our house and goes on everything from cooked tempeh to farro grain bowls to a plate of all greens!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Oil (olive or canola)
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Prepared Mustard - Spicy, Dijon, or Traditional - Your Preference!
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice - this helps perk it up but could be optional if you don't have any on hand
  • Optional: salt and pepper to taste or add a dash of garlic powder!

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk or place in a jar with lid and give it a good few hearty shakes until blended.

Miso Magic Dressing

New to miso paste? This dressing can be a great place to start or it's a great way to use up miso in the fridge (other than for miso soup). This dressing is stellar on Asian inspired salads with tofu, shelled edamame, ginger, quinoa, and greens!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Rice Vinegar (seasoned or plain)
  • 1/4 cup Canola or Vegetable Oil (neutral flavor profile)
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Mellow White Miso (I use Miso Master found in refrigerated produce section by tofu or dressings)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil (sesame oil adds such a finishing Asian flair!)
  • dash dried ginger -optional but nice if you love ginger like I do

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk together or combine in a jar with a sealed lid and give it a good shake until ingredients are well blended.

What recipe are you most excited to try?? Comment below and let me know – I’d love to hear what you think of them!

4 Staple Vegan Salad Dressings For Summer (or Anytime!)

2 thoughts on “4 Staple Vegan Salad Dressings For Summer (or Anytime!)

  • June 20, 2019 at 4:41 pm
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    Yes! I’m so tired of store bought dressings, yet want variety. Too many salad recipes have a million ingredients that we don’t keep on stock, these are perfect.

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    • June 20, 2019 at 6:05 pm
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      EXACTLY! Sometimes I like the recipes with many ingredients because they certainly add depth to the flavor profile. ….buuuuut for those midweek meals where I need a quick standby (not a grocery store run), these are my jam!

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