Here’s a selection of quick, easy vegan salad dressings, some of which can be used as sauces and marinades, and all of which can be made in minutes.
Salads can be more enticing to both adults and kids with flavorful dressings. For some years, I used only store-bought, natural dressings, which are tasty as well as convenient. Recently, though, I’ve returned to making my own.
It’s surprisingly easy and fun to make dressings, and their flavors surpass those of store-bought versions. Here are a slew of favorite options for easy vegan salad dressings — both in my own kitchen and readers’ choices as well.
Japanese-Style Carrot-Ginger Dressing: A fan favorite among visitors to this site! Here’s an easy recipe for carrot-ginger dressing — just like the kind you enjoy on salads in Japanese restaurants.
Basic Vinaigrette Salad Dressing or Marinade: Here’s an all-purpose dressing for all kinds of salads. Also great for marinating, it’s a must-have recipe if you prefer to make your own dressings.
Homemade Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing: Do you have some fresh summer raspberries calling to be used? Make quick work of them with this delightful homemade raspberry vinaigrette dressing. That said, this works well with frozen raspberries.
Green Goddess Parsley Salad Dressing: This parsley dressing is packed with flavor, making salads that much better year round. It’s a great way to use up those big batches of parsley that you don’t know what to do with.
Tangy Tahini Salad Dressing of Dip: This dressing makes any salad shine, and is also delicious on steamed, roasted, sautéed, or grilled vegetables as a sauce.
Coconut-Peanut Sauce or Salad Dressing: An easy coconut peanut sauce or salad dressing is a useful and delicious staple in the plant-based repertoire. It’s as good on cold or warm greens or noodles.
Sesame-Ginger Salad Dressing: Briny, sweet, and tangy, this homemade sesame-ginger salad dressing is the perfect choice for salads featuring kale, cabbage, bok choy, and other greens.
Vegan Ranch Dressing or Dip: It’s not easy to find bottled vegan ranch dressing. And even if you do, it can be pricey. Here’s an easy way to make dairy-free ranch using raw cashews or white beans.