Top 5 Oil-Free Salad Dressing Recipes To Transform Your Greens (2024)

I love oil-free salad dressing recipes. While some oils may be healthier than store bought commercial salad dressing, oil-free salad dressingcan provide just as much flavor without all the fat.

There is no nutritional value in oils, and vegetable oils contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. Despite all the hype, there is evidence that even olive oil is not 100% heart healthy.

Two tablespoons of olive oil have 240 calories and are more calorie dense than even pure refined sugar.

Vegetable oils often contain massive amounts oftrans fats. Trans fats are associated with many chronic diseases.

Vegetable oils can also raise your risk of cardiovascular disease because any processed oil can injure the endothelium, which is the innermost lining of the artery and the gateway to heartdisease. To read more about the the paralysis of arteries from oil, please watchDr. Michael Greger's video onNutrition Facts.

I have told this story before, but it is worth sharing again.

In 2013 I earned my plant-based nutrition certificate, and one of my favoritelectures was run by Dr. John McDougall and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.

In that talk, Dr. Esselstyn told a story about one of his patientswho had a quintuple bypass surgery. Following his surgery, Dr. Esselstyn put him on a very strict plant-based diet. His patient immediately went from 210 to 156 pounds.

For 14 years this patient stayed on a plant-based diet andmaintained his weight and health when suddenly he began to experience a recurrence of angina. Angina is a type of chest pain caused by the narrowing of heart arteries when there is a decreased blood oxygen supply.

The patient promptly contacted Dr. Esselstyn. He assured Dr. Esselstyn that he was still on his plant-based diet. Dr. Esselstyn was baffled until his patient mentioned one thing.

Here is what Dr. Esselstyn said about it:
“The patient forgot to mention that he was consuming “heart healthy” olive oil in his salads. It was what they call a Eureka moment. Immediately, I advised him to give up the olive oil. He did, and within seven weeks his angina disappeared.”

I don't have heart disease but in the past overusing oils in salads and when sautéing vegetables was a habit of mine.

Now I rely more on fresh aromaticherbs, vinegar, and citrus juices for flavor. I sauté my vegetables in veggie broth. When I do use oil, I use it sparingly. Ikeep my olive oil in a small spray bottle and give my veggies a light spritz when needed.

Oil-Free Salad Dressing – Lemon Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

After awhile you don't miss the oil. You can enhance the taste ofany vinaigretterecipe by flavoring it with citruslike this Lemon Poppy Seed oil-free salad dressing flavored with lemons.

Oil-Free Salad Dressing – Creamy Italian Vinaigrette

Or add a creamy texture to your salad dressing with beans, avocado or tofu instead of eggs and oil like this Creamy Italian Vinaigrette made with cannelloni beans.

And when it is time to make your salad, choose fresh in-season vegetables. Also, make sure you use a salad spinner. You want your ingredients super dry, so the dressing will stick to them better.

Last but not least, get creative with your ingredients. Add grains, seeds, or roasted vegetables for some added crunch.

I also love topping my salads and soups with baked tortilla strips. Just cut the tortillas into strips and bake in the oven at 400 degrees F or until browned and crunchy. Sprinkle them with cumin, chili powder, and lime juice before baking to add another element of flavor.

Hope you enjoy all five of theseoil-free salad dressing recipes as much as I did. Don't miss any of Ordinary Vegan's recipes by signing up here. Learn more about plant-based nutrition on my podcasts here on this website oriTunes.

If you like today's recipes, you may enjoy thiscauliflower salad with chickpea dressing.

Wishingyou a compassionate and peaceful week!

Oil-Free Lemon Poppy Seed Salad Dressing

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Transform your greens and vegetables with this bright, fresh, aromatic oil-free salad dressing without all the calorie dense oil

Author: Ordinary Vegan

Serves: ¾ cup

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½-inch knob of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • Fresh ground black Pepper
  • 6 tablespoons water (or more if needed)
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

Instructions

  1. Add all the ingredients except for the poppy seeds into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Taste - adjust seasonings and add more water if too tart. Add poppy seeds.

Oil-Free Creamy Italian

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Transform your greens and vegetables with this bright, fresh, aromatic oil-free salad dressing without all the calorie dense oil

Author: Ordinary Vegan

Serves: ¾ cup

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup cooked white beans, drained and rinsed (if using canned)
  • ¼ cup water (or more)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1½ tablespoons shallots, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped (or more to taste)
  • Fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Taste and adjust seasonings adding a little more parsley or water if needed.

Oil-Free Hummus Salad Dressing

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Transform your greens and vegetables with this bright, fresh, aromatic oil-free salad dressing without all the calorie dense oil

Author: Ordinary Vegan

Serves: ⅓ cup

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons plain hummus
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ½ clove garlic, chopped (optional)
  • salt & fresh ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Whisk together. Taste and season with a little salt and ground black pepper.

Oil-Free Mustard Salad Dressing

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Transform your greens and vegetables with these bright, fresh, aromatic oil-free salad dressing recipes without all the calories.

Author: Ordinary Vegan

Serves: ⅓ cup

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup water
  • 1½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 small shallot, chopped
  • 2½ teaspoons dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients except the parsley into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth. Add the chopped parsley, Taste and adjust seasonings.
  2. Cover and refrigerate. Will keep 4-5 days refrigerated.

Oil-Free Lime Ginger Salad Dressing

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Transform your greens and vegetables with these bright, fresh, aromatic oil-free salad dressing recipes without all the calories.

Author: Ordinary Vegan

Serves: ⅓ cup

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine (Mirin)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon chopped Japanese pickled ginger

Instructions

  1. Whisk together

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