Salad is a good basic meal you enjoy when you are on a plant-based diet, but when it comes to salad dressing, you need to be careful what you choose. Most creamy dressings are going to contain milk or cream of some sort, so those are out. However, there are many other delicious dressings you can use on your salad.
This is a great salad dressing to make when you are on a vegan diet because not only is it delicious and nutritious, but it provides a creamy dressing you might be missing. Avocado is a wonderful component to use when you want something creamy without using dairy. For this dressing, you can customize it how you like, but start with mashed avocado, lime juice, olive oil, seasonings, and some herbs like parsley. Using a little water in it might help with the desired consistency as well.
Greek Salad Dressing
Do you enjoy Greek salad? If so, you can make your own dressing so that it is completely natural, not processed, and you can control all the plant-based ingredients. Greek dressing is usually a combination of red wine vinegar extra virgin olive oil, and some lemon juice. You will then choose your seasonings and herbs o add to the dressing, like oregano, garlic, thyme, rosemary, and sea salt. If you like a little spice, don’t be afraid to add some black pepper or even red pepper flakes.
Herbed Lemon Vinaigrette
Many vegan salad dressings are oil-based and often a vinaigrette. The great things about these dressings is that they are light and delicious, and there are many different ways to flavor them. This one uses herbs like cilantro with some lime juice to give your salad a fresh and fruity taste. This is great with a little red wine vinegar, olive oil, cilantro, some water to thin it out, and a little bit of lemon juice. You can add seasonings like salt and pepper, and even go with a small amount of honey to break up the tarty taste.
Strawberry Poppyseed Dressing
Strawberry dressing is perfect for spring and summer, but also works great year-round. You can make a fresh salad with spinach or kale leaves, add sliced strawberries, then make your own strawberry poppyseed vinaigrette dressing. Use simple ingredients like olive oil and red wine vinegar, then add in some strawberries, honey, poppy seeds, and some lime juice if you want it a bit on the tarty side.