Best Vegan Salad Dressing Brands 2018 [Ranch, Italian, Caesar & More]

Looking for the best vegan salad dressing brands

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We'll cover...

  • Our top 7 picks for vegan salad dressing brands (and where to get them online).
  • Which of these brands you're likely to find in your local stores.
  • How to quickly and easily make your own vegan salad dressings at home.

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best vegan salad dressing brands

Best Vegan Salad Dressing Brands 2018

Don't worry if you don't feel like scouring the supermarket aisles to find  a decent vegan salad dressing or don't have the time to make your own. There are many options available online for those with a limited local selection. We've compiled a list below of the best vegan dressings that you can easily find online.

1. Daiya Salad Dressings

Daiya Dressing Dairy free Creamy Cesare, 8.36 oz

Daiya, famous for its cheese substitutes, has three dressings available on Amazon: Creamy Caesar Creamy Caesar, Homestyle Ranch, and Blue Cheeze. This is one of only two blue cheese dressing substitutes that we could find on the market.

PROS

When it comes to recreating cheese flavors, Daiya always hits home runs.​ Their shredded “cheeses” are staples in a lot of vegan households and their dressings are no different. Expect a creamy, delicious experience comparable to the “real” thing.

CONS​

Although vegan and delicious, these dressings are more of a processed food than a compilation of whole foods. Not a problem if you’re having a bit of dressing and a whole bunch of salad, though!

2. Foods Alive Salad Dressings

Foods Alive Superfood Dressing, Garlic Paprika, Organic, 16oz

One of the more popular brands is Foods Alive, which produces raw and vegan products and which offers a bunch of vegan salad dressings on Amazon including: Better Than Ranch and Garlic Paprika.

PROS

Made with a lot of whole food ingredients, although it does have some oil. This brand is one of the closest you'll get to a whole foods plant based dressing without making your own from scratch.

CONS

Not really any bad things to say! Although nuts and seeds are the best fat option for salads compared to oils.

3. Simple Girl Salad Dressings

Simple Girl Salad Dressing-3 Bottle Pack - Sweet Vinaigrette, Sweet Mustard and Citrus Ginger - 12 oz each

Simple Girl is another brand that focuses on super light and low calorie salad dressings.  They don’t contain any oil and are sweetened with Stevia, but are still packed with flavor. These are a great selection if you’re trying to reduce your calories or are on a specialized diet that restricts fats and oils.

PROS

If you are really trying to limit calories, sugar, or oil this dressing is going to be a lifesaver! The brand makes a lot of great flavors so there are many opportunities to find one you like.

CONS

The flavor is simply not going to be as good (to most people) as a higher fat more traditionally sweetened dressing. Also, some people may find the taste of stevia to be off-putting. 

4. Follow Your Heart Salad Dressings

Follow Your Heart High Omega Vegan Ranch Salad Dressing, 12 Ounce -- 6 per case.

Follow Your Heart, which offers Vegenaise, has a massive range of vegan salad dressings listed on their website (linked in the next section), but these were the only two that we can find online – their Vegan Ranch and their Miso Ginger Salad Dressing.

PROS

Much like Daiya, these dressings are going to be the most comparable to their original flavors. Being that this brand specializes in vegan condiments and dressings, you know their research and development is going to be on point. Expect a delicious dressing!

CONS

Mostly made with processed foods much like the others, but again not a huge deal if you're using a little to eat a bunch of greens!

5. Hampton Creek Salad Dressings

Hampton Creek Just Caesar Dressing | Vegan | Non GMO | Egg Free | Gluten Free | 12 Oz | Pack 1

Just, the brand formerly known as Hampton Creek, has four dressings on Amazon: Ranch, Sweet Mustard, Truffle Mayo, and Caesar. This product selection may differ from those found on their website and those that you’ll find in store, because many were switched around and replaced when the brand changed its name and packaging.

PROS

Flavor and texture of these dressings are top notch. Expect them to exceed your expectations and please even your non-vegan friends!

CONS

Lots of fat from oil much like the others. Something to be enjoyed sparingly as a tool to eat more greens (if you're health conscious). If you're not - then eat up!

6. Annie's Salad Dressings

Annie's Natural Lemon & Chive Dressing 8 fl oz Bottle

Known best for their vegetarian products, Annie’s has a selection of Vegan salad dressings as well. Not all of them are vegan though – some do have animal products such as milk or eggs. Their Annie's Natural Lemon and Chive is a vegan favorite, though!

PROS

This brands tends to have lots of great options to choose from. 

CONS

The brand seems to be more "vegetarian" focused so be sure to double check any labels to make sure there's no dairy or eggs in it.

7. Primal Kitchen Salad Dressings

Primal Kitchen - Greek, Avocado Oil-Based Dressing and Marinade, Whole30 and Paleo Approved (8 oz)

Primal Kitchen isn’t a specifically vegan brand, but they did have one vegan dressing. They have one vegan dressings that we could find is their Avocado Oil Greek Dressing.

PROS

We couldn't find another Greek dressing that was vegan and vegan Greek salads are awesome!

CONS

The brand isn't vegan focused so ingredients may change down the line. Be sure to double check!

How to Find Vegan Salad Dressings in Stores (and Store Locators)

It’s not very hard to find vegan salad dressings in-store; many are accidentally vegan, as in they don’t contain animal-derived ingredients even if they don’t explicitly list that they’re vegan. However, this varies greatly by the dressing type.

Dressing Flavors Most Likely to Be Vegan

Most Italian dressings, some tomato-based dressings and most vinaigrette dressings are already vegan; just double-check the ingredients, but they rarely contain ingredients that make them non-vegan. Be on the look out for eggs, milk, anchovies and bacon which can easily sneak their way into salad dressings.

Because so many non-creamy dressings are vegan, it didn’t seem worthwhile to list them here. Instead, we rounded up the vegan alternatives for creamy dressings. All of the links below go right to the company's store locator, so check them out and see if you can find them locally!

Follow Your Heart

Follow Your Heart has a massive list of salad dressings that you should be able to find in store, including a range of creamy ones. See if they're available near you!

Just Salad Dressings

Just, which makes Just Mayo, does Ranch, Caesar, Chipotle Ranch, Thousand, and Sweet Mustard creamy salad dressings is available across a lot of the nation.  They also make cookies and even cookie dough!

Annie's Salad Dressings

Annie’s creamier vegan dressings include their Goddess Dressing, Organic Goddess Dressing, Organic Papaya Poppy Seed Dressing, Organic French Dressing, and Woodstock Dressing. They also have a bunch of other options of the non-creamy variety.

OrganicVille Salad Dressings

And OrganicVille has the Non Dairy Coleslaw Dressing and Non Dairy Thousand Island Dressing. Although not really super creamy, their Miso Ginger dressing is also quite delicious!

"Accidentally" Vegan Salad Dressing Brands

There are a couple of other brands that don’t specifically identify as vegan or vegetarian, but have created creamy vegan dressings accidentally. When you pick up these products, be sure to check the ingredients every time – they can easily change, and since it’s not listed as vegan they won’t need to alert you.

Brianna's

Brianna’s has a Rich Poppy Seed Dressing, which is one of its most popular and also vegan.

Walden Farms'

Walden Farms’ whole range except for Zesty Italian, Italian, Asian, and Honey Dijon dressings are vegan, including a wide range of creamy dressings. This is one of the more impressive ranges, in our opinion – there’s so much to choose from!

Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s Goddess Dressing developed a cult following after people realized it was accidentally vegan, but we’re unsure as to whether it still is – or whether it’s still available at all. Keep a look out.

Making Your Own Vegan Salad Dressing at Home

Vegan salad dressings are pretty easy to make; you usually just have to combine your ingredients and shake. If you want to make some creamy ones, you might need to find a good blender which we talk about in our Kitchen Appliances section. Making your own is going to be the most economical option. We've compiled some of the best recipes we could find so that you can make something to please any crowd!

Some Key Ingredients for Vegan Salad Dressings

To recreate some of the flavors it helps to have these ingredients on hand. We always have them in our households as they are staples in a lot of vegan cooking. Buying in bulk helps us save a few bucks compared to going to the store and buying them in smaller packages.

Use any of the links to check them out on Amazon!

Balsamic Vinaigrette, Citrus Ginger, and Creamy Bacon Ranch

This video (embedded above) shows you how to make three different salad dressings: a balsamic vinaigrette, citrus ginger dressing, and a creamy bacon ranch. Hot For Food is a great website and YouTube channel to follow if you’re new to veganism, because their recipes are both delicious and really easy.

Vegan Caesar Salad

This Vegan Caesar Salad, with dressing of course, by Oh She Glows is a great one to have in your recipe arsenal. The dressing isn't only good for salads, you can use it for dipping celery, carrots, or anything else you can imagine. We like to use vegan caesar dressing on sandwiches and wraps!

Vegan Ranch Dressing

If you didn't feel like watching the video above for the Vegan Creamy Bacon Ranch recipe, don't worry. This vegan ranch dressing by Eat Within Your Means is delicious and easy to follow with only a few ingredients. You'll never want the "real" thing again!

Vegan French Dressing

French dressing traditionally is ketchup mixed with mayo (not vegan), but that doesn't mean that's the best way to make it. This recipe by Happy Cow shows how you can make it with just a few ingredients, including tahini (which we linked above). You can likely replace the tomatoes with ketchup if you were in a pinch, but fresh flavors are always best!

Are Vegan Salad Dressings Healthy?

A very common inquiry people have is whether a salad dressing is healthy just because it doesn't contain any animal products. The answer is of course no. Determining the "healthfulness" of a food comes down to a few factors, but the main one being whether or not it is a plant-based whole food. If it is a plant-based whole food the second question to ask is are you eating it as a part of a reasonably balanced whole-food plant based diet?

Determining the Healthfulness of Any Given Food

Although a bit lengthy, we highly recommend the above video by Dr. Fuhrman on this subject. While not specifically about salad dressings, Dr. Fuhrman gives you the base knowledge you need to determine if a food is healthy on your own! When it comes to feeding you and your family, knowledge is your most powerful tool.

Is Your Vegan Dressing Made from Whole Foods?

Making a salad dressing from whole foods such as nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, etc. is going to be a huge step above making one out of oil. The reasoning behind this is simple: whole plant foods are the richest source of phytochemicals and antioxidants which are crucial for disease prevention. Processed foods and animal foods simply can't measure up in these categories and also come with baggage such as saturated fat and cholesterol.

If you've been confused about saturated fat and cholesterol, we highly recommend you check out this press release from the American Heart Association.

You can learn more about phytochemicals and nutrient density here or in the video above.

Does the Vegan Dressing Make Up a Big Chunk of Your Daily Calories?

If you've watched the presentation above, you'll have learned that a majority of Westernized people (specifically Americans) get most of their calories from processed food and animal products. This means that there's very little caloric room in the diet for disease preventing foods. Check out Dr. Greger's Daily Dozen app if you want to ensure you're getting a good range of health promoting foods in your daily diet.

If you're eating 100 calories of vegan salad dressing (even if it isn't whole foods based) and the rest of your diet is a variety of whole plant foods - it's not such a bad thing! Trouble presents itself when you have 500 calories of processed dressing and hardly any whole greens, nuts, seeds, beans, etc!

What About Sugar in Vegan Dressings?

Unless a salad dressing is specifically designed to be vegan, there is a chance that any added sugar could have involved bone char in the processing of it. However, we (and many other vegan organizations) hold the position that vegans (especially new ones) should not worry about added sugar or other dubious trace ingredients. Focusing on avoiding all specifically labeled animal products is going to have the biggest amount of harm reduction to animals.

Without the direct demand for animal products, using bone char for commercial processes would likely phase out anyway since the cost for it would increase. To learn more, read our full position on vegan sugar.

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