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Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing

How to Make an Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing [Video]

Simple and delicious oil-free vegan salad dressing made with oven-roasted eggplant, zucchini and carrot. What’s more is that this dressing recipe is also gluten-free and low glycemic.

I’ve been making my own versions of oil-free vegan salad dressing for a long time, but somehow haven’t posted any recipes yet. Well, to be totally honest there are a few – Oil-Free White Bean Salad Dressing from 2014, Gluten-Free Vegan Chanterelle Gravy from last week, and Spicy Oil-Free Tomato Sauce from 2015.

Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing
This is basically all you need.

Anyway, there is still a lot more to share! So, here’s this week’s recipe – oil-free vegan salad dressing made of oven-roasted eggplant, zucchini and carrot. In addition, I used some other goodies such as turmeric, garlic, pepper, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and black salt. Believe me, it came out really delicious!

Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing
It is as simple as oven-roasting some veggies!

Furthermore, you can pour my salad dressing on Buddha bowls or lettuce or steamed leafy greens and veggies. And there’s more to it! You can leave the dressing thicker and use it as low-fat and low GL bread/cracker spread. Hence, it’s a win-win!

Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing
And you’ve got yourself a really yummy oil-free vegan salad dressing!

Seems like I really got going with oil-free vegan salad dressing recipes! Therefore, I’m determined to make it a habit! In the next weeks (or months) I will guide you through the many possibilities of making delicious and satiating oil-free vegan salad dressings. As a result you will see that a dressing does not need to contain oil to be tasty and creamy. You’ll enjoy your salads without making them high-fat food, which they are, if you pour oil all over! Should you not believe me, take a look at the following examples:

  • 3 cups of lettuce and 1 cup grated carrot – 9% of calories from fat.
  • 3 cups of lettuce and 1 cup grated carrot + ½ tbsp. of olive oil – 52% of calories from fat.
  • 3 cups of lettuce and 1 cup grated carrot + 1 tbsp. of olive oil – 69% of calories from fat.

Now, what do you think? I really hope that next time you’d think twice before pouring oil over your salad or adding it to any other meal 🙂

Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing

To conclude the long story, my oil-free vegan salad dressing is also gluten-free, sugar-free and Candida diet friendly.

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Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing

Vegan Salad Dressing with Oven Roasted Veggies

  • Author: Nele Liivlaid
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Simple and delicious oil-free vegan salad dressing made with oven-roasted eggplant, zucchini and carrot. Gluten-free and low glycemic.


  • 2 small or 1 normal eggplant (about 600g, 21oz)
  • 2 medium or 1 big summer squash (about 600g, 21oz)
  • 1 medium carrot (about 100g, 3.5oz)
  • 8 tbsps. nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • Juice of one medium lemon (or less or more)
  • 1 tbsp. unsalted peanut butter (optional)
  • Black salt or Himalayan salt (max 1/8 tsp + a dash for Plantricious version)
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Enough water for desired consistency (I ended up adding 2 ½ cups)


  1. First, slice the veggies, lay them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 200°C (390°F) for 40 minutes. Let cool a bit.
  2. Next, add all ingredients into blender. Use a masher to push the mass down and get the juices out of veggies. Process the ingredients until smooth. Add water gradually.


If you ditched peanut butter you’d only get 10% of calories from fat.

One serving has 1.5 GL points.

  • Method: Baking + Blending


  • Serving Size: 1/10 of recipe
  • Calories: 66 kcal
  • Sodium: 59.9mg
  • Fat: 1.6g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.8g
  • Fiber: 4.1g
  • Protein: 4.7g

Keywords: vegan salad dressing, oil-free

Tips on my vegan salad dressing:

  • First, add this oil-free dressing to salads, Buddha bowls or steamed/cooked veggies.
  • Another way to have this dressing is to leave it thicker and use as low fat and low GL bread spread.
  • Now, should you still be on Candida cleanse, leave out nutritional yeast and substitute peanut butter with tahini, sunflower seed/almond or hazelnut butter.
  • Use any nut or seeds butter or ditch it altogether for even leaner dressing.
  • You are welcome to use more or less of the seasonings – just adjust it to your own liking.
  • Finally, store leftovers in sealed containers or jars in fridge for up to 4 days.
Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing

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