If you’ve ditched dairy or have gone plant-based or vegan, you might be missing some of those classic rich and creamy classic salad dressings like Ranch, Thousand Island, and Caesar. With many brands now focusing on perfecting the art and science of plant-based everything, your dressing craving can be satisfied if you know where to look. We’ve reviewed and rounded up the best store-bought salad dressings that are all vegan, and all delicious, to be enjoyed no matter what food-preference spectrum one falls on.
According to The Association for Dressings and Sauces, Ranch is the most popular in the US. It’s easy to see why. Beyond its use for salads, it’s a fan favorite for dipping everything from fries, to pizza, and it provides a nice counterbalance to some heat. Traditional Ranch is often made with buttermilk, and sometimes mayonnaise too. While there are plenty of vegan Ranches on the shelf, know that not all are created equal. But here are some you can trust will impress: Hidden Valley, Original Ranch Plant-Powered Dressing hits all the right tasting notes for a truly classic Ranch dressing. Also, for a thick and creamy dip-specific format, try Trader Joe’s Vegan Ranch Dip. Another brand to consider if you want Ranch flavoring with a twist is Plant Junkie, which has a wide selection of Ranch flavors, like the Plant Junkie, Chipotle Ranch, or Cilantro Avocado Ranch.
2. Thousand Island
Thousand Island is typically a mayonnaise-based dressing, mixed with a mashup of seemingly random spices. The Thousand Island name comes from the chain of islands straddling northern New York and Canada; in the early 1900’s the recipe was first prepared in Thousand Islands, New York. Today, it’s popular on burgers, as a salad dressing, and more. There is a clear winner in the vegan Thousand Island dressing game, and that’s Follow Your Heart’s Thousand Island. It’s light enough at 90 calories per serving to have a guilt-free smattering to top your veggie burgers, salads, wraps, or as a dipping sauce.
Follow Your Heart’s Organic Vegan Caesar captures the perfect amount of pepper, garlic, and creaminess of a classic Caesar dressing. Another clear winner is Mother Raw’s Caesar Dressing. It has a little less of the classic creaminess you might expect of a Caesar dressing, but the flavoring is well balanced and is sure to add all the exciting personality needed to your salad. They also use cold-pressed organic olive oil as the base to pack in a dose of healthy fats. And, a side note while we’re talking Caesar salads: Croutons are critical to a Caesar salad, and the all-vegan Kelly’s Croutons are a staple you should have on hand to add to your Caesar, or really any salad.
4. Blue Cheese
Store-bought vegan Blue Cheese is harder to come by. But Follow Your Heart does it again with its Follow Your Heart High Omega Vegan Blue Cheese dressing. Made with flaxseed and hempseed oils, it captures the Blue Cheese funk without being too overwhelming.
5. Creamy Balsamic Vinaigrette
You can certainly make a homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing, but to have one from dressing experts is sometimes the way to go. And a classic rich and creamy balsamic dressing can really jazz up even the most basic salad. Most Balsamic dressings are vegan but watch for surprising ingredient add-ins as some use eggs or dairy to achieve a more rich and creamy texture and taste. There is one vegan balsamic that should be at the top of your list and that’s Tourangelle’s Organic Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette. This family-owned operation for over 150-years knows its balsamics and oils, so it’s no surprise they pump out an impeccable vinaigrette.
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