Salad Dressings – PlantX UK

Vegan Salad Dressings

Let’s learn about salad dressings. Did you know that they’re considered a sauce? This table sauce can be used to take salads of all kinds to the next level. You have your green and leafy salads, bean salads, potato salads, and even pasta salads. 

Over on this side of the globe, you get two common salad dressings: cream dressings and vinaigrettes. You may have heard of them! We’ll give you the low-down on each one of them.

The first one is the creamy vegan salad dressings. These are your mayo-based, buttermilk-based, and yoghurt-based ones (don’t worry, we have dairy-free salad dressing options here - of course!). If you’re thinking about macaroni salad and potato salad right about now, you’re on the right track!

The next popular salad dressing are vinaigrettes. They are salad dressings made with a mixture of oil and acid, such as vinegar or lemon juice. It’s not just limited to the two ingredients - flavour can be enhanced by the addition of herbs, spices, garlic and mustard. Italian dressing is a great example of this type of salad dressing.

Got all that? Great! We can go to our next point - what actually makes a good salad dressing.

The Makings of a Good Salad Dressing

Vegan salad dressings come in a bountiful variety. You’ll get all kinds of creamy sauces and vinaigrette dressings at your local supermarket or here at the shop. At PlantX, we go the extra mile. You’ll find all these delicious pre-made salad dressings as well as the ingredients to make them!

Oh and here’s a great tip. If you check out our product page, you’ll find a handy little filter on the left side. If you’re looking for something gluten-free or non-GMO, just select among the choices there to shorten the list!

Our Salad Dressing selection contains not only different kinds of oils but also contains a selection of vegan mayonnaise and some salad toppings! Vegan bacon bits, anyone? We also added some flavours that could go well with your salads. How about a little bit of vegan pesto sauce or a drizzle of vegan horseradish sauce?

Going back to oils - yes, they do make a difference. With more than a handful of vegan salad dressings with an oil base, it’s important to know that the oils do bring different flavours! That’s why you can choose from the classic extra virgin olive oil or go with something more unique like avocado oil or safflower oil.

Non-Salad Salad Dressing Uses

Yes, we know it’s called salad dressing for a reason. But think of the possibilities!

Vinaigrette-style salad dressings can be a component in making marinades. While roasting or grilling your veggies, take a brush and baste some salad dressing marinade to make them tastier and juicier. Roasted potatoes goes with just about any vegan salad dressing there is.

Did you know that you can take organic salad dressings and slather it on a sandwich? Go beyond mustard and smear a little balsamic or some vegan pesto on your vegan BLT to take it up a notch. Is your burrito or wrap looking a bit dry? Open them up and add a drizzle of vegan salad dressing to make the flavours pop.

Eating chips without any dip? Grab your fave salad dressings and dip away. This can work on potato chips, carrot sticks, lettuce stalks, and even bread sticks. If you’ve finished your pizza and have the crust left over, dip them in salad dressing!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we keep salad dressings in the refrigerator?

You can and you should! Store-bought organic salad dressings often need refrigeration upon opening. Remember, some salad dressings are made with dairy and dairy alternatives. So keeping them at room temp would just spoil them!

If you made your own vegan salad dressing and do happen to have some left over, transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the fridge as well. 

That said, oil-based salad dressings may solidify in the fridge. That’s fine! Just leave it at room temp and it should revert to its original consistency.

Can vegans have Italian dressing?

Of course! If you’re asking about the vinaigrette-style Italian dressing, it should normally be no concern since it’s usually made with vegan ingredients. 

The creamy-style Italian dressing is another thing. In order to make it creamy, an addition of dairy is needed. Vegan dairy alternatives can also be used, though! 

We do often recommend grabbing a salad dressing that’s clearly labelled as vegan-friendly to avoid any oopsies. Even simple ingredients like sugar could be non-vegan so it’s always better to err on the side of caution!

Is Balsamic Vinaigrette vegan or not?

Depends! Traditionally-made balsamic vinaigrette is usually vegan. Some modern takes on balsamic vinaigrette, however, might not be. That’s because they might come sweetened with a little bit of honey.

As we mentioned earlier, it’s always best to grab salad dressing that’s clearly been labelled as vegan-friendly. Or just shop here at PlantX! All our products have been carefully selected and are 100% vegan. Trust us. We won’t let you down.

Does salad dressing also include dairy products? 

Usually, yes - so watch out! When it comes to the creamy salad dressings, you have some made with a base of mayo, yoghurt, and other dairy ingredients.

You can get creamy vegan salad dressings, too. Come on, it’s the 21st century! You have salad dressings that can be made with vegan yoghurt, veganaise, and other dairy alternatives.

Does ranch dressing contain dairy? 

Ranch dressing is a buttermilk based sauce with some spices and herbs mixed in. Sour cream and yoghurt can also be used to sub out the buttermilk, but they’re all still dairy. So, yes, ranch salad dressing does contain dairy.
Could you still find a ranch dressing that’s vegan? Of course, you could!