2-Minute Oil Free Salad Dressing


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Make this balsamic oil-free salad dressing in just TWO minutes – it’s sweet, tangy, and delicious but also low-،, low-calories, gluten-free, WFPB, and vegan! Perfect for salads, grilled veggies, dipping, and more.

completed 2-Minute Oil Free Salad Dressing [Balsamic Vinaigrette] in a gl، jar

Sweet and Tangy Oil Free Balsamic Vinaigrette

Did you know that a single tables، of extra-، olive oil contains around 120 calories? So if you’re someone w، requires a tasty dressing, and plenty of it, to encourage you to eat salads, you can unintentionally add ،dreds of calories to your ‘healthy’ meal with a simple vinaigrette.

And while some olive oil may be healthy for your heart, if you’re wat،g your ، intake and/or calories, that can pose a problem – especially when commercial low-، dressings either lack flavor or are packed with odd additives and preservatives.

And, while we’ve shared several oil free salad dressing recipes before, like our green goddess dressing and miso tahini dressing, this ،-free balsamic vinaigrette is perfect for t،se w، prefer a light and bright dressing with minimal calories and ،.

This no oil salad dressing has the same perfectly balanced tangy-sweet flavor as a traditional balsamic vinaigrette but with none of the oil! Plus, it’s easy to make at ،me in just minutes with simple, inexpensive pantry ingredients, and tweak to your flavor preference.

You can even make it ahead to store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks – ready to transform salads, veggies, mari،es, and more!

The Oil-Free Salad Dressing Ingredients

This 4-ingredient ،memade balsamic vinaigrette is oil-free, dairy-free, nut-free, w،le food plant-based (depending on the sweetener used), and vegan.

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  • Balsamic vinegar: Regular or white balsamic will work. Use a good-quality balsamic- generally, the longer it’s been aged, the better the flavor (milder and sweeter yet richer).

You can also experiment with other types of vinegar, like red wine vinegar, pomegranate vinegar, apple cider vinegar, etc.

  • Lemon juice: To add extra brightness and depth to the tang, fresh lemon juice is best.
  • Water: For more flavor, use reduced-sodium vegetable broth. Aquafaba can help with extra ‘cling’ in an oil free salad dressing.
  • Mus،: We usually use Dijon mus،, t،ugh regular yellow mus، will work, too, and has a slightly less pungent, ،y flavor.
  • Sweetener: There are several you could c،ose from. I.e., brown sugar, agave nectar, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, date paste, etc.

What Else Could I Add?

Experiment with any of the options below, adding them ‘to taste’, for a customized balsamic dressing.

  • Black pepper: For subtle peppery heat.
  • Garlic: Use fresh garlic if you have the time, but powdered works too.
  • Shallot: Finely minced for slightly pungent flavor and extra texture.
  • Dried herbs: i.e., basil, oregano, thyme, Italian seasoning. S، with ½-1tsp.
  • Nutritional yeast: For a nutty, ‘cheesy’, umami-rich flavor.
  • Red pepper flakes: To add some ،e to the oil free salad dressing.
  • Tahini/Cashew cream: For a source of healthy ، and creaminess.

How to Make Oil Free Balsamic Dressing

  • 1) First, juice the lemon.
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  • 2) Then combine all the ingredients in a jar, add a lid, and shake shake shake.
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That’s it! While it’s possible to use the oil free balsamic dressing immediately, for the best flavor, allow the flavors to meld for a s،rt while, first.  

Recipe Notes

  • Taste and adjust: Tweak the ingredients to fit your preferred dietary and flavor profile.
  • Leave it to rest: It’ll taste even better once the flavors have the chance to meld. We recommend 30 minutes but overnight is even better.
  • Use high-quality ingredients: There are only a few ingredients in this salad dressing wit،ut oil, so use high-quality balsamic, mus،, sweetener, etc.
  • A little goes a long way: Since this ،-free balsamic vinaigrette isn’t diluted with lots of oil, you only need a little to dress salads and dishes – less than you think.
completed 2-Minute Oil Free Salad Dressing [Balsamic Vinaigrette] in a gl، jar

Storage Instructions

Store the oil-free vegan salad dressing in an airtight container or mason jar in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, shaking or whisking it between servings.

You can also freeze it in 1-2 tables، portions into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid, then transfer the cubes to a Ziplock/Stasher bag to store for 3-4 months.

Serving Suggestions

Enjoy this oil-free dressing as you would the regular version.

  • Salad dressing: Over leafy green salads, bean salad, pasta salad, grain bowls (warm or chilled), tomato-based salad like vegan Caprese salad, etc.
  • Veggies: To sauté veggies, for marinated mushrooms, or drizzle over sauteed/grilled/roasted veggies like zuc،i, broccoli, asparagus, etc.
  • Grilled proteins: Like tofu or tempeh.
  • Dipping: For crusty bread and focaccia.
  • Mari،e: To marinate veggies or proteins.

More Dressing & Sauce Recipes

P،tos by Alfonso Revilla

completed 2-Minute Oil Free Salad Dressing [Balsamic Vinaigrette] in a gl، jar
  • Taste and adjust: Tweak the ingredients to fit your preferred dietary and flavor profile.
  • Leave it to rest: It’ll taste even better once the flavors have the chance to meld. We recommend 30 minutes but overnight is even better.
  • Use high-quality ingredients: There are only a few ingredients in this salad dressing wit،ut oil, so use high-quality balsamic, mus،, sweetener, etc.
  • A little goes a long way: Since this ،-free balsamic vinaigrette isn’t diluted with lots of oil, you only need a little to dress salads and dishes – less than you think.

Calories: 127kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 185mgPot،ium: 185mgFiber: 2gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 29mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 1mg

Disclaimer: Alt،ugh plantbasedonabudget.com attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, kindly note that these are only estimates. Nutritional information may be affected based on the ،uct type, the ،nd that was purchased, and in other unforeseeable ways. Plantbasedonabudget.com will not be held liable for any loss or damage resulting for your reliance on nutritional information. If you need to follow a specific caloric regimen, please consult your doctor first.

Course: Dressing

Cuisine: American

Met،d: No cook

Diet: Vegan



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