Vegan French Dressing: A Tangy Delight for Salad Lovers

Are you on the hunt for a tasty vegan salad dressing without mayo? Look no further than this Vegan French Dressing recipe. As a vegan chef, I understand the struggle of finding dressings that meet your dietary needs while also being flavorful and delicious. That’s why I’m excited to share this recipe with you.

This dressing is oil-free, dairy-free, and egg-free, making it a great choice for plant-based eaters. Plus, the ingredients are simple and accessible, so you don’t have to spend hours searching specialty stores for obscure items.

(Transition) But don’t let the lack of ingredients fool you – this dressing is bursting with flavor! Featuring a blend of tangy tomato paste, zesty apple cider vinegar, and sweet honey, it will add the perfect kick to your salads or as a dip for your favorite roasted potatoes.

(Transition) So what are you waiting for? It’s time to ditch the store-bought dressings and make your own healthy and flavorful option with this Vegan French Dressing recipe.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan French Dressing No Mayo
Vegan French Dressing No Mayo

Let me tell you why you’ll love this vegan French dressing recipe. First of all, it is a healthier option since it’s oil-free and dairy-free. This means that not only is it great for those watching their waistline but also suitable for people who have dietary restrictions or following a plant-based diet.

Secondly, the ingredients used in this recipe are simple and easy to find, which saves you time during your grocery runs. You won’t even need to look for a specialty store to buy the list of items. The mix of tomato paste, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, honey, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, and paprika could easily be found at your local grocery store.

Lastly, this vegan French dressing’s versatility is fantastic since it can be used as a salad dressing or dipping sauce for vegetables or finger foods. It also works well as a marinade on grilled meats or roasted vegetables.

Overall, this vegan French dressing recipe offers you the perfect combination of taste and healthy eating options. It’s an all-in-one solution that not only tastes good but is good for you too. So go ahead and give this recipe a try; your taste buds will thank you for it!

Ingredient List

 Tangy, sweet, and savory -- all in one spoonful!
Tangy, sweet, and savory — all in one spoonful!

Get Ready with the Ingredients

Gather the following ingredients that can be easily found in your kitchen or grocery store.

|Ingredients |Quantity|
|Canola oil |½ cup |
|Apple cider vinegar |⅓ cup |
|Water |¼ cup |
|Organic ketchup |½ cup |
|Tomato paste |⅓ cup |
|Honey or maple syrup |2 tablespoons |
|Lemon juice |1 tablespoon|
|Dijon mustard |1 tsp|
|Onion powder |1 tsp|
|Garlic powder |1 tsp|
|Paprika |½ tsp|
|Salt |¼ tsp|

Note: The ingredients listed above are for making the vegan French dressing no mayo recipe. Make sure to use organic ketchup and tomato paste for a better taste as well as a neutral tasting oil that works well with everything.

The Recipe How-To

 Dress your salad in style with this vegan French dressing.
Dress your salad in style with this vegan French dressing.

Now that you know why our Vegan French Dressing recipe is the perfect addition to your salad, let’s get started with the how-to. This recipe only takes about 10 minutes to make and it is quite simple. Here are the steps to follow:


  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup organic ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons apple cidervinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • Salt to taste
  • ⅓ cup water


  1. Mix your ingredients: In a blender or food processor, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. The dressing should be consistent in texture and not too thick.

  2. Adjust the seasoning: Add salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Store the dressing in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge for up to two weeks.

That’s all there is to our Vegan French Dressing Recipe! It’s that easy; you can whip this up in no time for a quick and healthy salad dressing. Plus, with this recipe, you’ll appreciate that it’s also oil-freedairy-free*, and egg-free making it a plant-based friendly option that everyone can enjoy.

It can also work as a sauce on healthy vegan bowls, dipping sauce vegan fries, sandwiches or wherever else you love using French Dressing!

Substitutions and Variations

 The perfect balance of flavors to make your taste buds dance.
The perfect balance of flavors to make your taste buds dance.

If you don’t have some of the ingredients on hand, don’t fret! There are plenty of substitutions and variations you can make to this Vegan French Dressing recipe.

– Oil-free Version: If you’re looking for an oil-free version of this dressing, simply swap the canola oil for a neutral-tasting vegetable broth or water. Keep in mind that this will change the consistency and flavor of the dressing slightly, so adjust any additional seasonings for taste.

– Creamy French Dressing: For a creamier version, add 1/4 cup of vegan mayo or cashews blended with water until smooth. This will give your dressing a thicker, creamier consistency that’s perfect for dipping veggies or dressing up a sandwich.

– Zesty Catalina Fat-Free Dressing: To make a zesty Catalina fat-free dressing, simply omit the oil and honey used in the recipe. Instead, add 1/3 cup of tomato paste, 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar, 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon paprika to the rest of the ingredients. You’ll get a tangy dressing that’s low in calories and perfect for salads.

– Thousand Island Dressing: For a vegan thousand island dressing, add ⅓ cup of organic ketchup to the ingredients list. This gives your French dressing a unique twist that’s perfect for topping a vegan potato salad.

– Vegan Ranch Dressing: To make vegan ranch dressing, simply skip the honey and swap out some of the seasonings like garlic powder and onion powder with dried dill and parsley. Add some plant-based milk instead of lemon juice to achieve that creamy texture.

By using these substitutions and variations, you can create new salads dressings that you can store them separately or mix with other dressings too!

Serving and Pairing

 Whip up a batch of this tasty condiment in just minutes.
Whip up a batch of this tasty condiment in just minutes.

Serving a fresh salad with a delightful dressing makes for an excellent light and healthy main course or side dish. My vegan French dressing without mayo will give your greens a burst of flavor that will leave you wanting more.

This dressing perfectly complements all kinds of salads, from simple leafy green salads to loaded veggie salads. It is also delicious when paired with grilled vegetables, roasted potatoes, and tofu dishes.

I like to serve this recipe in small glass jars on the side of the plates, so diners can add as much or as little as they want. The vivid orange color of the dressing will pop against the greens and colorful veggies on your plate, making it irresistible.

Overall, this vegan French dressing is the perfect addition to any plant-based meal, making it a favorite among those who follow a vegan lifestyle. The dressing is not only neutral tasting but also dairy-free and oil-free, so it can be enjoyed by anyone who wants to enjoy healthy yet flavorful salad.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Say goodbye to boring salads with this zesty dressing.
Say goodbye to boring salads with this zesty dressing.

As a vegan chef, I know how important time management is in the kitchen. That’s why I’ve got you covered when it comes to making this Vegan French Dressing No Mayo Recipe. You can make this dressing ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

To make it ahead of time, simply prepare the dressing as instructed in section (4) The Recipe How-To, and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. When you want to use it, give it a good shake or stir to combine all the ingredients together.

Storing the dressing is straightforward. Just keep it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, as a reminder, this vegan French dressing does not contain any preservatives, so using it within two weeks is recommended for optimum flavor and freshness.

If you find that your dressings separate slightly after being refrigerated, don’t worry! This happens sometimes with homemade sauces and dressings that don’t have any stabilizers added to them. Simply give it a good shake or mix before serving.

Reheating this dressing is also not necessary, as it is meant to be served cold. No need for additional heating steps unless you want to use it as an ingredient in a hot dish such as vegan meatballs or marinade for baked tofu.

Overall, this Vegan French Dressing No Mayo recipe is perfect for busy days where you need quick and easy meal options without sacrificing health and flavor.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Enjoy a guilt-free salad with this no-mayo vegan dressing.
Enjoy a guilt-free salad with this no-mayo vegan dressing.

To ensure that your vegan French dressing is perfect, here are some helpful tips:

First, make sure to use a neutral tasting oil like canola oil or olive oil. Neutral oils will not overpower the flavors of the other ingredients in the dressing.

Second, add the salt and garlic powder sparingly. Start with a small amount and taste as you go; you can always add more if necessary.

Third, for a creamier dressing, use vegan mayo instead of oil. You can also add some water to thin out the consistency if it’s too thick for your liking.

Fourth, if you’re looking for an oil-free alternative, try using tomato paste or vinegar as a base instead of oil. You’ll still get that tangy flavor without the added fat.

Fifth, if you want to make a versatile dressing that goes well with a variety of salads, try adding some dijon mustard and honey to the mix.

Sixth, don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and herbs like paprika or cumin. They can add depth and complexity to your dressing.

Seventh, store your dressing in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to two weeks. If you want to keep it for longer, freeze it in small batches and thaw before use.

Lastly, have fun with your dressing! Try out different variations and see what works best for you. Whether it’s a creamy French or zesty Catalina Fat Free, there are endless possibilities when it comes to creating delicious vegan dressings.


As you dive deeper into making your own batch of Vegan French Dressing, you might run into questions or concerns that need clarification. In this section, we have compiled some of the most frequently asked questions about this recipe to help guide you through the process. So don’t fret, and let’s get cooking!

Is wishbone creamy French dressing vegan?

Some popular brands of vegan French dressing are Kraft’s Zesty Catalina and Fat-Free Creamy French, as well as Wishbone’s Creamy French.

Does French dressing contain Mayo?

In order to make a delightful and smooth French dressing, a blend of vinegar, oil, ketchup, sugar, spices, and onions are combined, as well as mayonnaise to create a creamy texture.

Is Kraft French dressing vegan?

It may come as a surprise, but even Kraft produces salad dressings that are vegan-friendly. Some of their creamy options, like Classic or Zesty Catalina and Fat Free Creamy French, fall under the category of “accidentally vegan”. The Creamy Italian version is also free of milk and eggs, although the one made with olive oil does contain these ingredients. It’s important to double check the label to ensure you’re selecting a vegan option.

Why did they stop making French dressing?

According to a summary of a petition, a group claimed that French dressing is no longer a standard due to the popularity of other liquid dressings like ranch. The group believed that the FDA’s requirement for French dressing ingredients limits creativity and doesn’t match consumer demands. In response, the FDA acknowledged that the standard is outdated based on evidence presented by the association.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this vegan French dressing no mayo recipe is one of my favorite salad dressings to make. It’s easy to whip up, and it adds a delicious flavor to any salad. This dressing is perfect for those who want to enjoy the taste of French dressing without using animal products or oil.

Whether you’re looking for a healthy salad dressing, an oil-free option, or something that’s both vegan and delicious, this recipe has got you covered. With only a few simple ingredients, it’s budget-friendly and takes only minutes to prepare.

So why not try this delicious vegan French dressing recipe today? Not only will you be doing your body a favor by opting for an oil-free option, but you’ll be supporting a plant-based lifestyle as well!

Vegan French Dressing No Mayo

Vegan French Dressing No Mayo Recipe

From my South of the Border e-cookbook. No HFCS, no mayo, no ickiness. It's good for travel/potluck because it has no eggs or perishable ingredients though it's best served refridgerated.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Salad dressing
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 40 tablespoons
Calories 62.9 kcal


  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Pour the ingredients into a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, pour into a sterilized bottle and chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before eating. Yields about 2 1/2 cups.

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Serving: 15gCalories: 62.9kcalCarbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 0.3gFat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 0.4gSodium: 121.5mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Easy, For Large Groups, Low Protein, No-Cook, Salad Dressings, Small Appliance, Vegan, Weeknight
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