Delightful Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing Recipe

As I sit down to write this recipe for Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing, I can’t help but think about all the people who are still under the impression that a vegan diet is tasteless and boring. Well, let me tell you something my friend, they couldn’t be more wrong!

The beauty of veganism is that it allows us to experiment with different flavors and textures in a variety of unique and healthful ways. And that’s exactly what this Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing recipe delivers.

Not only is this dressing completely plant-based, but it’s also oil-free and dairy-free, making it a much healthier alternative to traditional dressings. But don’t be fooled by its wholesome ingredients, because this dressing is anything but ordinary.

With the perfect blend of tangy and savory flavors, this dressing packs a punch that will make your taste buds sing. Whether you’re drizzling it over a salad, using it as a spread on sandwiches or dipping your favorite veggies in it, it’s sure to become a staple in your kitchen.

So why not try something new? Give this Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing recipe a shot and see just how delicious plant-based eating can be!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing
Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing

Listen up, folks: if you’re a fan of creamy, tangy goodness but want to keep it plant-based, boy do I have the perfect recipe for you! This vegan tofu Russian dressing is going to rock your world.

Let me tell you why you’ll love this recipe. First of all, it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a sandwich spread, a salad dressing, or even as a dip for your veggies. The possibilities are endless! And the best part? It’s completely dairy-free and oil-free.

But what about the taste? Trust me when I say that this dressing is every bit as delicious as its non-vegan counterpart. Silken tofu provides the creamy base, while ketchup and apple cider vinegar give it that classic Russian dressing tang. Don’t forget the punch of flavor from the horseradish and other spices – it’s absolutely irresistible.

Plus, with simple ingredients like garlic powder and dry mustard, you won’t be spending hours in the kitchen trying to whip this up. It’s easy to make and bursting with flavor.

So whether you’re a longtime vegan or just looking to explore some plant-based options, this vegan tofu Russian dressing is an absolute must-try. Say goodbye to boring salads and sandwiches – with this recipe in your arsenal, you’ll never look back.

Ingredient List

 Creamy and tangy vegan Russian dressing made with tofu!
Creamy and tangy vegan Russian dressing made with tofu!

Here are the ingredients you will need to make this vegan tofu Russian dressing recipe:

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp sucanat or granulated sugar

Wet Ingredients

  • 12 oz package of silken tofu, drained
  • 1 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp prepared horseradish
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp pickle relish (optional)

This list of ingredients makes enough for about 12 servings. For a smaller batch, divide all ingredients in half.

The Recipe How-To

 Nothing like a good vegan sauce to dress up any meal!
Nothing like a good vegan sauce to dress up any meal!

Now that we’ve covered the ingredients, it’s time to jump into the recipe itself. This recipe is super easy to make and involves just a few simple steps.

Step 1: Blend the ingredients

First, take your silken tofu (2 – 12.3 oz packages) and place them in a blender or food processor.

Next, add in ketchup (1 cup), apple cider vinegar (2 tablespoons), garlic powder (1 teaspoon), onion powder (1 teaspoon), dry mustard (1 teaspoon) and salt (½ teaspoon).

Blend everything until it is smooth and creamy. Take your time with this step, as it’s essential to achieving that smooth texture you want for your Russian dressing.

Step 2. Adjust seasoning

Once everything is blended together, taste the mixture and adjust the seasoning as needed. You can add more garlic powder, onion powder or salt to suit your taste preferences.

Step 3. Chill the dressing

Next, transfer the dressing mixture into a container and chill it in the refrigerator for at least an hour. This will allow time for the flavors to meld together and let the dressing set up properly.

Step 4: Serve and Enjoy!

Once chilled, your Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing is ready to serve! Try pairing it with a vegan Reuben sandwich or use it as a dip for your favorite veggies.

This recipe should make about one and a half cups of delicious dressing that is creamier than a traditional Thousand Island dressing. You can also store any leftover dressing in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

That’s all there is to it! Go ahead and give this recipe a try – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Substitutions and Variations

 A mouth-watering vegan version of a classic American dressing!
A mouth-watering vegan version of a classic American dressing!

If you’re looking to experiment with different flavors or if you’re short on some ingredients, there are a few substitutions and variations that you can try for this vegan tofu Russian dressing.

Firstly, if you’re out of ketchup, try using tomato paste instead. It is thicker in texture but will add the same tangy tomato flavor to the dressing. Alternatively, you can use tomato sauce, but keep in mind that it’s not as thick as ketchup or tomato paste.

If you don’t have dry mustard powder on hand, substitute it with Dijon mustard. Just keep in mind that Dijon mustard is usually more pungent than dry mustard.

Similarly, if you don’t have silken tofu, regular firm or extra-firm tofu can be used instead. However, the texture will differ from the silken tofu version when making the sauce. Silken tofu is preferred because of its creamy texture.

One other variation is to add a tablespoon of vegan Worcestershire sauce, which will add a tasty umami flavor to your dressing. Some people also like to use hot sauce or cayenne pepper to give the recipe a spicy kick.

You can also use this dressing recipe as a base for creating a vegan Thousand Island dressing by adding pickle relish and onion powder to it. It’s definitely worth giving it a try!

Lastly, a dairy-free sour cream substitute such as Tofutti or So Delicious’ CocoWhip! can provide an alternative if you’re allergic to soy-based products.

Overall, this recipe is quite flexible in terms of substitutions and variations so feel free to get creative and have fun with it!

Serving and Pairing

 I bet you won't believe this tasty dressing is 100% vegan!
I bet you won’t believe this tasty dressing is 100% vegan!

After preparing Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing, the irresistible aroma will fill your kitchen and make your mouth water. You’ll want to pour this amazingly creamy dressing over potatoes, drizzle on salads, and sandwich spreads. There are endless ways to enjoy this one-of-a-kind dressing.

To make a classic Reuben sandwich that is entirely plant-based, spread some of the vegan tofu Russian dressing on rye bread and add some vegan cheese, sauerkraut, and your favorite meat substitute.

If you’re not a fan of rye bread, try spreading the dressing on romaine lettuce leaves, topped with cherry tomatoes, diced cucumbers, radishes, green onions, and sliced avocado. By adding some boiled potatoes, green beans or chickpeas along with your veggies, you can create an exciting twist on a classic potato salad.

This incredible vegan Russian dressing also works well as a dip for roasted vegetables like carrots, broccoli or cauliflower. You can even use it as a salad dressing by thinning 1-2 tbsp of the dressing with almond milk or apple cider vinegar to get your perfect consistency.

Whether you decide to incorporate this dressing into your sandwiches or salad bowls, it’s genuinely adaptable to any recipe where Thousand Island or Creamy Russian Dressing is favorite! Be prepared for compliments galore when serving up this crowd-pleaser at mealtime!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect match for your vegan salads and sandwiches!
The perfect match for your vegan salads and sandwiches!

Vegan Tofu Russian dressing can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to one week. This not only makes meal preparation a breeze but also allows flavors to meld together, creating a much richer taste.

If you want to make the dressing ahead of time, store it in a tightly sealed container and keep it in the refrigerator. I suggest chilling it for at least 30 minutes before serving to allow the flavors to develop fully.

When reheating, simply stir the dressing and let it stand at room temperature until it comes to body temperature. If you find the consistency too thick after refrigeration, you can thin it out with a little water or plant-based milk.

One of the best things about this recipe is that it’s oil-free, dairy-free, and vegan-friendly, making it an ideal choice for anyone following a plant-based diet. Whether you’re looking to add some flavor to your sandwich or salad, this vegan tofu Russian dressing will not disappoint.

So whether you need a quick weekday lunch or something substantial for dinner, you can always rely on this delicious recipe for a healthy and satisfying meal.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A healthier alternative to traditional Russian dressing for your veggies!
A healthier alternative to traditional Russian dressing for your veggies!

Are you ready to master the art of making the perfect Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing? Here are my top tips to ensure your dressing is creamy, tangy, and full of flavor!

1. Blend until smooth

Ensure that you blend your ingredients for at least one minute or until smooth to achieve a smooth and creamy dressing. A food processor or blender can make this a breeze. Remember, silken tofu is the key ingredient to achieving that creaminess!

2. Adjust seasoning to your taste

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to salt, garlic powder or other ingredients in the recipe. Don’t be afraid to adjust it according to your taste buds.

3. Use quality ingredients

To achieve the best possible results in taste and texture, ensure that you use high-quality ingredients as per the recipe’s instructions.

4. Make it in advance

I recommend making this dressing in advance as it allows the flavors to meld together, thus enhancing its delicious taste even more.

5. Experiment with variations

While staying true to the original recipe, try experimenting by adding your favorite vegan mayonnaise or salad dressing brands, or trying different spices for more depth of flavor.

By following these few simple steps, you’ll be on track to creating a creamy vegan Russian dressing that will leave you feeling satisfied every time!


Before we wrap up this recipe article, I want to address some commonly asked questions about this vegan tofu Russian dressing recipe. From ingredient substitutions to storage tips, these FAQs are here to help ensure that your homemade dressing turns out perfect every time.

Why is Russian dressing discontinued?

Thousand Island dressing has become more popular than Russian dressing in recent times, as it contains less spice and more sweetness. Fry sauce and other similar dips containing a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup, without the spiciness, are often paired with French fries or tostones.

What is Russian salad dressing made of?

The delicious Russian dressing offers a delightful combination of flavors – a creamy texture, a mild spiciness, and a lovely pink hue. The dressing is usually prepared by blending mayonnaise, ketchup, sour cream, horseradish, and dill relish.

What’s the difference between Thousand Island dressing and Russian dressing?

When comparing Thousand Island dressing and Russian dressing, it’s important to note that they differ mainly in their key ingredients. Thousand Island dressing typically contains pickles for a sweet and textured taste, while Russian dressing is known for its spicy kick from the use of chili sauce and prepared horseradish.

What is the best substitute for Russian dressing?

When it comes to alternatives to Russian dressing, there are several options available. You can try using dressings such as Thousand Island, Sweet Catalina, or French dressing. Additionally, you could opt for Fry sauce or even make your own blend using mayonnaise and ketchup.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, this vegan tofu Russian dressing recipe is a must-try for all the plant-based foodies. Not only is it incredibly delicious and creamy, but it is also extremely healthy and oil-free. With the perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors, this dressing can be used in various ways – as a sandwich spread, salad dressing or even a dip for your favorite veggies.

So, if you’re looking to add a new twist to your typical salad recipe or want to impress your friends with an epic veggie reuben, give this vegan tofu Russian dressing a try. Trust me, once you taste the rich and creamy flavors of this homemade dressing, you’ll never want to go back to store-bought dressings again.

So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen, grab those ingredients and get ready to embark on a culinary journey filled with flavor and creativity. After all, everyone deserves to indulge in healthy and delicious food without compromising their health or morals. And with this vegan tofu Russian dressing recipe, you can have both – guilt-free!

Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing

Vegan Tofu Russian Dressing Recipe

I love this stuff! I've been eating it on everything from falafal to my salads. Yummy. This is a slight adaptation from a recipe I found in a cookbook I got at the library called "Meatless Burgers" by Louise Hagler. The original recipe called for making the tofu mixture and using that as a mayo. replacement, offering other options to use 1/2 cup of the mayo. I wasn't a huge fan of the basic recipe but loved this russian dressing so I am posting it here in proportions to use the whole tofu mix. The original recipe called for whatever sweetner you choose. I use sucanat (unrefined cane sugar) but you could use what you like. You may need just a bit more ketchup and pickle relish. Taste it after you make it to see.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cuisine Vegan cuisine
Servings 1 cups dressing
Calories 414.4 kcal


  • 1 (12 1/3 ounce) package silken tofu
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sucanat
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup sweet pickle relish


  • In a food processor or blender mix the tofu, vinegar (lemon juice if you don't have vinegar), sucanat, salt, garlic powder, and dry mustard. Run the food processor for a while, scraping as you go, until the mix is smooth and creamy.
  • Put the mix in a bowl.
  • Add the ketchup and pickle relish and stir until well mixed.
  • Chill until ready to use.
  • This will last, refrigerated, up to about a week.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 758gCalories: 414.4kcalCarbohydrates: 80.9gProtein: 14gFat: 7.5gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 3893.7mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 50.3g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beans, Soy/Tofu, Vegan
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