Look, we get why salads get a bad rap. Salads you get at restaurants often make use of sad, boring, limp vegetables, and they often commit the greatest culinary sin of all: underseasoning. Bad salads can make healthy eating hard.
A salad is only as good as its dressing, and a good salad dressing should enhance the vegetables it coats. Though all grocery stores offer pre-made salad dressings, there’s such a large variety of them that can make choosing the right one overwhelming, especially if you’re vegan. Many rich, creamy dressings, for example, are generally not vegan-friendly because they typically contain eggs and/or powdered milk. Other times, those sneaky ingredients that aren’t vegan friendly may appear in a salad dressing that’s seemingly fine for vegans; be sure to read the label before purchasing!
And if you can’t find a vegan salad dressing? Make your own! The key is balance. But what else do you need to make a really good vegan salad dressing? How do you build the perfect vegan salad dressing every time?
Below, we dip into some of our favourite vegan salad dressing recipes. We hope you find one that you like!
Vegan was never a “thing” when I grew up. It was a foreign concept to me since I didn’t know anyone who was vegan and my parents would never consider a vegetarian, let alone vegan, diet. Vegetables were always important in our household and meals were never complete without something green, but meat still was king. Once when I was about 7 or 8, my sister and I decided we’d go vegetarian. We didn’t even last until dinner when my mom put out some of her classic Chinese-style meatballs.