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Oil-Free Salad Dressing in 5-Minutes

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Take those greens to the next level with this vinegar oil-free salad dressing that requires only 5 ingredients and 5-minutes to whip up to perfection. It’s a deliciously simple, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free, plant-based topping for salads, pasta, veggie bowls, wraps, and even more!

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This tangy vinegar sauce dressing is currently my favorite salad dressing to date. I’ve been eating it for years on Fresh Garden Spring Rolls, and I just recently asked my favorite Thai restaurant in the world how to make it at home. Guess what! The owner, Tang, actually wrote down the recipe for me to share!

It is super easy to make with only a few ingredients and versatile enough to eat on wraps, salads, veggie bowls, and even air fryer french fries. Oh, yes I did use it as a french fry dip!

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What is oil-free dressing made of?

One of the best things about this dressing is that you are very likely to already have everything you need at home to make it, so no running to the grocery store. Better yet, you don’t even need a blender, only a fork or whisk.

  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Sweetener such as date sugar
  • Garlic clove
  • Chili Flakes
  • Salt (optional)
rice vinegar, garlic, chili pepper flakes on cutting board with measuring spoons and garlic press

What kind of vinegar to use?

The original recipe from the Thai restaurant calls for rice vinegar, and that is what I use and recommend. It has a particular flavor that just works well for this dressing. But, there are other rice vinegar substitutes that would also work for this oil-free dressing.

Rice vinegar substitutes

Keep in mind that if you use a different vinegar, the color and taste of the dressing will change a bit, but the flavor should still be delicious. These are some good substitute options.

How to make oil-free salad dressing

Wait for it. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Nope, not kidding. That’s all there is to it. Anyone can make this stuff!

small mason jar filled with oil free vinegar sauce with whisk. avocado and salad in background

Even though chili flakes are in this recipe, it’s not spicy. Just start off with a tiny pinch and adjust to personal preference.

Your oil-free salad dressing questions answered:

Q: Do I have to use rice vinegar?

A: Nope, some great rice vinegar substitutes include apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar, sherry vinegar, and lime or lemon juice.

Q: What sweetener should I use?

A: Date sugar is a great option. The restaurant owner said she sometimes uses honey as well. I know some of you are going to ask if you can omit the sweetener, and the answer is yes. But, it will be very tangy.

Q: How much does this recipe make?

A: It makes about 3/4 cup or 12 tablespoons. I highly recommend making at least a double batch because you’re going to find so many things to use it on. One of my favorites is veggie bowls.

Q: How long will it last?

A: About 1 hour at my house. Seriously though, it should last up to a couple of weeks in the refrigerator in an airtight container.

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Oil-Free Salad Dressing in 5-Minutes

Yield: 12 tablespoons
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Take those greens to the next level with this vinegar oil-free salad dressing that requires only 5 ingredients and 5-minutes to whip up to perfection. It’s a deliciously simple, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free, plant-based topping for salads, pasta, wraps, and even more!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Place all of the ingredients in a bowl and stir. Nope, not kidding. That’s all there is to it. Anyone can make this stuff!
    2. Even though chili flakes are in this recipe, it's not spicy. Just start off with a tiny pinch and adjust to personal preference.

Notes

Rice Vinegar Substitutes

The original recipe from the Thai restaurant calls for rice vinegar, and that is what I use and recommend. It has a particular flavor that just works well for this dressing. But, there are other rice vinegar substitutes that would also work for this oil-free dressing. Other great options are:

Keep in mind that if you use a different vinegar, the color and taste of the dressing will change a bit, but the flavor should still be delicious.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 servings Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 5Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 195mgCarbohydrates: 0gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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