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Oil-Free Vegan Salad Dressing | Tangy Tomato

Zesty and full of flavor, this Tangy Tomato Dressing is fabulous over garden veggies, pasta, or greens. It’s a much healthier vegan salad dressing option than the high-fat, oil-laden store-bought varieties.

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This vegan salad dressing recipe came from my husband’s love of another version of it from a local steakhouse in South Carolina. It’s low-fat and oil-free.

We love this oil-free vegan salad dressing because it’s…

  • Tangy
  • Tomatoey
  • Low-fat
  • Oil-free
  • Easy to make
  • Simply delicious
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How to make vegan salad dressing

This is such a simple recipe, and it only requires a few ingredients and spices that you are likely to already have on hand.

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Combine all ingredients–ketchup, water, sweetener, vinegar, spices– in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often.

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

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Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.

Allow to cool, then refrigerate. it will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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Tips for making this dressing

This is a great recipe to use homemade ketchup in. Brandi with The Vegan 8 has a great ketchup recipe to try that only takes a few minutes to make.

The main reason for cooking this recipe is to dissolve any granular, less refined sugar that you are using. If you are planning to sweeten it with maple syrup, agave, or another liquid natural sweetener, the cooking time can be reduced.

The amount of sweetener (1/4 c) can be reduced in this recipe. I would suggest also reducing the amount of vinegar (1/4 c) to help offset the tanginess.

Another great use for this salad dressing is for french fries. It makes a terrific dipping sauce for crispy Air Fryer French Fries.

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Keep this salad dressing in the refrigerator for up 7-10 days.

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Tangy Tomato Oil-Free Dressing

Yield: 1 pint
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Zesty and full of flavor, this Tangy Tomato Dressing is fabulous over garden veggies, pasta, or greens. It's a much healthier vegan salad dressing option than the high-fat, oil-laden store-bought varieties.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 5 minutes.
  3. Allow to cool, then refrigerate.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 18Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 4.3gFiber: .1gProtein: .3g

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Mary Tomlinson

Sunday 21st of July 2019

This salad dressing is wonderful!! We have been vegan for 6 years and do not use any oils - up to now I have only found a few that we enjoy using. This recipe is the best. Thank you!

EatPlant-Based.com

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Mary, I am so glad that you like it. My husband loves this tangy tomato version too. Thanks SO much for letting me know!

Jerry Clark

Monday 9th of July 2018

One of my favorites

Diane

Saturday 18th of June 2016

Does this dressing coat the salad leaves or is it runny? I have been using 1 tsp chia seeds to 1 c + 1 tsp of water and blending my dressings in the vita mix to increase the thickness of my no oil dressings. Would that work with this recipe?

EatPlant-Based.com

Saturday 18th of June 2016

It actually coats the leaves quite well. Maybe try it, and if it's not thick enough for you blend in the chia seeds. I think you'll really like it!

Eileen

Thursday 16th of June 2016

I looked again and it is the yellow print you use for the ingredients. The amounts of each ingredient is in black ink and easy to read.

EatPlant-Based.com

Thursday 16th of June 2016

Eileen, so sorry to hear that the ingredients list is difficult to read. I have a recipe plugin that is free and limits what I can change on it. I've been playing with it this morning to see if I can adjust that font color, with no luck. I even messaged the company, and they said I have to purchase their premium plugin to be able to do that. Maybe they will do an update at some point to allow changes. I'll continue to watch for it. Thank you for following my blog!

Eileen

Thursday 16th of June 2016

I have a request please. When I go in to look at the recipe, the only way I can read the ingredients is to hit the print button. The background is not right to read it. It is too light or something. Can you change backgrounds?

cynthia anderson

Sunday 16th of August 2020

Omit the ketchup, make stewed tomato’s as you would for canning, strain the skin and the seeds add rest ingredient it would be all natural