Salad dressings are probably the last place I would look for gluten — but I would be wrong. If I found vegan salad dressings, often they would contain gluten and if they were gluten free, they would not be vegan. So what to do for Vegan and Gluten Free Salad Dressings. Here are some of my suggestions:
I finally resorted to making my own salad dressings. I really like the creamy ranch style dressings, but, of course, knew they will full of dairy (and some had eggs). Here is my simple recipe:
Gluten Free Vegan Ranch Style Salad Dressing
- Take a pint sized canning jar and fill it about 2/3 full of Soy Free or Grapeseed oil Vegenaize.
- Mix in 1-2 Tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and 1-2 Tablespoons of coconut aminos.
- Add 1-2 teaspoons of your favorite seasonings. I especially like French Garden mix and Spinach mix seasoning.
- Place the cap on the jar and shake vigorous. If the mixture is too thick (and it will thicken more in the refrigerator) add a Tablespoon (or more) of water or milk alternative until it reaches the desired thickness.
If you are more inclined to prefer Italian style dressing, I also have this recipe (Personally, I feel this had too much sweetener, so I don’t use it as much as the other recipe above):
Gluten Free Vegan Italian Style Dressing
- Take a pint sized canning jar and fill it with 3/4 cup EACH of the following three ingredients: gourmet Italian (or apple cider) vinegar, olive oil and Xylitol (or your favorite sweetener)
- Place the cap on the jar and shake vigorously.
There are a few commercial Gluten Free Vegan dressings in certain stores — and I notice that the list is growing. I have used a few of Litehouse Dressings (in the refrigerator section).
Jane Anderson, About.com Gluten Free expert has written an article about some of the Gluten Free salad dressings. She lists several commercial dressings and also links to some homemade dressings.
Please beware, that these may NOT be vegan, but just Gluten Free.