When I make a salad, it's all about the dressing. Although the ingredients of the salad are important, the dressing brings it all home. Even though there are plenty of store-bought vegan dressings, I prefer to make my own at home. Not only is homemade dressing healthier, but I also know what's in it, which is extremely important. My maple dijon dressing recipe, for instance, has very few ingredients, yet tastes creamy, smoky and delicious. And my maple dijon dressing is oil-free!
WHY OIL-FREE DRESSINGS?
Many plant-based people follow different versions of a plant-based diet. Some choose, for example, to be oil-free, getting their essential fats from nuts, seeds, and avocados. Since I cook oil-free, I make my dressings and sauces without any oil. Sometimes, however, I use a small number of nuts, to add a creamy component to my dressings.
With that in mind, anyone who is allergic to nuts, or chooses not to include nuts in their diets, can always alter the dressings I make by replacing the cashews with the same amount of drained white beans.
Another option, however, is to replace the nuts with the same amount of silken tofu, for those who use soy products.
Regardless of your eating choices, there is always a way to enjoy plant-based dressings and sauces like my maple dijon dressing.
WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN MAPLE DIJON DRESSING RECIPE?
- Raw cashews
- Maple Syrup
- Dijon Mustard
- Liquid smoke (I used hickory flavor)
- Apple cider vinegar
WHAT SALADS GO WELL WITH MAPLE DIJON DRESSING
So, the next time you are looking for a great salad dressing, give my maple dijon dressing recipe a try.
OTHER OIL-FREE DRESSINGS YOU MAY ENJOY...
- Asian Salad with Peanut Dressing
- Peanut Thai Dressing
- Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing
- Almond Butter Dressing
- Miso Tahini Dressing
- Vegan Southwest Dressing
- Vegan Ranch Dressing
- Vegan Thousand Island Dressing
- Vegan Cherry Walnut Salad Dressing
- Vegan French Dressing
- Fat-free Viniargette Dijon Dressing: Eat to Live
Maple Dijon Dressing
- ½ cup raw cashews (soaked overnight but unasked if you have a high-speed blender
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons dijon mustard
- 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or two dates
- 2 teaspoons liquid smoke
- Soak cashews overnight unless you have a quality high-speed blender.
- Drain cashews.
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Dates can be replaced with maple syrup if desired
- Refrigerate until ready to use
- The dressing will last five days in the refrigerator
- Replace nuts with ½ cup Vegenaise, and reduce water to ¼ cup
- Use ½ cup silken tofu and reduce water to ¼ cup
- Exchange nuts with ½ cup white beans and reduce water to ¼ cup
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂