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Garlic Dressing – Vegan & Oil Free

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If you like garlic, you’re going to love this savory Garlic Dressing! Almond based and oil free, it’s a delicious topping for your salad.

Jar of Savory Garlic Dressing and bowl of salad

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This dressing is absolutely amazing! So creamy, so garlicky! You’re going to want to put it on everything!

The recipe came about when I was attempting to create a Caesar salad dressing.

I have to admit, it’s been a long time since I’ve had an actual Caesar salad. So, I’m not sure I remember exactly what Caesar dressing tastes like.

I’m pretty sure this one doesn’t quite taste like it, but it is so good I had to share it. Rather than calling it a Caesar dressing, I’ve decided a more accurate name for it is Savory Garlic Dressing.

What’s in this salad dressing?

Wooden cutting board with ingredients for garlic dressing

There are a lot of cashew based sauces out there, but I decided to switch things up and use slivered almonds this time. In addition to almonds, this garlicky dressing contains:

  • A bit of nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor
  • Lemon juice and Dijon mustard for tang
  • Capers add a bit of brininess
  • Garlic – lots of it!
  • Vegan Worcestershire sauce for some savoriness
  • Sugar
  • Salt and Pepper

If you’re not as big a fan of garlic as my family is, feel free to reduce the amount. However, I think that’s what makes this dressing so good.

How to make this dressing

This Savory Garlic Dressing goes together in minutes and couldn’t be easier. Simply place all the ingredients in a high speed blender like a Vitamix, and blend until the dressing is completely smooth.


I store my dressing in a jar with an air tight lid. It will last in the refrigerator for about a week.

Ways to enjoy this salad dressing

Jar of salad dressing, almonds, capers, and garlic on a wooden cutting board with lettuce in the background
  • On salad greens with some oven baked croutons.
  • Poured over steamed vegetables
  • As a sauce for your grain and veggie bowls
  • Spread on a sandwich

I asked my husband if there was anything more he thinks I should say about this dressing. His response, “It’s yummy!” We hope you think so too!

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Jar of Savory Garlic Dressing and bowl of salad

Vegan Garlic Dressing

Teresa Sklenicka from A Plantiful Path
This garlicky dressing is great on salad greens with some oven baked croutons. It’s also good on sandwiches and other vegetables.
4.56 from 70 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 77.4 kcal


  • 1 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 4 Tablespoons Nutritional Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons capers
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon Mustard
  • 2 teaspoons vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Add almonds, water, and all remaining ingredients to a high speed blender.
  • Blend until smooth.


Serving: 2gCalories: 77.4kcalCarbohydrates: 4.6gProtein: 3.6gFat: 5.5gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 253mgFiber: 1.8gSugar: 1gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 4mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Oil Free, salad dressing
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Nutrition calculations are approximate.

By on July 22nd, 2019

About Teresa Sklenicka

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