Caesar Salad Dressing

6 Gluten-Free Salad Dressings

Shake up your salads with delicious homemade gluten-free dressings!

Any ordinary bowl of chopped vegetables transforms into something more exiting when it’s spruced up with the right gluten-free salad dressing. In fact, if a salad could speak, it would say to dressing, “You complete me.”

The salad dressing aisle in the typical grocery store is a nutritional landmine of highly processed oils, refined sugars, excess salt and sketchy lab-created additives and flavorings. For those with food sensitivities, it takes some serious sleuthing to discover bottles without any offending ingredients.

What better reason to ditch the store-bought stuff and whip up your own better-tasting salad boosters? Start with these no-fail, fresh and lively gluten-free versions of the classics. They’re guaranteed to have you loving your salad.


Caesar salads are among the most popular salads in America, less for the lettuce and croutons than for the silky dressing. This incarnation has all the cherished dressing flavor, minus the moo. It’s so much more than a gluten-free salad dressing. Toss it with roasted vegetables, mix it into gluten-free pasta and potato salads, spread it on burgers and stir it into slaws.

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Gluten-Free Salad Dressings
Gluten-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
For a deeper umami punch, include the anchovies in this gluten-free caesar salad dressing (if tolerated).
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Calories: 1078 kcal
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise of choice
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 anchovy fillets, minced, optional
Instructions
  1. Place mayonnaise, garlic, lemon zest, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper in the container of a food processor or blender. Pulse ingredients into a thick base.
  2. With machine running, pour olive oil in a slow stream through the top tube.
  3. Place dressing in a lidded container and stir in anchovies, if using.
  4. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1078 Calories from Fat 1035
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 115g 177%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 1705mg 71%
Potassium 168mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 2g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin C 42.4%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 8.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This creamy, savory gluten-free dressing uses hummus instead of mayonnaise and capers rather than anchovies. Add a few dollops to a bowl of chopped hearty greens like kale. Massage the dressing into the greens for 1 to 2 minutes to infuse them with flavor and make them deliciously tender.

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Caesar Salad Dressing
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Calories: 606 kcal
Ingredients
  • ½ cup plain hummus
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon drained capers , minced
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 teaspoons egg-free Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Whisk together hummus, olive oil, lemon juice, capers, garlic, mustard, lemon zest, salt and black pepper.
  2. Add a little hot water to thin, as needed, until dressing reaches a pourable consistency.
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free, Egg-Free Caesar Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 606 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Sodium 1385mg 58%
Potassium 316mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Sugars 1g
Protein 11g 22%
Vitamin C 20.6%
Calcium 6.3%
Iron 18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

For a fresher, zestier Italian dressing, shake up this from-scratch and gluten-free version. A combo of white and red wine vinegars adds punch, Italian seasoning delivers brightness and mustard slightly thickens things up while imbuing a kick. Choose a neutral-tasting oil to let the other flavors shine.

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Italian Dressing
Gluten-Free Italian Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 1 cup
Calories: 1392 kcal
Ingredients
  • cup neutral-tasting oil , such as grapeseed, sunflower or canola
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 1 clove garlic , grated or finely minced
  • 1 shallot , finely chopped
  • teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid; shake vigorously until the mixture is well-combined. Alternatively, place all ingredients in a bowl; whisk vigorously until combined.
  2. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container for 10 days until used.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Italian Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1392 Calories from Fat 1341
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 149g 229%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 1257mg 52%
Potassium 122mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 11.7%
Vitamin C 32.3%
Calcium 3.2%
Iron 5.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Here’s the perfect pairing of orange and balsamic vinegar. This gluten-free dressing is a go-to vinaigrette that makes every salad complete. You can also use it as a marinade for meat.

5 from 1 vote
Gluten-Free Balsamic Orange Vinaigrette Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Calories: 806 kcal
Ingredients
  • Zest of 1 medium orange
  • Juice of 1 medium orange
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons grated or finely minced fresh ginger
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes , optional
  • cup extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Place orange zest, orange juice, balsamic vinegar, honey, mustard, ginger, garlic, salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes (if using) in a blender container and process until thoroughly combined. With the machine running on low speed, slowly add olive oil through the top tube.
  2. Alternatively, place all ingredients, except the oil, in a glass container and whisk together with a fork. Add olive oil, seal shut and shake the container vigorously.
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container up to 2 weeks.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Balsamic Orange Vinaigrette Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 806 Calories from Fat 648
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 72g 111%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Sodium 709mg 30%
Potassium 272mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 34g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 7.4%
Vitamin C 85.6%
Calcium 5.2%
Iron 3.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Typically made with mayonnaise and sour cream, Green Goddess Dressing is thought to originate from the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This gluten-free version delivers the popular creamy dressing minus the dairy, thanks to avocado. Use it as a gluten-free salad dressing, a dip or a topping for tacos and grain bowls.

5 from 1 vote
Green Goddess Dressing
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Calories: 829 kcal
Ingredients
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 ripe avocado , peeled and pitted
  • ½ cup packed basil
  • ½ cup packed parsley
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 scallions (green onions), green parts only
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Place lime juice, avocado, basil, parsley, olive oil, scallions, garlic and salt in a blender container and process until smooth.
  2. Add water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to help with blending and to reach desired smooth consistency.
  3. Use immediately or refrigerate in a sealed container up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Green Goddess Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 829 Calories from Fat 747
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 83g 128%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Sodium 1200mg 50%
Potassium 1242mg 35%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 15g 60%
Sugars 2g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 73.9%
Vitamin C 83.1%
Calcium 11.5%
Iron 22.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This delicious, creamy Gluten-Free Thousand Island dressing is a game changer. Most versions are made with ketchup but this one uses sun-dried tomatoes for amazing flavor. Drizzle it over romaine or iceberg lettuce. Try it as a topping on burgers.

5 from 1 vote
Thousand Island Dressing
Gluten-Free Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
Prep Time
40 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Condiment/Sauce
Calories: 1475 kcal
Ingredients
  • 5 dry-packed sun-dried tomatoes
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise of choice
  • 2 sweet whole pickles
  • 1 clove garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Place tomatoes in a bowl, cover with hot water and let soak 30 minutes.
  2. Remove tomatoes from liquid, reserving soaking liquid, and place in a blender or food processor container. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  3. Add soaking liquid, 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time, as needed to reach desired consistency and to help with blending.
  4. Use immediately or store in the refrigerator in a sealed jar up to 1 week.
Nutrition Facts
Gluten-Free Thousand Island Dressing Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1475 Calories from Fat 1386
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 154g 237%
Saturated Fat 23g 115%
Cholesterol 70mg 23%
Sodium 2485mg 104%
Potassium 392mg 11%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 11.6%
Vitamin C 5.9%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Written by Matthew Kadey, RD, originally published in Gluten Free & More.

Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
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