Vegan French Dressing

Vegan french dressing is perfect for salads! You will not believe how easy it is to make this healthy salad dressing. Made with simple ingredients this homemade French dressing is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and Whole30 friendly!

If you love making your own salad dressing, try this basil balsamic vinaigrette or one of these 6 healthy salad dressing recipes.

Large bottle filled with homemade French dressing.
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Why you will love this recipe

  • Homemade French dressing is thick and creamy and has the same bold, sweet, tangy flavor you love from store bought dressing.
  • Unlike store bought dressing, this homemade French dressing is naturally sweetened and made with healthy oils homemade dressing is a much healthier choice and is ready in just 3 minutes.
  • This healthy salad dressing is perfect to make on the weekends for meal prep to enjoy all week!


  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Water
  • Tomato paste
  • Medjool dates (or maple syrup)
  • Paprika
  • Dried chopped onions (or garlic)
  • Garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Coconut aminos


Check out the step by step instructions on how to make this creamy French dressing recipe!

Remove the pits from the dates. Add the dates and the rest of the ingredients to the blender and blend on high until smooth.

Store in the fridge for up to 7 days.

Steps to make vegan French dressing.


This salad dressing is naturally sweetened with dates or maple syrup. You may decide that the dressing needs to be sweeter or less sweet. The recipe calls for 2 dates but you may want to increase it up to 4 dates if needed.

How to use:

  • Serve with your favorite salad greens, veggies and toppings.
  • Serve a creamy dip with your favorite raw or roasted veggies.
  • Serve as a dressing for taco salad (it’s such a great dressing with Mexican flavors)

What is French dressing?

French dressing is sweet and tangy with a bold flavor that is unlike any other dressing. Typically it is made with a combination of ketchup, olive oil and vinegar. Often times fresh onion is used in the dressing to make bold and tangy flavors.

Salad topped with a drizzle of vegan French dressing.

Why you should make your own dressing:

Often times store bought dressing is full of unhealthy ingredients including additives, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup and rancid oils (like canola oil or soybean oil).

When you make your own dressing, you get to control the ingredients and the quality of the ingredients. This recipe is naturally sweetened with medjool dates and uses healthy extra virgin olive oil.


This salad dressing can be stored in the fridge for up to a week.


  • Medjool dates: If you do not have dates, you can use maple syrup instead.
  • Apple cider vinegar: You could also use white wine vinegar or red wine vinegar in place of apple cider vinegar.
  • Coconut aminos: You can use soy sauce, liquid aminos or tamari
  • Dried minced onion: You can also use dried minced garlic or 1 teaspoon of onion powder.
Hand pouring bottle of french dressing over salad.

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French dressing in a glass bottle with salad in background.

Vegan French Dressing

$2.87 recipe/$0.48 serving
Healthy French dressing recipe is so easy to make and is naturally sugar free and so simple! This creamy, bold dressing is naturally gluten free, dairy free, vegan, paleo and Whole30 friendly! Perfect on salads or pasta salad, as a creamy dip or even on taco salad!
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Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Keyword: vegan french dressing, Whole30 french dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6 servings

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  • Remove the pits from the medjool dates.
  • Add all the ingredients to the high speed blender and blend on high 1 minute until smooth.
  • Store in the fridge for up to 1 week.


Tip: You may prefer a sweeter version of this dressing. If that is the case, you may need to increase this to up to 4 medjool dates (or up to 1/4 cup maple syrup). 
  • Medjool dates: If you do not have dates, you can use maple syrup instead (2 tablespoons).
  • Coconut aminos: You can use soy sauce, liquid aminos or tamari
  • Dried chopped onion: You can also use dried chopped garlic or 1 teaspoon of onion powder.

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Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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  1. 5 stars
    Fantastic! I like my dressings a little less runny and sweeter too so I halved the water and added an extra date. Was licking it right out of the blender. Soooo good! Thank you!

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