Oil-Free Italian Salad Dressing (Perfect for Summer)

  • by Goodnature
5.0 from 2 Reviews

 

Oil is optional in this yummy Italian dressing. Try it on green salads, pasta salads, wraps, and roasted veggies!

Yield 16 oz
Calories 10 cal
Yield and calories may vary depending on produce used and method of extraction.
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Time

Prep Time
03:00
Juice Time
03:00
Total Time
06:00

Looking for an oil-free salad dressing? Then you've come to the right place. 

This Italian dressing recipe is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and oil-free. That said, you can add a light, neutral flavor oil if you prefer a vinaigrette (we opted for grapeseed oil, but avocado or olive oil will work too).

Not just for summer salads, this yummy Italian dressing is great on wraps, pasta salad, or even roasted veggies. Heck, you can drizzle it on a piece of avocado toast. No wrong answers!

summer salad dressing with ingredients and a green salad on a wooden cutting board

Oil-Free Italian Dressing Health Benefits

Not only is this an oil-free dressing recipe, it's also free of all sweeteners. Just whole foods, vinegar (or fresh lemon juice), sea salt, and thyme.

Each ingredient is packed with powerful health benefits:

  • Tomato: Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Promotes bone, heart, and skin health. Promotes weight loss. Fights fatigue.
  • Onions: Packed with nutrients. Helps control blood pressure. May improve bone density and heart health.
  • Garlic: Contains Vitamins B6 and C, plus Manganese. Strengthens immune system. Lowers blood pressure. Promotes weight loss.
  • Thyme: Contains Vitamins C and A. Also contains Iron, Copper and Manganese. Natural diuretic. Boosts immunity. Improves blood circulation.

If you do opt to keep this as a no oil recipe, the end result will be fat-free as well. It may end up being one of your favorite condiments!

Summer salad dressing ingredients tomato, onion garlic, salt and thyme together on a wooden cutting board

Health Benefits

  • antioxidant
  • aids weight loss
  • supports immune system

Ingredients

  • tomato
    22 oz
    4 tomatoes
  • garlic
    0.25 oz
    2 cloves
  • white onion
    2 oz
    1/2 medium onion
  • red wine vinegar
    1.5 oz
  • fresh thyme
    2 tsp
  • salt
    2 tsp
    or to taste

Directions

If you have a juicer

  1. Remove core tops of tomato, juice with garlic and white onion.

  2. Pick thyme from the stems and finely chop.

  3. Mix remaining ingredients together, season with salt.

If you don't have a juicer

  1. Remove core tops of tomato, blend with garlic and white onion (or use a food processor).

  2. Strain the blended produce into a bowl (or use a cheese cloth).

  3. Pick thyme from the stems and finely chop.

  4. Mix remaining ingredients together, season with salt.

Pro Tips

  • Add grapeseed oil (or any light, neutral flavored oil) to serve as a vinaigrette.
  • Serve on its own for an oil-free version.
  • Prefer creamy dressings? Add a dollop of yogurt!
  • Not a fan of red wine vinegar? Try subbing balsamic vinegar, apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice.
  • Substitute a few teaspoons of garlic powder or onion powder if you're out of garlic or onions.
  • If you don't have fresh thyme, you can use dried thyme, dried oregano, or even Italian seasoning.
  • If you like black pepper, be sure to add that during the final step as well!

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4 Comments

  1. Can you make bulk and freeze the sauce?

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    1. Hello, Yes, it freezes well, however, the flavor will mellow slightly when being thawed from frozen, so I would adjust with the acidic component if needed after thawed, Also if you are selling it retail to the public it would need some additional verbiage on the bottle, possibly even a frozen and/or thawed date.

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  2. 5 stars
    Made this yesterday, it was sooo good on my salad. Thanks!

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  3. 5 stars
    Love this!

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