Oil Free Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing

by Jill Dalton

If you are looking for Oil Free Vegan Blue Cheese Dressing in the supermarket, you are going to be sadly disappointed. There are a few choices and they are all bad. That is why we created our own version of Blue Cheese Salad Dressing that is not only delicious but is loaded with nutrition. We replaced the blue cheese chunks with tempeh to give it that same strong fermented flavor and used hemp hearts, oats and plant based milk to replace the dairy heavy ingredients that are typical in a standard blue cheese dressing recipe.

Oil Free Blue Cheese Dressing

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Serves: 6 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.0/5
( 103 voted )


2 1/2 Tbsp Hemp Hearts
3 Tbsp Rolled Oats
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp Braggs liquid amino acids
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/2 cup unsweetened plant milk of your choice
1 date
1 Tbsp nutritional Yeast
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp finely diced tempeh


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender except tempeh and blend until smooth
  2. Stir in diced tempeh
  3. Keep in the fridge for up to 5 days
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Ann January 18, 2020 - 8:41 pm

Hi. I would like to give some of yur dressings a go. They sound delicious. What is liquid amino acid? Can I get it in Australia?

Tee January 19, 2020 - 7:14 pm

Hi, I hope it’s OK that I answer for Jill. Briggs liquid amigos have a similar flavor to tamari or soy sauce which can be used as substitutes.

Tee January 19, 2020 - 7:16 pm

Oops, I meant to sat Braggs.

FOKarol January 25, 2020 - 2:27 pm

This is good but I don’t get the bleu cheese connection. I will gladly make it again, minus the date, or part of the date (made it too sweet). This opens the door for some great variations on a creamy dressing that won’t have you longing for the oil-loaded dressings of yore.

Laura January 26, 2020 - 4:18 pm

is there a sub for hemp hearts? sunflower seeds maybe?

Jill Dalton January 28, 2020 - 10:32 am

Yes, you can use sunflower seeds or flax meal

Laura January 28, 2020 - 12:27 pm

Oh yeah. Much appreciate the sub info

Sydney January 8, 2021 - 6:45 pm

This blew me away, it’s so good and to me it’s just like blue cheese. I will be making this all the time. However I did use about 1/4th cup or so of cashews instead of hemp hearts because I didn’t have any.

Janet June 10, 2020 - 7:27 am

Is there a sub for tempeh? I don’t know much about it but there seems to be a big variety in the stores. What kind? Does it need to be cooked or marinated or any kind of prep? It seems hard if I squeeze a package, not soft like bleu cheese.

Jill Dalton June 10, 2020 - 10:42 am

The tempeh is what gives it that slightly fermented flavor like the blue cheese chunks do. The tempeh is raw. You chop it up into little chunks and it is the same texture as blue cheese chunks. You could use crumbled tofu but it doesn’t really add any flavor, just the texture of little chunks like blue cheese chunks.

Anna Inman January 7, 2021 - 8:40 pm

While it is tasty, it doesn’t taste even close to Blue cheese to me.

Scott Koons December 10, 2021 - 3:08 pm

Surprised to find the tempeh at Walmart and it was good enough to eat on it’s own. I like the dressing but wondered how you got yours to look so white in the picture? Mine is gold/tan but still has great flavor. Mustard and the date are responsible for the yellow tint I suspect, Great Job. I needed something for Buffalo Cauliflower Wings.
Used the Itailian Dressing on my pasta salad last week. These dressing are outstanding, compliant and better than anything available on the market today.

Jill Dalton December 11, 2021 - 10:58 am

Hello Scott, sometimes our camera lighting makes things look a little whiter. I also use deglet dates instead of medjool and I think that makes it a lighter color also. Glad you like it


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