Oil Free Vegan Creamy Italian Dressing

by Jill Dalton

One way to keep you and your family eating salads is to have a great dressing. Finding an Oil Free Plant Based Vegan dressing in the supermarket can be a bit of a challenge though. That is why we have created this amazing Creamy Italian Dressing for you. You can enjoy this dressing on a regular salad or mix it into a pasta salad loaded with tons of raw fresh veggies.

Creamy Italian Dressing

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Serves: 8 Prep Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 3.5/5
( 185 voted )


1/4 cup (42g) hemp hearts
1/2 heaping (40g) cup rolled oats
4 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
1/3 cup (53g) raisins
2 tsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Braggs liquid amino acids
1 cup (236ml) water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried parsley
1/4 tsp pepper flakes


  1. Add all ingredients except for the basil, oregano, parsley and pepper flakes and blend until smooth
  2. Add spices and lightly pulse once in blender
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Danielle Coviello January 26, 2020 - 4:26 pm

Hi Jill, doctor esselstyn is very strict about seeds and nuts as I have heart disease. Do you think this would be good without the hemp seeds?

Jill Dalton January 28, 2020 - 10:32 am

Hello Danielle, I think it would still be ok. You could just replace them with more oats.

Renny September 3, 2021 - 7:14 pm

I did not have oats and hemph heart so I did mine without them, it was awesome! Thank you for the recipe.

Dolores January 26, 2020 - 4:37 pm

The water is missing from the ingredients list.

Frank January 26, 2020 - 4:50 pm

Love your site and your recipes … I just made your creamy Italian dressing and its a big hit in our household… If you ever get the chance and time to experiment to create a Green Goddess dressing like the one they sell at Trader Joe’s without all the oil please do share …I’ve been on a plant base diet for over 20r years and I think your site help us all stay on it.
thank you so much. Frank

Nikki Roseman January 27, 2020 - 1:23 pm

You accidentally left out the water in the recipe. I watched the video to find out what I did wrong – oops! Fantastic dressing! Thank you!

Amy February 2, 2020 - 4:42 pm

Anything we can replace in your new salad dressing recipes if we can’t use oats?

Jill Dalton February 6, 2020 - 10:14 am

You can use oats or sunflower seeds

veganmama4girls February 3, 2020 - 8:33 pm

I just made this dressing tonight for my salad and I love it! This dressing is a game changer since it has so much flavor and not so much fat. The oats and hemp hearts give such a nice creaminess. Brilliant idea! I can’t wait to try your other dressings!

Pam McCoy February 8, 2020 - 1:20 pm

This is excellent! I love it! Thank you!

Rebecca Rose February 9, 2020 - 12:41 pm

Just made it with a little extra oats (didn’t have hemp hearts!) and it was fabulous!!! One of your best recipes to date! Thank you so much for this, I have struggled with finding a dressing recipe I like, and this one is as good as any I’ve had including those with oil! Want to try your other dressings now.

Cindy April 4, 2020 - 6:54 pm

Can dates be used in place of raisins? Are the rolled oats quick or regular rolled oats? Thank you.

Jill Dalton April 6, 2020 - 11:54 am

Yes, you can use dates instead and I always use rolled oats because that is what I buy, but quick oats will work too. =)

Scott W. May 24, 2020 - 1:02 pm

I tried the French last week. It was good but not as great as I was hoping. But this Italian dressing is amazing. I literally just want to drink a glass of it. I have so missed the taste of a creamy Italian dressing after so many years as a vegan. This brought me back to the old days when I ate those cruddy dressings. It tastes so good and is so good for you. A+.

Maria Russo June 5, 2020 - 9:15 pm

I decided to make your crispy tofu into croutons and serve them as part of a Caesar salad. So I needed a Caesar dressing and you didn’t have one! Since your honey mustard dressing was so good, I thought I would try using your creamy Italian dressing recipe as a starting point. It worked great. I made the Caesar dressing as follows:
Hemp hearts, oats, lemon juice, soy sauce, water as in your recipe. To that base I added 4 tsps red wine vinegar, 1tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp vegan worcestershire sauce, 1tsp mustard, and 1 generous tablespoon of nutritional yeast. It really hit the spot.. I hope you try it!

veganvipassi June 19, 2020 - 1:15 pm

This sounds really good but I think I would add some water as well. It will still be really creamy, just add a little at a time. I think about 8-10 ounces based on your ingredients. Good job! =D

Loretta June 23, 2020 - 8:00 pm

I’ve been living the WFPB SOS free lifestyle for almost 5 years and this is the first salad dressing that I really like. Thank you for creating and sharing this excellent 5 star recipe, Jill.

Juana Lang July 6, 2020 - 5:37 pm

I will make that ASAP. I am getting bored of eating salads plainly. Thank you

Lisa July 13, 2020 - 1:19 pm

I just made your creamy Italian dressing – it’s so delicious! Thank you for making my salad experience happy again 😊

Katherine Mcclintic March 1, 2021 - 4:06 pm

Just curious: why use powdered onion & garlic when fresh onions/shallots & garlic are so easily available?

Jill Dalton March 2, 2021 - 5:36 pm

It adds a more intense, rich flavor without as much bite from the fresh ingredients.

Hot Chocolatey Milk March 3, 2021 - 9:40 am

So good. 😍 I’d never know it was so healthy. However, it does make a lot (I didn’t measure, but somewhere in the ballpark of 1.5-2 cups), so I would just recommend to any single persons or couples to halve the recipe to ensure you can get the most out of it.

Sydney M Drake June 12, 2021 - 8:43 pm

Love it! So fast and easy.

Keri Strawn August 7, 2021 - 8:36 pm

YUMMY!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!

Leslie Currie October 11, 2021 - 10:46 pm

This dressing is delicious! I am super impressed!

Lisa Sullivan May 2, 2022 - 7:40 pm

How long do you think this keeps in fridge? I am looking forward to making this. Thanks for so many great ideas.

Jill Dalton May 3, 2022 - 2:31 pm

It will keep for a good week in the fridge.

Noemi Edge May 20, 2022 - 5:10 pm

Hi Jill!
Thanks for your videos and recipes! I don’t have hemp hearts. Would cashews be an ok substitute…they are close in fat content. Also, I plan to use dates to replace raisins.

Jill Dalton May 24, 2022 - 11:04 am

Absolutely to both replacements

Penny September 12, 2022 - 5:10 pm

I followed the recipe and didn’t make any adjustments other than I added a little more pepper flakes. Very tasty! I’m a new vegan (WFPB) and want to rid of oils also. Your dressing saved me…thank you! I look forward to trying more of your recipes!


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