Sweet & Tangy Salad Dressing (oil-free)

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Some people wonder how I get my kids to mounds of greens, let me introduce you to my sweet and tangy secret. This is my Sweet and Tangy Oil-Free Salad Dressing.


sweet and tangy salad dressing

I make this salad dressing with pantry staples so it’s inexpensive and lasts a long time. It is also oil-free, gluten-free and vegan.

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Holly’s House Dressing (Sweet & Tangy Salad Dressing)


  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried parsley
  • 1/8 tsp dried paprika
  • 1/4 tsp dried dill
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 2 oz water


Add all ingredients to a jar and shake well OR put all ingredients in a blender (I used a Magic Bullet) and whizz.


I love this dressing on a big salad or a wrap. It is also fantastic in noodle or grain salads. My boys (2 and 4) LOVE it. They beg for salad and salad dressing. It is very thin but still makes a great dip. The spices settle at the bottom of the jar so shake before pouring and refrigerate.

Update: For a thicker dressing at 1/4 tsp xanthum gum!

Creamy Italian Salad Dressing

If you are looking for a creamy salad dressing then let me introduce you to my Creamy Italian Salad Dressing. This dressing is also Oil-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free!

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  1. I can’t wait to try this! I have not yet found a completely oil-free dressing that I love – they usually end up being too sweet or too acidic tasting to me, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with yours 🙂

    • I hope you like it Clara. It is both a little too sweet and a little to tangy for my taste but it pairs really well with the bitter greens and salads that incorporate bits of fruit.
      So many people love it that I stopped trying to tweak it for my preference. 🙂

  2. Wow – this sounds great! I can’t wait to try it…and the real test will be if my 3 kids will try it too ; ) I’ll keep you posted!

  3. I love making homemade dressing too Holly! Especially since I don’t use oil anymore. One of my favorite “dressings” is to throw avocado, lime juice, garlic and salt and pepper in a food processor til creamy….add water or veggie broth to thin out…it’s sooo good! Your dressing sounds delicious…I need to try it!

  4. I will give this a try. Usually I just use a few shakes of balsamic vinegar and call it a day. Thanks for the recipe.

  5. Hi Holly, I’ve nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award;
    Poppy 🙂

  6. vegetarianmamma says:

    Oh, I have most of these things now! YUM 🙂 Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂

    Hope that your week is fantastic!

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  7. Orysia Maria says:

    Can’t wait to try it. All dressings always have too much oil. Thx.

  8. I tried this and it was very good. It satisfied my craving for Italian dressing. I like my dressing to be just slightly thick so I added about 3 teaspoons of chia seeds (adds fat though).

  9. I LOVE this dressing. Make it several times a week. My co-workers are always asking me what brand of dressing I use because it smells and looks so good.

  10. Could you replace the agave with Stevia ??

    • Hi Debby,
      While you could sweeten it with stevia the proportions would be all wrong since stevia is so concentrated.
      I highly recommend some of my other salad dressing though. The blueberry and raspberry vinaigrette’s could be adapted more easily and the Creamy Italian would work as is.
      I hope that helps!

  11. My husband, who just started a diet and needs to loose 50 pounds, is in the cranky stage. He loves raw veggies so that is not a problem but with out a flavorful dressing, well let’s just say, it’s not helping his mood. We have never liked the taste of any fat free dressing we have purchased. I found your dressing on line yesterday afternoon and when I put it in front of him and his boring salad he was willing to give it a try. Tada! Now we both have a new salad dressing! I made it exactly to your recipe and now I am thinking of switching up the vinegars so we have some variety. Thank you! Great recipe!

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