Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing


Quick and Easy Dressing

This Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing is a top notch sweet surprise. I love this on salads, tofu, vegetables and vegan burgers. Being that this salad dressing is on the sweet side children will love this as well. Give it a try!

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Salad dressings are not just for salads anymore. I use them in a wide variety of ways because the vinegar and oils in them can substitute for a sauce or marinade. Vinaigrettes and salad dressing are great for marinading veggies and tofu over night. Just squeeze out your tofu and let the tofu drain out its fluids for about an hour. I like to let mine drain with a heavy weight of a bowl or a plate over it. When you are done draining cut the tofu into chunks. Put the tofu into a zip lock bag with enough of the vinaigrette or dressing to cover it and let sit over night. Try to flip the bag over once or twice before cooking it up. You want to marinade both sides. Fry up the next day in a frying pan and tada!

I love this Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing with greens like arugula, spinach, watercress, kale and baby greens. It’s fantastic with fried veggies, jalapeños and onions cooked up hot over a fresh spinach salad. Topped with avocado, roasted almonds, roasted sesame seeds and smoky flavored pumpkin seeds, it’s the bomb! Try over roasted veggies as well.

Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing

How To Make Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing

The trick to making this dressing is finding the right pickled sweet onions. There are some brands out there but my favorite is Mt. Olive brand called Simply Vidalia. They have just the right amount of sweetness. These vidalia onions are perfect plus there are a few red peppers in the mix that really pumps up the flavor. I will be making my own pickled sweet onions this coming summer. I am sure they will be great with the Walla Walla onions out here in the North West. When I do I will add it to this recipe instead. Besides then I will know they are 100% vegan. Sometimes the polysorbate in store bought pickles are not vegan.

The second trick is the oil. I made this recipe with olive oil and it just does not work. It really has a distinct bitterness to it. I use grape seed oil and it works great. I think a really good organic vegetable oil would work out as well. The dijon mustard can be substituted for yellow mustard, but it is very intense with mustard flavor. Add it a little at a time to see how strong the flavor is. Be gentle on the turmeric with the dashes because it can also get bitter from having too much. We all know how we love our turmeric! I hope you enjoy this Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing as much as we do.

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Vegan Sweet Onion Dressing

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  • Author: Spicy Saucy Vegan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 6 people 1x
  • Category: Dressing, marinade, Sauce
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


This is the perfect sweet dressing for so many salads, vegetables, tofu and veggie burgers. The sweet in the dressing somehow makes children love this salad dressing too. For more of an adult level burger sauce kick it up with your favorite hot pepper or cayenne powder. There is a little something in this dressing for everyone to top your favorite salad that needs a little sweetness. Enjoy!


Units Scale
  • 3/4 cup Pickled Sweet Onions and Juice (I use Mt. Olive Simply Vidalia)
  • 1/4 cup Grape Seed Oil or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 small Juice of a Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1/2 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 dashes Turmeric


  1. In a blender add all ingredients and blend until a desired consistency. (I use the Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System)
  2. Put into your favorite dressing container and put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes before serving.
  3. Makes about 1½ cups.
  4. Keep refrigerated

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