When you go out to eat, salad becomes the go-to choice for anyone on vegan diets.
But unless you go to a vegan restaurant, it’s hard to know if salad dressing is or isn’t vegan.
Obviously, it makes sense to ask, but even then not all waiters/waitresses know the ingredients in their dressings, or even understand what vegan foods are.
So it depends on whether or not you want to take a risk that a dressing is free of animal products.
Salad Dressings That Are Likely Vegan
If you’re okay with a little risk, here is a list of salad dressings at restaurants that are usually vegan:
- Any vinaigrette dressing (balsamic vinegar, lemon, garlic)
- Olive oil and lemon juice (you can usually just ask for this)
- Sesame dressing
You’ll want to avoid the obvious non-vegan dressings like caesar or ranch, which just about always have animal ingredients (typically dairy and egg).
Pretty much anything that sounds or looks creamy usually has eggs, cream, buttermilk, or some form of dairy in them.
One final option is to buy vegan salad dressing packets and carry a few around with you in case you go to a restaurant. Ask for no dressing and use your own.
Ideally, go to a vegan restaurant, or one that has a dedicated menu for vegans.