Which Salad Dressings At Restaurants Are Usually Vegan?


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)
  • Italian
  • 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.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.


    • Hi Karen,

      Not on Facebook currently, sorry.

      It can be difficult when you’re new to being vegan. I’d encourage you to take it at your own pace. You’re going to make a few mistakes (every new vegan has), but you’ll get comfortable sooner than you think and it will feel as normal as life did before.

      Good luck!