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Bold Russian Dressing in a Jar

Bold Russian Dressing

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  • Author: Monkey and Me Kitchen Adventures
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 1 1/4 cups 1x
  • Category: Dressing


Tangy and creamy, this oil-free vegan Bold Russian Dressing is healthy, fast, and easy to make. It’s perfect for salad lovers everywhere! Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, gluten free, no highly processed ingredients.


  • ¼ cup organic maple syrup (+/-)
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup + 1 Tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons ume plum vinegar *
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon almond butter *
  • 1 ½ teaspoons horseradish * (+/-)

Spice/Herb Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 Tablespoon dried minced onions
  • ½ teaspoon sweet paprika
  • ½ teaspoon dried ground mustard powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch celery seeds (optional)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt (+/-) *


  1. Place all the ingredients into a high-speed blender (or with a whisk), blend until emulsified and smooth.
  2. Taste test the dressing and add more seasonings, if needed. Enjoy!


*Tips for Success:  This is a tangy dressing.  If you prefer less tang, cut back on the distilled white vinegar.  Additionally, the horseradish gives it a punch of flavor which is delicious.  If you prefer less punch and more sweetness, cut back on the horseradish and increase the maple syrup about ½ teaspoon at a time until you reach the desired levels of flavor.

*Almond Butter Substitutes:  You can substitute the almond butter with other seed and nut butters with the understanding that the flavors will change accordingly.

* Ume Plum Vinegar: We highly recommend using Ume Plum Vinegar, however you can substitute with another vinegar. Keep in mind the flavor will slightly change according to the vinegar used.  (Plus, we have a bunch of other recipes that use ume plum vinegar.)

*Horseradish: We used Gold’s Prepared Horseradish.  It is WFPB compliant and gluten free.  It is typically found near the mustards or jarred olives and peppers in most grocery stores.  There isn’t a good substitution for the horseradish.  You can leave it out, but it takes the pizzazz out of the dressing.  UPDATE:  We recently had a Reader substitute the horseradish with wasabi with excellent results.

*Sea Salt:  Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s sea salt preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.

*Serving:  Makes approximately 1 ¼ cups of dressing.

*Storage:  Refrigerate and use within 7 days.