Nothing beats homemade, right? We are all about those delicious, healthy, homemade dressings, and we have a new fun and fabulous dressing for fall. We’d love to introduce you to our oh-so-delicious Oil Free Maple Walnut Dressing. It’s packed with feel-good ingredients. Earthy walnuts perfectly compliment a combination of tangy vinegar and aromatic spices creating a delightfully burst of zingy flavors making it this week’s awesome Whip It Up Wednesday recipe. Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
This week’s Whip It Up Wednesday is our delicious Oil Free Maple Walnut Dressing. Mom and I are always experimenting with salad dressings for our veggie bowls and salads. This dressing is super tasty, tangy, and terrrrrific (note the alliteration folks). I tried. LOL
Whip it up Wednesday
As you already know, every Wednesday, we feature a quick and easy recipe that can be “whipped up” in 20 minutes or less. This recipe can be made in about 20 minutes which really helps speed things up in the kitchen – less than one minute if you don’t count the “walnut soaking.”
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Veggie Bowl Fun
We love this dressing on quick and easy veggie bowls. It really makes veggies pop and creates a fast and healthy lunch or dinner. Mix and match your favorite veggies, add in a carb like rice or potato, protein like beans or tofu/tempeh, and you have a perfection in a bowl.
In the veggie bowl above, we used the following:
- Bed of mixed greens
- Thinly shredded carrots
- Spiralized beets
- Ribboned cucumbers
- Sliced apples
- Baked sweet potatoes
- Shredded red cabbage
- Sliced tomatoes
- Pomegranate seeds
- Hemp seeds
- Pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- Topped with a nice drizzle of our Oil Free Maple Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing
Fabulous Fall Flavors
This deliciousness really compliments fall flavors. The walnuts add this earthy element, and coupled with the maple syrup and tangy vinegars, it really highlights the flavor of any greens or veggies that you add to your salad or veggie bowl.
It is not only healthy, but super-duper delicious, and boasting no oil, no processed ingredients, and no processed sugar. Give it a try on your next salad. It is quite delightful!
We hope you enjoy our new Whip It Up Wednesday quick and easy ideas!
Looking for more tasty dressings?
- Oil Free Catalina Dressing – Ultra creamy with just the right amount of sweet tangy zing
- No Oil Balsamic Tahini Dressing – So fast and bursting with rich flavor
- No Oil Southwestern Dressing – Dreamy, smokey, and oh-so-creamy, it’s finger lickin’ good!
- Oil Free Vegan Italian Parmesan Dressing – Perfect combo of aromatic italian spices, tangy vinegar & nutty nutritional years
- High-Speed blender
Oil Free Maple Walnut Dressing
Yield 1.5 cups
Nothing beats homemade, right? We are all about those delicious, healthy, homemade dressings, and we have a new fun and fabulous dressing for fall. We'd love to introduce you to our oh-so-delicious Oil Free Maple Walnut Dressing. It's packed with feel-good ingredients. Earthy walnuts perfectly compliment a combination of tangy vinegar and aromatic spices creating a delightfully burst of zingy flavors making it this week’s awesome Whip It Up Wednesday recipe. Whole Food Plant Based, vegan, plant based, oil free, refined sugar free, no highly processed ingredients and gluten free.
- ¼ cup walnuts
- 3 Tablespoons organic maple syrup
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup red wine vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon ume plum vinegar
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 2 Tablespoons tahini
- 1 Tablespoons miso (we used Miso Master Organic Mellow White, Premium Lite Miso, Certified Gluten Free)
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion flakes
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt (+/- to taste) *
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (+/- to taste)
- In a small bowl, cover the walnuts in boiling water, set aside to soak for 20 minutes.
- In the meantime, measure out all your remaining ingredients and set aside.
- After 20 minutes, drain the walnuts and discard the water, then add the walnuts and all the remaining dressing ingredients into a high-speed blender and emulsify until smooth.
- Taste test the dressing and adjust seasonings, if needed.
*Ume Plum Vinegar: Ume Plum Vinegar is perfect for this recipe as it has that deliciously tangy flavor which complements the sweetness of the maple syrup. It is relatively inexpensive. We use it quite frequently and it worth requesting it from your local grocery, or ordering off of Amazon in our humble opinion. It can be left out of the dressing, but the flavor will change slightly.
*Miso: Miso really lends itself to balancing flavors when you don’t use oil. If you are going to live the Whole Food Plant Based lifestyle, then you will quickly find that miso is your friend. Miso is simply a paste made from fermented soybeans, barley or rice malt. We use a gluten-free mellow white miso. It is Whole Food Plant Based compliant, and most grocery or health food stores carry it these days. You can find it in the refrigerator section. A lot of Vegans and Whole Food Plant Basers call it “the secret weapon” because it really brings that rich umami flavor forward in a lot of dishes. Since we discovered it, we use it a lot. Simply because it really adds something special to our dishes that you just can’t get with other ingredients.
It has a long refrigerator shelf life because it is fermented. So, if you can’t find it locally, we suggest that when you are taking any trips out of town, find a store that carries it, take a small ice chest and stock up.
*Sea Salt: Please adjust the sea salt based upon your family’s preferences and/or based upon dietary needs.
*Serving: Makes approximately 1 ½ cups of dressing.
*Storage: Refrigerate and use within 7 days.