To make your own salads & dressings is pretty easy. Not everyone in England eats salad, but younger people especially do, and there’s no need to buy plastic-wrapped bags of tasteless salad at the store, only to see it wilt in a couple of day
- Vegan Salads is a lovely book that takes you through the way to make your own basic salad and dressing. It does contain 100 beautifully illustrated recipes, but is more an informational book.
- Neighbourhood: Hearty Salads and Plant-Based Recipes is from a local foods campaigner in North America. This looks at paying homage to salads from around the world.
- Salad Leaves for All Seasons shows how to grow your own salad leaves, zero food miles. See make your garden safe for pets, to know toxic plants/mulch to avoid near pets (see safe humane alternatives to deter slugs and snails, to keep pets, children and wildlife safe).
Better Salad Dressings
- You can make your own salad dressing with a simple blend of oil and vinegar, just blend one tablespoon of cider or wine vinegar with 3 parts of mild oil (not one with a strong flavour). Add lemon juice, herbs or mustard, store covered in fridge.
- Bonsan has a nice line of vegan salad dressings, sold in many health stores and farm shops. Sweet Mustard is good on green salads or roasted veggies. And Caesar Salad is thick and creamy.
- Or you could add vegan mayo (it tastes just the same).
- The Olive Branch Greek dressing is authentic, nice for a Greek salad with vegan feta.
Inspired Vegan Dressings & Sauces
Inspired Vegan focuses on items that are difficult to find free-from versions in the shops: All are free from GM ingredients and palm oil, and packed in glass bottles (recycle the plastic top wrapping with household waste or with supermarket bag bins: Keep these away from pets/young children, as they contain garlic, onion and spices.
- Caesar Salad Dressing is ideal drizzled over romaine or cos lettuce, or top with tomato, avocado and croutons for vegan Caesar salad.
- Dill Mustard Sauce has an incredible flavour, ideal for a potato tart, vegetable pie or over polenta cakes.
- Honea Mustard Dressing uses a plant-based honey to make this traditional salad dressing, perfect for carrot or pasta salad, mixed greens or as a dip.
- Hollandaise Sauce is rich and creamy, good on potato salad, asparagus and can even be used to make a tofu-based substitute for eggs benedict.
- Horseradish Sauce is good for beetroot salad, a plate or roasted veggies or simply a side dish for dipping.
- Tartare Sauce is for vegan fish and chips!