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Get Ready To Drizzle These Creamy Vegan Dressings On *Everything*

Women's Health Logo By Marissa Miller of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 16: Whether it’s a fresh salad or just-roasted vegetables, the right dressing makes pretty much ~everything~ taste better. If you don’t eat animal products, though, finding creamy, flavorful vegan dressings ain’t always easy.“You’ll find dairy products such as cheese, milk or cream, egg yolks, and even fish added to some dressings,” says nutritionist Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. “Some thickeners, such as xanthan gum, can also be made from plant-based sources, whey, or eggs.” So unless a store-bought dressing is specifically labeled “vegan,” there’s a very real possibility it’s not—even if you don’t see obvious offenders in the ingredients list.That doesn’t mean vegan dressings are doomed to be watery and flavorless, though. Coconut milk, avocado, and other plant-based fats (like olive oil) can all provide creamy, rich texture, Palinski-Wade says. From there, ingredients like turmeric provide warmth (and anti-inflammatory benefits), acids like apple cider vinegar provides satisfying tang (and boosts satiety), and spices like cayenne bring the heat (and keep your metabolism humming).Flavor aside, the healthy fats in vegan dressings can help your body better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as vitamin A, in your eats. Since they digest slowly, too, they also make your meal more satiating than it would be sans dressing. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any extra serving(s) of veggies a delish dressing encourages you to eat is a win in itself.Ready to drizzle on the vegan dressing of your dreams? Here are 15 delicious recipes to try ASAP.

Whether it’s a fresh salad or just-roasted vegetables, the right dressing makes pretty much ~everything~ taste better. If you don’t eat animal products, though, finding creamy, flavorful vegan dressings ain’t always easy.

“You’ll find dairy products such as cheese, milk or cream, egg yolks, and even fish added to some dressings,” says nutritionist Erin Palinski-Wade, RD, author of Belly Fat Diet For Dummies. “Some thickeners, such as xanthan gum, can also be made from plant-based sources, whey, or eggs.” So unless a store-bought dressing is specifically labeled “vegan,” there’s a very real possibility it’s not—even if you don’t see obvious offenders in the ingredients list.

That doesn’t mean vegan dressings are doomed to be watery and flavorless, though. Coconut milk, avocado, and other plant-based fats (like olive oil) can all provide creamy, rich texture, Palinski-Wade says. From there, ingredients like turmeric provide warmth (and anti-inflammatory benefits), acids like apple cider vinegar provides satisfying tang (and boosts satiety), and spices like cayenne bring the heat (and keep your metabolism humming).

Flavor aside, the healthy fats in vegan dressings can help your body better absorb fat-soluble nutrients, such as vitamin A, in your eats. Since they digest slowly, too, they also make your meal more satiating than it would be sans dressing. Plus, as far as I’m concerned, any extra serving(s) of veggies a delish dressing encourages you to eat is a win in itself.

Ready to drizzle on the vegan dressing of your dreams? Here are 15 delicious recipes to try ASAP.

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