I originally created this salad to top my Russian spin on a vegan wedge salad. But honestly, y'all, I encourage you to use this vegan Russian dressing on all of the salads!
It also makes a great sandwich spread.
This is a 5-minute, one bowl vegan salad dressing. It truly couldn't be easier!
The only thing to make sure of is that you choose the right type of horseradish and Worcestershire sauce. See the FAQ for details on those ingredients.
Ingredients and substitutions
- vegan mayonnaise - Russian dressing is mayo-based, so this vegan version uses vegan mayo. You can use store-bought or make your own vegan mayonnaise from scratch.
- ketchup - Ketchup gives vegan Russian dressing its lovely, pink color and a great flavor!
- horseradish - Zesty, slightly-spicy horseradish adds so much great flavor to this dressing.
- onion powder - Adds a nice umami flavor.
- Worcestershire sauce - Vegan Worcestershire sauce makes the dressing so savory and delicious!
- salt - Add salt, to taste, after mixing. How much you need will depend on the ketchup, prepared horseradish, and Worcestershire sauces you use, as well as your personal tastes.
How to make vegan Russian dressing
Combine all of the ingredients, except the salt, in a small bowl, whisking to combine. Season with salt, to taste, then chill until you're ready to serve.
- Make sure you're using vegan prepared horseradish and vegan Worcestershire sauce! Prepared horseradish can contain egg and dairy ingredients, so steer clear of those. Worcestershire sauce traditionally contains anchovies, but it's easy to find brands that don't use them.
Store your vegan Russian dressing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will keep for about a week.
Frequently asked questions
Horseradish gives your vegan Russian dressing a nice kick, and it's important that you use the right kind: prepared horseradish, which comes in a jar. At most grocery stores, it will be in the section with the pickles and other preserved vegetables.
Prepared horseradish comes in a jar, and there are white and purple varieties available. Either one will work in this recipe.
Purple horseradish just contains beets and beet juice, so it's slightly sweeter than the white kind. That bit of extra sweetness won't hurt your results at all.
When you're shopping for horseradish, make sure you don't get horseradish sauce or one prepared with cream or other dairy ingredients.
Ideally, you'll be able to find a jar with just horseradish, vinegar, and salt. Other additives are fine, as long as they don't add flavor. Some jarred horseradishes contain preservatives, which won't impact the flavor of your dressing.
Conventional Worcestershire sauces contain anchovies, but a lot of store brands are vegan. Anchovies are a pricier ingredient, so cheaper brands will leave them out to keep their price low.
Just check ingredients to find one that's anchovy-free.
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Easy vegan Russian dressing
- Combine all of the ingredients, except the salt, in a small bowl, whisking to combine. Season with salt, to taste, then chill until you're ready to serve.