The Gluten Free diet comes with many benefits for people who want to cut out wheat in their diet. Sometimes it is easier said than done. Often a way to a healthier life is perceived as eating salads, it’s not an incorrect perception as long as the salad really does contain the right foods. We’re talking about the real salads that would provide a greater level of nutrition, more fresh foods and nothing processed. All natural ingredients, check! That’s the easy part, but if you are following a gluten free diet or allergic to gluten, it can be hard to find a gluten free salad dressing to compliment your dish.
In this age of health conscious awareness and the growing insurgence of people developing allergies to certain food products, becoming aware of what you are consuming is a great place to start in creating a leaner, fitter, healthier you.
One of the fastest growing food allergens is that associated with gluten. Gluten is a protein composite that is found in many cereal grains that are then used in the processing of many foods including, breads, ice creams, ketchup, gravies, beers and salad dressings. Whether or not you have developed an in-tolerance to gluten, you can make a wise and healthy conscious effort to begin to eliminate the amounts of gluten that you take in on a daily basis. Perhaps the simplest and quickest way you can begin that task is to start using gluten free salad dressings on your favorite salads.
Where Can You Find and Buy A Gluten Free Salad Dressing?
Many food manufacturers have responded to the public’s demand for healthier foods especially in regards to the demand for gluten free salad dressing. Contained in the list below you will find an array of gluten free salad dressings. With such a wide variety available, it should be relatively easy to be able to find one that will be pleasing to your own palate!
Hidden Valley Gluten Free Salad Dressings
In response to public demand, Hidden Valley released its Original Ranch gluten free salad dressing, where the “gluten free” logo now appears on their packaging.
Also in their gluten free salad dressing range is:
- Garden Vegetable Dressing
- Peppercorn Dressing
Average Cost: $2.39 – $4.49
Kraft Gluten Free Salad Dressings
Kraft provides several gluten free salad dressings including:
In addition, they also have gluten free mayonnaise
Average Cost: $1.79 – $3.89
Newman’s Own Gluten Free Salad Dressings
Newman’s list of salad dressings that are gluten free is perhaps the most extensive. The list includes the following:
- Caesar Dressing
- Ranch Dressing
- Light Italian Dressing
- Creamy Italian Dressing
- Poppy Seed Dressing
- Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
- Olive Oil & Vinegar Dressing
- Parmesan & Roasted Garlic Dressing
- Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil Dressing
- Light Raspberry Walnut Dressing
- Orange Ginger Dressing
- Light Red Wine Vinegar & Olive Oil Dressing
- Light Sun Dried Tomato Italian Dressing
- Light Honey Mustard Dressing
- Three Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Light Cranberry Walnut Dressing
- Greek Dressing
- Southwest Dressing
- Light Lime Vinaigrette Dressing
- Balsamic Salad Mist
- Italian Salad Mist
- Organic Tuscan Italian Dressing
- Three Cheese Balsamic Vinaigrette
Average Cost: $2.39 – $ 3.79
Emeril’s Gluten Free Salad Dressings
Like Newman’s, Emeril’s also has a wide variety of salad dressings that contain no gluten, some of which include:
- Creamy French
- Fat Free Honey Dijon
- Fat Free Italian
- Fat Free Ranch
- Light Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Light Creamy Caesar
- Light Cucumber Ranch
- Light Parmesan Asiago Balsamic Vinaigrette
- Light Zesty Italian
- Sweet Honey Catalina
- Thousand Island with Bacon
- Fat Free Roka Brand Blue Cheese
- Light Raspberry Vinaigrette
- Thousand Island
Average Cost: $1.49 – $3.29
Litehouse Foods Gluten Free Salad Dressings
Among the Litehouse Foods gluten free salad dressings are:
- Big Bleu
- Bacon Bleu Cheese
- Buttermilk Ranch
- Honey Mustard
- Homestyle Ranch
- Lite Jalapeno Ranch
- Lite Salsa Ranch
- Original Blue Cheese
- Parmesan Caesar
- Pineapple Coleslaw
- Sweet French Style
Average Cost: $1.79 – $3.49
Maple Grove Farms Gluten Free Salad Dressings
Although only providing a limited number of gluten free salad dressings, Maple Grove Farms is continuing to add to its listing. Currently they provide the following:
- Champagne Vinaigrette
- Creamy Balsamic
- Ginger Pear
- Aged Parmesan Peppercorn
- Citrus Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Balsamic
Average Cost: $1.29 – $4.29
Other manufacturers with gluten free salad dressings in their product line include Ken’s Steak House, Wish-Bone, Marzetti, San-J, Bolthouse Farms and Annie’s Naturals.
Making Your Own Gluten Free Salad Dressing
Want to have more control over your gluten free salad dressing – Consider making your own? It really is a lot easier than you might expect. Although there are a number of recipes that can be found on online, here are a few that you can use to begin your journey to a new healthier you.
Herbful Gluten Free Salad Dressing
- ¾ cup of extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup of white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of mustard (Dijon is a great choice)
- A good handful of flat leaf parsley
- ½ teaspoon of dried herbs like basil, thyme < Your choice!
- A sprinkle of salt and pepper
San Frans – Green Goddess Dressing
- Gluten free mayonnaise
- Anchovy fillets
- Tarragon, Flat leaf parsley, Chives
- A good glug of white wine vinegar
- Juice from half a fresh lemon
- Black pepper to taste
Gluten Free Blue Cheese Salad Dressing
- Gluten free mayonnaise
- Gluten free sour cream
- Small block of blue cheese
- A touch of white wine vinegar
- Crushed black pepper
- At least 2 cloves of garlic, chopped, minced however you like it.
Strawberry Gluten Free Salad Dressing
Got a sweet tooth? Try this!
- A big glug light olive oil
- 1/4 a cup of honey
- 1/2 a cup strawberry lemonade See here
- 1/2 a cup apple cider vinegar
- Celery seeds
- A good pinch of Salt to taste
- Black Pepper – optional
It’s Time To Burn’s favorite Gluten Free salad dressing
A while ago I had one of the best salads I have ever come across, each fork full was an explosion of tase that left me wanting more. I spent sometime poking around the salad to see what it contained. The dressing was nothing like I had tasted before. Once home I wanted to recreate this taste sensation and thought why not adapt it to be a gluten free salad dressing. There’s often no way to tell whether something is gluten free or not from a restaurant; if it doesn’t state it in the menu, it’s often not. By making your own, you can always be safe.
So here’s what I would include for a chunky gluten free salad dressing:
- Fresh mint leaves
- Fresh Coriander leaves
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Dried Cranberries
- Apple Slices
I’d throw this over some spinach leaves, lettuce leaves, maybe some shredded carrot and add chicken, or a salmon fillet.
So to transform your lunchtime salad and make it taste AMAZING add one of our awesome gluten free salad dressing from this huge list!
Then be sure to go check out our extensive list of gluten free lunch ideas!
Further Reading: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings Review
Gluten Free is often practiced as part of the Paleo diet which cuts out wheat – recently reviewed by the Paleo lovers at It’s Time To Burn is a wonderful book to consider browsing: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings. It contains a huge array of sauces and of course the odd gluten free salad dressing or two! Check out the review: Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings
Or jump straight to see more pages in the book here
Enjoy the gluten free salad dressing you choose!
If you make your own don’t be shy in sharing, send us your pictures and creations!