Walnut Vinaigrette Recipe

Dr Fuhrman Eat to Live Program Recipe PBS special Walnut Vinaigrette No oil salad dressing recipe no added salt Dr Greger daily dozenA good oil-free, vegan, nutritarian salad dressing recipe is worth its weight in gold!  Especially after over 2 1/2 years on Dr. Fuhrman’s Eat to Live, nutritarian program.

This walnut vinaigrette recipe from Dr. Fuhrman’s latest book, The End of Dieting, is now my go-to salad dressing that packs a lot of flavor and creaminess in a very nutrient-dense punch!

If you have a high speed blender (who am I kidding, I think we all have one by now) and a few pantry staples, you can get your nutritarian salad dressing game on point!

Walnut Vinaigrette recipe ingredients Eat to Live Plan Program Dr Fuhrman 6 week plan Eat to Live End of Dieting Dr Fuhrman PBS Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing recipeHold on.  Let’s stop right now and talk about walnuts.

If you’re too busy for the science-y stuff just scroll down to get the recipe (I won’t tell)!

Walnuts Will Rock Your Nutritarian World!

Before becoming nutritarian, I relegated walnuts to the back-up nuts that I chopped up and added to my grandmother’s famous Butterball Christmas cookies when I ran out of pecans.  Boy, was I missing the boat.

According to Dr. Fuhrman’s, The End of Dieting, numerous studies have shown that people who eat walnuts regularly have half the heart disease rates of those who rarely eat them.  Even the smallest amount of these wonder-nuts (okay, that sounds funny) added to your diet can have heart-protective benefits.

Walnuts are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids.  You know that fat that everybody needs and every product claims to have!  Well, we need them for our heart and brain function (kinda important).  So, you can ditch the fish oil supplements and reach for some walnuts instead!

But, by far, the most beautiful thing about walnuts is the fact that they allow more fat to pass through our (TMI alert) stool!  That means if you’re eating them with let’s say avocados, your body is going to absorb less of the fat from those avocados!  Can I get an a-men?!

Before you go running to the closest Panda Express and order up some Honey Walnut Prawns, remember that the key to getting the most nutrients from nuts and seeds is to eat them raw, and sparingly.

Buzz kill, I know!


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No-Oil Walnut Vinaigrette Dressing

Maximize your salad with this oil-free, vegan salad dressing recipe from Dr. Fuhrman’s latest book, The End of Dieting! Made creamy with good-for-you walnuts and sweetened with raisins, this is going to be your new favorite nutritarian dressing recipe!


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinager
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 clove garlic or sub 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme


  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The End of Dieting by Dr. Joel Fuhmran. 

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  1. Kathryn Price

    Wow! Awesome blog Kristen. I have just today started exploring an anti-inflammatory diet for my RA I have been diagnosed with and I think I’m going to find a lot of what I need here. You do a fabulous job – such good information and all so beautifully presented. I noticed the 1/4 cup walnuts error too, but I won’t say anything. I’m a copywriter and I make errors on my blog too. 😉

    1. Kristen Post author

      Hi Kathryn! Thanks so much! I’m so glad you are finding the blog useful–and I’m sorry to hear about your RA.

      Lol, I keep thinking that I have to change that graphic, just never find the time! It’s hard when you don’t have an editor!

      xo, Kristen

    1. Kristen Post author

      Hi Erin!

      I buy them at Trader Joe’s, Sprouts and occasionally at Whole Foods. Most of the time they are at TJs but buying in bulk is really helpful at Sprouts too!

      xo, Kristen

  2. D Jones

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I started the 6 week challenge for Eat To Live 2 weeks ago, but haven’t been able to eat salad because I didn’t like it without dressing (so eat other raw veggies). I made this today and loved it! I am excited for a large salad for lunch tomorrow!

  3. Miri

    Hi! Tried the recipe today and it is soooo tasty! I didn’t have raisins so uses dried cranberries. So glad I tried it made eating salad so much more enjoyable!



    1. Kristen Post author

      Hi Miri!

      Yay!! I’m so glad you liked it and I think I’ll need to try it with cranberries–sounds so yummy!

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment!

      xo, Kristen

  4. Pam

    Welcome back Kristen, we missed you. I love this dressing and the
    Dijon Date Dressing too (uses cashews) . In fact I just had it on my salad tonight!!

  5. Kristi

    This sounds awesome! I started eat to live today. I’ve been vegan for over a year, but as we all know, just because it’s vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Can I use this to marinade vegetable skewers for the grill? It’s tough to find a marinade that doesn’t use oil. If it would work, would you recommend doubling it for two adults? Thanks, and I love your blog!

    1. Kristen Post author

      Hi Kristi!

      Yes, I agree completely about vegan vs. nutritarian! You could absolutely try this out as a marinade and please let me know how it goes! You don’t have to double the recipe, it makes about 2 cups of dressing!

      xo, Kristen

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Catrina!

      Thanks so much for pointing this out! I recently had a redesign and this definitely slipped through the cracks!

      The correct measurement is 1 tsp.–and I just updated it on the recipe.

      Hope you love this dressing as much as I do!

      xo, Kristen

  6. Shari

    This dressing tastes amazing and so simple to make! I did not have any raisins on hand so I substituted with Medjool dates instead. My 12-year old daughter is trying to practice the nutritarian lifestyle because she says it makes a huge difference in her performance as an athlete and she is crazy about this dressing.

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Shari,

      Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!

      I’m so happy (and very impressed) that your daughter is adopting a nutritarian lifestyle!!

      I’m so glad you both loved this recipe as much as I do!

      xo, Kristen

  7. margaret gurney

    I made this and liked it, but did not like the addition of the thyme. For me, it gave it a funny taste.


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