No-Oil Citrus Salad Dressing

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Say hello to the latest oil-free, vegan, nutritarian, no-refined-sugar dressing on the block: this no-oil citrus salad dressing stars just 5 easy ingredients and is ready to rock the rest of your summer salads!

This dressing is light, bright, naturally sweet and full of citrus flavor!  It’s perfect over a bed of crispy kale with fruits of all kinds–we’re talking mango, strawberries, pineapple, and oranges (of course).

And it all begins with freshness…

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When you’re dealing with only 5 ingredients you really need to let them shine.

Speak for themselves, do their thing, so to speak.

Round up some oranges (I prefer Navel best in this recipe) and lemons and grab an old-school juicer–yup, that’s what I use!  And it’s oh-so-much fun to get a little stress-relief action going while you press and twist on that citrus (yeah, I bust rhymes too).

If you’re not about juicing yourself, check out your local markets for fresh orange juice.  Whole Foods has a great fresh-squeezed orange juice machine and my kiddos happen to be entranced watching it work.

The point here is: the oranges matter in this dressing–so invest in flavor!

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I love them to death (see here, here and here).

But, I don’t always have time to soak them.  And I happen to love it when a recipe can use plain raw cashews without the extra soak-time!

Now soaking or not is completely up to you but keep in mind there are plenty of health benefits to soaking first.

Does this mean I always do it?  Nope.  If you catch me on the right day or I feel the recipe really benefits from it,  I soak.

Generally you want to soak raw cashews for 2 to 4 hours before use.  The results are, in my opinion creamier, and the soaking actually removes anti-nutrients like phytates, tannins and goitrogens and neutralizes enzyme inhibitors. (read here for more info on soaking).

No-Oil Citrus Salad Dressing

A bright, light, sweet, oil-free, vegan, nutritarian, no-refined-sugar citrus dressing that's perfect on summer salads! 

Author Kristen | Hello Nutritarian


  • 1 1/4 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed prefered, Navel recommended)
  • 1/2 cup cashews, raw (soaked and drained or plain raw)
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds, raw
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest (optional)


  1. Add all the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend about 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. 

Recipe Notes

Makes about 2 cups.

Stores well for up to 12 days in air-tight glass container. 

If you give this recipe a try, I’d love to hear what you think!

Let’s live better together!

xo, Kristen

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  1. Steph

    Hi Kristin! I have been following a Whole Foods plant based diet for a few months, and the hardest part is making oil free salad dressings. Yours looks delicious, however I am very allergic to cashews and all of your best looking recipes seem to include them. Would it be possible to replace them with something else? Like tofu or some type of seed? Thanks for sharing anyway!

    1. Kristen | Hello Nutritarian Post author

      Hi Steph!

      Yes, you can certainly replace cashews with seeds! In this specific recipe I would just do it all with the sesame seeds–it will taste wonderful!

      You’ll want to check out my No Oil Tofu Ranch recipe too!

      Other good cashew substitutions are hemp seeds and sunflower seeds!

      Huge congratulations on your WFPB lifestyle!!

      xo, Kristen

      1. Steph

        Thank you for your reply and for the inspiration! I have all of these ingredients so I will try it for my salads this week!

  2. Kathy

    Hi Kristen,
    I have been a vegetarian since 2012, then soon afterwards a vegan. I love trying all new recipes. Just made your No-Oil Citrus Salad dressing with my organic spring mix salad for breakfast. It tastes delicious! I will definitely be eating more salads, Do you have a recipe for a fruit salad? Thanks so much.



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