Gluten-Free Salad Dressing – Avoiding Harm

Salad Dressing

What is an ice cream sundae without chocolate sauce?

What is a hot dog without a bun?

For that matter, what is a salad without salad dressing? The only way to have a really tasty salad is to put a delicious salad dressing over it. The problem is that all the best salad dressing have gluten in their ingredients. But, how can you have a good dressing that is gluten-free?

Most of the leading dressing brands contain gluten either as a thickener or a flavor enhancer. Also, it can be very difficult to find a salad dressing that does not have grain-based vinegar, barley and rye in it. Another thing to keep in mind is that a lot of dressings contain soy, which usually causes an allergic reaction in gluten sensitive people.

The other issue to remember with salad dressing is that there is a high risk of gluten cross-contamination. Of course, if you don’t have Celiac and are, merely, gluten sensitive than this should not be a problem for you. But, just in case, here is a list of all the leading brands of pre-made salad dressings and their gluten statuses. Salad dressings labeled gluten-free:

  • Hidden Valley has a yellow and green gluten-free label on it
  • Maple Grove Farms has the words “gluten-free” listed below the ingredients
  • Organicville has a variety of dressings which are certified “gluten-free”
  • Pfeiffer has dressings which are listed as “gluten-free”

Popular salad dressings:

  • Annie’s Naturals are considered gluten-free, but check the ingredients before you buy a bottle
  • Ken’s Steakhouse includes a list of many of their dressings that “do not contain gluten in their ingredients.” However, there is still a risk of cross-contamination
  • Kraft will cite any ingredients that contain gluten on the back of their labels but, there is a definite risk of cross contamination
  • Newman’s Own only has two dressings that essentially contain gluten but, again, there is the danger of cross contamination and most of the dressings contain gluten-based distilled vinegar.

Of course, the other option is to make your own completely gluten-free salad dressing. I was able to find several good recipes for gluten-free dressing on the internet. I have included the best ones below, in this article.

Gluten-Free French Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 5 minutes. Total Time: 5 minutes. Yields: About 1 pint.


  • 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ to ¾ cup of sugar (use less if you like a less sweet dressing)z
  • ? cup of gluten-free ketchup
  • ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce


  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl and whisk until the sugar dissolves and the dressing is smooth and glossy. Store in a container with a tight-fitting lid and refrigerate.

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Balsamic Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 15 minutes. Total Time: 15 minutes. Yields: About 2 cups.


  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup of Balsamic Vinaigrette (not grain-based)
  • 1 clove of crushed and finely minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon of dried Italian herb blend, optional
  • 1 ½ cups of olive oil
  • Salt and ground fresh black pepper to taste


  • Combine all of the ingredients, except the oil, in a mixing bowl. Whisk vigorously while very slowly drizzling in the oil. (Note: this step can be done in a blender, if desired)
  • Season with salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. May be refrigerated overnight for even better results. Stir before serving. May be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator.

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Caesar Salad Dressing

Prep Time: 10 minutes. Total Time: 10 minutes. Yields: About 1 pint.


  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of anchovy paste
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese


  • In a mini food processor or blender, placed the 2 teaspoons of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, ½ teaspoon of anchovy paste, ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper and 1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese.
  • Cut a lemon, and squeeze half into a cup. Pulse the mixer a few times to combine these ingredients. Then, while mixing, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Pour over salad and enjoy.

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With these great recipes, you can relish the simple deliciousness of dressing drizzled over your salad once again! You can even enjoy pre-made salad dressing. Just remember to check the ingredients on the label to ensure that you can eat it without experiencing an allergic reaction. Now, all you have to do is make a great salad to put your dressing on!

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Tricia Fecteau

I have tried to share what I have learned years in my book called "Gluten-Free with Love" available on Amazon and on my website. I want to help you in your journey to good health.