Basil Flax Salad Dressing

A delicious oil-free, nut-free, vegan salad dressing made with fresh basil.

Vegan Nut Free Salad Dressing

It’s summerrrrrrrrrrr!! Finally, finally summer! I have been waiting for this for … well … ever since the first snowflakes fell last November. No more fleeces and long johns. Just warm sunshine (not hot, just warm … I’m in Michigan guys), flip flops, and fresh basil.

And by fresh basil I mean the REAL stuff, not the $6.00 package of three wilty basil leaves that grocery stores carry the rest of the year.

Fresh basil is one of my favorite gifts from the garden. There’s nothing quite like Fresh Basil Pesto. And New Potatoes and Summer Squash with Fresh Herb Sauce. And this Basil Avocado Dressing is also really, really yummy. And now, this delicious nut-free, oil-free, vegan Basil Flax Dressing can join the summer basil party too.

Don’t judge a book by its cover

Vegan Nut Free Salad Dressing

You know, sometimes the most humble-looking recipes are the most delicious. This quick and easy salad dressing likely won’t win any beauty contests and will probably never be famous on Instagram. (Actually none of my recipes will ever be famous on Instagram since I haven’t quite figured out exactly how I’m supposed to use the thing. Someone please just do the Instagram thing for me.) But don’t judge this humble dressing by its cover because if you do, you’ll miss out on a tangy, summer flavor party in your mouth.

The healthiest salad dressing recipe

I prefer to make my own salad dressing so I can keep it healthy, but this vegan/nut-free/oil-free salad dressing recipe takes things to the next level. It uses nutrient-rich flax seeds to give it an ever so slight creaminess and to load you up with a healthy dose of both omega-3s and fiber. Then we add lemon for some zip and zing and fresh basil for a lovely, rich, summer flavor.

Oh, and that basil – just 1/4 cup fresh basil gives you over 30% of your daily needs for vitamin K!

More Omega-3s

Omega-3 are essential for a healthy heart and have also been shown to significantly reduce inflammation.

This nutrient can be found in abundance in chia seeds, radish sprouts, flax seed, walnuts, fresh basil, Chinese broccoli, and spinach.

Be sure to store your flax seed in the refrigerator or the freezer to keep it fresh and protect it from oxygen damage.

Dressing on Call

Vegan Nutfree Salad Dressing

I’m not a huge fan of vegetables, and that’s why you’ll almost always find a large container of dressing (or dip) in my refrigerator. These luscious dressings can make the most boring veggie taste amazing!

Healthy dressing in the refrigerator = I eat more veggies.

Notes about this dressing

Vegan Nutfree Salad Dressing

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I make this with brown flax seed meal, but golden flax works just as well.

Be sure to use flax meal for this recipe. I tried varying amounts of whole flax seed and the dressing always ended up gloppy and stretchy instead of salad-dressing-like.

How to use this delicious dressing

We love this light and flavorful dressing on salad, but it also taste great on steamed or raw veggies – especially broccoli and cauliflower.

vegan, oil-free, nut-free salad dressing
Vegan, nut-free, oil-free salad dressing

Basil Flax Salad Dressing

A delicious vegan, nut-free, oil-free salad dressing made with fresh basil.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Condiment, Salad Dressing
YIELD 1.5 cups
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  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1/4 cup (packed) fresh basil leaves - (about 30 fresh basil leaves)
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal - (finely ground flax seed)


  • Place all ingredients except flax seed meal in blender and blend until smooth.
  • Add flax seed meal and blend until thoroughly mixed.
  • Chill.


1. Be sure to use flax seed meal and not whole flax seed. I like to grind my flax seed in my coffee grinder.
2. A reader suggested to leave out the flax seed meal until ready to use, then add it as needed. We think that’s a great idea!
Yield: 1 1/2 cups

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  1. 5 stars
    This sounds yummy, and so easy to make! I have some fresh basil, so guess what I’m going to use it for? My mouth is watering already.

      1. 5 stars
        Love this recipe. I tweaked a bit. Added 1 T pure maple syrup, zest of 1/2 an organic lemon, 1/4-1/2 chunk onion & 1/2 c or more fresh basil.

  2. 5 stars
    I made this recipe as set forth, and it is absolutely delicious! I dressed warm red lentil fuslli pasta and topped with red and orange bell peppers, black olives, and edemame. Thank you for a perfectly healthy dressing!

  3. Hello Jennifer! Thank you for your recipe. I did make it and it tastes good. I made it on a Friday and kept it in the fridge. On Sunday, it was quite slimy. It still tasted OK. I assume this is due to the flax, correct? Is it OK that its slimy? That doesn’t indicate that its gone bad, right?

  4. OMG DELICIOUS. I needed an oil free salad dressing with flax of course. I made this, omitted the flax so I can stir in when as needed.
    It’s so fresh and delicious!

    I’m putting this on everything 🤤

    1. That’s a great tip, Nadia (about stirring the flax in when you need it). I’m going to edit the recipe to include your suggestion. Thank you!
      So happy you liked the dressing. 🙂

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