Super creamy and tangy, this vegan sundried tomato dressing comes together in just under 5 minutes.
Whether it is your favorite pasta salad that needs a little pick-me-up, or a simple crunchy salad that needs some of that nice tomato flavor, this dressing is perfect!
We’ll be starting with some sun dried tomatoes (in this case, my oven dried tomatoes) and some seasonings.
I’m all about making infused oils, sauces and dressings that can last for weeks in my refrigerator.
That way, when I have to put a dish together, I always have a nice flavor-packed condiment ready to be used.
What's So Great About the Recipe?
Quite recently, I tried my hands at some oven roasted Italian peppers, and I was amazed at how long they lasted, and how versatile they were.
So of course, I had to try doing the same with some fresh tomatoes too!
And that’s exactly what I did- I ended up making a batch of oven roasted tomatoes, and used them to make this sun dried tomato dressing.
Ingredients For the Sundried Tomato Dressing Recipe
To make this sun-dried tomato salad dressing, here’s what you’ll need.
Sun dried tomatoes: You’ll need to use sun dried tomatoes in oil. Oil-packed sundried tomatoes are next level delicious, and you’ll also need some of that extra oil.
Garlic: Some fresh garlic can really jazz up the flavors of this easy dressing. Use as much as you like, or even substitute with garlic powder if you don’t have fresh garlic.
Oregano: You’ll also need a dash of dried oregano to lend the dressing a bit of that Italian flavor.
Black pepper: Crushed black pepper brings some earthy kick of spice into the picture.
Coconut milk: And, to balance out that concentrated tomato flavor, you’ll need some coconut milk.
See recipe card for quantities.
How to Make Sundried Tomato Dressing
Ready to make this zesty and vibrant sun-dried tomato dressing? Here’s the process you’ll need to follow.
Add all the ingredients to a food processor or a blender (or your Nutribullet), and blend until smooth.
Season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix.
Variations Worth Trying
While this one’s a good salad dressing, you can easily turn this into a sun dried tomato vinaigrette too!
To do this, you’ll need to combine the sun-dried tomatoes in oil with copious amounts of extra virgin olive oil and a splash of balsamic vinegar.
Most vinaigrette recipes typically call for the use of red wine vinegar, but I personally recommend opting for the delicious umami of the balsamic vinegar.
This tomato vinaigrette is a great teammate to your Mediterranean salads or any other green salads that need a more lighter flavor.
If you’re using a dry packed jar of sundried tomatoes, you might want to rehydrate the tomatoes before you use them for the recipe. The tomatoes need to be soaked in water for 20 minutes, removed and then put to use.
How to Store the Leftover Sundried Tomato Dressing
Your homemade sun-dried tomato dressing can be stored in a mason jar or an airtight container in the refrigerator.
The dressing can last for up to a week.
Tips & Tricks to Nail the Recipe
- While you can always use store-bought sun dried tomatoes, I would recommend making it yourself at home. You won’t even need a dehydrator- just your oven should work well.
- If you’re using the packaged version, I would highly recommend using the oil packed version. Oil packed sundried tomatoes are much easier to break down in the blender or food processor.
- If you don’t have the oil packed version, you might need a bit more of some olive oil, ideally extra-virgin olive oil to get this dressing to the right consistency.
How to Serve the Sundried Tomato Dressing
High in lycopene, this dressing can actually be used in a ton of different ways.
Here are some good ideas to get you inspired.
My favorite way to serve this dressing is to drizzle some of it over roasted vegetables or a nice kale salad.
You can also pour it over your grain bowls or a small bowl of mixed greens.
As a Marinade
Thanks to its pourable consistency, this sundried tomato dressing can also be used as a marinade for all your grills and meat dishes that need some intense flavor.
As a Pasta Sauce
This super flavorful dressing can also double up as an easy pasta sauce. You'll, of course, need to add a bit of water if needed, but with its simple Italian flavors, it can truly be a great recipe to try out on a rushed weekday.
The savory tartness of this sun dried tomato dressing actually makes it a great spread to slather on your toasted bread.
This can be a great idea if your leftover dressing has thickened up and reached a spreadable consistency.
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Sundried Tomato Dressing
- 2 tablespoon sundried tomatoes
- 3 tablespoon coconut milk
- 2 tablespoon oil leftover from the oil packed sundried tomatoes
- 2-3 garlic
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor or a blender (or your Nutribullet), and blend until smooth.
- Season with salt and pepper and give it a good mix.
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
- Use oils with high smoking point to avoid harmful compounds
- Always have good ventilation when using a gas stove