40+ Tasty Oil-Free Vegan Recipes

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These easy oil-free vegan recipes cover everything you need to enjoy your whole food plant-based diet! Delicious flavor, easy-to-find ingredients and no oil needed.

Whether you want to have an easier time losing weight by reducing added fat or need to work on your cholesterol levels, the reasons for following an oil-free whole food plant-based diet are manyfold.

Oil-free cooking has been a part of our lives for years, and we don’t miss anything at all!

Enjoy the following goodness, and check out these delicious high-carb low-fat vegan recipes next.

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Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

These easy recipes from meal prep-friendly breakfast to family-approved dinner and tasty treats cover everything you need to enjoy your whole food plant-based diet! The following quick rice salad from our popular Vegan Starter Kit Meal Plan is made from simple and healthy ingredients, super customizable and great for meal prep!


Rice Salad

  • 2 cups rice, cooked (320 g)
  • 2.5 cups mixed greens, chopped (140 g)
  • 1 medium-sized tomato, chopped
  • 1 15-oz can chickpeas (425 g), rinsed and drained
  • ½ bell pepper, chopped
  • ½ cup corn kernels (80 g)
  • Fresh or dried herbs, optional


  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons mustard
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon oregano, dried
  • Dash pepper
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients for your easy vegan rice salad in a large bowl and mix them with a large spoon.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients for the mustard dressing. Adjust to taste preference, then pour over your rice salad in the large bowl.
  3. Mix again with a large spoon until well-combined, then divide between serving bowls and enjoy!


  • This recipe is great for using up any leftovers like cooked rice or similar grains and fresh veggies.
  • The rice salad can be stored, covered, in the fridge for 3-5 days and taken with you for a quick portable lunch.
  • You can use any oil-free vegan dressing of your choice, such as honey mustard or yogurt tahini!
  • We like to add chopped apples or dates to this salad sometimes!
  • Find 33+ more oil-free vegan recipes in the article above.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 252mgCarbohydrates: 77gFiber: 9gSugar: 20gProtein: 13g

Nutrition information is a rough estimate calculated automatically, their accuracy is not guaranteed. Just focus on whole plant-based foods and eat until satiety!

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About Alena Handwritten FontAlena Schowalter is a Certified Vegan Nutritionist who has been a vegetarian since childhood and vegan since 2012. Together with her husband, she founded nutriciously in 2015 and has been guiding thousands of people through different transition stages towards a healthy plant-based diet. She’s received training in the fields of nutrition, music therapy and social work. Alena enjoys discussions around vegan ethics, walks through nature and creating new recipes.

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