Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

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Nutritional yeast, alongside apple cider vinegar and garlic, gives this dressing an umami-rich flavor you can’t resist. You’ll find yourself wanting to drizzle it on everything!

I’m a huge fan of homemade dressings and have posted a ton over the years! One of my favorites has always been this oil-free zesty tahini dressing with nutritional yeast. And this nutritional yeast dressing is a spin-off of that one, only without the tahini and even more nutritional yeast. I originally created it as a dressing for my kale and cabbage salad, but honestly it’s delicious on just about anything. I like using it as a drizzle for steamed veggies and as a dip for baked chicken tenders.

Nutritional yeast dressing in a small mason jar with garlic on the left and a spoon with nutritional yeast on the right.

What is Nutritional Yeast?

Nutritional yeast is an inactive yeast made from molasses. It’s yellow in color and sold as flakes, granules or powder and can be found in the spice section or bulk bins of health food stores. I typically buy Bob’s Red Mill large flakes from Thrive Market.

Nutritional yeast has the word “nutritional” in its name for a reason! It is a complete protein – meaning it has all nine essential acids that we need! It is also high in protein (2g per tablespoon) so is a great way for vegetarians and vegans to add high-quality protein to their diet.

It’s also is high in B vitamins, specifically vitamin B-12! Vitamin B-12 is needed for a variety of body functions, including red blood cell creation, DNA production, energy metabolism and healthy nervous system functionality. It’s naturally found in animal products, so vegans can become deficient if they aren’t supplementing (or eating nutritional yeast).

Nutritional yeast dressing in a small mason jar with garlic on the left and a spoon with nutritional yeast on the right.

How to Make Nutritional Yeast Dressing

Making a homemade dressing with nutritional yeast is super easy! For this dressing, we’re simply adding the nutritional yeast, apple cider vinegar, coconut aminos,  garlic and ground pepper to a blender and blending until smooth. Slowly add in the olive oil with the blender on low. If you don’t have a blender, you can mince your garlic really well and whisk all of the ingredients together in a bowl!

More Homemade Dressings You’ll Enjoy

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Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

4 from 115 votes
Nutritional yeast, alongside apple cider vinegar and garlic, gives this dressing an umami-rich flavor you can’t resist. You’ll find yourself wanting to drizzle it on everything! 
Nutritional yeast dressing in a small mason jar with garlic on the left and a spoon with nutritional yeast on the right.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 1/3 cups

Ingredients

Instructions
 

  • Combine all dressing ingredients except olive oil into a blender. Blend until smooth and slowly add in the olive oil, with the blender on a low setting.
  • I prefer making this dressing in a blender because it gets extra smooth and creamy, but if don’t have a blender you can easily make it by whisking all the ingredients together as well. Just make sure you mince your garlic really well.

Notes

  • For an oil-free dressing you can use water in place of the oil. The dressing won’t be as creamy, but still delicious.

Nutrition

Serving: 2Tablespoons Calories: 95kcal Carbohydrates: 5g Protein: 3g Fat: 7g Saturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 110mg Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g
Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nutritional yeast dressing

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    58 comments
    1. Amanda
      November 12, 2022 AT 6:09 pm

      4 stars
      hmm turned out thin but probably just me!!!! did water and oil together

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 14, 2022 AT 4:46 pm

        Hmm, I have not tried this recipe with water, the oil is really what makes it nice and thick. That is most likely the cause of it being too thin. Thank you for sharing your review + star rating, I appreciate it.

    2. Alicks
      November 4, 2022 AT 2:01 am

      5 stars
      Was looking for a recipe with these ingredients (except canola oil instead of olive oil) because of a dressing that has now been discontinued….so I made this with canola oil and the tamari option. Mine turned out a little thick (like mustard) but had a nice zing and tang. I’ll add water to get it to be more dressing than sauce. Thanks for posting the recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 4, 2022 AT 11:12 am

        Ah yay! I am excited to hear that you are enjoying this recipe, Alicks. Thank you so much for sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it.

    3. EllenMarie
      July 6, 2022 AT 9:38 pm

      5 stars
      I love nutritional yeast, and I’m always looking for a new salad dressing. This one’s delish. I was out of apple cider vinegar, so I used plain white vinegar, and added the tiniest pinch of sugar. So good. It’s salads all week! Thank you.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 7, 2022 AT 12:56 am

        Woo!! So glad you enjoyed this recipe, EllenMarie! Thanks for making it and for leaving a review. I so appreciate it!

    4. Krystal
      June 26, 2022 AT 10:43 am

      5 stars
      This dressing is a staple for me! I am always looking for ways to use this dressing because I want to eat it everyday! I like to use Bragg’s liquid aminos in place of coconut aminos. Thanks for this go-to!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 27, 2022 AT 10:26 am

        So glad you like this recipe, Krystal! I appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment and review!

    5. Barbara Shelton
      May 8, 2022 AT 12:24 pm

      5 stars
      Just made this and put it on a simple salad. Interestingly delish

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 9, 2022 AT 7:49 am

        I’m so glad you’re enjoying this salad dressing, Barbara. Thank you for trying it and leaving a review!

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