Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

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!

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If you make this nutritional yeast dressing, be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers. 

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

Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

Brittany Mullins
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! 
4.37 from 25 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Course Dressing
Cuisine American
Servings 1 1/3 cups
Calories 95 kcal

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: 2TablespoonsCalories: 95kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1g
Keyword nutritional yeast dressing
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    42 comments
    1. Julie Scheibe
      June 5, 2021 AT 7:56 pm

      Question…I don’t usually keep garlic in the house because any foods from the alum family (onions, garlic, leeks) make me sick when I eat them. Could I sub out with garlic powder? Thanks!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 7, 2021 AT 11:06 am

        It should be fine, but the flavor of the dressing might not be as strong.

    2. Margot
      April 5, 2021 AT 7:55 pm

      5 stars
      This dressing is INCREDIBLE. I don’t even like nooch but I am in love with this dressing. Holy moly

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 5, 2021 AT 9:18 pm

        Woo! That makes me so happy to hear, Margot. So pumped you love this dressing! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    3. Patti
      March 25, 2021 AT 11:03 pm

      4 stars
      I only used 1/2 the coconut aminos and then added extra salt for flavor, I used tahini instead of the olive oil and I think the ACVinegar was too tart for meso I would use only 1/2 and added water for the other half of the quantity

    4. Payton
      February 12, 2021 AT 11:02 am

      I am definitely a nutritional yeast connoisseur. But I hadn’t even thought of turning it into a dressing until I stumbled across this recipe while doing research for my own blog post! I just know this is going to be a staple recipe for me. Thank you for sharing!

    5. matthew long
      February 11, 2021 AT 4:57 am

      5 stars
      This is the greatest dressing ever….OMG!! It is so tasty my socks have blown off!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 11, 2021 AT 11:50 pm

        Ahh that makes me SO happy to hear!! I’m glad you loved this dressing, Matthew. Thanks for the review. I so appreciate it!

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