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!

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Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

4 from 106 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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    50 comments
    1. 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!

    2. Sherry
      March 1, 2022 AT 2:17 pm

      I plan on making this soon. How long will this last in the refrigerator?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 2, 2022 AT 9:38 am

        Hi, Sherry! This dressing should keep in fresh in the refrigerator for up to a week in an airtight container. I usually keep my dressings in a mason jar or weck jar. I hope this helps!

    3. Jenn
      September 17, 2021 AT 3:49 pm

      5 stars
      I love this recipe! It has become our #1 go-to for salad dressing, et al. It is so tasty and SO versatile- so many ways to adapt and spice it up. I substituted the olive oil with aquafaba (canned chickpea water) and it turned out great with a nice creaminess.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 20, 2021 AT 1:55 pm

        Yay!! Happy to hear this dressing was a hit, Jenn. Thanks so much for making it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!

    4. Jasmine
      August 17, 2021 AT 6:49 pm

      5 stars
      When I was reading the ingredients I though “Nah. No way this is going to be good.” I was making the kale & cabbage salad, though, and this is the dressing it calls for, so I made it. I’m so glad I did, it’s delicious! I used 1.5 tsp. garlic powder because that’s the only kind of garlic I had. I left out the pepper because black pepper is inflammatory and that’s a no-no for me.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 18, 2021 AT 11:04 am

        Woo! So glad this dressing was a hit, Jasmine! Thanks for the review 🙂

    5. 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.

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