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

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. 


Creamy Nutritional Yeast Dressing

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/3 cups
  • Diet: Vegan


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! 



  1. 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.
  2. 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.


  • For an oil-free dressing you can use water in place of the oil. The dressing won’t be as creamy, but still delicious.
  • Category: Dressing
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 Tablespoons
  • Calories: 95
  • Sugar: 1g
  • Sodium: 110mg
  • Fat: 7g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 3g

Keywords: nutritional yeast dressing


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  1. Absolutely love this recipe! I sub out the olive oil for tahini and added the juice of a lemon and it was amazing!! Thanks again!

    • Woot woot!! So glad you enjoyed this dressing, Caroline. Thanks for sharing the tahini sub you made and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. It’s super helpful for other readers. 🙂

  2. I love how savory this dressing is and it pairs really well with kale. I added a little water to thin it out. Thanks for the recipe!

  3. The taste is great, but mine also is very watery- I did not even add the 1/4 cup of water. I s it possible that there are different densities of nutritional yeast? How many grams are in the cup you used?

  4. This recipe is absolutely delicious! However, I think you might need to adjust the liquid amounts (as another reviewer suggested). Maybe blender differences matter, but using your figures, mine was so watery that I had to add more than a cup of nutritional yeast and additional oil to make it a creamy , regular dressing consistency. I made it a second time and removed all the water and still needed to add nutritional yeast and extra oil. I wonder if you might revisit your amounts?

  5. I absolutely love this dressing and all of your recipes! I’m currently working to overcome HA, and I appreciate your site so much!!

  6. Beyond delicious – will make this every week. Absolutely love. Only change – might use less / no water for thicker dressing.

    • Yayyy! So glad you tried this dressing and loved it. It’s one of my all-time faves. And yeah, you can definitely use less or more liquid depending on the consistency you are looking for. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I really appreciate it, Sophie! <3

  7. I have tried twice and I can’t get this creamy at all. Just a thick liquid. I like the taste but I can’t get the texture!!!

  8. I was looking for a way to get a daily portion of nutritional yeast and this is it! It is almost identical the the dressing I make but creamy and I can’t taste whatever it is I don’t like about nutritional yeast. THANKS!!

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