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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4.39 from 143 votes

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! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 1/3 cups



  • 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.


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


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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Salad Dressing
Cuisine: American
Keyword: nutritional yeast dressing
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  1. 5 stars
    Great dressing! Definitely will be a good one to give things a bold depth of flavor. Tried it today and loved it.

  2. 5 stars
    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!!

  3. 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!!!

    1. Hi Al. I am so happy to hear you are loving this recipe! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. It means the world to me!

  4. 5 stars
    Beyond delicious – will make this every week. Absolutely love. Only change – might use less / no water for thicker dressing.

    1. 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

  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. 4 stars
    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?

  7. 4 stars
    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?

    1. Thank you so much for this feedback, Sarah. I will test the recipe again to make sure the water content is correct.

        1. I retested the recipe and removed water from the ingredient list because it turned out watery for quite a few people!

  8. 4 stars
    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!

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this dressing, Sherry! Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

  9. 5 stars
    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!

    1. 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. 🙂

  10. 5 stars
    I did not change a thing!
    I am a culinary institute of America grad and I LOVE this.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  11. 3 stars
    SOS! I was excited to try this recipe, and I’ve made it twice and have the same problem: a super thick consistency. I’ve added 3x the olive oil, and it’s still super thick.

    I’m puzzled by the references to water amongst some of the reviewers, as I didn’t see water in the recipe (unless one subbed out oil and replaced it with water).

    Please enlighten me! Thanks

    1. Hey Marie – I originally had water and oil in the recipe, but it was too thin. If your dressing is too thick for you, you can always add water to thin it out. I’d start with 1 T at a time until you reach the consistency you’re looking for.

  12. 5 stars
    To say this salad dressing changed my life would be an understatement. I feel like a vampire tasting human blood for the first time. I completely eyeballed every measurement but it turned out perfectly. I would rate this 6 stars if I could.

    1. Ahh this makes me so happy to hear, Darcy!! I’m pumped you loved this dressing. Thanks so much for the review. I appreciate it!

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

  13. 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!

  14. 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

  15. 5 stars
    This dressing is INCREDIBLE. I don’t even like nooch but I am in love with this dressing. Holy moly

    1. 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!

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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. 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!

    1. 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!

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

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

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

  21. 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. 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.

    1. 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.

  22. can you make this without the olive oil or by getting rid of some of the yeast so it’s liquidy? I want to incorporate nooch into my salads but lower calorie.

    1. I haven’t tested this, but I have read that you can replace oil in dressing recipes with a flax or chia egg instead of oil. I am not sure how thin it’ll make the dressing as I haven’t given it a try. Let me know if you try this out and how it turns out for you!

  23. 5 stars
    excellent recipe. I made mixed greens, red cabbage, sweet peppers, pineapple, cucumber, chopped dates and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for a dinner party. There were no leftovers. Also great as a sandwich spread in lieu of mayo.

    1. Amazing! I am SO glad you are loving this dressing and it turned out amazing for you, Suzi. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!