Highly Addictive Nutritional Yeast Dressing

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There is no salad dressing on earth that makes me want to eat salad more than this one. This creamy nutritional yeast dressing makes anything you put it on taste insanely delicious. Salad is an obvious place to start, but I love this dressing on steamed rice, potatoes, chicken, fish, and just about any ‘bowl’ you can think of. (Ok maybe not a bowl of cereal, but you know what I mean.)

I love a good salad. In fact, I often keep an entire salad bar in my fridge so I can whip up salads at a moment’s notice. But let’s be honest, sometimes salad can leave us feeling unsatisfied. Using a variety of ingredients with different textures and flavours is fundamental for making more interesting salads, but when you have a dressing as good as this one, even a bowl of plain ol’ leafy greens tastes good.

Bonus: This highly addictive dressing is (almost) as simple to make as a basic oil and vinegar dressing. I highly recommend you give it a go!

Drizzling nutritional yeast dressing over steamed white rice in a bowl.

What’s the deal with nutritional yeast?

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated yeast that’s commonly used as a cheese substitute in vegan recipes. Not only does it add a cheesy flavor to anything you put it on, but it’s also a great source of protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Vegans love it because it’s particularly high in B vitamins, including vitamin B12 (especially the fortified versions), which is tricky to find in plant-based foods. I’ve been singing the praises of nutritional yeast for awhile now. Check out this blog post and corresponding video to see some of my favorite ways to use it!

Nutritional yeast in a measuring cup next to an empty mason jar.

How to make nutritional yeast dressing

Making your own nutritional yeast dressing is super easy and you can customize it in a number of ways. Here’s my go-to recipe to get you started:

  • 1 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/3 cup neutral oil (I use sunflower, avocado, or grapeseed)
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce (I use Kikkoman regular, but opt for low-sodium if you are not a salt tooth like me!)
  • 1 clove garlic (or a pinch of garlic powder)

Add all the ingredients to a wide-mouth jar and blend with an immersion (stick) blender (no need to make excess dirty dishes). Proceed to drizzle dump it on everything. 😂

Adding nutritional yeast to a mason jar.
Adding the nutritional yeast to the jar first helps to avoid splashes
Adding soy sauce to a jar with nutritional yeast.
Next, add the soy sauce, cider vinegar, oil, and garlic.
nutritional yeast dressing in a jar, ready to blend.
Time to blend!
Blending nutritional yeast dressing with an immersion blender.
A stick blender (AKA immersion blender) works great for this but you can also use a regular blender or food processor.

How to customize nutritional yeast dressing

The recipe above is definitely the one I make the most often, but in the spirit of mixing things up, here are some ideas on extra ingredients to add to your dressing.

  • Ginger
  • Cilantro
  • Green onion
  • Fresh chilies, or chili sauce like Sambal Oeleck
  • Toasted sesame oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Honey or maple syrup

What goes well with nutritional yeast dressing?

Honestly, it’d be easier to list out the few things foods that wouldn’t go well with this dressing. It’s delicious on all types of salads, grain bowls, potatoes, steamed rice, fried tofu, chicken, fish, raw veggie sticks… you name it. One of my favourite ways to use it is to just pour it over simply steamed rice with a few toasted sesame seeds on top. It’s comfort in a bowl.

Steamed white rice in a bowl with nutritional yeast dressing and toasted sesame seeds on top.

Of course, it’s a great option to go with any number of salads, but if all you have is a bag of baby spinach on hand, nutritional yeast dressing can transform that spinach into an irresistible snack.

Pouring nutritional yeast dressing over baby spinach in a bowl.

Storage tips

This nutritional yeast dressing lasts in the fridge for at least a week, probably longer. I like to make it and store it in a glass jar, so it’s easy to slap a lid on and keep it in my fridge door. Depending on how well you’ve blended it, it will most likely not separate in the fridge, however, it doesn’t hurt to give it a little shake before using it, especially if it’s been a few days since you’ve used it.

Frequently asked questions

Can this dressing be made in a regular blender?

Yes. This dressing can be mixed with a stick (immersion) blender, a regular blender, or a food processor. I don’t recommend mixing this dressing by hand, because it won’t become as creamy.

Can this dressing be made oil-free?

To convert this recipe to an oil-free nutritional yeast salad dressing, simply replace the 1/3 cup of oil with 1/3 cup of cold water, and blend in 2 Tablespoons of chia seeds. Allow the dressing to thicken for at least 30 minutes. You could also replace the oil with plain yogurt if you want an extra creamy version!

Can this dressing be made with brewers yeast or engevita yeast?

There are many types of deactivated yeast out there, but for this salad dressing, you need the one that is labeled “nutritional yeast flakes.”

Nutritional yeast dressing is a crazy delicious and fairly healthy condiment to keep on hand. Its creamy, cheesy flavor can turn a boring salad into something you can’t get enough of. Give this recipe a try and let me know if you love it as much as I do!

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Finished nutritional yeast dressing dripping off a spoon.

Highly Addictive Nutritional Yeast Dressing

This drinkable nutritional yeast dressing makes just about everything taste great. Keep a jar on hand and proceed to drizzle it on everything.
4.72 from 114 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Sauces & Condiments
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 10
Calories 92 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 immersion blender, blender, or food processor
  • 1 wide-mouth jar

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup neutral-flavoured oil like sunflower, avocado, or grapeseed
  • 1 clove garlic roughly chopped (to help the blending)

Instructions
 

  • Add all ingredients to a jar
  • Blend until creamy

Notes

I use Kikkoman regular soy sauce for this and I find it to be the perfect level of saltiness. However, if you are not very salt tolerant, try using low-sodium soy sauce instead. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2TbspCalories: 92kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 3gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.1gSodium: 457mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 0.03IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.5mg
Keyword condiments
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18 Comments

  1. This dressing is really good!

  2. Haven’t tried yet… what happens to overall flavor if I use EVOO?

  3. Larry Gonzalez

    4 stars
    A bit salty. I think I will try no to low sodium soy sauce next time. I expected a cheesier taste to it. But all in all, I enjoyed the first batch. Thanks for the tip. Nutritional Yeast will be an added ingredient to our pantry.

    • I find that some brands of soya sauce are saltier than others!

      • 5 stars
        Delicious! It is a bit salty. I used a regular soy sauce, next time, I’ll try mixing half low sodium soy. Also, I used two tablespoons ground flax instead of oil so fewer calories. Thanks for the suggestion and recipe. I think I’ll be eating this or a version of it for the rest of my life 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    Really yummy!!! I used extra virgin olive oil as well and added maple syrup fir a sweeter sauce.

  5. 3 stars
    I would really recommend a low sodium soy sauce, this is way too salty

  6. You could also try coconut aminos instead of soy sauce. It’s generally lower sodium with other good nutrients!

    • That’s a great suggestion for non soy folks! I haven’t tried it but I will. Thanks!

    • Thank you for the suggestion!!! I made it and did not care for the strong soy sauce taste (nor did my kids)… I really like your idea and will give it a try!

  7. 3 stars
    Tried it because all of the hype over it. The taste of the nutritional yeast is overwhelming. Tried to save it with some added ginger and sesame oil, will let it sit and see if it taste better tomorrow.

  8. 5 stars
    A really quick and easy dressing that can go with lots of foods, can be added to, and is straight up delicious!

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