Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing

It’s still January – want to find a way to get more greens in your diet?

So did you make a resolution to eat more healthy this year? Now it’s the end of January …. so how are you doing with that promise to yourself? Do you still need to find a way to get more green things in your diet? I find that a great way for me is to make a salad I really actually like. Just thinking about it right now is making my mouth water. The key I find is in the dressing. So here is a recipe that is super easy for Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing (um what? – ya just bear with me a moment here).

This is my favourite salad dressing – and I don’t really like salad dressings. I have posted this before in a prior blog post as a dressing for a Beet and Rice Salad (that is also to die for) you can find it here:

I think it is worth giving this Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing it’s own post – for three reasons: It is just that good, I want to highlight it, and when I want to find it to make myself I wont have to remember that I posted it in the Beet and Rice Salad dressing recipe to find it. (Yep, this is all about me, and so? whats’ your point?)

So getting more green things in your diet Step One

  1. get more green things in your house
  2. eat them

Ok I am being a bit silly but for me this is how I did it: I bought a Tower Garden. Yes this was kind of pricey but I have to say I love it – A tower garden is a hydroponic garden that waters itself on a timer and has indoor grow lights so you can grow green things in the middle of the winter in your basement or home. Here is what mine looks like – I took this picture this morning:

Tower Garden

This thing grows greens that are so tasty and tender – best tasting salad I have ever had… if you want to order one you can here:

and then click on the tab that says tower garden at the top…

Now on to the recipe!


Here are the ingredients and directions for the Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing – If you are still wondering what the heck nutritional yeast is – you can buy it in a bag at Whole Foods or health food stores and maybe Loblaws – it looks like this:

Image result for nutritional yeast

It is full of B vitamins and is super healthy and is a protein source for Vegans… also said to lower cholesterol, boost immunity and act as a good anti-oxidant.

This dressing was a recipe from Hollyhock which is a stunning retreat centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia, and this is their most popular salad dressing. This dark and intensely flavoured dressing is versatile and rich in B vitamins. It’s delicious on cooked grains as well as with fresh greens. Yield: about 2½ cups (625 mL) 

½ cup (125 mL) nutritional yeast flakes

⅓ cup (80 mL) water

⅓ cup (80 mL) soy sauce or tamari

⅓ cup (80 mL) apple-cider vinegar

2 tablespoons (30 mL) crushed garlic (optional)

1½ cups (250 mL) avocado oil 

Put the yeast flakes, water, soy sauce, vinegar, and garlic in a food processor and blend until thoroughly mixed. With the processor running on high, add the oil in a slow, steady stream. Add all the oil or stop when your desired consistency is reached. This dressing will keep in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Variation: I use wheat-free tamari and less oil either extra-virgin olive oil or avocado oil. *Adapted from Hollyhock Cooks: Food to Nourish Body, Mind and Soul by Moreka Jolar and Linda Solomon, New Society Publishers, 2003, with permission from Hollyhock and Moreka Jolar.CATEGORIES

I also make half a batch and put it in a swing top bottle (read: old cleaned out beer bottle) for storage.

Happy salading!