Five-Ingredient Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing – vegan, paleo, low carb

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If you’re looking for something to spice up your salads, look no further. This nutritional yeast salad dressing is a breeze to make and has a zingy cheesy flavor that you’re sure to love.

Homemade Salad Dressing in Jar

I’ve been making my own homemade salad dressing for a long time. Our long-standing favorite used to be this Moroccan Vinaigrette, and then this homemade vinaigrette salad dressing that you can make 5 ways, but this nutritional yeast dressing is a great one as well.

And let me say that if you aren’t making your own homemade salad dressing yet, I hope that this post gets you motivated to do so.

‘Cause I have another super simple salad dressing recipe that should be on your table.


I honestly can’t remember the last time I purchased salad dressing.

Hmmmm….maybe way back there in my college days before I was into making my own just about everything.

In those days I was on an “if it’s low fat it’s healthy” diet.

But I was also on the “I don’t have any money” diet so likely I didn’t buy much salad dressing then either.

I didn’t buy much of anything.

I remember shopping the discount produce racks in college trying to keep to my $100 per month budget (and I shudder to think that that included my rent. Really? Did I live that frugally?)

Anyway – back to the dressing.

My favorite dressing growing up was the low fat French dressing at Wendy’s salad bar.

I grew up in a family that occasionally went out for fast food as a treat and since I was “healthifying my life” I would get the All You Can Eat salad bar and would top my huge heap of greens with that low-fat-full-of-sugar-and-corn-syrup-and-artificial-food-coloring- stuff and would call it healthy.

Things are different now.

Now I know that you might not be as excited about making your own stuff as I am, but I hope you catch the bug.

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Why Make Homemade Salad Dressings

1.  Reduce toxins by using only wholesome whole food ingredients (none of that icky stuff listed above)

2.   Save tons of money

3.  Reduce the impact on the environment by buying less packaged stuff.

4.  Avoid extra sugars. Many dressings are loaded with HCFS and other sweeteners. Particularly if you are on a candida diet, these will wreak havoc on your health.

Anyway, you can jump on this saving money, healthier for you and the environment bandwagon too with this dressing.

So come along with me.

The inspiration for this dressing came from Oh She Glows, a fabulous vegetarian blog. We made her Adzuki Bean Quinoa Tabbouleh, grabbed her dressing and made it our own.

My kids quickly pushed aside the Moroccan Vinaigrette and our Favorite Salad Dressing – Five Ways and ate this one voraciously for the next few weeks.

And I’m finally getting around to sharing it with you.

We use this not only as a salad dressing but to top all kinds of things.

Ways to Use This Easy 5 Ingredient Salad Dressing

  • on top of beans and rice for a jazzed up last minute meal
  • atop cooked veggies. Marinate in the dressing for about 2 hours for added flavor
  • as a dip for fresh veggies. My boys like to mix extra nutritional yeast into this easy salad dressing (actually they use a whole lotta nutritional yeast) to make it really thick.

Oh – and if you are looking for a nutritional yeast that does NOT contain added b-vitamins, this brand is your answer.

Homemade Salad Dressing with Salad and Wooden Salad Utensils

Other Homemade Condiments on our Dinner Table

If you haven’t tried those, you really should.

nutritional yeast salad dressing in small glass jar next to salad

Recipe Notes

Easy Salad Dressing - Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing

Tangy Five-Ingredient Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing–for More Than Salad

This easy salad dressing is made up of only five ingredients and tastes amazing – full of zip and healthy ingredients! We have it on our table all the time.
4.88 from 8 votes
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Course: Dressings, Seasonings, etc.
Cuisine: AIP, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Keto, Low-Carb, Paleo, THM:S, Vegan, whole30
Keyword: 5 ingredient salad dressing
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5
Calories: 216kcal



  • Pour olive oil and apple cider vinegar in serving container.
  • Add remaining ingredients.
  • Stir to combine. Stir again to redistribute ingredients before serving.
  • Store in refrigerator, preferably in a glass container.


I recommend storing this dressing in a glass container, not just because it’s a liquid, but also because it’s acidic and acids can cause toxins to leach out of plastics.


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 700mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg | Net Carbs: 2g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is merely an approximation. Optional ingredients are not included and when there is an alternative, the primary ingredient is typically used. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs are not included in carb counts since they have been shown not to impact blood sugar. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.


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  1. FYI: The link you gave was for this: It IS fortified, meaning it DOES HAVE ADDED B VITAMINS
    You definitely want to get an unfortified or Non Fortified version, NOT a fortified one… for a healthier product.

    “Oh – and if you are looking for a nutritional yeast that does NOT contain added b-vitamins, this brand is your answer.”
    Linked to this product:
    KAL Nutritional Yeast Flakes, Fortified with B12, Folic Acid & Other B Vitamins,

    1. Hi there, Carol.
      Gosh Amazon can be really difficult. Of course there can be an error on my end, but Amazon also switches out products on links sometimes. Once there was a very “inappropriate toy” at the end of one of my links. I was of course in total shock when I saw that.

      Thanks for pointing it out. The link is changed. :).

  2. I make a similar one with tahini and lemon juice added to it. Spoon licking good! Tahini lemon garlic dressing.

    1. That sounds amazing!! I would love the recipe if you’re willing to share – here or email – adrienne at wholenewmom dot com.

  3. 5 stars
    This is seriously the best salad dressing recipe! This is the only dressing anyone ever wants at all of our family dinners and has been our favorite since I found it here on Pinterest in 2017. Thank you for sharing this!!!

    1. Hi JoAnn – thank you so much you made my day! It has been way too long since I’ve made this. I need to place an order for nutritional yeast so I can make it again! Thanks again and of course you are welcome!

  4. I got a cramp in my hands TWICE before I actually got to the recipe. I HATE these kinds of posts. I want the recipe, not your childhood memories. (sorry). Seriously. I never got the salad dressing recipe I wanted, because it took 25 minutes before I gave up. Sorry–I won’t be back. (not to mention the the pop=ups that TOTALLY covered the page.

    1. Hi Donna. You know what? I hope you can read this and think about how you came across. There’s a real human being on the other end of your keyboard and screen and this human being got news of THREE people in her circles who were either hospitalized or dead. I worked hard to help one of them – spent hours on it, actually. And I’m sure you’ve noticed that the world is not the easiest place these days.

      I really didn’t need this kind of a rude comment today. Of course I would like to never have them at all.

      I do most things on my site myself. That is an older post and I’m gradually rewriting them to leave some personality in it without it being too much. I haven’t gotten to that one yet.

      You clearly missed the handy “JUMP TO RECIPE” link at the top of the post. I put that in for readers’ convenience.

      There also shouldn’t be any pop ups that totally cover a page. I worked hard to make sure that didn’t happen. I will check but I don’t know what that could be–if you can tell me what it was, that might help me sort it out.

      I think it is quite possible that you have an outdated phone which could be adding to your negative experience–I can’t imagine why someone would have a cramp in their hand from scrolling through a recipe–was that an exaggeration? If not, you might check out some natural anti-inflammatories or myofascial release.

      If you just want recipes, and not a connection with a real person, then you can go to allrecipes dot com and such where they often have recipes stolen / copied from bloggers and we suffer.

      Again, I hope you can think about how you come off in the future and how this kind of thing hurts people. Please consider that next time you get frustrated about an online experience. Thank you.