A deliciously addictive dressing for salads, grilled vegetables or cooked grains, this Hollyhock Nutritional Yeast Dressing (known fondly as Nooch dressing) is high in protein, minerals and B vitamins.
This Hollyhock Nutritional Yeast Dressing is a favourite in our home. I've made it for years and I've decided I need to share it with you. It's an intensely-flavoured dressing that reminds me a little of Caesar dressing, without the eggs, cheese or anchovies!
Not only is it delightfully addictive, it's highly nutritious, too. Adding nutritional yeast not only adds flavour, it adds protein, vitamins (especially B Vitamins), minerals and anti-oxidants. If you need more convincing to add this to your diet, check this article Why is Nutritional Yeast Good for You?
Nutritional yeast is sold in health food stores. Don't confuse it with brewer's yeast, which can taste bitter, or baker's yeast which is used to make bread. It tastes a little cheesy and a little nutty! When my kids were young, we always sprinkled it on popcorn, as it tastes a little like parmesan cheese.
Also known as "nooch", nutritional yeast has a umami flavour. If you normally like roasted cauliflower or broccoli with a little cheese on top, try sprinkling a little nooch instead.
Ready to mix up some tasty homemade salad dressing?
Here's what you'll need.
Ingredients for nooch dressing
nutritional flaky yeast (not brewer's yeast or baking yeast)
tamari: choose gluten-free soy sauce
apple cider vinegar
garlic: fresh cloves
light vegetable oil: I used avocado oil, but you could use another light, neutral tasting oil like sunflower oil. Olive oil is too strongly flavoured for this dressing.
How to make nutritional yeast dressing
You'll need a blender to mix these dressing ingredients. Put the nutritional yeast, water, tamari, vinegar and garlic cloves in a blender and process until completely smooth.
Then with the machine running, pour the oil very slowly through the hole in the cap of the blender. The dressing will thicken and emulsify as you gradually add the oil, little by little.
If you love citrus, add a tablespoon of orange juice to this dressing for a bright touch.
For a thicker dressing, add a little less oil.
How to store
This dressing will last two weeks in your fridge. Give it a shake each time before you use it.
This popular dressing was originally published by the Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre on Cortes Island in British Columbia in their first cookbook, Hollyhock Cooks. It also tastes very similar to Little Creek's Original dressing.
Homemade salad dressings are easy to make
Making your own salad dressings is quick and easy, and it's a good way to avoid additives. You can use quality salad oil in your homemade dressings. You might also like these recipes, too.
Hollyhock Nutritional Yeast Dressing
- 1/2 cup nutritional yeast, not brewer's yeast or baker's yeast
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup tamari, gluten-free soy sauce
- 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 large cloves garlic
- 1.5 cups neutral vegetable oil, like avocado, sunflower or grape seed oil
- Combine all ingredients except oil in a blender. Process until completely smooth.
- With the machine running, pour the oil very slowly through the hole in the cap of the blender. The dressing will thicken and emulsify as you gradually add the oil, little by little.
- Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.