The ONLY Salad Dressing You’ll Ever Need

Reason #24 why our trip to the Yukon was meant to be – Pam introduced us to a life changing salad dressing. While she was preparing it, she described it as ‘making her want to drink it straight from the bottle.’ Oh man, I can relate. I did that with a bottle of chili lime Cholula the other day.

You know how you can add Cholula hot sauce to pretty much anything and it’ll taste good? That’s how versatile this dressing is! It can be used as a marinade, a stir fry sauce, dip, or like Pam suggested, a tasty beverage.  I guarantee you’ll never go back to whatever it was you were using before. It’s just not possible.


One of the first things I did when I got home was make her salad dressing – I couldn’t stop dipping my finger into the food processor for tastes! Yum yum YUM. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us, Pam!

gluten free salad dressing


Into a blender or food processor, combine:

  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Tamari (I use gluten-free reduced sodium)
  • 1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar (fresh lemon juice will work too)
  • 1 cup nutritional yeast

    Then, slowly add:

  • 3 cups extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cold water

Blend until creamy and store in a…. kombucha bottle?


If you’re not familiar with nutritional yeast, it’s a ‘nutty-cheesy’ flavoured ‘de-activated’ yeast  that is rich in amino acids and B vitamins. Some brands are fortified with vitamin B12, making it an ideal pantry staple for vegetarians who require supplementation.   You can find it in the natural foods section of most grocery stores, or bulk stores.  I hope you love the dressing as much as we do! 😀

Of possible interest: 

20 Ways To Use Nutritional Yeast

22 thoughts on “The ONLY Salad Dressing You’ll Ever Need

  1. I’ve never tried nutritional yeast, but it’s been on my ‘must-try’ list for a while now. Definitely intrigued by using it in a dressing! I’m so lazy when it comes to salad dressing, lately I’ve just been plopping a spoonful of hummus on my salad and calling it done.

    • I’ve been so lazy with dressings too – I still love hummus dressing, but I’m BORED of it! 😀

  2. Yum! Just made this tonight. It was delish! Definitely pinning and adding to my rotation of favourite dressings! (Side note, I have tried something similar that included sunflower seed butter or alternately tahini, about a TBS or so. So good!!)

  3. Using this for the salad I’m making for my family on Thursday but instead of 1/4 cup water I’m gonna use 1/4 cup fresh cucumber juice

    • Everyone loved this on the spinach/spring mix/snap pea salad I made!!! This morning I just finished off the little bit of dressing I had left over by pouring over mashed potatoes.

  4. Delicious! This should be the ultimate go-to for healthy Caesar Salad dressing substitute.
    It’s been a long time since I’ve used salad dressing and I’m glad this was the one I chose.

  5. Anyone try this without oil? Im trying to stay away from oils as much as possible.

    • Jennie, I haven’t but how about replacing the oil with a few avocado’s? May need to add a little more water to thin it out though? If more water used them maybe a pinch of kelp so not to bland?

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