Weeknight Cooking

Easy, Creamy Vegan Salad Dressing

January 17, 2020
Photo by Ty Mecham. Food Stylist: Anna Billingskog. Prop Stylist: Brooke Deonarine.
Author Notes

This is my family's go-to salad dressing, starring a special ingredient that adds creaminess and holds everything else together: nutritional yeast. —Ori Zohar

  • Prep time 2 minutes
  • Makes 4 side salads
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (apple cider works, too)
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (Dijon or whole-grain are my favorites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 pinch your favorite spices (such as black lime, sumac, garlic powder, ground ginger, and smoked paprika)
  • Your favorite salad greens, chopped vegetables, nuts, cheeses, and grains
In This Recipe
  1. Add all ingredients into a glass or small bowl. Use a fork to vigorously mix until ingredients are well incorporated and the mixture is a uniform, creamy consistency. (Another option is to put all the ingredients in a jar with a lid and shake it like a Polaroid.)
  2. Tip: Dress the salad right before serving and give it a light toss with tongs. If you have heavier components in your salad (tomatoes, nuts, cheese, grains), then dress the greens first, toss, then add the toppings. Otherwise, all of those toppings will end up at the bottom of your bowl.

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Ori Zohar

Recipe by: Ori Zohar

Ori Zohar is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of Burlap & Barrel, the world's first comprehensive, single-origin spice company. Burlap & Barrel creates equitable global supply chains by working directly with farmers to cut out intermediaries and deliver exceptionally flavorful spices. The company has been featured in Epicurious, Bon Appetit, Saveur, and Fast Company, as well as in the kitchens of restaurants from Eleven Madison Park and Blue Hill to sweetgreen and Chop't to home cooks across the country.