If you’re already drinking green smoothies every morning, then you’re doing pretty well for vitamins and minerals. Mostly. One set of vitamins that is under-represented in your smoothie, unfortunately, is the B vitamins.
This salad dressing recipe will help rectify that. If you’re already planning to eat more leafy green salads, then you can boost the nutritional content of your salads by pouring a bit of nutritional yeast salad dressing on top. Nutritional yeast contains huge amounts of B vitamins (Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, and even Vitamin B12 (nutritional yeast is pretty much the only vegan food source of Vitamin B12)) – a single serving of this dressing exceeds the RDA for all of them.
And it’s really delicious. My daughter happily pours it on her popcorn, instead of salt and butter. I recently read about using nutritional yeast dressings on top of stir-fried vegetables and rice, or with stir-fried tofu, and both seem like a good idea to me – since I just made a jar of dressing this evening, I’m planning to try it out with a stir-fry this weekend.
Nutritional Yeast Salad Dressing Recipe (10 servings)
1/2 c nutritional yeast (I use Engevita brand, but others are probably fine)
1/3 c water
1/3 c apple cider vinegar
1/3 c tamari (or Braggs, or normal soy sauce, but Tamari has a more delicate flavor)
1/4 c olive oil, or canola oil, or whatever vegetable oil you have available
1 tbsp crushed garlic
a few drops of sesame oil
blend it all together, pour into a glass jar/bottle, refrigerate
1 serving has ~80 calories, 6 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, and lots of B vitamins.