Better Salad: Creamy Oil-free Cumin Dijon Dressing

September 5, 2013

I am always looking for an excuse to use cumin, one of my favorite spices. This dressing also includes nutritional yeast, my go-to substitute for “cheesy” flavor.

A note about nutritional yeast: Also known as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, nutritional yeast does not cause or exacerbate candidiasis (a type of yeast infection) like Candida albicans, another species of yeast. This yellow, gluten-free powder is a complete protein and contains zinc, selenium, magnesium, manganese, and copper, among other key minerals.  Additionally, nutritional yeast is a good source of B-complex vitamins—including the somewhat elusive B12. According to Dr.s Campbell of The China Study, B12 is one of the few vitamin supplements vegans may require.

mary hood cumin dijon dressing

Oil-Free Cumin Dijon Dressing


Yields roughly 2/3 cup


¼ cup filtered water
2 tbls. raw apple cider vinegar
2 tbls. nutritional yeast
1 tbl. low sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
1 tbl. almond butter (preferably raw)
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
½ tsp. ground cumin
¼ tsp. ground coriander


Whisk all of the ingredients together.


P.S. While taking notes on this recipe, I used RecipePad, an iPad app that helps you jot down and organize your own recipes.

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Peaceful Dumpling Beauty Editor and creator of Bisou du Jour, Mary Hood Luttrell lives with her husband in Corpus Christi, Texas. Mary is a freelance writer and writing and blogging consultant. A lover of whole foods, Mary delights in learning new ways to prepare vegan dishes. Mary also enjoys reading and writing poetry, art journaling, running, and practicing yoga and ballet. Follow Mary on her blog Bisou du Jour, Instagram and Pinterest.


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