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.
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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