- Combine the garlic, lemon juice, capers, mustard, Worcestershire sauce (if using), sunflower seeds, almonds, nutritional yeast, salt, pepper, and sugar (if using) in a blender or food processor and blend on high until well combined. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in the oil and blend until cream: the nuts and seeds will remain slightly grainy to give the dressing texture. Refrigerate the dressing, covered, for 40 minutes. Blend again, and if needed, mix in 1/4 to 1/3 cup water, to reach the desired consistency.
Nutritional yeast is a supplement often used by vegans and vegetarians as a valuable source of B complex vitamins, including B12, and protein. (Brewer's yeast is very similar to nutritional yeast in B complex content except that it does not contain B12.) Because of the lack of meat and animal products in a strictly vegan diet, the addition of these vital nutrients through supplements is crucial to cell health and energy production. Even if you aren't vegan, nutritional yeast is an excellent way to supplement your diet. I sprinkle it on popcorn and use it in this dressing to achieve a delightful nutty, cheesy flavor and rich, creamy consistency.
Recipe Credit: from the book Relish by Daphne Oz
Photo Credit: Ellen Silverman