Magic Blender Dressing: Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

This lemon vinaigrette is our go-to salad dressing. A whir in the blender, plus a dose of umami-rich nutritional yeast, make it seriously creamy. I originally developed it for our favorite kale salad, but we just as often use it on a few handfuls of baby spinach.


We like our salad dressings tangy, so this recipe uses equal parts olive oil and lemon juice. You can alter the ratio to suit your taste without losing creaminess.

THE lemon vinaigrette recipe

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single family in possession of a good salad, must be in want of a dressing. You guys, this is THE ONE. Our smooth, tangy, creamy lemon vinaigrette is the dressing that's always in our fridge. I developed it years ago for our favorite kale salad, and it's bold enough to stand up to kale and shredded Brussels sprouts and all kinds of raw cruciferous goodies. It's also great drizzled over baby spinach or tossed with chopped romaine and tons of crunchy veggies. I know I use the word magic kind of a lot for a muggle. But I try not to abuse it. It's not my fault that sparkles start to pop up in more and more places once you know how to look for them. This dressing definitely has magic in it. There's alchemy in whizzing together five basic vegan ingredients plus salt and pepper and turning out something totally marvelous in five minutes. That's another truth universally acknowledged. It just is.

Magic Blender Dressing: Creamy Lemon Vinaigrette

This creamy lemon vinaigrette with the umami goodness of nutritional yeast is our go-to salad dressing. A quick stint in the blender makes it smooth and creamy.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Serves Makes about 1 cup


  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process on high until smooth and creamy. Keeps well in a jar the fridge for up to two weeks. If not pourable, bring to room temperature before using. (If you're in a rush, 10-15 seconds in the microwave and a quick stir does the trick.)

Nutrition Information

Serving Size:

1 tablespoon

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 67 Total Fat:: 7g Carbohydrates:: 1g Fiber:: 0.2g Protein:: 0.6g