Cheesy, nutty, and full of umami and protein, nutritional yeast is your pantry flavor friend that’s here to stay.
Everything you ever wanted to know about the cheesy, delicious seasoning and how to enjoy it. If you’ve been hearing about nutritional yeast and are wonder what the heck it is, you’re in the right place.
Nutritional yeast is a flaky, golden powder that’s made from a species of yeast that’s the same as baker’s or brewer’s yeast. Baking and brewing yeast is active, which lets bread rise and beer brew. Nutritional yeast on the other hand is inactive. It’s grown specifically for food, then harvested.
When harvested, heat deactivates the yeast, then it’s washed, dried, and crumbled. The result is a cheesy, nutty, savory ingredient that is used to make vegan cheese sauces, vegan dips, in soups, scrambles, stews, and more.
Yeast is a natural source of protein and B vitamins. There are two kinds of nutritional yeast, fortified and unfortified.
Based on what you want to use your yeast for, it comes in flakes, granules, or powder. I like large flakes for sprinkling and granules or powder for sauces. You can also just use your food processor to turn flakes into powder.
Nutritional yeast is, as its name proclaims, very nutritious. It’s a great source of protein, B vitamins, and minerals. It has all nine essential amino acids and is a great way to add high quality protein to your diet. Fortified yeast is great because it has B12 which helps with maintaining a healthy nervous system, energy, and creation of red blood cells. It also has antioxidants which help protect your cells.
Think of it as a vegan grated cheese. Anywhere you want a cheesy hit, add a sprinkle!
They sell it at health food stores and in the health aisle at most grocery stores. You can also buy it online. I like Bob’s Red Mill large flake but there are tons of brands out there.
You'll never miss cheese again.
extra virgin preferred
large flake preferred
about 1 medium lemon
freshly ground pepper
from the lemon before you juice it
lacinato kale preferred, about 4 cups finely chopped
Combine all the ingredients except the kale and lemon zest, let sit while you prepare the kale.
Prepare the kale: Give the leaves a good wash and shake off any excess water, then slice the stems away with a knife or rip the leaves off by running your fingers along the ribs. Finally, cut into 1/4" thin strips.
Toss the kale with the dressing.
Top with lemon zest and extra nutritional yeast. Enjoy!
Serves 2 as a small main or 4 as a side salad.
Vegan Kale Salad with Nutritional Yeast
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 228
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 3.7g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.