Tuesday, July 7, 2009

cherry pitting lunch (nutritional yeast/lemon dressing)

Of course before we could pit cherries we had to eat a quick and wonderful lunch. I had made spicy chickpea hummus with carrot sticks. Kara had some wonderful field greens from the Durango Farmers Market. We tossed in tomatoes, olives, cucumber, cashews and a little peperoncini and then drizzled my all time favorite salad dressing on top.

Oh my mouth waters just thinking about it. The dressing is as simple as it comes and is full of flavor and packed with nutrients from the nutritional yeast. Because of the simplicity of the dressing, I recommend using really good ingredients don't skimp on the olive oil, or the salt, and definitely do use fresh lemon juice.

Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil (the good stuff) over the bowl of salad greens
Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon
Add 1 tsp or 2 sea salt (try fleur de sel or grey sea salt)
Sprinkle a handful of nutritional yeast
Toss everything together.

Nutritional yeast can be found in most bulk sections of your local health food store. It can be used on all sorts of dishes. It is often used in place of Parmesan cheese (for those no dairy folks). Amazingly nutritional yeast is a complete protein and a great source of b vitamins.
I love it on popcorn with a little butter and salt.


  1. Hey Tess -

    Found your blog on facebook. Great start! Keep posting, cuz I'm reading -- and enjoying.

  2. Oh no... you're starting to slack!

    JK. Great job and keep it up... you're an inspiration! :P