Liquid Gold Dressing

Recently the VN Food Feature articles went globe-trekking, visiting our international members to ask them for their favorite recipes.

One visit is to a member in Canada. This dressing is from dietitian Vesanto Melina and the nutrition classics she has co-authored with Brenda Davis, “The New Becoming Vegetarian” and “Becoming Vegan” and also from “Raising Vegetarian Children”. It is delicious on baked potatoes, rice, steamed vegetables, and pasta, as well as salad. Two tablespoons provides your days’ supply of omega-3 fatty acids, along with 80 percent of your vitamin B12. For a thicker dressing, use more ground flaxseed; for a thinner dressing use less. The dressing thickens over time. ».


  • 1/2 cup flaxseed oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tamari or Bragg Liquid Aminos
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast powder or flakes
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp or more ground flaxseed (optional)

Makes 1-1/2 cups – 2 cups

Recipe contributed by: Vesanto Melina, MS, RD
Food Photo by: Meredith Hink, MS, RD

Meredith Hink MS, RD, CD

I am a Corporate Dietitian with a foodservice distribution company. My professional areas of interest include food safety and sanitation, food marketing, food law, and vegetarian nutrition. In my spare time I am an avid food photographer and enjoy spending time with my husband and two dogs.

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