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Creamy Cashew Dip with a zip of lemon that blends up in a minute and is gluten free and vegan. Perfect for healthy holiday entertaining!
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Creamy Cashew Cheese Spread

The Vitamix Ascent Series blender made quick work out of blending all of the ingredients in this 2 step creamy zippy cashew dip (vegan and gluten free!) that can also be used as an amazing cracker spread for your next round of guests this holiday season! Note: you’ll need to soak your cashews for 4-12 hours in the fridge and drain them first.

Course Appetizer
Keyword cashew
Servings 4


  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked 4-12 hours and drained*
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 ½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • chives or other herb for garnish (optional)


  1. Soak the cashews as per above, drain, and set aside.

  2. Place the soaked cashews, nutritional yeast, garlic, lemon juice and apple cider vinegar in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy, starting at setting 1 and increasing the speed to 10, using the tamper.

  3. Season to taste with salt, transfer the spread to a small serving bowl and garnish with fresh chopped chives (or another herb) or a sprinkle of paprika. Serve with crackers, cut veggies or use it as a sandwich spread to take your sandwich to the next level!

Recipe Notes

*alternately use the quick soak method by soaking the cashews in boiled water for 20-30 minutes