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Game Day Cheese Dip

Easy Vegan Cashew Queso

  • Author: Shane Martin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x
  • Category: Dips & Spreads
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Vegan
  • Diet: Vegan


This Easy Vegan Cashew Queso is the perfect plant-based cheese dip. It’s great for the big game or any gathering. Healthy, dairy-free, and delicious!


  • 1 cup raw cashews (soaked for at least 30 mins.)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika


  1. If you don’t have a Vitamix or high-speed blender, soak your cashews for 20-30 mins. and they will soften. It will make them creamier as they are blended.
  2. Put all ingredients, EXCEPT SALSA, into a blender and process until smooth and creamy.
  3. Pour into a bowl, add salsa, and enjoy!
  4. If you want, you can warm this in a small saucepan on low to low-medium heat. Stir regularly so it doesn’t burn. It will thicken even more as it heats up.



Nutritional Yeast can be purchased in almost any health food store and it’s usually found in the bulk section. But, many grocery stores are carrying it now as well. To give this queso a little “kick”, add a few jalapenos to your mixture at the end. You can also add a teaspoon of smoked paprika for added flavor. Using baked chips like TOSTITOS Oven Baked SCOOPS or making your own chips make this an even healthier snack. You can find my recipe for How To Make Your Own Chips here.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 cup
  • Calories: 92
  • Sugar: 1.1 g
  • Sodium: 156.7 mg
  • Fat: 6.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.5 g
  • Fiber: 0.9 g
  • Protein: 3.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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