Dairy Free Vegan Cashew Queso

This is the most delicious cashew cheese sauce I’ve ever made.  I’veVegan-Cashew-Queso made plenty of dairy free ‘cream’ sauces before to go over pastas (as a garlicky cream sauce), on top of veggies or over Mexican style dishes, but this one really takes the cake.

I admit, it’s been a few years since I’ve had a typical queso cheese sauce, but I think this dairy free recipe is authentic as it gets. I was literally licking it off the spoon.  And the best part is that it comes together in minutes.  You do need a high speed blender for this. If you don’t have a very powerful blender, just soak your cashews in HOT water for 10 minutes prior, drain and then they are ready to go.

Dairy Free Cashew Queso Sauce

  • 3/4 cup Raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup Salsa (I used Wegman's Santa Fe Black Bean & Corn salsa which was AMAZING)
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 6 tablespoons Nutritional Yeast (Wegman's sells this in a dispensable bin behind the flower section so you can buy as much or as little a you want)
  • 1 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon Smoked Paprika (optional) (I literally just put a few sprinkles in but if you don't have it don't worry)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until ALL the cashews are pureed.  I then poured the sauce into a small sauce pan and heated it on LOW for just a few minutes to warm it up before pouring it over a veggie stuffed baked potato.