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Creamy Cashew Queso Dip {paleo + vegan + whole30}

  • Author: Nyssa Tanner
  • Total Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes
  • Yield: about 6 servings 1x


This creamy cashew queso dip is made with ZERO processed ingredients for an authentic tasting, full flavored, dairy free alternative to this well loved dip. SO crave worthy and made with anti-inflammatory, good-for-you ingredients! Vegan + whole30 compliant.


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked in just boiled water for at least an hour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons just boiled water + a little more if needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mustard OR 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric powder (optional – for color)
  • about 1 tablespoon of your favorite hot sauce – (for a whole30 / paleo friendly recipe read your hot sauce ingredients!)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons of your favorite salsa
  • thinly sliced green onions to garnish


  1. Soak raw cashews for at least an hour, or up to overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse cashews and add to blender along with just boiled water, mustard, lime juice, chili powder, nutritional yeast, turmeric powder, hot sauce, and sea salt.
  3. Blend on high for a minute or two, until very smooth and creamy. If the mixture is too thick to blend, add more boiling water a little at a time until it blends smoothly, but is still quite thick.
  4. Once fully blended, transfer to a bowl and stir in salsa. Taste and add more salt or hot sauce if desired.
  5. Top with thinly sliced green onions and a little extra salsa and serve warm with chips or veggies for dipping!
  6. Will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes