Fresh + Flavorful Dip

This Cashew Pesto Dip is sure to be a crowd pleaser at your next get-together. Filled with a rich nutty essence offset by the fresh flavors of basil and lemon, this appetizer is sure to win over taste critics and food lovers alike, so be sure to make extras as this dip will disappear rather quickly! But don’t be fooled by its amazing flavor combinations–this recipe is also rich in nutrition too.

Nutrient Booster: Cashews

Thanks to the cashews, this dip is filled with nutrients such as protein, monounsaturated fatty acids, copper, phosphorus, manganese, magnesium, and zinc. They also provide 220 calories in a 1/4 cup serving. While cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, they contain primarily unsaturated fatty acids, 75% of which is oleic acid (the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil), which promotes good cardiovascular health. Studies have even shown that monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease [1]. So don’t be shy about serving this at your next event–it’s a recipe that is sure to please everyone.

Soak Once, Eat Twice

This can be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 days or frozen in freezer safe containers labeled and dated for up to 6 months. Soak some extra cashews because we have plenty of delicious and flavorful recipes using them! Or even make a double batch of this pesto dip and use it for pasta and more. We’ve listed some of our favorites below.

Cashew Ricotta Cheese

Sweet Treat Cashew Cream Stuffed Strawberries

Zesty Herb Cashew Cheese

Cashew Pesto Dip

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 24 servings


  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight or boiled for 20 minutes until soft
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 5 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups basil, washed
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice, or (2 lemons juiced)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil


  1. In a food processor, add garlic, cashews, pine nuts, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and water. Process until smooth. Add basil, lemon juice, and olive oil while processing. Mix until smooth. Serve warm or cold.

Recipe Notes


Nutrient Analysis: 
Serving size: 2 tablespoons Calories: 160 calories, Fat: 14 grams, Saturated fat: 2 grams, Carbohydrates: 7 grams, Sugar: 1 gram, Sodium: 40 milligrams, Fiber: 1 gram, Protein: 4 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams

(1) The Nutritional Health Facts of Cashews. Odi Cashew.

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