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Zesty Herb Cashew Cheese

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 35 servings


  • 2 1/4 cup water, divided
  • 2 cups cashews,* raw
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsely, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped


  • 1/2 teaspoon chives, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add cashews and cook for 20 minutes until soft. Rinse them with cold water or soak them overnight (see note). Set aside when done.

  2. Add garlic, nutritional yeast, olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, and salt to a food processor. Process until creamy. Add parsley, dill, cashews and herbs (chives, basil, marjoram, or thyme), if desired. Process until smooth, and transfer to a small serving bowl.

  3. Serve cold with whole wheat crackers or vegetables.

Recipe Notes

*Alternative method: place cashews in a container and add enough cold water to cover them. Place a lid on the container, and refrigerate for up to 12 hours. Leftovers can be refrigerated up to 5 days in an airtight container.

Nutrient Analysis:
Serving size: 1 tablespoon Calories: 80 calories, Fat: 7 grams, Saturated fat: 1 gram, Carbohydrates: 4 grams, Sugar: 1 gram, Sodium: 2 milligrams, Fiber: 0.5 grams, Protein: 3 grams, Cholesterol: 0 milligrams