Vegan Queso for Everyone!

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vegan queso made from cashewsWhat do you call cheese that belongs to someone else?
Nacho cheese!

One of the biggest comments I get from non-vegans about my diet is that they couldn’t live without cheese. Seriously, I can almost tell by the look on a person’s face at this point that they’re about to confess their cheesy devotion to me. I’m not complaining, here. Just observing. Because I was a die-hard cheese-eater, too.

As I’ve mentioned before, giving up cheese was harder for me than giving up smoking. It was also one of the best things I think I’ve ever done for my health, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. While most vegan cheese substitutes do NOT taste like cheese, I think this vegan queso comes really close in texture and flavor. The best part? It doesn’t have an artificial taste at all.

Even my omnivore friends devour this dip when I make it, and I thought you guys might like to try it, too, since it’s so quick and simple to make! Here ya go:

Vegan Queso

Ingredients

  • 1c cashews (preferably raw, but roasted will work in a pinch)
  • 1/2 salsa (your choice!)
  • 2T apple cider vinegar
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1/4c nutritional yeast
  • 2 cloves garlic

Cooking Directions

  1. Toss all of the ingredients into the blender, and blend until smooth.
  2. Then, blend for a little bit longer.
  3. Then, just for good measure, blend for just 30 more seconds.
  4. Serve with chips, crackers, or veggies for dipping.

There are a million recipes out there for vegan queso, and they’re all a little bit different. Do you have a favorite vegan queso recipe? I’d love to try out other recipes!

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by: FotoosVanRobin
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One comment on “Vegan Queso for Everyone!
  1. I don’t always eat a vegan diet, but I love trying new vegan recipes. I like to eat a varied diet, and with vegan dishes you get to try foods you might not otherwise have given a chance to before. I’m not big on dairy anyway, so I really never eat cheese – this sounds like a great alternative to it. Thanks. ;)

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