This vegan Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce recipe is so deliciously creamy, you won’t believe it is only four ingredients and takes less than 5 minutes to make.
About the Recipe
This is a vegan recipe. Is Zested Lemon a vegan blog? No, but we love vegan recipes. Especially if they taste as good as this one!
With a good quality blender, this recipe takes less than 5 minutes to make with only a handful of easy ingredients.
The cashews make this sauce so smooth and creamy but light at the same time. One of my favorite things about this recipe is the smell because it is so fragrant. Good golly miss Molly! The wonderful aroma of the garlic and lemon blended together with the cashews is to die for. It tastes just as good as it smells. YUM!
Do I have to soak cashews?
Nope! A high powered/high quality blender will make a creamy smooth sauce without soaking cashews. Blenders from Ninja, Vitamix and Blendtec will get the job done. If you don’t have a high powered blender, no problem! Just soak your cashews before blending!
Why do you soak cashews?
Soaking cashews helps to soften them. This makes blending easier and ensures you have a smooth creamy sauce regardless of quality of blender used.
How long should I soak cashews?
Soaking cashews for 2-4 hours is sufficient. Cashews can be soaked overnight but it is possible to over soak them. Over soaked cashews can lead to slimy water and a bitter flavor.
How do you soften cashews quickly?
If you are short on time, soak cashews for 15 minutes in very hot (but not boiling) water. The higher temperature will soften them quicker.
Ways to Use Cashew Sauce
1. As a Salad Dressing
- Green Grain Summer Salad with Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce
- Blueberry Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Garlic Dressing
- Prosciutto Melon Ball Salad
2. As a Dip for Veggies and Protein
3. As a Sauce for Grain Bowls
Other Sauce Recipes to Try
How to Make Creamy Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce (40 sec)
Creamy Lemon Garlic Cashew Sauce
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Zest of 1/2 lemon, optional
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- Blend: Blend all ingredients on high speed until smooth (about a minute).* Use immediately or store in a sealed container in the fridge until needed.