This Lemon Basil Cashew Sauce recipe is creamy and rich with the perfect amount of fresh basil and zesty lemony magic. This sauce is somewhere between a pesto and a pasta sauce. Want to know my favorite part? It only takes 5 minutes to make. Boom. Mic drop.
Is this recipe vegetarian? Vegan?
Yes and yes! This cashew sauce is a vegan recipe but trust me when I tell you that you do not need to be vegan to enjoy this saucy goodness!
Do I have to soak my cashews?
You DO NOT need to soak cashews prior to blending if you have a high powered blender or food processor such as Vitamix, Ninja or Blendtec. A high powered blender will ensure you get that velvety smooth texture when blending the cashews.
You DO need to soak your cashews prior to blending if you do not have a high powered blender or food processor. Simply cover the cashews with water for a couple hour to soften them. Then drain the cashews and proceed with the recipe! Soaking cashews in water softens them and makes them much easier to blend into a smooth sauce.
What should I use this cashew sauce for?
This is a pretty versatile sauce which is another reason I love it. Use it as a dressing on salads and grains bowls. Use it as a pasta sauce with your favorite noodles. Dip fries or veggies in it. Spread it a your favorite sandwich or wrap. So many options!
How to Make Lemon Basil Cashew Sauce
This Lemon Basil Cashew Sauce recipe is creamy and rich with the perfect amount of fresh basil and zesty lemony magic.
- 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
- Zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
- 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.
*A high quality/powerful blender (eg. Vitamix, Ninja, etc.) will get you a smooth and creamy consistency. If you do not have a powerful blender, soak the cashews in water for 2 hours before blending. This will soften the cashews and make the sauce nice and creamy regardless of blender used.
- Category: Sauce
- Method: Blend
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup
- Calories: 231
- Sugar: 1
- Sodium: 196
- Fat: 24
- Carbohydrates: 4
- Fiber: 14
- Protein: 2
Keywords: cashew sauce, vegan sauce, lemon basil