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Vegan Queso (Cheese) with Salsa

Vegan Queso (Cheese) with Salsa

Editor's Note: This non-dairy Vegan Queso (Cheese) with Salsa is perfect for those who can't have dairy, or to pair with a meat meal. Plus, the salsa gives it a fun kick!  Make sure to soak the cashews in advance.

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  • 4Servings


  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked and drained (To soak the cashews, put them in a bowl with 1 cup water and cover for at least four hours.)
  • 3 tablespoons large-flake nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plain unsweetened almond milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 (16 oz.) package Sabra homestyle salsa
  • 1/4 cumin (optional)


1. Put soaked cashews in blender with nutritional yeast, turmeric, salt, and 1/4 cup almond milk. 

2. Blend on medium speed until a chunky paste forms.

3. Add additional 1/4 cup almond milk and blend for about a minute more on medium speed, scraping down sides of the blender as needed.

4. Add 2/3 cup salsa and 1/4 cup water to mixture and blend on high until smooth.

5. Stir the remaining salsa into the mixture, and add cumin if desired for a smokier flavor. Queso can be served heated through or at room temperature. Enjoy!

Vegan Queso (Cheese) with Salsa sabra