Cashew Herb Cheese Spread

In need of a quick appetizer to set out for the holidays? I love this spread for entertaining. Most importantly because it is delicious, but it also appeals to almost all dietary preferences making it great for feeding large groups. This spread is both vegan and gluten free. I typically serve it alongside Mary’s Gone Crackers and some honey, but feel free to make it your own!

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Cashew Herb Cheese Spread


  • 2 cups raw cashews

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • 1 tsp sea salt

  • 1/8 cup fresh basil

  • 1/4 cup fresh rosemary


If using food processor or high speed blender:

  1. Soak cashews in water for 4 hours or more.

  2. Drain water and blend cashews in food processor for 5 minutes (scraping sides as you go) with lemon juice, garlic and sea salt.

  3. Stir in herbs, then use saran wrap to help shape into a ball.

  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to set.

  5. Garnish with extra chopped herbs and large flake sea salt.

If using the Nutramilk (I used the butter and smoothie set but either attachment will work):

  1. Skip soaking step and just add raw cashews, lemon juice, garlic and sea salt to NutraMIlk, blend on “butter” setting for ~4 minutes.

  2. Follow directions above from step 3 on.

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Happy holidays!