If you are a follower of food blogs and food publications in general you would know, raw cashews are pretty popular. Most people use them as a base for sauces similar to this Green Cashew Sauce. Also lately, I have been seeing a lot of bloggers use them as a base for vegan ice creams. I am in the process of testing such ice cream recipes and cannot wait to share them with you in the next couple of weeks.

Side view of cashew, avocado, herbs in a Vitamix

In my opinion, there are 2 reasons for their popularity. First, they soften as they soak in water. When they are pureed in a blender (or in a food processor) with a little water, they turn into a creamy sauce. Second, they have a very mild flavor making them a great ingredient to use as a base.

I have been making variations of this sauce for over a year now. To tell the truth, it felt weird to write a recipe for it. Because, even though I use the same principle every time, the end product is rarely the same. It really depends on what I want to use it for and what kind of flavors I want to create. Therefore, I suggest that you use the below recipe as a place to start to create your own cashew sauce.

Overhead view of avocado, cashew and herbs in a Vitamix
Green Cashew Sauce being poured in a small jar

About the Recipe:

The main principle is to use cashews soaked for a couple of hours, as a base. You can soak them overnight as well, but I found that 2-3 hours of soaking is usually enough. You can blend them together with water, or if you want a little bit more creaminess and flavor, with some unsweetened almond milk (or any other nut milk of your choice). In addition, you can add flavor boosters like garlic, avocados, scallions, fresh herbs, spinach, kale, Sriracha, chipotle peppers, celery stalks, nutritional yeast, etc. Literally, sky is the limit.

As you blend everything, you have 100% control on its consistency. If you want it to be thick, use less liquid and vice versa. I prefer it to be semi-thick and pourable so I usually start with ¾ cup of liquid for ¾ cup of cashews and adjust it from there.

Like I mentioned earlier when it comes to creating variations of this recipe the sky is the limit. For this particular green cashew sauce, I used dill, lemon juice, scallions, and garlic as flavor boosters, because I am planning to use it as a topping for an upcoming slow-baked salmon recipe. However, if I were using it as a sauce to flavor tacos, perhaps I would use cilantro as the fresh herb and lime as the acidic flavoring agent. Or if I were using it in a Middle Eastern recipe, I would use parsley and mint as fresh herbs and even add in a small cucumber.
You get the idea.

Here, one thing I want to caution you on is the amount of salt being used. I usually start with half a teaspoon and go from there. The amount of salt really depends on whatever else you are adding to flavor it. I usually end in between a teaspoon and a teaspoon and a half of salt, but I recommend giving it a taste as you blend and adjust it accordingly.

Before I let you go, here are 3 recipes that I used a variation of this cashew sauce:

Kale Waldorf Chicken Salad with Avocado and Cashew ‘Mayo’

Kale Waldorf Chicken Salad with Avocado Cashew Mayo
Overhead view of avocado, cashew and seasoning in a Vitamix

In this recipe, I used it as a healthier alternative to mayonnaise that is traditionally used in Waldorf salads. To make it super creamy and flavorful, I used avocado and unsweetened almond milk mixed with garlic and freshly squeezed lemon juice. To get the recipe, please click on the image.

Vegan Burrito Bowl

Mexican Burrito Bowl with Cashew Chipotle Cream Sauce

For this recipe, I used it as a topping. Since this bowl was a Mexican dish, I flavored it with adobo sauce, avocados, garlic, and almond milk. To get the recipe, please click on the image.

Slow-Baked Salmon with Butter Beans

Slow-Baked Salmon with Butter Beans in a bowl over a salad with cashew sauce on the side
Green Cashew Sauce in a jar

In this recipe, I used it as a topping on slow-baked salmon served over butter beans. The flavor boosters in this version are fresh dill, lemon juice, and garlic. I topped each salmon piece with a dollop of this green cashew sauce to give it a refreshing taste and a pop of color.

Green Cashew Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Yields2 cups
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
Use this vegan green cashew sauce as a topping for power bowls, dressing for salads, or simply as a spread on a toast. It is an alternative to dairy-based sauces made with mayonnaise and yogurt. And the best part is: It takes less than 10 minutes to whip it all up.


  • ¾ cup cashews, soaked for 2-3 hours
  • ¾ cup water or unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ ripe avocado
  • 1 scallion, both white and green parts roughly chopped
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh herbs of your choice, for this recipe I used dill
  • Juice of a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper


  • Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
  • Place them in the bowl of a food processor or a blender.
  • Add in the water (or almond milk), avocado, scallion, garlic, fresh herbs, lemon juice, and salt and pepper in to the blender.
  • Puree until very smooth.
  • Every 30 seconds, stop the machine and scrape the sides (or the bottom) of the bowl with a spatula.
  • Taste for seasoning and add in if necessary.
  • It will keep its freshness up to 4 days as long as it is kept in an airtight jar.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1178mg | Potassium: 563mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dressing, Sauce
Cuisine: American
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  1. This green creamy cashew nut sauce sounds so appetising and easy to make. I will certainly try it out soon.
    much thanks for all the ideas and your input.
    Really appreciate the effort.
    Janie Lim

    1. You sure can! Just be sure to place it in an airtight container. It should be fresh upto 3 days in the fridge.

  2. Wow!!! I am ALWAYS behind on any food trend, so it’s only natural that I rely on my blogger friends to tell me what I should try; in this case, this cashew sauce. After looking at the ingredients + your wonderful photos, I think I’m gonna try it 🙂

    P.S. Can’t wait for the ice cream recipe. xoxo

    1. Awww Thank you Pang. I think compared to your recipes I am behind. I love how creative and unusual your ingredient choices are. And how you beautifully style those ingredients. You know I am a big fan. 🙂
      PS: I am working on the photos for the ice cream. I can’t wait to share it.

  3. I agree with your comment about the sauce being different each time. I have an “official” recipe, but really I just play it by ear when I make it, and throw in rough measurements. Sometimes it’s thicker, sometimes it’s more garlicky, sometimes it’s got more of a kick. It’s always good though!

    I love your addition of avocado to make this green sauce! I can just imagine how amazingly creamy it must be.

    1. Don’t you love cashews? The amount of cashews we eat is pretty crazy around here. This sauce is definitely a favorite around here. Also, I just made ice cream with it. Paired with coconut milk, it was A-H-M-A-Y-Z-I-N-G. :))

  4. You know I love this, Aysegul! My husband thinks I should buy 20# bags of cashews at a time for the rate I go through them. I use them for so much, from milk, chia pudding, ice cream, to spreads. It IS so incredibly versatile and SO delicious! It also gives a boost of protein! You’re going to love it in ice cream! It’s amazing! Can’t wait to see what you whip up!

    1. Ahhh that is too funny.
      I still haven’t been able to succeed with the ice cream. It is nice but not as creamy as I like it to be. But still working on it.
      I hope mine will look as good as the bourbon cashew ice cream you just published.
      Thanks my friend.