Cashew Dip by Hallie at Daily Bites

I’m so excited to have my sweet friend Hallie from Daily Bites offer her Cashew Ranch Dip in today’s guest post. Enjoy! ♥, Kelly

Kelly and I met through our blogs a while ago. I’m continually amazed at what great friends a person can make from behind a computer screen! I was lucky enough to have the privilege of meeting Kelly at the Gluten and Allergen-Free Expo in Chicago earlier this year. We share a love of gluten- and dairy-free cooking, homeschooling (I was homeschooled for most of my education), dark Chocolove chocolate, and spending time with family.

When Kelly writes about life with her two girls, it brings back great memories to me of growing up with my sister. We did everything together, and often with our mom, too. Neighbors jokingly called us “the Three Musketeers.” To this day, the relationship between the three of us is just as strong as it ever was. I sincerely hope that years from now, the same will be true of Kelly and her daughters. That mother-daughter bond is both powerful and precious!

Anyways, I got to thinking: if I were to be a neighbor to Kelly and her family (ah, a girl can dream…), I might make something like this raw cashew ranch dip to bring over and share with them on a hot summer afternoon. It’s the perfect dairy-free snack when paired with veggies or crackers. You could certainly add it to sandwiches, too, like Kelly’s grain-free wraps.

Rich and creamy, the dip is quickly gobbled down by kids and adults alike. With no cheese or mayonnaise in it, it also makes a heat-stable condiment to take to outdoor gatherings or potlucks as well.

If you’re looking for more portable summer-time snack ideas, here are a few of my favorites from my blog:

Grain-Free Granola Balls

Sweet Sundried Tomato Hummus

Trail Mix Clusters

Guacamole Two Ways

Cashew Ranch Dip

Makes about 1 heaping cup

I prefer to make this dip a few hours before I need it so that it can chill in the refrigerator and the flavors can deepen a bit. Serve it with your favorite seasonal veggies for dipping.

1 cup raw cashews, covered completely with water soaked at room temperature for 3-4 hours

¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon (packed) fresh dill

½ teaspoon onion powder

¼ teaspoon granulated garlic powder

¼ teaspoon ground cumin

Sea salt, to taste

Drain the soaked cashews well and place in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons water and lemon juice. Process until very smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping once or twice to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the remaining ingredients and process to combine. Serve, or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days.


  1. says

    This sounds absolutely delicious! I love cashew cheeses and I bet this is very similar. The lemon and dill together would be spectacular, too. Can’t wait to try this. :)

  2. says

    How delish, Hallie! I love that this dip has a bit of cumin, too. I’m sure this is as delicious as it is creamy and attractive. All important features for food, especially party fare. :-)

    Three Musketeers … sweet memories. Kelly has her own Three Musketeers–now not including herself–since the birth of Ginger. 😉


  3. Barbara B. says

    Dear Hallie,
    Love the dip! We love cashews. But, sigh, I couldn’t get the links to your other goodies to work. They all came up “Page not found”.

  4. marcia says

    Somehow the link to Daily Bites doesn’t work for me, I even tried going to her site and can’t get to the other recipes listed here ….

  5. says

    To make a stronger “ranch” flavored dip, after puréeing the cashews and water til smooth, I use the following: 1 TBSP Eden umeboshi plum paste (or use 2 TBSP lemon juice), 3 TBSP tahini, 3 TBSP fresh Italian parsley, 1 sliced scallion, 1 tsp dried tarragon, 2 cloves crushed garlic, a pinch of ground white pepper. Refrigerate overnight.

  6. says

    I can’t believe I missed this post! I am so excited about this recipe, Hallie! My cashews are sitting here in a box by my feet waiting to be opened! Now I know exactly what to make next!

    It is neat to know that you were home schooled. My boys are very close and I love homeschooling them. You can see that precious bond Kelly and her girls share in her writings here.

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