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I made this easy cashew lime crema to go on top of lentil walnut tacos and vegan taco bowls. It’s quick to make and only takes three simple ingredients (including water). It’s so delicious, and I love the lime flavor. When I mixed it in my taco bowls it reminds me of sour cream, because of the tang from the lime juice. By itself, it’s quite delicious too! Use it like sour cream and cool down any spicy dish.
If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec then you shouldn’t need to soak your cashews. Depending on your blender the cashews may need to be soaked overnight or you can add cashews to a bowl, cover them with boiling water, and soak them for an hour. The longer you soak your cashews the less your blender has to work, overnight should be the most you’d need. The smooth consistency will depend on the blender and how long the cashews soaked.
Uses for Cashew Lime Crema
- Walnut Lentil Tacos
- Taco Bowl
- Burrito Bowl
- Instant Pot Red Lentil Chili
- Slow Cooker Quinoa Chili
- Red Lentil Dal
More Oil-Free Cashew Dressings
I hope you enjoy the recipe for cashew lime crema!
Cashew Lime Crema
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: ¾ cup 1x
- Diet: Vegan
Dairy-free cashew lime crema, perfect for tacos or cooling off any spicy dish.
- ½ cup raw cashews (soaked overnight, drained, and rinsed)
- ⅓ cup of water
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- pinch of salt (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
There is no need to soak the cashews if you have a high-speed blender.
Otherwise soak the raw cashews overnight or add cashews to a bowl, cover with boiling water, and soak for an hour.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: sauce
- Method: blender
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: how to make dairy free Crema
I made it last night and it turned out great!
I'm so glad you like the recipe!
Can you use cashew butter? I don’t have access to raw cashews.
I haven't tested it with cashew butter, but I think it would work. If the cashew butter contains oil you might want to reduce the amount of water at first, since the oil will make it creamy. Then add the rest of the water if it needs it.
Yay! This calms the heat of salsa and it's yummy. Thanks for sharing.
I'm glad you like it! It's really good mixed with salsa too, like a creamy salsa dip or dressing.
This ended up being more nutty and pasty than I was hoping, so to tamper the nut flavor and make it more creamy, I added another 1/3 cup water and tablespoon lime juice.
Sorry, it came out pasty, I've never needed that much liquid for 1/2 cup cashews. It is supposed to be thick and creamy, but not pasty.
I used it on tacos and it came out perfect! A little hint of lime and creamy, thanks for sharing.
I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe!