Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip

Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is gluten-free, meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party this season!

 Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party this season!

October is flying by! I feel like September never even happened. Traveling for almost the entire month will do that to you. Now we’re almost halfway through October and sometimes I feel like I just want to pause life for a little bit. On the bright side (no pun intended), today was 75 degrees and sunny!

Have you ever heard of Meatless Monday? I recently challenged myself to come up with a meatless game-time dish that’s perfect to snack on while just sitting around watching Monday night football. The concept of Meatless Monday is to encourage people to not consume meat on Mondays to improve their health and the planet all at the same time with a more plant-based diet. We can all afford to make healthier decisions once in a while, am I right? I have another trip coming up in November so my healthy eating (or my attempt at it) has already commenced. Monday is a great day to get us all off on the right foot – the beginning of a new week!
 Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is vegetarian and dairy-free for a great party appetizer dish.
I also wanted the dish to be dairy-free. If anyone knows me in real life, you know that dairy doesn’t tend to agree with me and it has been this way since I was a little kid. I find that most dips tend to be loaded with dairy: cream cheese, milk, cheese, etc. so I have gotten good at making trade-outs for dairy products in recipes. The dairy-free dips rarely get shown any love! That is where this Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip comes in to play. I made it with the new Silk cashewmilk, which is in my ‘fridge any given day of the week. I love it and make so many dishes with it as it is plant-based! My poor lactose-intolerant self depends greatly on Silk products.
Using Silk Cashew Milk instead of dairy milk is a great alternative for lactose-intolerance!
You won’t miss the meat OR the dairy in this Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip – I promise you that. It’s a better-for-you version of those other common party dips that are loaded with fat and calories. Go ahead and enjoy the big game without worrying about what you’re snacking on! This dip has all the things that I very much adore: cashews, red peppers and lots and lots of garlic. You can serve it with veggies (celery, carrots, etc.) instead of chips to make it even better for you.
Easy Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe contains no dairy and no meat for a great, healthy appetizer!

Go ahead and take the #MeatlessMondayNight challenge along with me this football season. Also, if you love giveaways (and I KNOW you all do), I encourage you to visit Silk’s website for more delicious recipes, plant-based tips, and a chance to win a giveaway! You can enter through October 30, 2015 for a chance to win an entertainment room makeover with a 55″ smart TV, a pair of recliners, a mini fridge, and plenty of other cool prizes.

Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip recipe is meat and dairy-free, served hot OR cold, and will be a huge hit for your next tailgate or football party!
  • 1¾ Cups Raw Cashews (soaked for at least 3 hours)
  • ½ Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Cup Silk Cashew Milk (or other non-dairy milk)
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Kosher Salt
  1. Soak the cashews in a bowl of water for at least 3 hours or overnight until they are soft. Drain well.
  2. Add all ingredients to a high speed blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix or a food processor.
  3. Blend thoroughly.
  4. To serve the dip hot, heat in a sauce pan over medium low heat, stirring frequently so it doesn't burn.
  5. To serve the dip cold, serve right away.
  6. Serve with chips, pretzels, veggies, crackers, etc.

Recipe source: adapted from

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26 Responses to “Creamy Red Pepper Cashew Dip”

  1. October 13, 2015 at 3:46 AM #

    This is a delicious dip idea!! Love the idea of adding cashews 🙂

  2. October 13, 2015 at 8:07 AM #

    This reminds me of my family’s favorite red pepper hummus! Love that this is dairy-free!

  3. October 13, 2015 at 8:47 AM #

    I love the sound and look of this dip! I’m a fan of anything with cashews but to spin it with red pepper and turn it into a dip is genius!

  4. October 13, 2015 at 12:16 PM #

    I have been wanting to try a dip with soaked cashews and the roasted red peppers in this one have me convinced it’s time to give it a whirl (in my blender) 😉

  5. October 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    This sounds so rich and creamy – I love that it’s healthy!!

  6. October 13, 2015 at 3:18 PM #

    I adore using soaked cashews in dips – cashew cream is just so darn versatile and you have done it total justice in this fantastic dip, Ashley!

  7. October 13, 2015 at 5:29 PM #

    Yay! I have been looking for a dairy free dip I could bring to parties.

  8. October 13, 2015 at 6:39 PM #

    Yay Ashley! You did a great job on this hummus and I bet it tastes great! Love that little bit of chili powder too.

  9. October 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM #

    I definitely would love to just hit the pause button … this season is just flying by way too fast!

    And this dip sounds amazing!!

  10. October 13, 2015 at 8:40 PM #

    Great dip that I can’t wait to try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Happy Blogging!
    Happy Valley Chow

  11. October 13, 2015 at 8:48 PM #

    LOVE that this dip has cashews in it as the base!

  12. October 13, 2015 at 9:55 PM #

    I can’t bleive how fast October is going! It’s insane! Love this meatless game day dip!

  13. October 13, 2015 at 10:41 PM #

    I can never say no to anything made with cashews… they’re a favourite of mine! Love the idea of using them as a base for a dip, especially one made with roasted red pepper and lots of fresh garlic. I can totally see this being a big hit at my next party!

  14. October 14, 2015 at 1:05 AM #

    What a great idea using the whole, soaked cashews as the base of this dip! The texture looks terrific and I’ll bet it tastes delicious!

  15. October 14, 2015 at 9:02 AM #

    Cashews are some of my favorite ingredients and raw ones are so good for you! This dip looks creamy and delicious! Please pass me the chips!

  16. October 14, 2015 at 10:07 AM #

    I thought at first glance this was a red pepper hummus, but no! Cashews…wow! They’re one of my favorites for sure and what an inventive way to use them. Great recipe!

  17. October 14, 2015 at 10:48 AM #

    This is right up my alley! can’t wait to try

  18. October 14, 2015 at 2:15 PM #

    Wow! I’ve also been thinking about dairy-free dips and I just couldn’t get past the no cheese thing. This looks awesome! 🙂 Especially with cashew milk!

  19. October 14, 2015 at 7:53 PM #

    I have been wanting to try a cashew cream or cheese…or now a dip! This looks incredibly flavorful, I just want to be alone with that bowl and a few toasted pitas…

  20. October 14, 2015 at 9:52 PM #

    I really think my hubby would love this one!

  21. October 15, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

    We’re completely addicted to the Cashew Milk. Hubs gets so bummed if we ever run out. This is a great recipe. I could eat a mountain of this dip.

  22. October 16, 2015 at 9:08 AM #

    I love that you used cashews in this to create the perfect creamy dip. Love all the flavor you packed into this dip!

  23. October 18, 2015 at 5:26 PM #

    Love how creamy this looks without the use of any dairy! I’d feel good about eating a whole bowl of this 🙂

  24. October 19, 2015 at 10:39 PM #

    LOVE the idea of a cashew dip – they are so silky and creamy and make everything delicious.

  25. October 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM #

    I’m always looking for more gluten-free dips!

  26. Madeleine
    July 8, 2016 at 6:05 PM #

    I loved how this dip looked so decided to try it for my next backyard party. I followed the recipe exactly and used my food processor to combine the ingredients.

    Results: it was not as stiff as in the picture. I would call it “loose” because it certainly can’t hold a shape like it does in the photo. The flavor is good, but not very spicy. Thank goodness for the garlic because otherwise it would be kind of dull.

    I plan to add some chipotle powder to put a little more life into the dip, and might add more cashews to see if it will help with the texture.

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