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Creamy Cashew Spread


  • Makes about 1/2 cup spread

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh herbs, such as basil, parsley or oregano (optional)
  • Melba toast, crackers, pita chips or pretzel crisps


  1. 1. Rinse cashews and place in medium bowl. Cover with water by at least 2 inches. Soak at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain cashews, reserving soaking water.
  2. 2. Place cashews, 2 tablespoons reserved water, lemon juice, tahini, salt and pepper in pitcher of KitchenAid® Torrent™ Blender. Cover and blend on medium-high speed 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping once to scrape sides. Add additional water, 1 tablespoon at a time, until desired consistency is reached.
  3. 3. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in herbs, if desired, just before serving. Serve with Melba toast.
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