Cashew-Chive Spread

Food Network Canada

This spread is a raw food recipe, and is similar to a cream cheese in consistency. It has a delicate herb and chive flavor, though you can always add additional herbs and chives for a stronger flavor if desired. This mixture is terrific to use as a spread or dip for raw veggies or breads and crackers. Also think of using it in other ways, though, such as for a thin base layer on a pizza crust, or to layer in lasagna or pasta shells in place of cheese. Recipe by Dreena Burton.



1 ¾
cup raw cashews
Tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
small to medium clove garlic
cup chives (or the tender green portion of green onions), roughly chopped
Tbsp fresh dill (or ⅛ cup, packed, fresh basil) roughly chopped
tsp sea salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 ⅓
cup water
tsp extra-virgin olive oil


Step 1

In a food processor, combine all ingredients, starting with 3 tbsp lemon juice and 1/3 cup water.

Step 2

Process and scrape down the bowl several times, and continue until the spread is very smooth and thick.

Step 3

Taste, and if you’d like a more lemony flavor, add an extra ½ tbsp of lemon juice.

Step 4

To thin the spread, add an extra 1-2 tbsp water and puree until thinned to desired consistency.

Step 5

Spread on bagels, toasted breads, crackers, flatbreads, or use as a dip for veggies.

Step 6

Note: Brazil nuts offer a nice substitution for a portion of the cashews. Try substituting about ½ – ¾ cup of the raw cashews with raw brazil nuts.

Step 7

Note: This mixture will thicken and become denser after it has refrigerated for a day or two, so you may want to consider that when adding water to thin.

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