Silky Vegan Sour Cream Recipe

Vegan sour cream
Vegan sour cream

This Vegan Sour Cream Recipe only uses 4 ingredients. It’s easy to make and gluten-free too! Use it to accompany snack favorites like Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings or Vegan Fried Chicken.

There’s nothing quite like watching a game or a series and having snacks! But, most dips and sauces use dairy for a creamy texture. In this recipe, we’ve used cashews to achieve a similar silkiness that’s vegan-friendly.

Looking for game day or movie night snacks? Try this Healthy Vegan Cauliflower Buffalo Wings Recipe or this Simple Vegan Fried Chicken Recipe.

Vegan Sour Cream made from cashew nuts
Vegan Sour Cream with cashew nuts

Why use cashew nuts to make this Vegan Sour Cream?

When cashews nuts are soaked and then blended, they make a silky, creamy sauce similar to dairy dishes like yogurt and creamy dips.

They are a great alternative to dairy and are used for a base for some vegan cheeses.

If you’re wondering about vegan cheese, you might like: What is Vegan Cheese and How Is It Made?

Cashew nuts on a wooden spoon
Blended cashew nuts make this Vegan Sour Cream

How to make this Vegan Sour Cream

All you need to make this recipe is a blender of sorts. Without this piece of kitchen equipment, it might be hard to get that creamy texture.

Here are a few tips to help you:

Plan ahead so that you can soak the cashews

The cashews need to soak for about 4 hours so that they are soft enough to blend. You can soak overnight, but remember to place them in the fridge. Be careful not to soak for too long because they can become bitter.

Use fresh lemon juice

If possible, use fresh lemon juice in this sour cream. Bottled lemon juice contains additives to preserve it and to make the flavor as uniform as possible. This might affect the taste of the sour cream. But, it’s better than nothing! Feel free to use bottled if you don’t have access to the fresh stuff.

Serve with fresh lemon slices and store in the refrigerator

Serve this sour cream with fresh lemon slices for those who prefer a stronger lemon flavor. Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Vegan Sour Cream with fresh lemon slices
Vegan Sour Cream with fresh lemon slices

Vegan Sour Cream

Prep Time4 hours 5 minutes
Cook Time5 minutes
Total Time4 hours 10 minutes


  • ½ cup soaked cashews
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ T salt
  • 1 T lemon juice


  • Place the cashews in a bowl and cover with water. Soak for 4 hours.
  • Rinse and drain the cashews.
  • Place them in a blender with the water, salt, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.