5-Minute Harissa Cashew Sauce

by Tracey

Vegan Harissa Cashew Sauce served with chips

Need a quick, game-changer of a sauce that you can’t get enough of?  If so, you are in luck! This 5-minute vegan harissa cashew sauce is so good and requires only 7-ingredients.

It’s very creamy, not too spicy, and has a ton of flavor! It quickly has become one of my favorite sauces to make for almost everything! I put it on tacos, wraps, buddha bowls, or use it as a dip with chips!

Vegan Harissa Cashew Sauce served with chips

5-Minute Harissa Cashew Sauce Ingredients:

  • Cashews – I love using Terrasoul Superfoods Mylk Grade Cashews. Their cashews are of the highest quality and are refrigerated during the shipping and storage process to ensure freshness. I also noticed that the mylk grade cashews don’t need to be soaked as long, which is a plus when I want to make this sauce in the evening to go with dinner!
  • Water – Helps make this sauce creamy.
  • Jalapeno – for the spicy flavor
  • Garlic clove – does not make this sauce garlicky in any way. It enhances the overall flavor.
  • Lemon juice – Give this sauce a little lemony zing.
  • Harissa powder – If you don’t have harissa powder in your pantry, I recommend trying Frontier Organic Seasoning Harissa Powder. Their harissa seasoning is my favorite; the spices are very aromatic! You could also swap out the harissa powder for a chipotle chili flavored sauce!
  • Salt – Rounds everything together!

I hope you all love this vegan harissa cashew sauce; it’s delicious, simple to make, and flavorful!

Harissa Cashew Sauce served with chips

Need a recipe to use this sauce? Check out our delicious Roasted Harissa Sweet Potato and Chickpea Pitas.

If you make this recipe, please share feedback and leave a rating (below). This helps our readers and us. – Thanks! xx Jake & Tracey 

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5-Minute Harissa Cashew Sauce

5-Minute Harissa Cashew Sauce

  • Author: Tracey Gene
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes (4 hours of soaking)
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


An easy 5-Minute Harissa Cashew Sauce that requires 7 ingredients! The perfect, creamy sauce for chips, tacos, wraps, and much more!


  • 2 cup cashews (soaked 4 hours)
  • 1 1/22 cup filtered water
  • 1/2 jalapeno (seeds removed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 4 tbsp lemon juice (~2 lemons)
  • 2 tsp harissa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt (plus more to taste)


  1. Place cashews, garlic clove, and jalapeno in a food processor, or blender along with the lemon juice, harissa powder, salt and 1 cup water.
  2. Process/blend until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Thin with water (1/4 cup at a time) until thick and creamy sauce forms.
  3. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more harissa powder or jalapeno for heat, or lemon juice for acidity. 
  4. Transfer to a serving container and enjoy immediately, or cover and refrigerate up to 5 days. 
  • Category: Sauce, Dip
  • Cuisine: New American-Inspired

Keywords: cashews, cashew sauce, harissa, harissa cashew sauce, vegan

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