Learn how to make the most amazing Vegan Pimento Cheese completely dairy-free and oil-free! This is creamy, rich, tangy, salty, slightly spicy with just a hint of sweetness. Everything a pimento cheese should be!
Meet my favorite vegan cheese I’ve possibly made ever. This Vegan Pimento Cheese has made me happier than you know! It requires just 8 ingredients, is oil-free and dairy-free and nostalgic in every way. My mom always served us pimento cheese spread on celery sticks. It was a regular snack I had growing up and it was always served at the holidays. So posting this just in time for the holidays was a must.
Maybe it’s just the fact that I’ve missed pimento cheese so much, but this I’m loving more right now than any other cheese I’ve created!
I have missed that stuff. It has been years since I have had it and now I’m. In. Heaven.
This recipe is based off of my Vegan Baked Smoky Cashew Cheese. That recipe has exploded! I’ve legit had dozens of readers tell me it’s the best vegan cheese they’ve ever had and one reader told me I should package and sell it, haha! It’s really delicious, so go try it if you haven’t. I changed that recipe up quite a bit to turn out this amazing pimento spread.
If you’ve never had pimento cheese, you are missing out. It is different than any other cheese. A pimento cheese should be rich, creamy, soft (it’s not a hard cheese), dip-like, spreadable, tangy, slightly spicy and just a hint of sweetness.
My Vegan Pimento Cheese has that all! You’ll need just 8 easy ingredients:
- raw cashews
- rice vinegar (plain, not seasoned)
- lemon juice
- sriracha sauce
- tomato paste
HOW DO YOU MAKE VEGAN PIMENTO CHEESE?
First, you will need to soak your raw cashews. Do not SKIP THIS. I don’t care if you are in a rush, if you skip this, it will be gritty.
Add the drained cashews to a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the pimentos.
Process to break everything up, scrape down the sides and process again for a good 5 minutes or so. Process until 100% smooth and creamy.
Taste and it should be tangy, salty, slightly spicy and a mild touch of sweetness! True pimento cheese is not overly spicy so it should be just a nice warmth in your mouth.
Stir in the pimentos and serve over toast, celery sticks or crackers!
Creating amazing vegan cheeses is a regular thing here. Try these other Vegan Cheeses:
- Best Vegan Queso is truly the best you’ve ever had (your reviews)
- Vegan Baked Herbed Cashew Cheese
- Vegan Strawberry Cream Cheese
- Easy Vegan Mexican Cheese
- Vegan Ricotta Cheese
Vegan Pimento Cheese
- 1 1/2 cups (225g) raw unsalted cashews, soaked overnight, DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP
- 2 1/2 tablespoons (37g) plain (not seasoned) rice vinegar, please do not sub with another vinegar!
- 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (adds LOTS of depth of flavor, a slight kick and a hint of sweet)
- 1 tablespoon (15g) tomato paste
- 1 tablespoon (15g) fresh lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons (45g) water
- 3 large garlic cloves, 11g, roughly chopped (don't be shy, this adds lots of flavor)
- 1 teaspoon regular paprika
- 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
- 1/4 cup (60g) diced pimentos (make sure you drain them FIRST from the jar before measuring)
- I use this food processor.
- You will need a day in advance to make this cheese, you MUST soak the cashews overnight. Quick soak methods are not advised. Rushing it will result in a gritty cheese. Trust me on this and do not skip soaking the cashews overnight. This makes the nuts very soft and is necessary since so little liquid is used and is needed to get a creamy consistency.
- Add your cashews to a bowl and pour boiling water over them by at least an inch at the top. Cover and leave to sit overnight on your counter or 8 hours minimum. Drain them and rinse them well.
- Add the drained cashews to a food processor, as there is such little liquid, I don't recommend a blender or even a Vitamix, it does not get creamy for me, personally. Add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT the pimentos.
- Process to break everything up, scrape down the sides and process again for a good 5 minutes or so. You will need to scrape down the sides a couple of times to ensure it all gets mixed and smooth. It will seem too gritty at first and like it won't work, but if you soaked your cashews overnight as instructed, it WILL work. Just be patient. Process until 100% smooth and creamy. Like in my photo.
- Taste and it should be tangy, salty, slightly spicy and a mild touch of sweetness! True pimento cheese is not overly spicy so it should be just a nice warmth in your mouth. However, if you want yours spicier, feel free to add a good pinch of cayenne. Do not, however, add more Sriracha, as that will add too much more vinegar and saltiness to the cheese. The heat level is perfect for kids though in my opinion as written and totally reminded me of my mom serving pimento cheese as a kid!
- Now, add the drained pimentos to the food processor and just STIR them in, do NOT blend them up. Alternatively, you could add all of the cheese to a bowl and stir them in that way too.
- Serve immediately or store in the fridge if you like first. I inhaled it immediately! Pimento cheese is supposed to be a soft, creamy spread, not a hard cheese so no need to firm up in the fridge before eating. I love this with crackers, especially celery and really, really delicious on toast!