straight on view of vegan aioli in a glass jar with spoon sticking out, in the background is a small bowl of cashews, garlic bulb and half of lemon

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5 from 7 reviews

This creamy, garlicky aioli is great as a dip for fresh or roasted vegetables or use as a spread for burgers and sandwiches!


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  • 1 cup raw cashews (if using soaked cashews, see notes)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 24 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • pinch of mineral salt, or to taste


Place cashews, water, garlic, dijon, and juice of lemon in a blender and blend until creamy, about 45 seconds. Taste for flavor, adding a little more of desired ingredients to taste.

Serve at room temperature.

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Makes about 1 1/2 cups


Adjust the garlic to your taste. For a mild garlic flavor, 2 will do. If you love your garlic, use more.

To make this completely raw, use 3/4 – 1 teaspoon mustard powder in place of dijon.

For thinner aioli, add extra water, 1 – 2 tablespoons, at a time until desired consistency.

If you don’t care for dijon mustard, omit it altogether. You can also start with 1 teaspoon, adding a little extra to taste.

For this task, I used a NutriBullet, which does a great job blending cashews into pure creaminess. Plus, you can keep your aioli in the cup it was blended in, easily storing leftovers in the refrigerator.

Soaking cashews: If you prefer to soak your cashews, 2 hours before preparing the aioli, place cashews in a cup/bowl filled with water, covering cashews about 1 inch. Let set for 2 hours. For a quick soak, place cashews in a bowl of warm water for 1 hour or in near-boiling water for 15 minutes. Drain and rinse well before blending. Use 2/3 cup of water instead of 3/4 cup, as the cashews will have plumped up, and you may not need as much. Add more water, 1 tablespoon at a time, as needed to thin.

There are benefits to soaking your cashews, although I am sometimes lazy about it. It does help remove certain enzymes that may inhibit vitamin and mineral absorption, and also may help with digestion.