Vegan Sour Cream

Vegan Sour Cream

Creamy, tangy, and rich, this vegan sour cream is delicious on baked potatoes, nachos, chili, and more. You won’t miss the real thing one bit!

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Vegan Sour Cream

This vegan sour cream recipe is a staple in my kitchen. Just like the real thing, it’s creamy, tangy, and rich, a perfect topping for baked potatoes, nachos, chili, enchiladas…I could go on and on. It’s super easy to whizz together, and it’s made with simple, plant-based ingredients. If you’re dairy-free or vegan (or even if you’re not!), you’ll make this recipe time and time again.

Vegan sour cream recipe

Vegan Sour Cream Recipe Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make this vegan sour cream recipe:

  • Raw cashews – They make this vegan sour cream thick and creamy. Tip: make sure your cashews are raw, not roasted. Otherwise, they’ll give the sour cream a nutty flavor.
  • Water – To get the blender moving.
  • Extra-virgin olive oil – For richness.
  • Lemon juice and white wine vinegar – They make the vegan sour cream tangy and bright.
  • Onion powder and garlic – For sharp, savory depth of flavor.
  • Dijon mustard – For extra tang.
  • And sea salt – To make all the flavors pop!

Find the complete recipe with measurements below.

Cashews, garlic, and Dijon mustard in a blender

Add the ingredients to a high-speed blender, and blend until completely smooth and creamy. If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I recommend soaking your cashews for 6 hours, or overnight, before making this recipe. That way, they’ll be easier to blend.

Season to taste, and chill the mixture for at least 4 hours before serving. It’ll be slightly runny just after blending, but it’ll thicken in the fridge. Enjoy!

Cashew sour cream in a blender

How to Use Vegan Sour Cream

Creamy, tangy, and rich, this dairy-free sour cream is a versatile, delicious condiment to keep on hand in the fridge. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it:

  • On a baked potato. Dollop it onto your next baked potato with smoky plant-based bacon bits and a sprinkle of chives.
  • On a bowl of soup. Scoop some onto a bowl of Black Bean Soup, Creamy Potato Soup, or my Easy Vegetarian Chili.
  • On nachos, enchiladas, or tacos, like these Sheet Pan Nachos, these Black Bean Enchiladas, or any of these Vegetarian Taco Recipes. It’s a great addition to a taco toppings bar, too!
  • On a bowl or salad. Add some to a burrito bowl or this Healthy Taco Salad. I also like to thin this vegan sour cream with a little water and drizzle it over my Vegan Potato Salad.
  • Or on stuffed peppers. We love it with these stuffed poblanos and these bell peppers.

How do you like to use vegan sour cream? Let me know in the comments!

Vegan sour cream recipe

More Plant-Based Basics

If you love this recipe, try one of these basic vegan recipes next:

  • Vegan Cheese
  • How to Make Almond Milk
  • Vegan Mayo
  • How to Make Oat Milk
  • Vegan Parmesan Cheese
  • How to Cook Tofu
  • How to Cook Lentils
  • Or any of these 31 Easy Plant-Based Recipes!

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Vegan Sour Cream

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Print RecipeCreamy, rich, thick, and tangy, this vegan sour cream is a perfect dairy-free sour cream substitute. This recipe comes out best in a high-speed blender, such as a Vitamix. If you don’t have one, soak your cashews for at least 6 hours, or overnight, before making it. Gluten-free.


  • Vitamix Blender
  • Raw Cashews


  • 1¼ cups raw cashews
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 garlic clove
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder

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  • In a high-speed blender, place the cashews, water, olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, mustard, salt, and onion powder and blend until completely smooth and creamy.
  • Chill for at least 4 hours. The consistency will thicken up in the fridge.

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  1. Sandra

    Can you use other nuts to make this?

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    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Sandra, I would stick with the raw cashews because they have a neutral taste and they get really creamy.

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  2. Michelle

    5 stars
    Wow!!! This is excellent. I just made it and was inclined to use my fingers to get every last bit out of my blender. It came out perfect, nice and creamy. My family and I enjoy your recipes. Your site is always my first go too. Thank you!!

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    • Jeanine Donofrio

      I’m so glad everyone loved it!

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  3. Melinda

    How long will this last in the refrigerator?

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    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Melinda, about 1 week.

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  4. Kim

    On soaking the cashews overnight – do you use the volume of water from the recipe, or do you soak them in a few cups of water and then drain before blending (and reduce the amount of water added to the blender)? Would the extra water absorbed by the cashews make the sour cream runnier?

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    • Jeanine Donofrio

      Hi Kim, if you soak the cashews, drain them well and then continue with the recipe. You can start with a touch less water if your blender will still blend. It shouldn’t seem runny, but keep in mind that it’ll also thicken in the fridge.

      With a powerful blender, I skip soaking altogether.

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