Dill pickle lovers rejoice! This Dill Pickle Dip recipe blends all of the salty, briney goodness of dill pickles into a rich and creamy dairy-free dip. Serve with chips, veggies, and crackers for the ultimate appetizer. Vegan, paleo, and Whole30!
Pickles are one of those foods you either hate or love. If your pickle opinion is the latter, you’re going to LOVE this dill pickle dip recipe. It’s just as dilly and delightful as classic dips but without the dairy. Typically, pickle dip recipes include cream cheese, but this one uses soaked cashews instead.
Not to mention, it’s inherently vegan, paleo, and Whole30 (with compliant pickles). If you serve it as an appetizer for guests, they’ll never guess it’s vegan but they’ll definitely ask you for the recipe. It’s that good.
Ready to make the best dill pickle chip? Grab your favorite jaw of pickles and let’s do it.
💗 Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s EASY and a great recipe for beginners.
- Only 6 ingredients!
- It’s smooth and creamy thanks to soaked cashews.
- There’s no cream cheese!
- It’s dairy-free, vegan, paleo, and Whole30.
- It’s a pickle lover’s dream come true!
🥒 Ingredients You’ll Need
- Raw Cashews – Soaked cashews are a vegan hack for making creamy sauces without any cream. They NEED to be raw (NOT roasted).
- Pickle Juice – Don’t toss the juice when you finish a jar of pickles! Hang on to it to make pickle dip (you can also use it as a chicken marinade).
- Nutritional Yeast – Another vegan hack for adding a rich, parmesan-like taste to dips and sauces.
- Spices – You’ll need garlic powder and dried minced onion for flavor.
- Dill – strengthens the dill pickle flavor. Using fresh dill makes a world of difference, but in a pinch dried dill is fine.
- Dill Pickles (chopped fine) – We’re making pickle dip. Of course, you’ll need pickles! Use your favorite.
- Recommended Equipment – A high-speed blender works best, but you can also use a food processor (just make sure the cashews are soaked long enough that they are very tender).
📖 How To Make Dill Pickle Dip
1️⃣ Soak cashews.
First, you must soak the cashews to soften them. Submerge them in a bowl of water overnight, or if you’re short on time, soak them in a bowl of boiling water for 2 hours. Drain and rinse the cashews well.
2️⃣ Blend cashews with ingredients.
Add soaked cashews, pickle juice, garlic powder, onion powder, and nutritional yeast to a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add water or more pickle juice a tablespoon at a time until it’s the consistency you prefer.
3️⃣ Finish and serve.
Transfer the pickle dip mixture to a bowl. Fold in the chopped pickles and fresh dill until evenly distributed. Add salt and pepper to taste! Enjoy!
👉 Recipe Tips
- How to soak cashews – Add the cashews to a bowl, and then fill the bowl with enough water to completely submerge the nights. Leave the bowl on the counter to soak overnight (or for at least 5 hours).
- Dried or fresh dill – You can use 1 teaspoon of dried dill instead of fresh dill.
- Pickle cut – The pickles do not need to be perfectly diced, but definitely chop them up as small as possible.
- Chill before serving – If you aren’t in too much of a rush, set the dip in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, so the flavors have a chance to mingle.
- Garnish – Set some of the chopped pickles and fresh dill aside to sprinkle over top before serving.
What kind of pickles should I use to make dip?
If dill isn’t your favorite, feel free to use a different pickle flavor (sour, half-sours, gherkins, bread & butter, etc). For Whole30 purposes, be sure to use pickles with compliant ingredients, such as:
- Mt. Olive
This simple recipe leaves plenty of room for customization. Check out the list below for delicious pickle dip variations.
- BACON (or ham) & CHEESE – If meat and dairy are of no concern, load your dip up with crispy chopped bacon (or diced ham) and shredded cheddar or white cheddar cheese.
- Pickle Flavors – Not a fan of dill? No problem. Swap in pickles you enjoy. You can also use pickle relish.
- Make it spicy – For some heat, add a pinch of cayenne, red pepper flakes, or use spicy pickles.
- Fresh onion – In place of dried minced onion, you can use minced red onion, thinly-sliced green onion, or chopped chives.
🍽️ Serving Pickle Dip
This wouldn’t be a dip without dippers. Check out the list below for ways to transport each bite:
- Ruffle potato chips
- Fresh veggies (veggies (carrots, cucumbers, celery, bell peppers, etc.) and pickle dip is the BEST Whole30 snack)
You can also use dill pickle dip as a sandwich spread. Use it like you would mayo on cold cut subs, burgers, BLTs, etc.
🧊 Storing & Freezing
Storing: Store your dip in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Freezing: Freezing is not recommended. The blended cashews will separate and throw off the texture.
Dill has a distinctively fresh flavor with notes of citrus and sweet grassy flavor.
As always, double-check the ingredients. As long as everything falls within the rules, yes – pickles are Whole30.
Salty, savory, and buttery flavored crackers go best with pickle dip. You can also try Paleo Old Bay crackers.
Absolutely, and it will taste even better! You can make it the night before and keep it covered in the fridge until you’re ready to serve.
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Dill Pickle Dip
- 1 high-speed blender
- 1 cup raw cashews
- ½ cup pickle juice
- 2 tablespoons nutrional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
- ¼ cup dill pickles chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Soak the cashews in water overnight. If short on time, pour boiling water over them and soak for 2 hours.
- Drain and rinse the cashews. Then, add them to a high-speed blender along with the pickle juice, garlic powder, minced onion powder, and nutritional yeast..
- Blend the mixture until smooth and creamy, adding more water or pickle juice one tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- Transfer the mixture to a bowl.
- Fold in the chopped dill pickle pieces and fresh dill until evenly distributed. Add salt and pepper to taste.