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Vegan Queso Fresco

This delicious vegan queso fresco is a spin-off of my Dairy-Free Sour Cream / Ranch Dressing recipe. Made of sunflower seeds, it’s transformed into a nacho cheese sauce with the addition of herbs and spices that’s perfect to serve with Mexican food. It is also plant-based, oil-free, gluten-free, and contains no cashews so it’s safe for those with nut allergies.

This recipe makes approximately 2 cups with a thick consistency. Once it’s made, add 1 Tbsp water to ¼ cup of the queso to make a thinner consistency to be used for a sauce.

This sauce/dressing is great as:

  • Spread in dinner burritos, breakfast wraps, quesadillas, enchiladas and nachos
  • Sauce added to pasta
  • Topping for nachos, baked potatoes and French fries
  • Dip for corn chips and fresh vegetables

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Vegan Queso Fresco

Vegan Queso Fresco

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This delicious vegan queso fresco is a spin-off of my Dill Sour Cream / Ranch Dip recipe. It's a sunflower seed nacho cheese sauce with herbs and spices used to add a Mexican flavor profile perfect to eat with Mexican dishes and nachos.
Course Appetizer, Salad, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Mexican
Keyword plant-based queso, sunflower seed nacho cheese, vegan cheese sauce, vegan queso fresco
Prep Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Servings 8
Author her healthy passport


  • 1 cup raw unsalted sunflower seeds soaked in water at least one hour or overnight then drained
  • 1 cup cool water I prefer to use filtered water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup nutritional yeast
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp onion powder


  • Combine all the ingredients in a Cuisinart or blender and blend for 3-5 minutes, until smooth.
  • Sprinkle turmeric on top for color if serving as a topping.

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