Dill Pickle Dip

by Kristina Sloggett

in appetizers, Gluten Free, recipes, snacks, Vegan

Dill Pickle Dip

Dill Pickle Dip – a unique and flavorful dip that is always the surprise hit of the party! Tart and salty, it tastes just as you imagine it will!


What does it mean when we crave salt?

My craving was so big it drove me not only to buy a bag of Ruffles, I also conjured up this pickle perfection.

Pickle Dip

Since we were going to be out of the country from Thanksgiving to yesterday, and gone for most holiday festivities, we had a couple little happenings before we left.

I made this pickle dip for one of them, and after the initial strange looks from just about everyone, it was a big hit.

So simple, and just how I imagined the flavor would be. I made a double batch and used leftovers for sandwich and wrap spreads. It also traveled on vehicles of raw broccoli, cauliflower, bell peppers and once, even a pickle.

The pickle may have been overkill. Just a little.

Dill Pickle Dip

Dill Pickle Dip

dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan


1 cup raw cashews, soaked several hours / overnight
1 cup dill pickles, chopped
3 tablespoons pickle juice
2 teaspoonsΒ onion powder
sea salt


In food processor, pulse cashews for several minutes, until almost creamy. Add pickles (reserving 2 tablespoons for garnish), juice and onion powder while continuing to process until creamy. Add salt to taste.

Store in refrigerator until ready to eat; serve with chips and vegetables.

Dill Pickle



{ 68 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 22, 2011 at 6:54 am

Are you sure you’re not pregnant?
kidding :)

Seriously love pickles! Yum! Making dip out of pickles? Now that’s original!


2 spabettie December 22, 2011 at 6:56 am

haaa HAAA, no. πŸ˜‰

I just LOVE pickles!


3 shannonmarie December 22, 2011 at 6:58 am

I love pickles, too. Eat them both when I’m pregnant and when I’m not (I’m not, btw). I’d actually try this :-)


4 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 11:05 am

I eat pickles all the time too… is that really a thing when people are pregnant? pickles and ice cream, heh. I hope you do make this!


5 shannonmarie (rawdorable) December 23, 2011 at 11:18 am

From what I understand it is, but I’ve always eaten pickles. In fact, I was dared to eat pickles and ice cream as a teenager. To my surprise, I found that I liked putting tiny scoops of vanilla ice cream on top of dill pickle chips (never adding the pickles to the whole bowl, as the pickle juice going through it was just too much). It’s been a while since I’ve had it. I’d use a vegan ice cream now.


6 Christin@purplebirdblog December 22, 2011 at 7:00 am

I have a dill pickle dip toooo!!!

Mine doesn’t have any actual pickles in it, just dill and vinegar, and it’s a sunflower seed base. I haven’t made it in waaaay too long and this is an excellent reminder! Happy Thursday, pretty lady!


7 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

awesome, I remember that now!! I was just looking at the comment I left, and am laughing at my use of HORKING. talking about Basil eating fast.

hork Hork HORK.



8 rebecca lustig December 22, 2011 at 7:03 am

talk about feeding into my pickle obsession….. haha i love it


9 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

I know. this dip made me happy.


10 Heather (Where's the Beach) December 22, 2011 at 7:08 am

So cool. I love pickles. Talk about the perfect spread for a sandwich!


11 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:58 am

it IS a perfect spread. I also topped a salad with it, little blobs of pickle deliciousness. πŸ˜€

happy holidays, Heather! XO


12 Lisa Smith December 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

I LOVE pickles – this may be my new favorite recipe!


13 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:57 am

it is definitely one of mine! :)


14 Cadry December 22, 2011 at 7:17 am

This is such a great idea! I love pickles, and the thought of using cashews to make them into a creamy dip sounds like the perfect addition for upcoming holiday get togethers. Thanks!


15 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

you are welcome, I hope you love it! I’m making more for our family holiday snacks too, I can’t wait!


16 Cadry December 26, 2011 at 4:19 pm

I made the pickle dip for Christmas, but by Christmas Eve it was obliterated! My husband and I enjoyed it with potato chips and shared it with my non-vegan parents. It was loved all around, and my parents couldn’t believe it had a cashew base. Great job and thanks for the tasty recipe!


17 spabettie December 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I am SO happy you all loved it!! I made some for our family event yesterday too – it was requested by my mom and sister. Hope your Christmas was lovely!


18 Nancy B. December 22, 2011 at 8:24 am

I saw your FB post just after I read an article on salt cravings. What timing! MedPageToday reports on a study that concluded that salt cravings are greater in children who were fed starchy foods younger than 6 months. I’m not sure what that means, but interesting:
The combination of cashews and dill pickles sounds so intriguing, I’ll have to try it!


19 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:56 am

oh, very interesting! I wonder… I don’t have salt cravings a lot, although I do think they are stronger than any sweet tooth I may have??

you’ll have to let me know if you try this, Nancy – I hope you love it! πŸ˜€


20 Kalinda December 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

I will use any excuse to eat pickles. But dill pickles only please, no sweet ones!

We tried out a new restaurant for my sister’s birthday recently, and one of their signature dishes was dill pickle soup. Delicious.


21 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

we have a restaurant here with a famous dill pickle soup too!! (I actually had to look on your site to remember where you live, I was excited for a moment thinking it could be Portland!) πŸ˜€

and I’m right there with ya – no sweet pickles, only dill! just like vermouth. πŸ˜‰


22 Char @ www.charskitchen.ca December 22, 2011 at 10:48 am

Growing up, I despised pickles. It was only less than 3 years ago that I discovered I love them! This dip sounds peeerfect for ruffle chips!!


23 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:51 am

it WAS so good with the ruffles… I’m doing it all again for Christmas with the family! you’ve only liked pickles for three years!?!?? making this dip could catch you up on all you missed out on…


24 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 22, 2011 at 10:53 am

You wrote this post for me, right? You and I are so there with our love of the almighty dill pickle! This is heaven to me!


25 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

you were one of several I thought of – our little Pickle Alliance. πŸ˜‰ its so easy, and really REALLY good! πŸ˜€ happy holidays to you tony and the boys! XO


26 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Doth my eyes deceive me? Are you back?
I’ve missed you!


27 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

oh, Lindsay I have missed you too, my friend!! we are back, just in time for all the GOOD part of the holidays! XXO hope yours are a joy!


28 Pure2raw twins December 22, 2011 at 1:35 pm

you had me at pickle dip!! sounds delicious!!! love pickles!


29 Audrey December 22, 2011 at 1:39 pm

Sounds delicious to me!


30 Rande McDaniel @ The Vegetable Centric Kitchen December 22, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Ohhh my goodness, that sounds AMAZING!


31 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:48 am

thanks, Rande! we all really liked it – I’m making some for my family for Christmas snacky appetizers, we’ll see how they like it! πŸ˜€

happy holidays!


32 STUFT Mama December 22, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Looks delicious! Another pickle is never overkill. ha ha! And.. welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Missed you!


33 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:47 am

I MISSED YOU TOO!! and thank you, it is good to be back. we missed all the GAAH of the holidays and landed right in the middle of the good stuff! πŸ˜€

and yep – you really are right. dipping a pickle into pickle dip? a really good thing.


34 Kath (My Funny Little Life) December 22, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Nice! And cashew (fresh) cheese again, how intriguing! I’ll try something like that when I’m back home (and have my blender again ;)).


35 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:45 am

I hope you try this – SO good! it’s going to be part of the snacky appetizers I bring to my sisters place on Christmas… πŸ˜€


36 Dorry December 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

you’re always up to something a little bit different in your kitchen, and I love that! p.s. ruffles potato chips are the shit.


37 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:35 am

ha – they ARE the shit, aren’t they?? I rarely eat chips, but those just sounded SO good. I was standing there in the aisle, looking at all the Ruffles choices. I picked up the “light” or “baked” or whatever they are, ingredients like soy, other unpronounceables… the “regular” Ruffles? potato salt and oil. oh, and DELICIOUSNESS! πŸ˜€


38 spabettiemom December 22, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Hi Kiddo~ salt cravings?…could mean you need a huge drink…………
and I mean WATER….hee hee….all that tequela has probably got
you pickled….you know like the worm in the bottom of the bottle?
Glad your home….pickles?….preggers?…..Say What?
love ya , the boys~


39 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:32 am

ha, no mom – as much as you’d love that! πŸ˜€ we went into a few tequila shops (can you imagine, a store with NOTHING but tequila???) and there was no worm.

I drank LOTS of water. not from the faucet. I even brushed my teeth with bottled water – I really like brushing with club soda!! πŸ˜€


40 Krissy @ Krissy's Creations December 22, 2011 at 10:00 pm

Wonderful recipe! My husband loves pickles & pickle juice, so he will LOVE this! I am making it this weekend as a Christmas dinner appetizer dip :)


41 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:30 am

oh, GOOD, he is sure to love it! I am making it again for our family holiday snacking too! merry Christmas, Krissy!


42 hihorosie December 22, 2011 at 11:26 pm

mmm! Me love pickles! Sounds interesting and fun to eat.


43 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:29 am

it was SO GOOD… making it again for our family holiday snacking.


44 Eden December 22, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Pickle overkill?!?! no such thing. Unless you ran over a pickle and killed it. πŸ˜‰


45 spabettie December 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

I would NEVER do any such thing! (and yeah, dipping a pickle into pickle dip was actually good…)


46 denise December 23, 2011 at 9:30 pm

This is perfect to bring to my girls’ gathering. I try to bring something new each time that isn’t typical and the ladies are surprised and always ask how it’s made. I brought bean balls once and they got positive reviews.


47 sarah @ sarah learns December 23, 2011 at 9:51 pm

oh my gosh. this is genius. i want to eat this dip with salt and vinegar chips and all will be perfect in my world.


48 bitt December 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I make a raw fake chicken salad with pickles in it and it’s so good! This time I’m going with fridge pickles that I’m doing myself. They’d be good in this dip too.


49 Jenn December 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

This looks so yummy


50 Diane {Created by Diane} December 27, 2011 at 9:00 pm

love dill pickles and since you put the word dip in there too, I am so there! Need to make some of this QUICK :)


51 spabettie December 28, 2011 at 10:28 am

I hope you love it, Diane! I’ve heard from several people that made it over the holiday weekend and loved it… I made it for my family and it definitely was a hit! IF you have leftovers? a great sandwich spread!


52 Sugel December 29, 2011 at 5:27 am

Congrats! I have to say, these don’t sound very tempting. I do love pickles and I do love ice cream. Maybe next time I’m pregnant or feelin’ crazy I’ll have to give these a chance.


53 whitney January 20, 2012 at 11:50 am

I LOVE pickles and will be trying this!!


54 spabettie January 24, 2012 at 10:07 am

I hope you love it, Whitney!


55 Pat February 8, 2012 at 4:05 am

took this to a birthday party last night, it was GONE within the first half hour!! this stuff is AMAZING!!


56 Pamela Frank February 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm

I surprised my kiddoes with this today, they screeched and jumped around, loved it so much. me too.


57 Jane March 21, 2012 at 9:53 am

why did I not think of this?!! well I will be MAKING this!!


58 nola May 23, 2012 at 9:56 am

weird but I get its good LOL


59 Christopher Carpenter June 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I keep reading these recipe for this dip and i have to be truthfull, totoaly gross……I make this dip/spread and this is not the way its prepared if you want the real 1930’s recipe ……..ill bet dollars too doughnuts against this


60 RecipeNewZ July 6, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I love pickles! This dip is great! must be so crunchy and refreshing for summer parties :-)


61 Bear October 23, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Oh goodness. I just stumbled upon this recipe while reading another one – I can’t even remember what I clicked on first to wind up here, but I am so grateful! I have always loved dill pickles. They do not last in my house, and I buy 2+ litres at a time…

I am definitely making this as soon as I get to a store and grab some cashews to soak :-)


62 spabettie October 23, 2012 at 8:20 pm

yay – I hope you love it! it’s so very good, enjoy!


63 Anna July 15, 2013 at 10:40 am

How long should the cashews be soaked for? I don’t know if I can wait overnight :)


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65 Josie April 8, 2015 at 12:21 am

This looks delicious! Never thought about using cashews and pickles to make a dip, you’re a genius :)


66 Kristina Sloggett April 10, 2015 at 9:05 am

this is definitely one that gets side eye looks, but once people try it, they LOVE it.


67 Arman @ thebigmansworld April 8, 2015 at 1:36 am

YESSSS. I am obsessed with pickles. One time, I ate 1/2 a jar and it was awesome. The next day. I looked like a puffer fish. That wasn’t as awesome but my cheeks were pinchable.

I can’t believe this has cashews too. Stop it.


68 Kristina Sloggett April 10, 2015 at 9:05 am

yep, I know this puffiness, I too have been there. pickles? SO WORTH IT.


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