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Harissa Sauce (VEGAN)

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  • Author: Gigi & Sersie
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


This Harissa Sauce is vegan and oil-free. This sauce is creamy and mildly spicy with a touch of sweetness. This dressing is excellent on a salad, bowl, aioli spread, or dipping sauce. #harissarecipe #healthyveganrecipes #oilfreesaladdressing #danielfastrecipes #northafricanspices


Units Scale
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup water (add 2 Tbsp additional water for salad dressing)
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp miso paste
  • 1 Tbsp Simple Homemade Date Syrup
  • 2 to 3 tsp harissa spice blend (for a milder sauce, use 2 teaspoons)


  1. Soak raw cashews in water overnight. For a faster method, put cashews into a small pot with hot water and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes to soften. Drain and rinse cashews.
  2. Add softened cashews and all remaining ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend smooth and creamy. For a thinner consistency, add 1-2 tablespoons more water.


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Category: Sauces
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: North African