Before our fave vegan artichoke recipe, a story.
My first memory of artichokes was visiting Rome, my beloved Grandmothers home city as a kid.
In my Man United Goalkeeper shirt with neon green arms(!), it’s fair to say the style of Rome was lost on me. But the cuisine was not and I fell in love with artichokes after our host, Senora Mariseta served up roast artichokes for dinner.
I didn’t know it at the time, but this unique and delicious vegetable is also low in calories and high in fiber – a bonus for me and my colon!
Anyway, enough about my digestion and back to you, my dear.
Whether you’re looking for a new appetizer, main course or side dish, artichokes are a great ingredient to incorporate into your cooking.
In this post, we’ll share our favourite delicious vegan artichoke recipe that will inspire you to try something new and exciting.
Cheesy Vegan Artichoke Dip by Minimalist Baker
This classic dip gets a vegan makeover with the use of cashews and nutritional yeast.
The recipe is simple and easy to follow, all you need is some soaked cashews, artichokes, nutritional yeast, lemon juice, garlic, and a few seasonings. Once blended, the dip will have a creamy and cheesy texture that pairs perfectly with crackers or veggies.
- PREP TIME1 hour 15 minutes
- COOK TIME10 minutes
- TOTAL TIME1 hour 25 minutes
Servings (1/4-cup servings)
Course Appetizer, Dip
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 4-5 Days
- 0.29 cups raw cashews
- 0.47 Tbsp olive oil (sub water if avoiding oil)
- 1.18 cloves garlic
- 0.18 cup chopped shallot
- 0.35 cups unsweetened plain almond milk (or unsweetened rice milk)
- 1.18 Tbsp nutritional yeast (adds cheesy flavor)
- 0.12 tsp each sea salt and black pepper (plus more for spinach and artichokes)
- 0.94 cups loosely packed chopped fresh spinach (organic when possible)
- 0.24 14-ounce can artichoke hearts (rinsed, drained, dried, and roughly chopped)
- 0.47 Tbsp vegan parmesan cheese (plus more for serving)
FOR TOPPING / SERVING (optional)
- 0.47 Tbsp gluten-free vegan bread crumbs (we like Ian’s brand)
- 0.06 tsp red pepper flake
- Baguette, Pita Chips, or Vegetables
- Soak cashews for 1 hour in very hot water (uncovered) or in cool water overnight. Then drain and set aside.
- In the meantime, heat a large oven-safe metal or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, and shallot. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Then lower heat to medium/low and sauté for 2-3 minutes more or until just golden brown and slightly caramelized. Set off the heat to cool.
- Once cashews are soaked and drained, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 C). To a blender, add soaked and drained cashews, half of the sautéed garlic and shallot, almond milk, nutritional yeast, sea salt, and pepper and blend into a creamy purée, scraping down sides as needed.
- Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Dip should be cheesy in flavor and well salted, so consider adding more nutritional yeast for cheesiness or another pinch sea salt for saltiness. Set aside.
- Heat the skillet with the remaining shallot and garlic over medium-high heat and add spinach and chopped artichokes. Season with a pinch each salt and pepper and sauté for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently, to wilt and soften spinach.
- Turn heat off and add all of the sauce. Stir to combine. Sprinkle the top with vegan parmesan cheese, bread crumbs (optional), and red pepper flake (optional).
- Bake for about 5-8 minutes or until the dip is hot enough to serve. Be careful not to over-bake or the cheese sauce can begin to dry out and lose its creamy texture. Serve hot with assorted vegetables, tortilla chips, crackers, or toasted baguette – tortilla chips being our favorite.
- Store leftover dip covered in the refrigerator up to 4-5 days. Reheat in an oven-safe dish at 350 degrees F (176 C) until warmed through (or in the microwave), adding more almond milk as needed if dip has dried out.
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There you have it! Our fave, most-delicious vegan artichoke recipe and that they have inspired you to try something new and exciting.
Whether you’re looking for a comforting dinner, a quick and easy lunch, or a special occasion dish, artichokes are a great ingredient to incorporate into your cooking.
If you do get it cracking in the kitchen, be sure to share your creations on social media and tag us @veganingfood. Happy cooking!
Want something to accompany this as a main course? Try this delicious Vegan Mushroom Stronganoff!