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A Sunny Salad Dressing

October 27, 2013

Sunflower seed salad dressing

Spinach tossed with sunflower seed salad dressing and garnished with pork crackling – of course!

This is a great way to add some protein into your salad, especially if you are vegan. It is a light creamy dressing which tastes fantastic on some green leaves or a mixed salad and also makes a great drizzle over some roasted mushrooms.

The basis is sunflower seeds which contain a whopping dose of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E travels throughout the body neutralizing free radicals that would otherwise damage fat-containing structures, such as cell membranes, brain cells, and cholesterol. By protecting these cellular and molecular components, vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects.

Recently on ABC TV, the well publicised Catalyst program talked about fat and oxidising cholesterol. Vitamin E is one of the main antioxidants found in cholesterol particles and helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol. Getting plenty of vitamin E can significantly reduce this risk. See the program here.

Sunflower seeds are also a good source of magnesium. The function of magnesium in the body is often overlooked and under-rated. It is required by every cell in the body and necessary for healthy bones and energy production, plus it may help prevent diabetes and migraine headaches.

Magnesium assists in maintaining muscle and nerve function and helps our immune system. It is great for diabetics because it helps regulate blood sugar levels. (I take 400mg of magnesium everyday to help me with my energy and sleep.)

I also like to substitute the sunflower seeds for pumpkin seeds which have a different form of vitamin E and are a great source of zinc. Mix them up and you’ll get your very own purpose-built multivitamin!

Because sunflower and pumpkin seeds (and most seeds, for that matter) contain a lot of oil, it is best to keep them in the fridge.

As simple as this dressing is, don’t underestimate the nutritional benefits of its ingredients. It is a bit addictive too, now that I have been having this on my salad, its hard to go back to a basic vinaigrette!

The recipe will thicken a little bit on standing so don’t be concerned if it seems a bit runny at first. Make it before you start your dinner preparations so it has had time to thicken up.

Tonight I served this with a roast loin of pork, some yummy Byron superkraut and spinach – it was a hit!

PS – If you reduce the amount of water by a third, it would make a great nut-free dip.

1 clove garlic
40g sunflower or pumpkin seeds
150g filtered water
50g macadamia oil
1 teas mustard (I use Dijon)
Juice of half a lemon
2 teas nutritional yeast
salt & pepper to taste
 
Mince the garlic in the TM for 10 seconds on SP 8. Add the seeds and blitz for another 10 seconds on SP 8.
Add the rest of the ingredients and mix on SP 9 for 1 minute, stopping to scrape down if required. The dressing will thicken a little bit on standing.
 
7 Comments leave one →
  1. cathy permalink
    November 9, 2013 10:34 am

    I have it but forgot to put it in and the dressing was awesome as is. Next time I will try to remember to use it!

  2. cathy permalink
    November 7, 2013 1:19 pm

    This is a brillaint salad dressing and I will be making it a lot! To make it more kid friendly next tiem I am going to do half a clove of garlic, orange juice and a touch of honey. I love the original though and it has been my dressing of chocie since I made it – an awesome non dairy, non egg creamy dressing! I am also going to do a pesto version……

    Thankyou for sharing.

    • November 8, 2013 3:59 pm

      Glad you love it Cathy! I love it too – a plain vinaigrette seems so boring after this!

  3. Anonymous permalink
    October 28, 2013 11:59 am

    I love the idea of this dressing, but hlep! what is nutritional yeast. Can I leave it out?
    thanks Susan

  4. Sam permalink
    October 27, 2013 10:09 pm

    Hi there!
    What is nutritional yeast and where do I buy it? Thanks for the awesome recipes!!

    • November 8, 2013 4:04 pm

      You can buy nutritional yeast from the supermarket in the health food aisle or in the health food shop. Its not expensive and adds an umami flavour

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