You may know that I have a crush on raw foods. After all, barring a few instances of nama shoyu (fresh wheat soy sauce) raw foods are mostly gluten free and almost always vegetarian (depending on who you ask). That’s why avoiding nuts for Baby Yum may be one of the more difficult restrictions, because some of my favorite raw food dishes at restaurants or at home require them. I was at the library the other day and I saw a book by Ani Phyo on the shelves. I couldn’t resist bringing it home, even though I was pretty sure most of the recipes were currently off limits. I enjoyed browsing the tasty recipes, but I was most struck by one dill-sunflower seed spread that could be adapted to fit my current diet. Ani took this nut sauce and mixed it up with grated carrot and nori (i think) and dehydrated it to make un-fish salmon cakes. It sounded yummy! Someday I might go and make that recipe with all three parts including an un-hollandaise sauce. However, this time I was happy to take the idea of using sunflower seeds and dill together in a “nutty” un-cheese sauce and run with it in my own direction. I ended up making a salty, onion dill sauce which i then used on everything I could think of.. including this light and lovely salad. I highly recommend the addition of avocado slices- the creaminess is such a nice contrast to the spread! And on amaranth crepes- it really was divine, even if it abandoned any hope of being a real raw foods recipe. (Yeah yeah, I know, the roasted sunflower seeds already sabotaged the mission- but they taste so good!) Anyway, hope you enjoy this tasty recipe that takes a salad to a whole new level of yumminess… And to think, I once thought I didn’t like salads!
Almost Raw Dill un-cheese Havarti Spread and salad Recipe
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup roasted, unsalted sunflower seeds
2 green onions, chopped
1 bunch of small dill, or to taste (reserve 1 tsp or more for dressing)
1/4 to 1/2 cup water
salt to taste
Grind sauce ingredients in small food processor or blender, adding water slowly to get the desired consistency. Salt to taste.
Assemble salad ingredients.
If you want to be really fancy with it, and aren’t wanting an entirely raw foods meal, serve on amaranth flatbread.