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Savour the sunshine: Refreshing summer salads with a zesty sunflower seed dressing

Hello there, salad enthusiasts and health-conscious foodies! As the sun plays hide-and-seek with the clouds, it's high time we dive into the tantalising world of summer salads.

Today, I want to introduce you to a super yummy recipe for a sunflower seed dressing that's not only incredibly healthy but also bursting with flavour. So, grab your greens and let's embark on a journey of wellness and deliciousness!

Sunflowers and seeds
Sunshine and sunflowers.

Let's start by shedding some light on the star ingredient of our dressing - sunflower seeds. These small but mighty seeds are loaded with nutrients that can benefit our overall wellbeing. Packed with healthy fats, fibre, and plant-based protein, sunflower seeds are a powerhouse of nutrition. They are also a great source of vitamin E, which acts as an antioxidant, protecting our cells from damage. So, adding sunflower seeds to your diet can be a wonderful way to boost your health. They can also be a fantastic substitute for nut-based foods and dressings, for those with allergies.

When it comes to the ingredients of your salad, you can let your culinary creativity shine; from crisp greens to juicy fruits, vibrant veggies to crunchy nuts, the possibilities are endless. Soak up the sunshine and savour the flavours of nature while nurturing your body and mind.

Remember, a holistic approach to health and wellness involves nourishing ourselves from within. By choosing whole, plant-based ingredients and embracing the beauty of nature's bounty, we can elevate our wellbeing to new heights. So, let these summer salads be your invitation to embrace a lifestyle that's both delicious and nurturing.

And here’s the recipe: Zesty sunflower seed dressing!


  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds

  • 1/4 cup water

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the sunflower seeds, water, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, sea salt, and black pepper.

  2. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. If the dressing is too thick, add a little more water to reach your desired consistency.

  3. Taste and adjust the seasonings according to your preference. Add more lemon juice for extra tanginess or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness.

  4. Transfer the dressing to a jar or airtight container and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavours to meld together.

  5. Drizzle the zesty sunflower seed dressing over your favourite summer salad just before serving. Enjoy the burst of freshness and the nourishing goodness!


The recipe yields 1 cup of dressing but you can adjust to suit your wants and needs.

In an airtight container the dressing lasts up to 5 days in the fridge and it also freezes well.

I hope you find this salad dressing as delicious as I do! Let me know your thoughts.

Bon appetit!

xo Bee


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