Jill's Oil-Free Creamy Sunflower Dressing (or Sauce)

By Jill Schatz

Jill is a leader in Northwest Veg, the largest membership organization for vegans and vegetarians in Portland, OR. She brought this dressing with a green salad to a recent potluck, and my attraction to it was immediate. I was astounded to learn that the recipe called for a kumquat! Jill buys them at Asian markets when they're in season and freezes them for uses like this. The dressing is great without a kumquat, whew. The dressing can also be used a sauce for steamed or roasted winter squash or sweet potatoes, or for whole-meal bowls with grains, cooked vegetables, protein (tofu, tempeh, seitan, etc.), and garnishes.

Pre-soak sunflower seeds for 20 minutes in the orange juice in a blender, unless using a VitaMix, in which case no soaking is needed.

  • 1/3 cup raw or roasted sunflower seeds
  • 2/3 cup orange juice

Add remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth; add water if needed, to desired consistency.  It will thicken up as it sits, and may need more liquid added if kept more than a few hours.

  • 2 Tablespoons lime (or lemon) juice
  • 1 -2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (a really sweet, syrupy one like Napa Valley cherry wood aged, Grand Reserve)
  • 1 clove garlic (fresh or roasted)
  • 1-2 teaspoons minced onions or shallots
  • 1-2 teaspoons mellow white miso
  • 1-2 teaspoons ume plum vinegar (or salt to taste)
  • 1 kumquat (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • Water to pouring consistency, if needed

Use up within one week.

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