Raw Tuna-ish Salad

One of my favorite foods has always been tuna. And, although I am mostly vegan and raw at this point, I do still eat some fish occasionally. I believe that the omega 3 fatty acids contained in fish are important to heart health. Deep caught, cold water fish that is wild caught is the most beneficial. But, be sure you know your source and buy from a reputable fish seller. However, if you do not eat fish or if you want a suitable alternative, try this tuna-ish salad. It is raw and made from all natural, unprocessed ingredients. A little pre-prep time is needed in order to soak the sunflower seeds. So you need to do a little planning in order to make this recipe. Once the nuts are soaked, putting it together is a breeze.

You can enjoy this salad on a wrap, a scoop over a salad or just eaten right out of the bowl. The sunflower seeds it contains will provide you with significant amounts of vitamin E, magnesium and selenium.

The dulse flakes (a type of seaweed) will add the taste of the sea. Dulse is also rich in nutrients like vitamins B6, B12, C, E, A, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, protein and dietary fiber. Perhaps the most important nutritional ingredient is the iodine dulse provides. It is essential for the health of the thyroid gland.

Ingredients for Salad:

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked in water for 2-4 hours)
  • 4 stalks celery – chopped into small pieces
  • 2 scallions – chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon dulse flakes
  • 2 tablespoon fresh chopped dill

Dressing:

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • juice of half a fresh lemon
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • pinch of Himalayan sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons stone-ground mustard

Salad Method:

Rinse the sunflower seeds and drain the water off of them. Pat them dry with paper towel.  Move them to a food processor and pulse until they are mostly ground leaving some chunks for added texture. Transfer from the food processor to a medium sized bowl. Mix in the remaining ingredients for the salad.

Dressing Method:

In a powerful blender, combine the dressing ingredients.  Blend until smooth and creamy. Pour the dressing over the sunflower seed mixture.

If you are making a wrap, you can use a nori sheet, Ezekiel wrap, a romaine lettuce leaf or collard leaf (with the spine removed).

If you are serving over a salad, use an ice cream scooper and place a large scoop of the mixture over the top of your salad.

Enjoy!

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