Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Mexican Sunflower Salad

Hopefully by now you've all heard about and are promoting Meatless Monday. A campaign aimed at reducing meat consumption in America by encouraging everyone to go meat-free for just one day. If everyone adopted a plant based diet just one day a week the environmental impact would be huge. Not to mention the impact for the animals. Some estimates say that nearly 28 million land animals are slaughtered DAILY in the United States for human consumption.

Meatless Monday has been being promoted on Twitter for awhile now, and eventually morphed into adding Tofu Tuesday to the mix. A few weeks ago Lindsay the Happy Herbivore thought it would be a fun idea to give each day a veg related theme, and promote it as Veggie Awareness Week. We've had a lot of fun with Veggie Week so far, and continuing with the theme, today is Raw Wednesday.

I eat raw nearly every day until dinner. Raw food is not only incredibly filling, it is also packed with nutrition. The vital nutrients in the food has not been cooked out, therefore providing an added punch of vitamins and minerals. Raw foods will provide you with energy rather than sapping your energy like cooked foods will. I love to start the day with a glass of fresh fruit juice and a raw smoothie. Fruit and raw food bars are also great choices when you are in a hurry or on the go.

My contribution to Raw Wednesday this week is this beautiful raw sunflower seed salad. I was given this recipe during my yoga teacher training and it's been a favorite ever since. I was handed the recipe on a sheet of paper, with no acknowledgement as to where the recipe comes from, so I guess it's safe to re-print it here. I have a made a few changes, so we should be good!!

Mexican Sunflower Salad

1 1/2 cups raw sunflower seeds, hulled
1 large carrot, shredded
1/2 large red onion, sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
1 Tbs Olive Oil
1 tsp Raw agave nectar
1 tsp sea salt
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (if you don't like spice decrease this amount)
1 tsp dried oregano
3 Roma tomatoes, diced
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
Alfalfa Sprouts to garnish (optional)
Bib lettuce leave for wrapping (optional)

Soak Sunflower seeds for 30 minutes, rinse and drain. Place sunflower seeds and sliced onion in food processor and process until sunflower seeds are chopped (but not pasty) and onion is diced. Remove from food processor add remaining ingredients up to Alfalfa Sprouts, and mix well. Serve wrapped in bib lettuce leaves and garnished with alfalfa sprouts.


  1. This looks great! I would love to incorporate more raw foods into my diet, but I'm honestly a little intimidated. Is there a particular cookbook that you've found is a great one for beginners? Also, for this recipe, do you start with regular unsalted sunflower seeds that you can buy in bulk? Are raw seeds different from the regular ones? I'm raw food challenged :)Thanks!

  2. I'm going to have this as a late lunch part 2 and leftover appetizer before dinner with friends. I love how simple it is -- and mexican infused (!) I can tell it will be FRESH and flavorful... most importantly unlike a lot of raw dishes, it isn't OVERLY fat heavy (cant stand how they use, nuts, seeds AND cups of oil! too much people!) Plus, I don't need special equipment i cant afford and i have all the ingredients on hand 24/7!!!

  3. VeganDeluxe - I don't own any raw cookbooks (or uncook books as it were). I got a few recipes when I did my teacher training and I pretty much stick to those. My raw until dinner meals usually consist of salads or smoothies. I would LOVE to get a dehydrator though so I could include more "raw" recipes in my repetoire.

    HH - I too like that it doesn't include tons of oil (or nuts, since S can't eat nuts). I hope you liked it. There are really so many ways you could use this, if you aren't trying to do all raw it's good as a filling for tacos. It's also good in a pita pocket. Also, you can sub out the lemon juice for lime juice and make it super yummy!!