November 2, 2015 by Living Girl Living Foods
I know my last post was also a recipe share BUT I just can’t help myself haha. This is a simple recipe where a blender is the only kitchen appliance necessary. There are very few ingredients, several options/alternatives offered and this works excellent as a dip or dressing for other things besides greens. Like, may be you want to use this for a Slaw, inside Sushi Rolls, as a pesto alternative, with crudités or anything else that comes to mind!
Let us begin by chatting about the main ingredient; watermelon seeds. Here is the link with the Go Raw Watermelon Seeds I used which are raw, sprouted and already have salt on them. Watermelon Seeds taste like a mix of pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. For me personally, my stomach has found these much easier to process compared to pumpkin and sunflower seeds. They happen to be slightly lower in calories and fat as well for those who are concerned.
These watermelon seeds are white because they have been sprouted and have had the shells removed to help activate the nutrients locked inside these little gems.
According to Go Raw, the health benefits are; high in magnesium, proteins like arginine, tryptophan, glutamic acid and lysine, in addition to B vitamins and minerals. These nutrients help to support a heart health and aid the body in converting food into energy, as well as maintaining the nervous and digestive systems and skin health.
I purchased my Go Raw Watermelon Seeds at Green Grocer, my local organic all natural grocery store. I personally have not seen this product at more commercial grocery stores. I found this product with other raw vegan sprouted treats.
I would like to share that you COULD use any other type of nut and nearly any other type of seed in replacement of watermelon seeds. I happened to be interested in using them in a recipe and seeing what they were like.
Watermelon Seed Ranch Dressing Recipe
Serves for a dressing for a recipe for 2 or a dip for 2 people
1 cup watermelon seeds
Juice of one whole lemon
Zest from half of a lemon
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
A dash of; black pepper, cayenne, chili powder and turmeric
(the seeds are already sprouted but if you like salty food you might need to add extra salt)
2 tablespoons chopped parsley (I did not have fresh dill around the house, dill would be more traditional but HEY we do what we gotta do!)
Optional: 10 cups of your favorite greens, I used a mix of shredded baby kale & shredded baby spinach. Kale would have the most texture and stunning appearance, I happened to not have enough in the house but made it work with spinach. I think this would work great with a ton of ideas though, zucchini noodles, slaw, pizza, dip, antipasto, inside a wrap, cucumber salad, for those who eat meat on top of your preferred protein.
Blend all ingredients until super smooth and almost whip like. Using your hands or a utensil mash/massage into greens, chopped vegetables etc. Have fun really get this into your food, give it some love and enjoy licking it off your hands 🙂
Enjoy! Bon appetit! Keep playing, exploring and letting yourself enjoy the pleasure of working with produce. Everything we create is an expression of Self. Please do not let yourself be angry, boring, cheap, fake, or sloppy 😉
Traditionally, in raw vegan versions of this recipe, nutritional yeast is used to add a cheese salt taste. I have noticed with both myself and clients nutritional yeast can be highly addicting, causing clients to start craving actual dairy cheese and other processed foods. I always throw it out there to please modify, tweak, whatever you feel suits you best with recipes. But also, please be mindful of food addictions and keeping meals as clean as possible. Technically, nutritional yeast is not raw and since it is a yeast it does have a very addicting taste and affect.
Thank you all dearly for taking the time to stop by my site. Wishing you all a delicious week! Much love ❤ and raw power 😉