‘Tastes like chicken’ salad

‘Tastes like chicken’ salad

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From
Cook for Your Life
Serves
6
Photographer
Gorta Yuuki (studio) and William Meppem (location)

You will be shocked that this salad has no chicken in it – you could swear there was. It is based on sunflower seeds, which are soaked in water until soft and take on a meaty texture not unlike tinned tuna in a sandwich. The ‘chicken’ element comes from the dried herbs – they make the salad taste like the stuffed roast chook your grandma used to make!

On top of this, the dressing is a blended mixture of macadamia, cashews, pine nuts and brazil nuts with coconut water, lemon juice, mustard and garlic, making this salad absolutely packed with the raw-food goodness of seeds and nuts. Serve it on fresh rye bread with mixed salad leaves, or enjoy it on its own.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
3 cups sunflower seeds
4 celery stalks, finely sliced
3 spring onions, finely sliced
3 tablespoons dried oregano
3 tablespoons dried thyme
3 tablespoons dried sage

Dressing

Quantity Ingredient
1/2 cup macadamias
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup brazil nuts
500ml coconut water
250ml lemon juice
90g wholegrain mustard
6 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tablespoons sea salt

Method

  1. Put the sunflower seeds in a large bowl, cover with cold water and leave to soak for 4 hours. Drain and pat dry, then return to the dried bowl.
  2. Combine the dressing ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the celery, spring onion and dried herbs to the sunflower seeds. Pour on the dressing and toss well.
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health
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low-fat
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healthy
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