Friday, July 30, 2010

Sunflower Slaw

Sunflower seed butter?  I had to do a double take when I saw the label as I walked past the nut butter section at the store.  It intrigued me though...I had never seen it before!  So, I decided to buy a jar and try it!  When I tasted it, I was reminded of the flavor of tahini...but with a more nutty flavor.  So, I thought why not create a dressing from this wonderful nut butter, the same way I do with tahini!  I could even use toasted sunflower seeds to compliment the dressing.  I chose to make a slaw with red and green cabbage, yellow and green beans, carrots, and scallions, because these were vegetables that happened to be fresh and local when I was scouting out and buying ingredients for my salad!  The salad was delicious!   The sunflower butter gave it a wonderfully nutty rich flavor that complimented the fresh crunchy veggies very well!  Try this one out if you can get your hands on a jar of sunflower butter this summer! 

Sunflower Slaw
Serves 6

1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
1/2 cup water
juice of one lemon
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp chipotle
1 tsp honey
3 garlic cloves

2 cups red cabbage, thinly sliced
2 cups green cabbage thinly sliced
1 cup carrots, cut julienne
1 cup yellow wax beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 cup green beans, trimmed and cut into 2 inch pieces
4 scallions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup toasted shelled sunflower seeds

In a food processor combine dressing ingredients, and process until smooth, set aside.  In a large bowl, combine vegetables and seeds, and toss to blend.  Drizzle just enough dressing over to coat veggies (you will have extra for later use) and toss well.  Serve!


Anonymous said...

sunflower seed butter is one of my recent favs, like you I did the double take as well when I first saw it :))) Great use of it!

mangocheeks said...

I've never seen sunflower butter here, but i do like the idea of adding som somflowers seeds to the slaw and the addition of chipotle, just makes this slaw even mroe appealing. I'm gonna have to try it for myself. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

Sounds lovely! I've never seen sunflower butter, but do have almond butter. What a nice addition to slaw--yum!

My McDonald Meal said...

I love making a similar slaw but your version sounds better. Thanks for the idea.

Coffeebeans said...

I never heard of sunflower butter! It must be very interesting!

Stella said...

Hey Amy, I'm a sunflower seed feign, so this looks so wonderful to me!

Squeaky Gourmet said...

I love sun butter--what an excellent idea--i was keeping strictly sweet--savory never even stood a chance--till now!!
Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I haven't seen sunflower butter, but it sounds delicious :) What a great recipe to use it in!