Better Than Tuna Salad – Raw, Vegan

From the time I was in my early 20s, I’ve always been interested in how our diets could affect our appearance and health. I’m not talking about being overweight or skinny, I’m talking about glowing skin, shiny hair and a healthy heart.  I learned early on that what we put into our bodies had as much of an effect on our outward appearance as what we put on our bodies (lotions, creams, hair serums, etc).

Before switching to a plant-based diet, tuna was a staple in our house.  I valued it’s high protein content for a quick and easy snack.  After learning about the high mercury content found in many fish, especially tuna, I started to realize that I wasn’t being very cautious with what I was putting into my body.  I began looking for other sources of protein that didn’t come with pollutants and heavy metals.  That’s when I discovered the beauty of the plant based diet.

Like many people, I associated protein with animal flesh.  Now I know that the association isn’t very accurate.  Protein is found in nearly all foods.  Proteins are strings of amino acids that are found in nearly all things we eat from the earth including vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, grains and more.  Even better- I learned I could trade the side-effects of animal based protein (example mercury from fish) for side-benefits of plant-based protein (all of the detoxifying and beautifying benefits of the vitamins and minerals found in foods from the earth).

I’m not a huge fan of the ‘fake meats’ sold in many supermarkets. I prefer to get texture from natural foods like mushrooms, nuts and seeds.  One of the health food stores near us sells a ‘mock tuna’ salad made up of cashews and sunflower seeds and other seasonings.  My husband tried it and loved it.  I was happy to try to recreate the recipe as the sunflower seeds and cashews offer numerous health benefits including:

  • cardiovascular health
  • healthy cholesterol levels
  • magnesium for energy and to calm nerves and anxiety
  • selenium for thyroid health
  • vitamin E for beautiful hair and skin (and heart health)
  • zinc for a healthy immune system

Canned tuna just can’t offer these same health benefits.

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Better Than Tuna Salad - Raw, Vegan

Course lunch
Servings 2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sunflower seeds *Soak for 4 hours or more
  • 1 cup cashews *Soak for 4 hours or more
  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice *or sub water if you don't have
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt *omit if you have high blood pressure
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2 tablespoons dried dill
  • 2 tablespoons dulse or nori rice seasoning *I used nori rice seasoning because I keep it in the house for stir fry dishes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground, dried mustard

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to food processor.  Pulse until smooth. Taste.  Add more dill or ground mustard as needed.  

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