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Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

This raw, vegan and gluten-free Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing can be used as a delicious dip or as a salad dressing. The consistency can be easily adjusted.

Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

For years, I’ve had a hard time with salad dressings. But no more. This Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing is not only vegan but also gluten-free and raw. It’s super easy to make and the perfect garlic-y addition to any salad or you could use it as a dip for veggies or crackers. I love such versatile recipes!

The Ingredients for this Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

You’ll only need 7 ingredients:

  • sunflower seeds
  • water
  • lemon juice
  • garlic clove
  • salt
  • ground pepper
  • and chives

You probably have all the ingredients for this dressing at home already!

Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

Ever since I’ve bought a high-speed blender, I have been enjoying being able to make all kinds of dressings, dips and vegan cheese sauces with it. I love how creamy they turn out. My old, cheap blender wouldn’t have been powerful enough and the last thing I want is having chunks of raw garlic in the dressing, ugh!

How to make Sunflower Seed Dressing – the basic steps

  1. Soak, rinse and drain the sunflower seeds.
  2. Place all the ingredients (except the chives) in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Sprinkle with the chives. Done and done!

You can find the whole recipe at the end of the post!

Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

I’ve had the Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing with a simple green salad (lamb’s lettuce), fresh tomatoes and cucumber strips (they hide under the green salad, they are shy) and a delicious walnut tofu. It was amazing – and that comes from a person who practically never eats salad for lunch. I love salads now!

Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing

Elephantastic Vegan
This raw, vegan and glutenfree Garlic Sunflower Seed Dressing can be used as a super delicious dip or on a salad as a dressing - you simply adjust the consistency by adding more or less water.
4 from 4 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 10 servings (1 1/2 cups)
Calories 79 kcal


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds (raw, hulled)
  • 2/3 cup water + more for soaking
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 large garlic clove , peeled
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives , finely chopped


  • Soak the sunflower seeds in water for about 1-2 hours.*
  • Rinse and drain the sunflower seeds, pour them in the blender and add the 2/3 cup fresh water, lemon juice, garlic clove, salt and ground pepper. Blend until completely smooth for about 2 minutes. Now you can adjust the consistency. You might want to add more water for a dressing or leave it as it is for a dip.
  • Pour the dressing into a glass jar, top with finely chopped chives and you're ready to use it in a salad or as a dip!


*If you have a high-powered blender you can skip this step. But add another 1/3 cup more water for easier blending.


Calories: 79kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSodium: 176mgPotassium: 86mgFiber: 1gVitamin A: 20IUVitamin C: 0.8mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.7mg
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Recipe Rating


Saturday 23rd of April 2022

Honestly, this dressing was extremely bland.


Saturday 31st of October 2020

Using my high speed blender, I added a bunch of parsley. Then wondered maybe cumin, more garlic, more salt. Either way it's fresh and delicious.


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Anybody know how long this can store in the fridge before it goes bad? n The Paleo egg/oil recipe is only good for 3 days, since there are no kind of preservatives in it to give shelf life. Is it the same for this stuff, or does the Vit. E in the sunflower seeds make up for it?

I ask because I'm currently doing a low histamine diet, and olive oil, vinegar, and lemon juice are off my to-eat list (but i have a vinegar/lemon juice sub that i can use). There are no condiments allowed on this diet (because they all contain vinegar), but my histie bread is so dry...I'm hoping this is the answer!

Natalie | Feasting on Fruit

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

Ahh hight speed blenders, how I love you! It's incredible that we can make such beautifully creamy dressings out of such a healthy simple handful of things. And my favorite part about healthy delicious dressings like this is you can pour them on generously :) This summer weather has me craving all the salads all the time so I'm pinning this for when I inevitably get really bored with my current avocado "dressing". It sounds so tangy and bright!

Rebecca Strength and Sunshine

Tuesday 7th of June 2016

This would have gone beautifully with the wraps I made today! The perfect dip for them :O


Wednesday 8th of June 2016

Definitely! It's so good and I love when recipes are multi-functional and work as an dip & dressing :)