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Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip

If you’re one of the people, who like cilantro, I’ve got the perfect dip for you! It’s a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip.

Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip |
Attention cilantro lovers (cilantro haters, move one, there’s nothing to see here for you :P), I’ve got the perfect dip for you! It’s a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip. Sunflower seeds are great for the base of this dip, because they are reasonably priced and they get soft, when soaked in water, quickly. Sunflower seeds are my ultimate go-to dipping base.

I always found cilantro to be tasting weird and soapy until I had it a couple of times (mostly in summer rolls) and suddenly .. BAM .. I was a cilantro lover! And now I want to put it on anything.

Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip |

I’d recommend using a high-speed blender for making this recipe – I used my Omniblend and absolutely love how creamy and airy it turned out.

This dip is so full of flavor! Below you’ll find a little sneak peek of upcoming recipes using this super yummy Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip. It’s the perfect addition for homemade plantain chips, baked samosas or savory strudels.

Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip |

Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip

Elephantastic Vegan
Recipe for a vegan, gluten-free and nut-free Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip. Easy to make with a high-speed blender.
4 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine Vegan
Servings 1 1/2 cups
Calories 791 kcal


  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2/3 cup water + more for soaking
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro


  • Soak the sunflower seeds in water for about 1-2 hours.
  • Drain the sunflower seeds, fill them in the blender and add 2/3 cup fresh water, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and cilantro. Blend in a high-speed blender until completely smooth for about one to two minutes. If it's too thick, you can add more water and blend it again.
  • Pour the dip in a container and place it in the fridge for about half an hour, because it may have gotten warm due to the blending. After that you can enjoy it with your favorite snacks.


Storage: You can store this dip up to two to three days in the fridge.


Calories: 791kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 28gFat: 69gSaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 1767mgPotassium: 864mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 425IUVitamin C: 17.5mgCalcium: 104mgIron: 7mg
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Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip |

Vegan Cilantro Lemon Sunflower Seed Dip |
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Recipe Rating


Thursday 18th of April 2019

It is hard to find something that my husband and I can both eat and enjoy together, as he has several diet restrictions, but this looks like just the thing. I can't wait to try it. I just came across your page. I am looking forward to trying some of these recipes out. Thank you for sharing.


Friday 1st of December 2017

Do the sunflower seeds need to be raw?


Sunday 3rd of December 2017

I never tried it with roasted sunflower seeds.. it will taste different, probably more of a smoky flavor. But it should work. Let me know if you give it a try :)


Sunday 8th of May 2016

Just made this for lunch. It was hard not to eat the entire batch;)


Monday 9th of May 2016

I'm glad you liked it, Marla! I felt the same way :D Thank you so much for the feedback <3

Hannah Teson

Thursday 14th of April 2016

Oh man, I loooooove cilantro. I seriously put it on almost everything, but I don't think I've ever made a dip with it. That's for sure gonna change!


Sunday 17th of April 2016

Hehehe, then this dip is just the right thing for you <3 I hope you'll like it, Hannah! :)


Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Oh my gosh, I used to be the same way. I couldn't stand the taste of cilantro. I felt it tasted like soap too. But, then one day all of a sudden - I LOVED it! Now I can't get enough of the stuff - so so good!! This dip looks perfect!


Wednesday 13th of April 2016

Welcome to the club, Jenn! :) I can't wait for summer finally to arrive, I'll be eating so much avocados & cilantro, cilantro on nachos, cilantro on everything! The dip pairs especially well with "exotic" snacks like plantain chips.