Saturday, May 12, 2012

Mock Tuna Cucumber Rolls

Mock tuna doesn't have to mean eating that nasty fake seafood that tastes like pencil eraser. It means something as simple as sunflower seeds, a bit of kelp powder and all the traditional mix-ins in tuna salad. It's simple and delicious and great for crisp cucumber rolls, in a sandwich or on top of salad.

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Mock Tuna Cucumber Rolls
1 cup raw, shelled sunflower seeds, soaked for at least 6 hours
1/4 cup red onion, minced
1 celery stalk, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tbl dill relish
2 tbl chopped, fresh parsley
2 tbl extra virgin olive oil
1 tbl lemon juice
1 tsp dried dill
1/2 tsp dulse flakes or kelp powder
salt and pepper, to taste
2 english cucumbers
black and white sesame seeds

Drain the sunflower seeds and pulse in a food processor about 10 times. Add the onion, celery, garlic, relish, parsley and olive oil. Pulse into a fine but slightly chunky paste. Add the lemon, dill and kelp powder. Pulse to combine.  Taste and season with salt and pepper.
Peel the cucumber and cut in thirds. Hollow out the middle and fill with the sunflower mixture.
Roll the entire cucumber in sunflower seeds then cut into 1/4-1/2" slices. Sprinkle the cucumber with a little salt right before serving.


  1. If soaking 2 cups of sunflower seeds, how much water should I add?

    1. Just enough to cover! Then drain before processing.

    2. Ok thank you! Trying this for tomorrows lunch, is it okay to soak overnight?

    3. Also, when soaking in tupperware, can I put a lid on it? Sorry for being so specific, I just want it to be right!

    4. Yeah a lid is fine if you want. I usually just keep it at room temperature, on the counter overnight.


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