Creamy Hemp Dressing (Dairy- and Gluten-Free)

For those of you suffering in the heat, I have a cold salad that is refreshing and nutritious. It’s a new spin on my Get Your Veggies Quinoa Salad that I have made previously. For those of us at the beach, we’re not exactly suffering with heat, it’s actually the opposite effect in that it often gets cold along the coast in California when the hot air inland draws the clouds in.

So you can see for yourself, here’s a photo of my morning beach walk:

Central coast beach walk

Nonetheless, I feel for everyone sweating in those hot temps, so I decided to make this cold salad. I started off this salad with one cup of quinoa that I cooked on the stovetop and let cool in the fridge:

Cooked quinoa.

I then gathered my vegetables to chop, including celery, zucchini, bell peppers, mint and the juice of two lemons (don’t mind the nectarines, those were for dessert). I also used about 1/4 of a red onion (unpictured):

These are the veggies I used in my quinoa salad.

You literally just chop what you have and throw it in:

The makings of a vegetable quinoa salad.

I also lightly toasted about 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds:

Toasted sunflower seeds.

I had an avocado and a new, hemp-based dressing that I used to top off the salad:

Get Your Veggies Quinoa Salad with Creamy Hemp Dressing

I’ve been using this dressing on everything from green salads to this quinoa salad to steamed vegetables. It keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days so it’s very convenient, too.

What else is convenient that most days along the beach, the sun does appear in the late afternoons. For my afternoon walk, the view then transforms into this:

Creamy Hemp Dressing (Dairy- and Gluten-Free)
Recipe type: Salad dressing
Serves: 6
  • ½ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ onion
  • 4 dates
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. Add additional vinegar or non-dairy milk if necessary to blend.

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  1. Robyn :) says

    That looks tasty!!

    What is keeping me busy? House hunting, clutterbusting/cleaning and organizing, and exercising. I go back to work in just over a month 🙂

  2. says

    Thanks for your last few posts. I’ve saved all of the recipes in my file of recipes I want to make in the future.

    With this gorgeous beach on your doorstep why would you want to move away from that? I live right next to the coast now which I absolutely love. It’s so beautiful here but unfortunately this year it has been grey and rained pretty much the whole year so I’ve not seen anything of the scenery.
    I didn’t realise there were parts of California that weren’t so hot.

    • says

      Hi Katherine! Right, it seems crazy to move away from the beach, it is so beautiful. But, I’m lucky in that I’m moving to another beautiful part of California, near Palm Springs. Alan and I will be much closer to family and friends there plus the desert has its own magic. I can’t complain too much, we will be only 2 hours away from San Diego which is much further south on the coast than we are now. Where we live currently IS really nice, but it is pretty cold year-round and we are yearning for more warmth and a change. I think I will live at or near the beach again someday. 🙂

      • Katherine @ Green Thickies says

        That does sound lovely. I can see why you want to move. I know what you mean about craving warmth. Weather in the UK is very depressing, not surprised so many emigrate! Brrrrrr

  3. Angela says

    I just started my intensive five week summer course, so that is definitely going to keep me busy when I’m not working. Best of luck on your midterm. I love quinoa, so I’m sure I’m going to love this recipe! Thanks!

  4. says

    Quinoa is such a versatile grain; making a salad with it is a great idea, especially for lunch. Very pretty coast pictures. I didn’t know that the California coast gets cold when the inland is hot. You have a great rest of your week too!

  5. says

    I absolutely love the coast in the summertime…overcast and cool! I lived near Santa Cruz for a year and loved it! You know us valley people are just dying in the heat when you have that kind of weather…it was 105 where I live today! I’m such a beach girl and would love to be able to live near the ocean again.

    Can you sub any other seed for the hemp seeds in your dressings….maybe chia or even poppy? I seem to have every other seed known to man in my pantry except for hemp!

  6. says

    THank you so much for sharing this recipe on our Gluten Free Fridays!! I do this all the time- just throw everything we have left in a quinoa salad, but I love that you do yours cold-most of the time ours is served hot. Thanks for the idea, and for coming over to visit. So Glad to have found your blog.

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