Lilikoi Chia Seed Dressing
I had a roommate in college that loved poppy seed dressing. No kidding she ate it with everything, pizza, chicken, french fries, and occasionally salads. I eventually ended up trying it and I loved it. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't about to start dipping my pizza in it but on a dining hall salad it did wonders. That was a big step for me into the world of salads and salad dressings. Its been years since those days of dining hall meals but I had a craving of nostalgia. I wanted poppy seed dressing but I had no poppy seeds. I had no desire to walk to the store or wait for Instacart. Enter my creation of Lilikoi Chia Seed Dressing. After taste testing on myself and a dinner party I decided it was time to share.
Now if you aren't familiar with Lilikoi aka Passion Fruit it is a yummy tart fruit that makes beautiful butters, tarts, and cakes. My new rule of thumb is anywhere I used fresh lemon juice you can use Lilikoi puree. Lilikoi fruit has seeds and can be labor intensive to deseed and strain, but don't be discouraged I discovered an amazing company making pure fruit purees that hold amazing flavor true to the fruit. It comes from Napa Valley and sold in the freezer aisle of grocery stores. I've also seen it online for delivery. One might balk at the $35 (online $25) dollar price tag but that container lasts me a long time. To be exact 48 cupcakes, 3 chiffon cakes, 16 8 oz jars of Lilikoi butter, 3 huge pots of my baked beans, 2 barbecue nights with my secret bbq sauce, and 3 bottles of salad dressing. After all that I still had some left. So when I saw these purees go on sale I stocked up. What I like about the purees is the consistent flavor profiles. I know my treats will always taste the same when using this product. Sometimes due to seasons and availability your fresh fruit treat flavors will change due to the fruit available to you. With a fruit puree you will get consistent tasty results. Don't get me wrong this puree is 100% Lilikoi fruit no fillers. Check below for links to buy, not a sponsored post just love love love this product.
I didn't have poppy seeds but I had chia seeds, I thought to myself what the heck go wild. Much to my delight it was really tasty. Chia seeds tend to gel your dressing or whatever liquid you put in it so be careful not to add too much. These are readily available these days. I got mine as a gift and it came from Trader Joe's (thanks family!).
Now on to the dressing here are some helpful tips:
- Measure your Lilikoi puree when frozen and leave it out in a small ramekin till it melts completely.
- Use mild flavored oils, like grape seed or light olive oil.
- Be mindful of the chia seeds they can gel your dressing if you use too much.
- Always use a fresh clove of garlic, jarred will add too much salt flavor
- Pick your favorite high quality vinegar, you are putting lots of care into your ingredients why skimp on this one.
- Lilikoi tends to be on the tart side start with the recommended sugar or honey amounts, you can always add more after for a sweeter dressing.
- Make this salad dressing at least 20 minutes ahead of time so the chia seeds have a little time to soften.
Now the fun part. Choosing what kind of salad to serve this with. My favorite is a Apple Pecan Spinach Salad. Fresh crunchy spinach, thinly shaved sweet apples, candied spiced pecans, boiled egg slices, and thin shredded carrots. I made this really quickly using my hand held oxo mandoline slicer. Inexpensive work horse of a tool.