Seed-Inspired Summer Recipes

with Suzanne Klein
Chief Yummy Officer
June 16, 2015
Tags: dips dressings grilling salads seed to seed seeds summer recipes

From sesame and poppy to charnushka and chia, we’re exploring Savory Spice Shop’s entire selection of seeds this summer.


We’re cooking with seeds this summer! From sesame and poppy to charnushka and chia, we’re exploring Savory Spice Shop’s entire selection of seeds and seed-inspired spice blends. Cooking with whole, cracked, or fresh ground seeds can make a huge flavor difference in lots of seasonal dishes. Below are some of our favorite ways to use seeds this summer.


Grilled Fare

Hudson Bay Beef Marinade
Our Hudson Bay Beef Spice is loaded with both cracked coriander seeds and caraway seeds. The rich salt, pepper, and herb flavors in this spice blend pair perfectly with beef but work with other protein as well. Try the marinade for your next grilled steak, chicken, or pork.

Sweet & Spicy Chile Glazed Shrimp
This is a gorgeous grilled skewer dish featuring the heat of red Thai chiles, the sweetness of honey, the citrus notes of ground coriander seeds, and the light nuttiness of sesame seeds. Paired with a tangy, refreshing pineapple salsa, it makes the perfect summer meal.

Grilled Thai Beef Salad
Black sesame seeds look beautiful and add a nice texture and nutty flavor to this spicy yet refreshing salad. You can use either Red Thai Curry or Thai Green Curry for a slightly different yet equally delicious flavor twist.

Delicious Dips

Wasabi Edamame Dip
Featuring the black and white sesame seeds in our Asian Style Sprinkle, this is a clever non-dairy alternative to a typical creamy dip. It’s great served with rice crackers, carrot sticks, or sugar snap peas.
Parmesan Artichoke Dip
This classic dip can be seasoned with one of our seed-infused cheese blends, like Gran Paradiso Parmesan Sprinkle with sesame seeds or Foothills Salad Seasoning with poppy seeds. Served hot or cold, it makes a delicious veggie dip, bagel topping, or sandwich spread.
Simple Savory Hummus
This recipe yields a classic hummus flavor but uses a slightly different method than a traditional hummus. In this version, we toast sesame seeds and cumin seeds and then crush or grind them before blending them with garbanzo beans, garlic, and lemon. No tahini needed!

Refreshing Dressings

Bucktown Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Our Bucktown Brown Mustard & Honey Rub contains cracked brown mustard seeds as well as ground coriander and cumin seeds. The combination of tangy and sweet flavors works surprisingly well in this simple dressing for summer greens, potato salad, or chicken salad.
Curry Vinaigrette
With nutty black sesame seeds and bold Yellow Curry Powder, this dressing is easy to whip up and adds amazing flavor to coleslaw or a cold rice noodle salad.
Poppy Seed Vinaigrette
Featuring both mustard powder and Dutch blue poppy seeds, the flavor of this dressing lies somewhere between a tangy honey mustard dressing and a sweet poppy seed dressing. It’s great drizzled over salads that feature citrus, fruit, or nuts.

Seasonal Sauces

Pesto Paradiso
This is a fun and seasonal way to use our sesame seed-spiked Gran Paradiso Parmesan Sprinkle. Mix the pesto into cold macaroni noodles for a refreshing pasta salad. Or spread it over crostini bites and top with summer tomatoes.
Bajan Hot Pepper Sauce
If you love heat, you’ve gotta try this—it’s hot, hot, hot! Whole mustard seeds are blended with vinegar, brown sugar, turmeric, and fresh habanero chiles to create a sauce that can be used like a mustard dip or hot sauce. It’s inspired by a traditional condiment typically found in Barbados island cuisine and it’s delicious served with grilled chicken skewers or hushpuppies.
Homemade Mustard
Try one or more of our homemade mustard recipes using various whole mustard seeds. Our Master Mustard, Red Wine Whole Seed Mustard, and Whole Grain Beer Mustard recipes offer several flavor option suggestions. So make them your own and explore different seasonings to make a unique condiment for your grilled sausages and burgers this summer.


Side Salads

Indian Gujarati Slaw
Been looking for a reason to use asafetida and charnushka? Then make this. Everyone who taste-tested this customer-submitted slaw recipe loved it. It’s visually impressive, too. You can make it ahead and serve it at room temperature, so it’s perfect for a picnic.
Jerusalem Tomato Salad
This summer salad features sesame seed-heavy Za’Atar Seasoning. Make it when the tomatoes are abundant at the farmers market (or in your garden) this summer. It can also be served at room temperature, so it’s a great outdoor party salad.
Loaded Baked Potato Salad
Featuring bacon, sour cream, and chives, this potato salad is packed with baked potato flavor and can be seasoned in a few different ways. Try it with sesame seed-spiked Indochina Seasoning and cilantro for an Asian flare. Or try the version with our dill, poppy, and celery seed-packed Castle Peak Cheese Sprinkle and scallions for more of a Southern twist. Or make both and let your backyard party guests choose their flavor option.


Sweet Treats

Surprising Coriander Cookies
This customer-submitted treat was adapted from a "colonial times" recipe, suggesting that coriander was a popular spice for cookies at the time.With the subtle sweetness and citrus notes of coriander seeds and orange extract, these cake-y cookies make a great tea (or iced tea!) cookie.
Sweet and Savory Seed Wafers
Both poppy seeds and sesame seeds are packed into every bite of these addictive little treats. The recipe yields a LOT of wafers and they are easy to prepare ahead of time, so they’re great for a party.
Chai Chia Pudding
This is an easy starter recipe for exploring chia seeds because there are lots of adaptations to the recipe. You simply mix and refrigerate to let the chia seeds soak up your choice of dairy (yogurt, milk, almond milk, etc.) and seasoning (Mt. Baker Chai Spice Seasoning, Baking Spice, etc.).

For even more seed-inspired recipes, check out the Recipes section of our website.


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