Magic Dressing

When I was studying at the Kushi Institute we were subjected to eating three amazing meals a day. I know. The horror. The food was delicious and prepared with the kind of thought and care you can taste in every bite. Some dishes were especially amazing. Laugh out loud amazing. So amazing we found ourselves unintentionally making an angry face for the simple reason that it seemed impossible that healthy food, healing food, could taste so…. amazing! Like laughter on your tongue, except the laughter slipped down merrily into your stomach instead of singing out, whirling into the air.


Just two ingredients, toasted pumpkin seeds and umeboshi, combine to make this perfectly rich, salty and slightly sweet dressing. You could add tahini, scallion, parsley, lemon zest… it’s flexible. Add more water if you like your dressing pourable, less if you prefer to slop it on thick with a spoon. It’s fantastic on brown rice or vegetables, roasted squash, a big dollop on broccoli…. anything goes. Definitely worthy of the angry face, it’s called Magic Dressing for a reason.


Magic Dressing
1 cup unroasted pumpkin seeds
2 umeboshi plums, or 1.5 tbsp umeboshi paste. You can use more for a stronger taste.
water to achieve desired consistency


1. Sort and wash the pumpkin seeds. To wash, place the seeds in a strainer then place the strainer in a larger, water filled bowl. Gently swirl the water around with the pumpkin seeds using your hand. Drain and repeat until the water is just about clear.

2. Pre-heat your pan (stainless steel is best) over a medium-high heat. Transfer the pumpkin seeds to the pan and with a wooden spoon or flat rice paddle, gently stir the seeds up and down then side to side until most of the water has evaporated. Reduce the heat to medium low and continue to move the seeds until they are fragrant and start to pop. Don’t let them burn or the flavour becomes bitter.

3. Spread the seeds on a plate to allow them to cool. Once cool, place in a food processor or blender and blend until they become powder.

4. Chop the umeboshi plums into small pieces and add to the blended seeds, or add the umeboshi paste. If you’re adding any extras, add them here.

5. Blend for a few more seconds, or until mixed. Add water and blend to achieve the desired consistency. Use within a few days, if it lasts that long!

Yoon Seo Lee - October 1, 2011 - 9:49 pm

Great! love your blog~especially the pictures is really sweet!also ahuot you it’s so cute&lovely.
wow! your blog title amazing, loooooove it!
but I just would like shere my one opinion
The title font might another thing is more suitable~!
congratulation from 0Korea.

Karmen - October 1, 2011 - 11:55 pm

Amazing :) It’s going to take all my willpower to NOT eat the whole container. The only thing stopping me is wanting some leftover for tomorrow :)

Flor Marques - October 6, 2011 - 10:38 am

Beautiful and delicious!
Wishing you all the best dear shauna 😉

Angela - October 23, 2011 - 1:21 pm

Shauna, I have left my food processor on the counter thinking to make the sauce. Finally got around to doing it today. OMG! This is so fabulous.
Is it your own creation or something that came out of Level 2 or 3?
Thank you for starting this wonderful blog.

Shauna - October 24, 2011 - 11:41 am

Hi Angela! I’m so happy to hear from you- and that your tried and loved the dressing!! There are lots of different versions of this- some call for ume vinegar, some tahini, some lemon… I kept mine simple and basic. The goal was to give a nice foundation that everyone could then play on and adjust to their mood whenever they make it… sometimes you just neeeeed a bit of lemon or tahini…. !!

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