What the heck are sacha inchi seeds? Sacha Inchi is one of the most nutritionally rich plants in the rainforest. Its seeds are a rich source of digestible protein, Omega 3, and vitamins. In fact, the sacha inchi seeds have a higher concentration of unsaturated fatty acids Omega 3, 6, and 9 than anything else including flax seeds. They were introduced to me by a Washington, DC-based company called "Sacha Vida." They have an unusual nutty taste to them and the best part about using them in a salad is that they don't get soft so you can put them in your salad, put it in the refrigerator for a week, and they are still as hard and fresh as the first day you made the salad! Love these seeds!
Shaved Zucchini and Sacha Inchi Salad
Makes 4-6 servings
- 1/3 cup hemp oil (I used flax oil instead)
- 2 T fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp coarse sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
- 2 pounds medium zucchini, trimmed
- 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup chopped sacha inchi seeds
- Salt and pepper to taste
For the dressing, mix the oil, lemon juice, salt, black pepper, and red pepper in a bowl. Set aside.
Using a vegetable peeler, slice the zucchini into ribbons, working from the top to the bottom of each zucchini. Stop when you reach the seeds. Put the ribbons into a large bowl.
Add basil and chopped sacha inchi.
Then add the dressing. Toss to coat. Add salt and pepper as desired.