Step 3. Transfer the chopped tomatoes to a strainer. Add a generous dash of salt and toss until evenly coated. Set aside over a bowl to drain. Toss the tomatoes to remove excess liquid. Reserve the liquid for the dressing.
Step 4. Add the basil, garlic, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, water to a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth, adding the juice from the drained tomatoes, as needed Add maple syrup, salt, and pepper to taste.