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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Autumn Salad With Pumpkin seeds ,Nuts,Fresh Fruits and Pita Chips



With pumpkins abundant in the season ,I'm having a jolly good time cooking and baking with it.The nutritious beneficial seeds bounteous in its core should never be ignored. Toast them and use in Breads, salads ,add in your bowl of oatmeal or cereals ,candy(I'll post that recipe soon) and or simply munch'em for snacks. The Autumn salad gets a sensational flavor from crunchy pumpkin seeds along fresh apples,oranges,toasty almonds and home made pita chips.

How to Toast Pumpkin seeds?
Separate all the strings from the seeds. Rinse in water until all clean. Simmer in boiling water with little bit of salt for 5-10 minutes. Preheat Oven to 375F. Drain all the water and lay the seeds on a baking sheet. Drizzle about a table spoon of Olive oil evenly and bake until toasty about 20 minutes.

Autumn Salad
Ingredients
4 leaves of Romaine lettuce
1 red skinned Apple
1 navel Orange
1/4 cup roasted Pumpkin seeds
handful of roasted Almonds or walnuts
For dressing
2 tablespoon apple juice concentrate
1 tablespoon Olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin(zeera)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup pita chips(same as in the recipe,just cut in smaller bite-size squares)[use rice cracker for gluten-free salad]

Method

In a small bowl whisk together the apple juice concentrate,lime juice,Olive oil,cumin and black pepper until blended
Wash , dry and cut the lettuce leaves.Peel the oranges and remove the white pith. Cut the oranges and apples in half lengthwise. Before serving ,drizzle the dressing over the salad. Top with roasted almonds,pita chips and pumpkin seeds.

Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits of Pumpkins Seeds Pumpkin seeds are good source of protein and minerals like zinc and magnesium. Lowering cholesterol ,protection against certain kinds of cancer and reducing inflammation in conditions like arthritis are few of many health benefits of these wondrous seeds.
Autum Salad with fresh autumn ingredients is my entry for Kalyn'sWeekend Herb Blogging.Hosted this week by Laurie Helen Constantino of Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska

16 comments:

Alexa said...

Nice Fall salad. I really like the addition of roasted pumkin seeds. It sounds delicious.

Bharti said...

What a pretty salad! OK..never eaten pumpkin seeds but will try them out.

Uma said...

ooh, the salad looks so yummy and healthy with all those nuts, fruits and pita chips. Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog.

raaji said...

loved the colors going in that salad....my fav roasted pumpkin seeds on the top.....hooo am gonna miss it.....

Clumbsy Cookie said...

It could be autumn all year round by me, to eat that salad. Delicious and nutty!

Sharmila said...

That salad looks so good!And nice of you to give the info on how to roast the seeds .. am going to try that. :-)

n33ma said...

Yasmeen I really like your recipe are all so healthy....I've never eaten pumpkin seeds.Looks good.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i wouldnt call myslef a health freak, but i do like to concentrate on using real foods that nature gives us in our everyday meals, and i think your blog focusses on that exactly - everything in you blog reminds me of real food - you can see the ingredients
well done on taking such care in what you eat

Lisa said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Pretty fall salad. Yum!

Prudy said...

What a beautiful salad. The dressing sounds just perfect too, with the apple flavor.

Happy cook said...

This is a realy beautiful salade.

Jude said...

Yum. Pumpkin seeds are so delicious when toasted.

Zee said...

Pumpkin seeds are yum! It is regular prime-time snack in Persian families..we call it 'the devil' though...since once we start munching on them..we just can't let go in order to attend to important chores..
Interesting recipe for a salad you have here..never used a pumpkin in a salad..will surely try this one..hubby dearest gonna have a blast..as he is total saladie and soupie types..LOL

Laurie Constantino said...

Great salad, Yasmeen, with a tasty combination of flavors. I love roasted pumpking seeds, although I do them a little different than you - in my family, it is heresy to rinse pumpkin seeds before you roast them! Thanks so much for entering Weekend Herb Blogging this week.

Jen said...

Healthy salad!

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