So, you may (or may not) know how I feel about the pumpkin spicing of everything that happens in the fall. (HINT: I don’t like it one bit.) That being said, I have no hard feelings toward actual pumpkins. They’re not my favorite flavor but I’m not mad them. What I do love about pumpkins is their seeds.
Pumpkin Seeds or Pepitas
Pumpkin seeds, pepitas – whatever you call them I’m all about them sprinkled on my soups, mixed in my granola or trail mix, and especially tossed in my salads. They’re crunchy and creamy and nutty all at the same time and I want to put them on everything or just eat them, freshly toasted by the handful without guilt because they’re a pretty healthy snack. They’re high in protein, fiber, magnesium, and potassium. They also boost your immunity and are full of free radical-fighting antioxidants.
You can buy pumpkin seeds in their off-white, oval shells or already hulled (pictured above). Toasting them deepens their flavor, making them the perfect addition to this Arugula Salad with Blueberries, Pumpkin Seeds & Feta. (Isn’t she lovely, by the way?)
Toast your hulled pumpkin seeds in a sauté pan over medium high heat. No need to add oil or anything. Just seeds in a hot pan until they begin to brown. They have a built in signaling system to let you know when they’re hot and toasty and ready for action. The seeds will literally start to pop out of the pan, like a flatter, greener popcorn. On the stove and in this salad, pumpkin seeds are literally on and poppin’! Get some!
PS: About those sliced red onions in the vinaigrette. They serve two purposes. First, their onion-y goodness adds flavor to the dressing and the vinegars soften the onion’s flavor and texture so they’re not so harsh in your salad. Sort of a quick pickle. They’re tart with just a little crunch and a lot of yum.
Watch your pumpkin seeds carefully when you toast them. The difference between perfect and burnt is a matter of seconds.
Dry your arugula and blueberries completely dry with a clean kitchen towel or paper towels. Excess moisture will lead to a soggy salad.
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