Since adopting a primarily plant-based diet I have been eating a lot of salad (shocking, I know). Actually, that is an understatement. I eat salad all the damn time. That being said, I honestly never find it boring. As you begin to eat more plants and your taste buds change, trying different combinations of veggies actually becomes exciting! If you have been on a plant-based diet for a while, you know exactly what I’m talking about.
When I came across this particular salad recipe I knew I had to try it. It also introduced to Pepitas (similar to pumpkin seeds, see this article for more info). As a sunflower seed lover, I was excited to try these and it turns out they are just as good if not better! Physically, they are a lot easier to hold and pick up and make slightly less of a mess than when I try to eat sunflower seeds. Pepitas, like other seeds, also have amazing health benefits like Omega-3s and are rich in antioxidants- a great addition to any plant-based foodie’s diet.
- 1 cup of spinach, chopped
- ½ cup of cooked quinoa
- small handful of Pepitas (lightly salted)- I used Trader Joe’s
- ½ tsp olive oil
- ½ tsp of salt
- ½ (7.5 oz) can of black beans rinsed and drained
- 1 cup of mango slices
- 1 avocado, chunked
- 2 Tbsp of olive oil
- Pinch of salt and pepper
- 1 tsp of lime juice
- ¼ tsp of cumin
- ¼ tsp of chili powder
- 2 tbsp of cilantro chopped
- Mix all salad ingredients except spinach in medium bowl
- Mix all dressing ingredients in a small bowl
- Place spinach in a large bowl with ⅓ of the dressing and mix. Taste to see if the dressing flavor is to your liking, add more spices if desired.
- Add rest of ingredients and dressing and mix!