Strawberry Salad with Candied Pumpkin Seeds

Ali Segersten Jul 20, 2012 14 comments
Strawberry Salad with Candied Pumpkin Seeds

We just got back from visiting family in the midwest. This recipe is one my mom likes to make often, though I have put my own twist to it. She asked me to make it one evening for dinner, but we were out of sliced almonds, which she toasts on the stove with a little bit of honey and sprinkles over the salad. I found raw pumpkin seeds in her freezer and devised my own version of candied seeds. I made this salad again and again during our trip and everyone enjoyed it! My mom also likes to use thinly sliced red onion in place of the green onions. Sometimes she even uses raspberry vinegar instead of the red wine vinegar!

Since we've been back home, our children have been picking all of the juicy, ripe strawberries growing in a special 3-tiered strawberry bed we built a few years ago for our backyard. I am not sure there will ever be enough for a salad! If you don't have strawberries available, try fresh blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries instead.


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Ali Segersten

Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University and a Master’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. She is a Functional Nutritionist, the mother of five children, a whole foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them. Alissa is the author of two very popular gluten-free, whole foods cookbooks and guidebooks: The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook and Nourishing Meals. She is also the co-author of The Elimination Diet book. Alissa is the founder and owner of Nourishing Meals®.

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Yum. I made this a few days ago and we devoured it.

Perfect! I have all the ingredients and some strawberry-loving brothers to feed for dinner. Coconut nectar is such an amazing sweetener. Thanks for sharing the picture of your Mom - she is the epitome of beautiful: radiant, healthy, loving.

Wow she is 60? I want to look like her at that age. Where do you buy coconut nectar?

This looks really delicious. My 2nd crop of strawberries in the garden arenn't quite ready, but the farmers market has lots of fresh peaches that I think I'll try as an alternative. I can't wait to try this out.

I made this tonight and wanted to let you know how delicious it was to the whole family. My husband said it was one of the best salads he's ever eaten.

This salad looks incredible, Ali! It has a little of everything as far as flavor and textures. :-)

And your mom looks fantastic!


Love your recipes. However, you really shouldn't refer to your mom as being still fit at nearly 60. First of all, that means she's only 50'something. Wait til you get there and you'll see what I mean! LOL

I adore coconut nectar and never thought to put it on nuts or seeds to sweeten it. What a wonderful idea! This salad would be a huge hit with my whole family-thanks for sharing another fantastic recipe!

Thanks everyone!

Chris - I don't think stevia would work as a replacement here. You could just toast the pumpkin seeds and skip the sweetener all together though.

This is such a great method for candying the seeds--I love how it doesn't require baking the seeds in the oven. I hate to heat up my house with the oven in the summer. The salad is so colorful!

Such a lovely Summery salad..and I love the candied pumpkin seeds!

Oh my gosh, this looks divine. and your mother is gorgeous and radiant!

We are eating strawberries fact I am sipping on a strawberry Mache green smoothie as I type.
Your salad recipe looks so good.
Your Mom has a beautiful smile--she radiates health you can tell.
Peace and Raw Health,

This looks delicious! If I wanted to use liquid stevia in place of the honey/nectar, should I add water to compensate for the liquid? How much stevia do you suggest?


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