Try this Spicy Seed Salad Topping, it’s a great way to kick up your salads with a little bit of healthy heat and crunch and only 23 calories per serving.

spicy seed salad topping in a bowl

People often forget that seeds are in fact nutritional powerhouses high in fiber, contain significant amounts of vitamin E and are super high in omegas. They also act as a source of protein – meaning they are a wonderful choice for snacking as they will keep you fuller for longer.

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Spicy Seed Salad Topping

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 15 tablespoons
Try this Spicy Seed Salad Topping, it's a great way to kick up your salads with a little bit of healthy heat and crunch and only 23 calories per serving.

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  • 2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds, raw
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, finely crushed
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Pour sesame seeds and sunflower seeds on a small baking sheet and toast in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes stirring twice. Pour into a small bowl.
  • Preheat a sauté pan over medium heat. Add sesame, sunflower, nuts, and poppy seeds. Toast for about 5 minutes or until pine nuts are golden brown. Be sure and stir every 20 seconds or so.
  • Add salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and lemon zest. Mix all together. Pour onto a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes in preheated oven stirring once 1/2 way through.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  • Store in a tightly sealed container or jar in a cool place.
  • Can be used as a salad topping, on steamed or sautéed vegetables and eggs.
Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 47kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 157mg, Potassium: 46mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 20IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 40mg, Iron: 1mg
Cuisine: American
Course: Seasoning
Author: Gina Dickson
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