Kick up your salads with a little bit of heat and crunch when you make this Spicy Seed Salad Topping. It's a delisious healthy topping with only 23 calories per serving.

Spicy Seed Salad Topping



  • 1/8 cup raw white sesame seeds
  • 1/8 cup raw black sesame seeds
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flaked salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest


  1. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. Store in a tightly sealed container or jar in a cool place.
  7. Can be used as a salad topping, on steamed or sautéed vegetables and eggs.

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