citrus crunch salad

Jessica Penner, RDRecipes, Salad4 Comments

citrus crunch salad

This is a salad with a dissected dressing. Usually a dressing contains:

  • something sweet
  • something salty
  • something sour
  • something fatty

Instead of keeping all those elements in the dressing, I split them up! 

  • the seeds are sweet 
  • the cheese is salty
  • the dressing is sour and fatty

Did you cringe when you read the word ‘fatty’? The word has negative connotations because of our prior misconceptions about fat, and it’s high time we change that. Our bodies need to eat fat!

We need fat for:

  • our brains to function properly
  • our nerves to conduct messages
  • building cell walls
  • preserving body heat
  • absorbing certain vitamins

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Citrus Crunch Salad

  • Author: Jessica Penner, RD


  • Lettuce (leaf, romaine, spinach, arugula, baby kale, or whatever you like best!)
  • Orange slices
  • Cucumber slices
  • Finely chopped red onion
  • Crumbled feta
  • 1 tbsp butter or coconut oil
  • 2 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup shelled raw sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp lime juice (fresh or bottled)
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil


  1. This salad works best to portion out into individual bowls instead of making one large bowl of salad. All the heavy ingredients will fall to the bottom and then someone will get all the good stuff while someone else just gets lettuce.
  2. In a small frying pan, melt the butter and brown sugar over medium low. Add the seeds and stir to combine. Continue to cook and stir occasionally until the seeds start to turn a golden brown. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine the lime juice and oil in a small bowl or mason jar.
  4. In the individual bowls, layer the lettuce, orange slices, cucumber slices, red onion, feta, and toasted seeds.
  5. Using a spoon, drizzle the dressing over top.

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4 Comments on “citrus crunch salad”

  1. This salad is insanely good!!
    I had no sunflower seeds so I subbed in for chia and walnuts. I do not regret my decision.

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