Red Leaf Salad with Candied Pineapple, Spiced Pepitas, and Avocado Dressing

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Red Leaf Salad with Candied Pineapple, Spiced Pepitas, and Avocado Dressing
Nutrition Facts
1 serving per container
Serving size 1 serving (204g)
Amount Per Serving 6
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Trans Fat 0g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 20mg 6%
Sodium 390mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g  
  Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 7g 0%
Vitamin A 0mg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Vitamin D 0mg 0%
Calcium 92mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 360mg 25%
* The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contriburtes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

The avocado, garlic, milk, cream and lime juice dressing just might become your all-time favorite salad dressing and excuse to eat more salads! Leafy greens are tossed with dressing ad topped with crunchy, toasted pumpkin seeds and sweet, candied pineapple. This is a salad for all seasons.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 t. vegetable oil
  • 1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 t. piquín, ancho, or chipotle chile powder
  • 3/4 t. kosher salt, divided
  • 1/4 t. sugar
  • 2 ea. Avocados From Mexico, halved, pitted and peeled
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 c. Mexican crema, Latin-style cream, crème fraiche, or sour cream
  • 1 ea. garlic clove
  • 3 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 ea. heads red leaf lettuce, leaves separated, washed, dried, and roughly torn
  • 1/2 c. chopped candied pineapple, or other candied fruit like papaya or mango

Instructions

  1. To make the pumpkin seeds, heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat until hot. Add the pumpkin seeds and toast, stirring often, until they begin to brown, and they start popping and jumping, a bit like popcorn, about 3 minutes.
  2. Transfer the seeds to a small bowl, sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon each of the ground chile, salt and sugar, toss well and set aside.
  3. To make the dressing, combine the avocado, milk, cream, garlic, lime juice and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  4. Place the lettuce in a generous-sized serving bowl and toss with the dressing until the leaves are lightly coated. Sprinkle with the pineapple and pumpkin seeds. Serve immediately.

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Nutrition Facts
Red Leaf Salad with Candied Pineapple, Spiced Pepitas, and Avocado Dressing
Amount Per Serving 6
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 0
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Trans Fat 0g  
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g  
Monounsaturated Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 20mg 6%
Sodium 390mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 23g 9%
Dietary Fiber 7g 24%
Total Sugars 13g  
  Includes 2g Added Sugars 4%
Protein 7g 0%
Vitamin A 0mg 0%
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Vitamin D 0mg 0%
Calcium 92mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 360mg 25%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Did you know the avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable? Learn more about the amazing avocado, including its rich history, cultural impact and tasty ways to eat this delicious superfood in guacamole as well as other dishes!

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