Autumn Apple Pepita Salad

I work in natural foods and some of the items we sell at the store, such as pepitas, dried apple chips, and apple cider vinegar, inspired me to create this recipe. Pepitas are Mexican pumpkin seeds and a perfect crunchy topping for this fall-influenced salad.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup hulled pumpkin seeds (pepitas)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, or as needed (Optional)


  • cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise

  • 1 teaspoon minced shallot

  • ground black pepper to taste


  • 3 cups torn romaine lettuce leaves

  • 3 cups torn baby spinach

  • 1 cup dried apple chips

  • ¼ cup dried cranberries

  • ¼ cup crumbled bleu cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Toss pepitas with 1 teaspoon olive oil in a bowl; spread onto a baking sheet.

  2. Toast in the preheated oven until pepitas start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, about 5 minutes. Let cool.

  3. Combine 1/3 cup olive oil, vinegar, sugar, mustard, mayonnaise, shallot, and black pepper together in a container with a tight-fitting lid. Screw on lid tightly and shake dressing vigorously.

  4. Toss the toasted pepitas, dressing, romaine lettuce, spinach, apple chips, cranberries, and bleu cheese together in a large bowl.

Cook's Note:

You can buy pepitas already roasted or raw.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

374 Calories
27g Fat
30g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 374
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 35%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 180mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 11mg 56%
Calcium 68mg 5%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 306mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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