Salad with Pepitas and Pumpkin Dressing

Top your salad with pepitas AND a creamy tangy pumpkin dressing. Soooo perfect for Fall!

Pumpkin Seed Salad Dressing

Pepitas add such a good crunch and nutty favor to salads. I thought it would be fun to really bring out their pumpkininess by putting some pumpkin on the salad too. I went with a salad dressing since it seemed so simple to open a can of puree and whip it up. It was simple and really tasty.

It’s a sweet and creamy dressing with a bit of tang. And it’s got that gorgeous bright orange color that makes this salad exactly the right thing for Fall.

Salad with Pepitas and Pumpkin Dressing

Yield: serves 4

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

  The salad dressing yield is 1 and 1/2 cups. You will only need 1/2 cup to make salad for 4 people. The salad dressing recipe can be halved, however I find that it doesn't blend as easily in my blender when there isn't as much in there. I make the full batch and refrigerate the rest for up to 3-4 days.  


  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp. water
  • 8 cups arugula leaves
  • 2 Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 2 Tbsp. store-bought roasted and salted pepitas


  1. Measure the pumpkin, mayonnaise, vinegar, syrup, cinnamon, salt and cayenne into a blender. Pulse. Drizzle in enough water so that it blends together well and thins to the thickness of a ranch dressing.
  2. Divide the arugula between 4 salad plates. Top with the cranberries and pepitas. Drizzle each salad with 2 tablespoons of dressing. Cover and refrigerate remaining dressing for 3-4 days.

Christine Pittman

Christine is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Cookful. She also blogs at COOKtheSTORY where she specializes in easy healthy homemade recipes. Healthiness aside, she has been known to shred cheese onto a dinner plate, microwave it for 30 seconds, and then eat the messy goop with a spoon.