Salad with Pepitas and Pumpkin Dressing

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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.

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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.

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