Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: Pumpkin Seed Spinach Salad

This recipe is sweet and tasty!

1/2 cup unsalted pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
Pinch cayenne pepper

1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sugar

1 – 6 oz. package of fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese


-In a large skillet, toast seeds over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add sugar and seasonings.

-Continue to cook and stir until sugar melts, about 4 minutes. Spread mixture on waxed paper to cool.

-In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients until smooth.

-In a large salad bowl, combine the spinach, cranberries, cheese, and pumpkin seeds.

-Serve with dressing.

-Makes 10 servings.

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