This salad is so simple to throw together but so delicious, and packs a huge flavour and nutrition punch. Seeds are super healthy foods that are so easy to overlook.
Sesame seeds are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre, healthy fats, antioxidants and powerful phytonutrients including the lignans which can have hormone-regulating, cancer-protective and cholesterol-lowering actions, as well as cholesterol-lowering phytosterols.
Pumpkin seeds are high in minerals (phosphorous, manganese, magnesium and iron), fibre and antioxidants, and have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects in the body.
Sunflower seeds are very high in Vitamin E (excellent for healthy skin!), and are a good source of magnesium, selenium (a powerful antioxidant mineral) and Vitamin B1.
You can use any seeds you have in your pantry for this recipe, except for chia or flax seeds (linseeds), as they can give the salad a slimy texture. I have used sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, poppy and nigella seeds as that is what I had at hand.
4-6 carrots, washed and grated
4 tablespoons sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
3 tablespoons sesame seeds (I have used black sesame seeds in this recipe)
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
1 teaspoon nigella seeds (kalonji seeds). These are optional. I used them as I had them in my pantry.
Salt and pepper: I find I don't need to use salt and pepper in this salad as the dressing packs such a huge flavour punch
Lemon, Honey & Seeded Mustard Dressing
Juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon seeded mustard
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon honey
Place all ingredients in a jar. Seal and shake until well combined.
Place all ingredients, plus dressing, in a bowl.
Toss to combine.
Serve and enjoy.