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Watercress and Pepita Salad

Take the white hull off pumpkin seeds, and you're left with a Mexican favorite: delicately flavored green pepitas. Look for them next to the nuts at your market, in Mexican specialty shops, or health-food stores; try them in your favorite salad or as a snack.

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  • Servings: 6
Watercress and Pepita Salad

Source: Everyday Food, May 2007


  • 1/3 cup pepitas
  • 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Coarse salt and ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds watercress, tough stems removed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pepitas on a rimmed baking sheet; toast until golden brown, 10 to 15 minutes. (Store at room temperature up to 1 day.)

  2. In a large bowl, combine vinegar and cumin; whisk in oil. Season with salt and pepper. (To store, cover and refrigerate up to 2 days.) Add watercress; toss to combine. Serve topped with pepitas.


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