Roasted Pepita Encrusted Shrimp Salad

Today we’d like to introduce a very quickly prepared meal that you could serve as Hors d’oeuvre or on a salad for lunch or dinner as we show here in our picture.  You can prepare this meal or appetizer in less than 5 minutes and you will enjoy all the health benefits and nutrition that your body needs. Pumpkin seeds are some of our favorite seeds and are even more delicious when roasted. Some are salted some are not. Our recipe does not call for any additional salt as we used the dry roasted sea salted pepitas.

The pumpkin seeds, aka pepitas, are a good sources of protein,  and the essential minerals. and iron can provide over 20% of the recommended daily iron intake, as well as zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, and potassium. The seeds also provide essential PUFAs with at least one Omega 3 and one Omega 6 unsaturated fatty acid.

So without further delay, let’s get into this ultra tasty, super healthy dish! 🙂

Roasted Pepita Encrusted Shrimp Salad

If you are making dinner or lunch for 1, you will need:

  • 4 – 5 ounces of shrimp
  • 1/4 cup dry roasted salted pepitas
  • 1 pinch of crushed chili flakes, to taste
  • 1 lime
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin seed oil
  • up to 2 cups of mixed greens

Clean shrimp and “partially” dry them. Mix pepitas and chili flakes and crush them until they are well ground down. See picture:

Crushed Pepitas

Heat coconut oil in a cast iron pan on medium. Roll shrimp in crushed pepitas, pat on batter and carefully place into hot oil. Carefully flip with tongs after 30 – 40 seconds, cook for another minute and either serve them as an appetizer or on your salad. Drizzle with lime juice before serving.

If you’d prefer the salad depicted above, simple place shrimp on lettuce and drizzle with 1 tbsp of pumpkin seed oil and enjoy. This is an absolutely delicious dish.

Please let us know what you think, we welcome your comments!