National Salad Month | Spring Asparagus and Pea Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

Jenny+28Thanks to my friend and colleague Jenny Shea Rawn, I’ve got a new idea for the beautiful asparagus that’s finally growing in our backyard. I met Jenny a few years ago on a fun business-related trip. At the time, she was working as a supermarket dietitian. Now she has her own nutrition communications business and a stunning blog called My Cape Cod Kitchen. I think you’ll like this salad that Jenny has contributed to my National Salad Month series.


Spring Asparagus and Pea Salad with Pumpkin Seeds

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Author: Jenny Shea Rawn


  • 4 cups watercress (or sub your favorite leafy green), lightly packed
  • 8 stalks asparagus, trimmed and cut into thirds
  • ½ cup snap peas, trimmed and cut in half
  • ½ cup crumbled goat cheese
  • ¼ cup salted pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup chopped mint
  • 2 Tbsp toasted pumpkin seed oil
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar your best
  • Pinch sugar
  • Pinch salt and pepper


  • Divide watercress onto 2 plates. Top with even amounts, asparagus, peas, goat cheese, pumpkin seeds and mint. Whisk together pumpkin seed oil, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Drizzle over salads. Serve.


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