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Boston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing

Spiced Up Pumpkin Seeds


Recipe Yield

1 1/2 cups of pepitas

Cooking time

15 minutes

Rate this recipe

4.75 from 4 votes


  • 1 1/2 cup hulled raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon corn, safflower or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground chile piquín or ground Mexican chile, more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt more or less to taste
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar more or less to taste

To Prepare

  • Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium heat. Once it is hot but not smoking add the pumpkin seeds. Saute, stirring often, for about 4 to 5 minutes, they will have begun making popping sounds and some of them will begin gaining a nice tanned brown color.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl with a slotted spoon, leaving the remains of the oil behind in the pan. Sprinkle with the ground chile, salt and sugar and toss to coat. As they cool down, they will dry up and become crunchier. Eat or store covered with a lid. They will keep for about a week, if you don't finish them before then.


10comments inBoston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing

  1. Robyn

    Jun 09

    I’m very disappointed the recipe for the ‘avocado dressing’ is not included.
    Even though it’s named in the title of thus salad only ingredients, & method, listed are fir the spiced pumpkin seeds🤷‍♀️☹️

    1. Pati Jinich

      Jun 09

      Hello Robyn, thanks for reaching out. There is a confusion with the link you were trying, but here is the correct one for the salad and the avocado dressing. Enjoy!

  2. Brian

    Feb 27

    When I click on this recipe, the site shows a picture of the Boston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing, but the recipe below the picture is for Spiced up pumpkin seeds. Looking for the avocado dressing recipe, am I missing something?

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Hello Brian, thanks for catching this, we are revamping the website but is still a work in progress, we will get there soon! In the meantime, here is the actual recipe for the salad that includes the avocado dressing, enjoy!

  3. Roxanne / From

    Feb 22

    where is the recipe for the avocado dressing ? There is only the recipe for the spiced up pumpkin seeds. No dressing for the Boston lettuce salad with avocado dressing. Thanks.

    1. Pati Jinich

      Mar 07

      Thanks for catching this Roxanne, we are working on the website to make it more user friendly, we will get there soon. Here is the recipe you are looking for, enjoy 😉

  4. Simona Coja

    Aug 20

    What was the desert cooked in the episode featuring this salad and the mole stew, please? Looked like chocolate cookies

    1. Pati Jinich

      Aug 23

      Yes Simona, they were these chocolate cookies, enjoy!

  5. Hilary

    Feb 13

    Boston Lettuce Salad with Avocado Dressing–for this recipe, how long will the avocado dressing keep?

    1. Pati

      Feb 14

      Up to 2 days, well covered in your refrigerator. Stir or shake before using!

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