It’s summer time, which means it’s salad time – at least in this household! Recently at a street market, I came across a Persian stand and bought, among other things, a mixture to put on salads. It’s delicious, and highly self-make-able! I won’t give amounts, as only you can say how much you want to make up ahead of time, how much of each ingredient you prefer, and whether you want all or something else – so it’s simply a guideline:
Nutty Salad Topper
1 part sunflower seeds
1 part pumpkin seeds
1 part pine nuts
1 part coarsely chopped almonds
1 part coarsely chopped pistachio nuts
For a Persian flare: 1 part dried (organic – not sprayed with pesticides!) rose petals
If you want a different taste, add 1 part dried chive blossoms (chive flower heads, rinsed and shaken dry, pinched apart, the individual flowers spread out on baking paper and dried in an oven at low temperatures for a few minutes, until the flowers are dried)
Be creative and toss is other items – dried chives, dried onions, puffed grains, etc.
Mix it all together, store in an air-tight container, and sprinkle on your salads, soups, or eat as-is as a healthy snack!