Sunflower Seed Salad with Cranberries

by Erin @ Food Doodles on January 31, 2020

This sunflower seed salad is a simple, fresh and quick salad with a bit of a crunch and flavor pop from pomegranate seeds.

After all the sweets I’ve been posting, I figured it was time to post something healthy! This salad fits the bill.

Sunflower Seed Salad (vegan, paleo)

I’ve got some other savory recipes that I can’t wait to share. The problem is finding the time to write up the recipes. I feel like my kid or I have been non-stop sick for months. I’m ready for sick season to be done!

So this is a super quick recipe. I’m not a fan of salads with a lot of dressing. All I need is a little bit of dressing for flavor – not mounds of it.

I think simpler is usually better when it comes to dressings and that’s really the case with this sunflower seed salad.  It’s so good that I occasionally make it as a snack. 

You can just throw the dressing ingredients into a large tupperware container and mix it a little, then throw in everything else and shake it with the lid on.

Do note that the dressing is quite vinegary. If you don’t like vinegar-based dressings, this salad’s not for you.

Sunflower Seed Salad

This sunflower seed salad won’t fill you up (unless it’s a snack) so be sure to add some chicken or eat it alongside something more filling. This 40 Clove of Garlic Chicken with Potatoes would go great with this salad!

Sunflower Seed Salad
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
  • 3 large handfuls of mixed baby greens
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • a pinch of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon roasted and salted sunflower seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons pomegranate seeds
  1. Whisk the dressing together and pour over the greens.  Top with the cranberries, sunflower seed and pomegranate seeds, or mix in and enjoy!

Photos updated 1/2020: Here’s an old one.


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1 Donny February 9, 2020 at 09:41

Sometimes a simple salad like this is exactly what a meal needs. Plus the toppings sound so good!


2 Kelly February 4, 2020 at 13:45

Can’t wait to make this delicious salad!


3 Raia Todd February 4, 2020 at 13:38

I love the combo of fruit, seeds, and nuts! Delicious!


4 ChihYu February 4, 2020 at 12:43

Such a delicious and refreshing salad!


5 Jean Choi February 3, 2020 at 15:36

Such a gorgeous a vibrant salad! I love adding pomegranate seeds to my salads too.


6 birdie to be May 9, 2011 at 14:18

These both look delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipes!


7 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 9, 2011 at 19:09

Thank you!


8 Joanna goes vegan May 9, 2011 at 08:26

what a perfect side dish 🙂


9 Baking 'n' Books May 6, 2011 at 22:20

I love raisins added to salads and anything (by the handfuls count right?) – so yes, dried cranberries would be great!


10 kristy May 6, 2011 at 17:55

Shake the salad in a container! ha… Oh well, I of coz usually making the same way as you did. But sometimes using a large plastic bag. *sigh* Yours definitely look really inviting. Thanks for sahring. Have a great weekend.


11 Heidi @ Food Doodles May 8, 2011 at 09:22

Haha, a bag works too. The simpler the better 😀


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