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!

Or for a salad with some added protein, try this amazing-looking Steak Salad Recipe! This Red Potato Salad Recipe also looks great!

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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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

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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