I love having a salad for lunch. Contrary to the popular idea, salads are not “just vegetables.” This salad is a powerhouse of nutrition, containing protein, zinc, fiber, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C, K ,folic acid and more.

If you are missing an ingredient, don’t stress it. The salad turns out just fine without the celery or the beets or even the pumpkin seeds. Tomatoes are an interesting substitute for carrots and basil works instead of parsley.

Pumpkin Seeds and Tofu Salad


By Dr. Anastasia Published: April 8, 2011

  • Yield: 3-4 Servings

I love having a salad for lunch. Contrary to the popular idea, salads are not "just vegetables." This salad is a powerhouse of …



  1. Mix all of the vegetables, except for the beets and the avocado (avocado is, technically, a fruit.) Arrange avocado slices on top and sprinkle them with lemon juice, if using it. Arrange the grated beets on top (beets tend to color other veggies red, so it's not a visually appealing idea to mix them in.) Put the tofu or the chicken on top of the beets. Put the chickpeas on top (be creative with how you arrange them.) Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds. Put the olive oil and the salt/pepper in. Lunch is ready!

About Dr. Anastasia

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.
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