Enjoy the flavors of fresh, delicious, nutritious greens from your indoor garden with this simple & tasty sprout salad recipe…
Whether it’s too cold where you live to maintain a winter garden, or you just don’t have the time or space for it, growing sprouts indoors is one easy way to provide delicious fresh greens for yourself and your family even during the dead of winter. All you need is a sunny windowsill to get started, and once you get your routine of planting and harvesting down, you’ll find it easy to keep yourself supplied with fresh salad greens.
Sprouts are great sprinkled on top of pasta and other salads, tossed into stir-fries, or to add crunch to sandwiches and wraps. If you have enough of them, you can even make an entire salad out of different varieties of sprouts. The tasty sprout salad recipe below offers a great idea for enjoying your fresh sprouts.
Make it your own by switching up the sprout varieties, topping with nuts, pomegranate arils, and/or slices of orange, apple, pear, or avocado, adding fresh herbs to taste, or varying the types of oil and vinegar. You can also add peeled or grated carrots for some lovely color and sweetness, thinly sliced radishes, or other veggies of your choice. You could even add diced cooked chicken or turkey, beans, or another protein of your choice to make this salad into a tasty and healthy meal on its own.
Sprout Salad Recipe
Serves: 4 as a side salad
- 1 cup (236.8 ml) chopped sunflower greens
- 1 cup (236.8 ml) chopped pea shoots
- 1 cup (236.8 ml) chopped radish greens
- 1 cup (236.8 ml) chopped buckwheat lettuce
- 1/2 cup (118.4 ml) chopped broccoli greens
- 2 tablespoons (29.6 ml) sunflower, walnut, or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons (29.6 ml) balsamic vinegar
- Herb salt to taste
- Mix the chopped greens in a bowl and add any additional toppings of your choice.
- Add oil and vinegar and toss, then sprinkle with the salt. (If you are not sure that you’re going to finish the salad in one sitting, just mix half greens with half the dressing because the salad won’t keep that well if it is already dressed.)
Recipe Source: UrbanFarm.org – adapted from Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening, by Peter Burke.