Spring Superfood Sprouted Salad – Plus Easy Home Sprouting Guide
Welcome back well its fair to say I’m definitely a seasonal cook and not so unlike most of us Brits who rush to put on our shorts at the first glimpse of sunshine, well instead I start making salads.
So here’s my first of the season
Spring Super food Sprouted Salad
Plus its kind of a two in one post today as the sprouted seeds in the health food stores seem to cost a fortune for such a tiny box. So below is my easy guide to grow your own – NO green fingers required!
There are a few basic rules on home sprouting that you need to adhere to but on the whole I found the process easy and was amazed at the volume of sprouts produced per seed pack way better value than the store-bought equivalent plus more environmentally friendly too.
Quick Rules For Sprouting
- Only ever Purchase seeds clearly labeled for sprouting (preferably organic) these seeds will have been cleaned and prepared for this purpose and less likely to contain any contaminating bacteria
- Thoroughly clean your sprouting vessel with hot soap and water between each crop
- Always wash your hands before handling the seeds
- Discard any sprouts that appear slimy or not healthy
I purchased my kit online from Uk Juicers priced at £19.95 I have to say I was absolutely amazed at the price range of home sprouting kits available the highest retailing at an eye watering £195.
1. Firstly you need to soak your seeds in a generous amount of water over night.
2. Next thoroughly drain and rinse your seeds (you will need a fine sieve or muslin cloth)
3. Arrange the seeds in your growing vessel and place in an area that is room temperature but not in direct sunlight.
4. Water the seeds daily the seeds will take between 2-5 days to mature depending on the variety.
And hey presto your home-grown sprouts are ready
Spring Super Food Spouted Salad Recipe
For the salad
- 2 cups of mixed sprouts (alfalfa,mung,clover)
- 4 cups of baby spinach & beetroot leaves
- 1 small avocado sliced
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- ¼ cup of sliced red onion (optional)
- ¼ cup of smashed macadamia nuts
For the dressing
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch or to taste Himalayan sea salt
- 1 tablespoon organic tahini (so easy to make at home too)
- ½ tablespoon of cold pressed Olive or Hemp oil (optional see below)
Mix and combine all the ingredients together until creamy. The half tablespoon of Olive or hemp oil is optional as I find the salad creamy enough with the avocado but add according to your taste. Add some extra macadamia nuts for presentation.
Sprouts are amazing powerhouses of nutrition rich in digestible energy, vitamins, minerals and amino acids. If you would like to know more about the nutritional benefits of sprouts “ask the expert” on my friends lisa Price nutrition page . Sprouts can also be added to smoothies and juices and stirred in to curry’s.