Sprouts For Salads And How To Make Them

To me, no summer salad is complete without sprouts.

When I was in primary school, one of my closest friends was Italian. Lunches at her house were always a treat of pizza home made by her Nonna. Her Zia (Aunt) was forced to stay at home, and she was a vegan. This was my first experience of someone who ate no animal protein. She grew her own sprouts in these little glass trays and I was always intrigued by these little shoots growing on the window sill. In England I found the perfect sprouter – but you do not need one of the fancy glass jars to make your own sprouts. They are so easy to do, and take three days of watering and draining to get something home grown to add to your salads and sandwiches. All vegetarians will be well used to these little gems, but they are good for you regardless of your dietary needs. Sadly, my friend passed away when we were in our twenties, but it is the Italian I learnt in her home which has helped me with the Italian I am learning today.

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Sprouts

Recipe For: Salad
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime

Ingredients

  • mung beans
  • chickpeas
  • sunflower seeds
  • puy lentils
  • brown lentils
  • green lentils
  • aduki beans
  • little radish
  • fenugreek seeds

Instructions

  • mix together equal quantities of the ingredients and keep in a container for when needed

Notes

for sprouting, use a teaspoon at a time and keep in the fridge once sprouted

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24 thoughts on “Sprouts For Salads And How To Make Them

  1. I love sprouts ( despite the fact that the word itself is so funny and simple!). I toss them into salads all the time and love a good mix of tastes and textures. Yours look wonderful.

  2. When I lived in digs sprouts were a quick easy way to add veg to my meals and I chucked them into all sorts of pastas and salads, especially when I was too lazy or tired to cook veg. I used to buy mine ready sprouted from Fruit and Veg.

    1. they are so expensive ready sprouted compared to doing your own! Did you enjoy supper last night? I thought it was excellent 🙂

    1. I get my seeds from health shops or Pick N Pay – let me know if you cannot find anything as I am going to the BIG CITY this week 🙂

  3. I’ve always fancied doing some sprouting but been a little scared! Must get over my fears!

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend but glad you have something lovely to remember her by 🙂

    1. there is nothing to fear – the worst thing that can happen is that you throw the first lot away but I doubt you will ever face that 🙂

  4. This is really an excellent idea. I did this when my children were quite small but have fallen out of the habit. Thanks for the reminder. Have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  5. I threw the last of my (ready bought) sprouts in my salad for work this morning, and didn’t have time to go out for more 🙁
    I should really give it a bash at making my own, I enjoy nibbling on them as they are too.

  6. But……but……you dont tell ignorant me how to actually sprout the seeds….pretty please….I need indepth instructions as I do really want to make some….when you come and visit please would you bring me a tsp of each in a mix that I could just try out. This is my “2011 definitely must do” now…. 🙂 xx

      1. Thank you so much. Really appreciate that. BTW….next week I have the honour of “grandboyssitting” seeing as it will be school holidays….will have to let you know which days I am free if that is when you were planning on coming out this way….xx

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