March 03, 2012

Grow your own salad

We're on the last leg of winter and I am craving sunshine and greens like there's no tomorrow! These days, I'm all about microgreens. What is a microgreen you may be wondering? Well, it's tiny and it's cute and it has small tender leaves on it. Basically it's a vegetable seedling that makes a very pretty and tasty salad. They're big in the restaurant-biz. And they're super easy to grow on your own.

I used to grow my own sprouts in a jar through the winter months since it's a great way to keep eating locally at a time of year when most greens are shipped all the way from California (ouch, not so great for the old carbon footprint). But the sad truth is, I really don't actually LIKE sprouts very much. Never have, and probably never will.  

Microgreens on the other hand, just a wee step above sprouts in the growing process, are delicious. And as easy to grow as sprouts. All you need is a flat container, some soil, some seeds, and a little spot at your window. 

It took me just over a week to grow these lovely greens. I used rapini, sunflower, and broccoli seeds but you could grow anything from beet seeds to red cabbage to radish, to name only a few possibilities. I'm no expert yet, so here and here are a couple of great resources if you're interested in trying it out. Plus check out the powerful anti-cancer properties of broccoli sprouts

(Serves 1 to 2 people)

1 cup or more of microgreens of your choice
1 blood orange cut into small pieces
1/2 avocado cubed
1/2 cup of julienned daikon radish
1/4 cup walnut pieces

1 Tbsp. cold-pressed olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 clove chopped garlic (optional)
A dash of salt and pepper

Toss all the salad ingredients together. Shake the dressing ingredients in a lidded jar. Dress, toss, and serve! (Great with a soft-boiled egg)

...My rapini greens got bedhead! (I overgrew these a little and undergrew the ones in the video. But I've got a batch of broccoli babies going right now which I hope to get just right).


  1. Beautiful!! I love it with the eggs :) I've been telling Dom we need to start sprouting again, maybe we should also try microgreens?


  2. I can't wait for Spring either! This looks absolutely delicious!

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  3. Mmmmm. Aube, you're so inspiring! If I can get me some soil, I'm totally gonna make this salad this week. So fresh and so springy. So long winter blahs!!

  4. This is such a fun and yum video. Great job! Just discovered your bog. Love it

  5. I am so excited about growing greens. Rapini sprouts sound amazing. Thanks for the inspiration.