When you have sprouts, make this salad! Here is your most delicious pairing of a tahini lime dressing with a salad that contains live, nutritious home-grown sprouts. Very quick to toss together, not including the sprouting time of course; and a great recipe for spring detox.
My little story on how this salad came to earn its own post? Let me start from the beginning.
I was doing a live sprouting demo at an event 2 weeks ago at Naturopathic Living; a dear friend of mine who couldn’t attend the event casually said that “I wished you could video stream this”. Or maybe she really meant it? – Hah! Let me just not get above myself. Well, there wasn’t a way to live-stream, that basically prompted me to make a sprouting video for her afterwards. Plus another friend had also asked me about sprouting before. You know, life always gives you the nudges and opportunities right when you need them – I needed a push to get over my fear of appearing on camera, so I was super grateful for those asks!
Then I thought to incorporate some of the questions from the previous demo, such as “how to use the sprouts”, into the video, which further lead me to choosing this really simple salad and tahini lime dressing that I usually make when I have sprouts. After I shot my sprouting video, I brought the finished salad to dinner at a friend’s house. The salad was devoured, and I was requested for the recipe. 2 years ago, when I was forced to have to leave my career behind, I promised myself to just go with the flow and do what I love in life. So here I am telling you about my sprouts.
These are organic French green lentil sprouts I grew for about 3 to 4 days, until the tails are long enough and ready for eats. I like that the French green lentils are smaller than the regular green lentils. And you can also use other editable sprouts instead, such as alfalfa, broccoli, and fenugreek sprouts etc. Various sprouts and microgreens are becoming more popular and available in the grocery stores nowadays, which makes life convenient. I was so happy when I found these beautiful organic purple radish sprouts at the grocery store! Should you want to grow your own sprouts instead of buying them, you can then read about how to grow sprouts and the health benefits of sprouting.
The tahini lime dressing goes really well with any salad containing sprouts. I especially like that the flavour all come together when I also use cilantro, cucumber, and garlic in this recipe – it’s a combination of flavour that reminds me of Asia. The tahini lime dressing is also very versatile as well. It can be used on basically anything you wish, such as Buddha bowls, roasted or steamed veggies, noodle salads, or meats.
Oh, I am also very excited about a Kombucha Brewing Workshop I am hosting next month (April 22, 2017). It will be a fun one as I have so much to talk about, including a new “Jun” culture I purchased late last year! I will be upping my kombucha home-brew production in the next while so that I can bring plenty to share at the workshop. Living in the Toronto/Markham area? Go save a spot by pre-registration, and I will see you there! Shall we? It’s a date.
Sprouted Salad & Tahini Lime Dressing
- 2 cups lettuce or any salad greens of your choice
- 1/2 cup sprouted organic French green lentils
- 1/2 cup radish sprouts
- 1/4 cucumber
- 1/4 yellow sweet pepper
- 1 avocado
- a few sprigs of cilantro
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
- 2 tsps tahini
- 1 lime
- 1 1/2 tsp raw honey
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
- water or sesame oil (optional)
- Cut the lettuce, cucumber, peppers, and avocado into bite size.
- Use the lettuce as the base, layer all salad ingredients the prettiest you can.
- Extract the juice of 1 lime. Finely mince the garlic.
- Mix all dressing ingredients together. Only add a little water or sesame oil if the mixture is too thick, because different brand of tahini or sesame sauce may come in different thickness. A little extra liquid will help to thin out to the consistency you desire.
- Pour the dressing over the salad when ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Calorie calculation is based on 1 serving.
- You can use any salad greens of your choice in place of the lettuce, such as curly endives, watercress or arugula.
- You can use any sprouts in place of French green lentil sprouts and purple radish sprouts.
- Add or substitute with other raw or cooked veggies as you wish.
Oh, I am so loving and grateful for the requests for videos and recipes! Your feedback is my inspiration. Keep them coming, my friends!