Sunday Salads- Cucumber and Sprout Salad

I know that I don’t need to tell you how much I love butter and sugar. It’s obvious.

But in my day to day, I’m trying to get healthier. I work out a couple times of week, I eat a lot of veggies, I drink green juice like it’s going out of style, and yet I still feel like all my friends are so much more disciplined than me when it comes to food.

I went out for brunch with a girlfriend recently, and before eating anything, she added a strange green powder to her glass of water and chugged it.

“It has all the good stuff in it” she explained. Is this a thing now? Do I need to start drinking spirulina before every meal?

The answer, of course, is no. And I hate the idea of having to drink powders in order to get your daily nutrition and so I won’t. I can’t. The Italian in me just wanted to shake her and tell her to eat and be happy.

But I’ll give my health nut friends this- I love sprouts. I’ve been putting them in everything these days, and I am loving it. I’ve been growing my own sprouts for ages (remember this post on growing them in vintage tins?) and my local organic shop has started selling sprouted grains and legumes, and they are just the perfect bit of crunch in a salad. Especially when that salad is already a bowlful of crunch in the form of these wonderful little cucumbers. Throw in some lime and cilantro, and this is just about the healthiest salad you could eat!

Cucumber and Sprout Salad

1 lg English Cucumber, or a handful of small cukes- I used organic lemon cucumbers

1/3 cup Sprouted Legumes and Grains

1 1/2 cups Pea Sprouts

Juice of 1 Lime

1/4 cup Cilantro, finely chopped

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a medium sized bowl mix together the lime and olive oil. Season with the salt and pepper and stir in the cilantro. Check the seasoning adding more salt, lime, or oil depending. 

Cut the cucumber- if using a long cuke, cut lengthwise in quarters, cut out the seeds and then cut the pieces on a bias. If using small ones just make them look pretty- I cut my in 6ths lengthwise. 

Add the cukes to the salad dressing, and then toss in the sprouts. 

Serve immediately.