My son C. loves, loves, loves lentil sprouts! He got it from my dad. When my mom and dad go on road trips, my dad keeps his sprouts going. He makes stops to rinse and drain sprouts just like he used to make potty stops for us when we were growing up. 😉
I remember vividly the day C. fell in love with lentil sprouts. We were in San Francisco visiting my sister and my parents were there, too. My dad had his bag of sprouts along (of course). He sat on the front steps munching them. C. was maybe 3 or 4, something like that. He said, “What’s that, Sido?” (Sido is grandfather in Arabic.) Of course Sido shared. And that was the end of that. Or rather, the beginning, of C.’s love for sprouts — especially lentil.
C. has been wanting sprouts lately, but I haven’t been getting them going. So he started them himself about a week ago, and he’s been rinsing and caring for them daily. And making our dinner salads with them. (He’s 11.) Here’s his recipe. We hope you enjoy it! (Also check out Erin’s Lentil Slaw, plus two other recipes for sprouted lentils.)
C.'s Lentil Sprout Salad
- 4 cups lentil sprouts
- 1/8 red onion finely diced or thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup black olives sliced
- veggies diced, as you desire -- like tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers
- 1 clove garlic crushed or 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic or 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup raw cheese crumbled, feta is really good!
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
- pinch black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil plus more as needed
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Toss all ingredients together.
Directions to sprout lentils are here or taught in Fundamentals eCourse.
Do you like lentil sprouts? What do you make with them?
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I LOVE that your son took it upon himself to make his sprouts. My daughter (she’s 7 next month) was inspired by this. She wants to make her own Lentil Salad now. Can’t wait to see what C. comes up with next.
Yum! I make a similar salad with quinoa sprouts and shredded carrots, sesame oil instead of olive oil. This one sounds delicious…definitely going to try it. Thanks!
Oh, that looks yummy–my compliments to the chef!
I love that your son is doing this on his own. I think it’s time for me to get my kids involved in all the fermenting/sourdoughing/sprouting that I want to do but don’t have time to do all on my own!! Why hadn’t I thought of that before? It’s time to teach them the traditions of natural foods to pass on down the generations….so they won’t have to be learning it on their own like I did. 🙂
LOVE this! C. is such a wonderful young man.
My kids are still of the frame of mind that anything healthy is no good taste wise, I am trying to change that thinking
Julia, Des Moines Frugal Family Examiner says
I make a similar sprouted lentil salad!
I’m going to be trying this! Thanks!
Just made this to go with our dinner tonight. Absolutely delicious, and my boys were fascinated to watch the Lentil sprouts grow. Tell C., “Great job!!” 🙂
Looks delicious and i really love to eat sprout salad. I will definitely try this. Thanks for sharing your recipe.