Healthy Sprouted Spelt Mediterranean Salad. I wish everyone knew just how delicious sprouted grains are! I mean they are totally healthy, don’t get me wrong. But, they are also really good too! I love the texture and flavor it adds to salads, especially one like this! I used spelt, but you can use any grain you prefer.
Even though its a light salad, the sprout makes it so much more filling, so it is the perfect meal as well!
It is really simple to sprout grains at home, and if you haven’t tried yet, you need to. Any whole grain or seed can be sprouted, as long as it hasn’t been toasted or altered in any way. Start by rinsing your grains, most companies are good about cleaning the grains we buy, but it is good to clean in case. Cover in several inches of water in a clean jar or container. Cover your jar with a sprouting lid or cheesecloth. Let it sit like this for about 4 hours.
Drain the water off the grains, rinse, and drain again. Tip your jar upside down, or on its side in a bowl like I did. Allow this to sit until you go to bed. Then rinse, drain, and set it on its side again. Allow it to sit overnight like this.
Check in the morning. Rinse and drain again. By afternoon or evening, your grains will be sprouted and ready to go! They will be plump and more tender because of the hydration. If you aren’t using it right away, make sure and refrigerate.
The hard part is over, now it is time to assemble the salad. I used kale, cucumber, tomatoes, and fresh mozzarella in mine. You can use whatever you choose!
Start by massaging the kale. This makes it so much more tender, and milder flavor. Cut the kale off the stems and into chunks. Then, drizzle the kale with a little olive oil, fresh lemon juice, and a sprinkle of salt. Then, massage your kale. I do this for about a minute, it doesn’t take too long.
Next add on your cucumber, tomatoes, mozzarella, and sprouted grain.
Drizzle with your favorite vinaigrette, I included a few recipes below that you might like! If you like sprouted grains, how about this Sprouted Barley and Butternut Salad