Simplest Fruit And Microgreen Salad. Spring and summer are the best times for simple dishes that utilize in-season fruits and veggies at their peak. This beautiful salad is one of those amazing recipes. I took fruits that were in season and perfect, paired them with crunchy microgreens, and created this beautiful salad!
Growing The Microgreens
I learned how to grow micrograins last year from Sarah @afoodloverslife. She has a great tutorial and video on her website that I am linking. Her husband is an incredible gardener and willing to share his knowledge with us!
- Spread your Potting Soil into your Sprouting tray/container
- Moisten the soil with a water bottle. You don’t ever want to use a watering can when it comes to sprouting, always use a bottle as you only want it to mist your sprouts.
- Sprinkle your seeds over the top. The seeds I used in this recipe were broccoli sprouts. Sprinkle them fairly close together in a single layer across the top of the soil.
- Sprinkle a tiny bit of soil over the top of the seeds.
- Spritz the top again with water.
- Repeat this process every hour to 3 hours depending on the humidity in your home.
- Either cover your seeds with another sprouting tray/ put them in a dark place. Sprouts do best in darker places.
- Keep the soil moist over the next 24-48 hours.
- Once the seeds begin to sprout, take your tray off your container. It is best to continue to sprout them in the dark for 3-5 days until they reach your preferred height. Sprouts are generally 1-4 inches long.
- On the final day, about 12 hours before you use the micro-grains, move them into sunlight to turn them that beautiful bright green color.
There are a lot of options for growing seeds into microgreens. Depending on the flavor and colors you are looking for these things will differ. I buy my sprouting seeds from Azure Standard; I will link them as well.
Fresh Ingredients For The Simplest Fruit And Microgreen Salad
I chose fruits that are in season for the salad.
- Strawberries- These are in season right now so make sure your strawberries are beautiful and red all around with no white or pink spots unless that is the variety that you are looking for.
- Blackberries- Also, I season, make sure your blackberries feel tender to the touch and are not hard.
- Pineapple- Usually always in season.
- Mandarin Oranges- These are heading out of season, but you can still find some really good and juicy ones.
- Bananas- You will want bananas that are not overly ripe, while that is perfect for baking it won’t do for a fresh salad.
- Freshest Micro-grains you can get- You can grow or buy them, just make sure they are as fresh as possible. Most areas have micro-grain growers, so I would recommend finding those near you.
- White Balsamic Vinegar- I love using this with fresh fruit salad as it gives it a kick, but maintains the lightness.
What Is A White Balsamic?
I have been a White Balsamic lover for a long time! It is a sweet thicker balsamic. I used a peach variation for this salad, but you can use lemon if you prefer. White balsamic is made by crushing white grapes and pressure-cooking them at low temperatures.
With a white balsamic you can expect to get a sort of cleaner aftertaste than your regular balsamic. The flavoring is subtle but sweet with a nice clean color. I bought mine from The Milled Olive. I know they ship nationwide if you don't have a taproom or resources in your area.
Simple Dressing For The Simplest Fruit And Microgreen Salad
I mixed 2 parts of white balsamic to 1-part quality olive oil. I use Moirés Life Olive Oil. When cooking with Olive Oil you might not notice much of a difference, but when using it fresh, like we are here, you want to get the highest quality that you can afford.
The combination of the white balsamic and the Moirés Olive Oil leaves you with a light and fresh-tasting dressing. Just toss your dressing into your salad after mixing.
Serving Recommendations For Simplest Fruit and Microgreen Salad
Best tossed and then served right away. If you want, you can cut your fruits ahead of time. Feel free to go ahead and cut your strawberries and pineapple before. However, your bananas, dressing, and microgreens will need to go on at the last minute. No need to stress, this comes together very easily and quickly.
This is something your friends and family will love for its freshness and nutrients. It is very healthy and can even be vegan or dairy-free. For this, leave out the fresh mozzarella or substitute it for a vegan cheese. If you are looking for even more texture, you could even add nuts or other veggies.
Fruit and Microgreen Salad
- 4 cups various fruits, cut in bite-size pieces
- 1 cup microgreens if you don't have them, you can always use sprouts of some sort
- 2 tablespoon white balsamic
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
- Add all fruit to a medium-sized bowl. Combine the olive oil and balsamic, pour over the fruit. This salad is best served within a few hours.Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!