Thursday, May 3, 2012

Sprouted Spring Salad in a Jar


Last year for Mother's Day our youngest son, then 10-years-old, surprised me with a salad made from sprouted greens that he grew in his bedroom window.

He followed the directions on a package of seeds that his Grand-Maman gave him and patiently grew the greens in a mason jar on his sunny bedroom ledge.  On Mother's day, he chopped the greens and tossed them into a bowl with a few other odds and sods he found in the fridge and then proceeded to look up a vinaigrette recipe in one of my cooking magazines (could you die?).... I don't think I've ever tasted anything quite as fresh or delicious in my life (except for everything else my boys make...).

As for mason jars, what can I say, I'm a complete sucker. They remind me of every nostalgia-drenched southern movie I've ever cried over.  And let's face it, nothing says home comfort quite like a mason jar.

I think these would be really fun to bring along on a picnic but I particularly like the idea of offering them up as gifts - I'm thinking: hostess; new mom/dad; mother's/father's day; an under the weather friend; or just because... (I don't know 'bout you, but I'd pretty much pass out on the spot if someone showed up at my door with a fresh salad in hand).

The next time I visit my mom, I'll be bringing along a set of these individually portioned salads that she can pop in her fridge and enjoy over consecutive days. 

Healthy, Convenient and Oh. So. Yummy!


Sprouted Spring Salad in a Jar
  • 1 cup cooked chickpea, thoroughly rinsed if using canned
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, left intact they will preserve longer than sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame beans
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, or other nuts as desired
  • 1 cup fresh spring sprouts of choice such as alfalfa, mustard, clover, onion

For the Basil Vinaigrette
  • 5 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 4-6 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 heaping tsp sweet Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt & coarse black pepper to taste

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Notes:

This particular recipe is set up for 2 x 500 ml (or 2 cup) jars. But you can choose any size jar for these salads depending on your needs and intended use. 

By the way, these salad jars also make great party favours for showers, parties and even weddings. If properly packed, they can last for up to 5 days in the fridge.

Generally, the heavier ingredients should be placed on the bottom of the jar (such as your protein choice: poultry, fish, lentils, legumes, tofu, etc.) and the lighter items over top - vegetables, nuts, fruit, as desired.  It's best to leave fragile greens for the very top.

The dressing sits at the bottom of the jar so all you have to do is pour the salad out onto a plate/bowl or simply turn the bottle upside down and shake gently with lid on if enjoying directly from the jar.

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Combine vinaigrette ingredients in a container with fitted lid and shake well.

Place chickpeas in a bowl and pour basil vinaigrette over, mixing to combine.

After thoroughly washing two mason jars, place a 1/2 cup of the chickpea/vinaigrette mixture into each one, being sure to add all of the dressing which will be needed for the rest of the salad.

Layer a 1/2 portion of carrots followed by tomato, edamame and nuts.  Finish with sprouted greens. 

Seal jars and place in the fridge until ready to use or to offer as a gift.



60 comments:

  1. I am in awe Kelly - I'm so lucky to be privy to your blog :)

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  2. This is a great idea for my parents! Thanks,
    S

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  3. Viviane Bauquet FarreMay 3, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    What a magnificent gift idea. Colorful, healthy, homemade and caring. Really, very attractive presentation!

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  4. Love the idea of salad in a jar. They look awesome! You're such a cute family.

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  5. Laura @ Sprint 2 the TableMay 3, 2012 at 8:31 AM

    What a sweet boy!

    I love these salad jars - they are so easy to make in advance to take to work for lunch!

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  6. inspiredediblesMay 3, 2012 at 8:57 AM

    You sure know how to make a girl's day fellowfoodie - I'm beaming from ear to ear. thank you!

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  7. I would have melted on the spot and never recovered from it... what a treat, what an amazing idea your son had!

    if he ever wants to work on bacteria, point him to our lab, will you?

    ;-)

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  8. This is stunning I love those salads in a jar. What a sweet son you have and clever too. I am tring to see if lima beans will sprout, what do you think? I have soaked them and now just rinsing. I do see some sprouts but I wonder if the left over bean will be too hard, LOL.

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  9. What an incredibly gorgeous idea, Kelly. All I can say is that you have certainly raised your young men well. What a wonderful gift, on so many levels.

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  10. Awww ... how sweet! Salad-on-the-go! And really? You'd really pass out on the spot if I turn up at your doorstep with a salad? Hmm ... I might do just that just to see something so cute! :D Listen for the doorbell ...

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  11. Oh my gosh, that just melted my heart- soo cute!!

    These are so sweet and I adore sprouts...it's breakfast time but my mouth is watering for this lovely salad.

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  12. These are beautiful. How sweet of your son to make this your mothers day gift. I'll bet you were so excited.

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  13. Oooo, Kelly,
    what a fabulous idea for a gift.

    Superbly creative. Xxx

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  14. What a fun way to use a mason jar! :D

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  15. What a sweet boy! That's the best Mother's Day gift ever!

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  16. What a gorgeous photo! The salad sounds delicious and putting it in a jar is such a creative idea. I'm sure everyone would appreciate such a present much more than a bunch of flowers! (I certainly would).
    You say grand-maman in Québec? It is so cute! I love it!
    Thank you, Kelly for inspiring us with every single one of your posts!

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  17. Aw, what sweet children you have :) I'm glad your hubby didn't give you salad for a bday present, though...who knows what that could be implying!

    This looks so delicious and fresh. I think I need a good salad, as I haven't had one in a while.

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  18. I love this idea, especially being able to just pour it out of the jar and it's done! Fabulous gift idea, I adore mason jars too -- use them for storage in the pantry. :)

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  19. What a great idea and what a SWEET son you have! If I were a mother I would have been absolutely thrilled to have had this as a gift! Love it!

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  20. cutest ever!!!! wow!

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  21. Melt your heart! What a nice boy! What a lovely idea to bring this over to your mom's house when you go for dinner. Brilliant.

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  22. This is so cool. I love this idea.

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  23. Perfect for a picnic! I'm especially enjoying the pea shoots that are now available in the market. They would would add a nice bit of color and taste.

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  24. Oh how adorable of your son! That would have made my day (not that I have kids yet but I can imagine). Great idea for a foodie gift.

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  25. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

    Oh, great to hear, I hope they enjoy! I think my mom will be thrilled... :)

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  26. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Thank you so very much for the lovely compliment Viviane!

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  27. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Thanks Leaf ~ we are pretty blessed with our boys...

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  28. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Indeed... I think they would work great for a work lunch provided you did not have too much of a rocky ride getting there ;-)

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  29. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:16 PM

    Haha, me too! I seem to react that way whenever someone makes food for me... I just can't get over the thoughtfulness! I'll let my son know that the lab is always an option... ;-)

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  30. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    I think it's possible to sprout virtually any living thing - though admittedly some - not I - have a greater facility with it.. you could always separate the sprout from the bean once it grows and then cook the bean the way you would any dry bean.

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  31. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Aww, thank you so much. I'm not sure how much of it has to do with us, but they sure brighten our days... thanks Eva!

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  32. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Pretty much - homemade gifts get me every time... what could be more caring? Haha... I'll be listening for the bell... :)

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  33. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Thanks KoKo - he melts my heart too...and, I didn't get into it in the post, but my other son made a chocolate cake from scratch for moi on the same mother's day!!! Pretty darn lucky mom here... :)

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  34. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Thanks CJ - they never cease to amaze in all ways - lol!! ;-)

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  35. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Thanks so much Mademoiselle - xo

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  36. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Thank you Elly! I hope you're having a sunny weekend.

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  37. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I agree! :) Thanks Tiffany ~

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  38. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Thanks so much for dropping by Sylvie - most appreciated. It pretty much was the best reward a mom could ask for in many ways... :)

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  39. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Thank you Sissi - I wish I had a bit more light hitting these salads to make them light up as they deserve but it was pouring rain when I shot these... oh well, I think they turned out ok under the circumstances and since it rained virtually all week, I'm glad I didn't wait! ;-)

    Actually the boys don't refer to my mom as Grand-maman at all but her pet name would be meaningless to non-family members so I went with the generic ;-)

    Thank you so much for your kind words Sissi... greatly appreciated.

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  40. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:30 PM

    Haha, too funny on the hubby connection - that thought never even crossed my mind (clearly I have to grow some insecurity! ;-)

    I hope you're having a great weekend Amy!

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  41. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:31 PM

    Thanks Judy - it's really practical to have the dressing built-in that way and what a great idea about creating storage space in the pantry with the left-over jars... thanks! :)

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  42. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Thanks so much MJ - I have to say that Mother's Day last year was over-the-top in terms of thoughtfulness... all 3 'men' in this house went out of their way and were incredibly thoughtful. Spoilt rotten I am! :)

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  43. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Thanks Angie and happy day to you!

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  44. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Hi Cassie - thank you so much for stopping by! These are really fun and a great way to brighten someone's day... :)

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  45. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Thanks so very much Shannon! I appreciate you stopping by.

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  46. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    It's still melting... thanks France :)

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  47. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Thank you so much for dropping in to share that lovely thought Kim Bee - most appreciated!

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  48. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Hi Karen, definitely perfect for a picnic (packed with plenty of softness surrounding the jars ;-)

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  49. inspiredediblesMay 5, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    It made my year - I'm still talking about it!! ;-) Thanks Food Jaunts.

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  50. That's such a cool idea... especially more so now that I read the post and actually realised what was actually done as opposed to just looking at the photo - really pretty, healthy and delicious!

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  51. So nice that your son made you a salad with his homegrown sprouted greens - love this idea in the mason jars. Can't wait to hear what your boys make for you this Mother's Day.

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  52. It looks great; just like it grew that way in the jar!

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  53. i need to some mason jars! sprouts in a salad or a sandwich.. YUM!

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  54. What a wonderful gift! You must be so proud of your son to come up with a creative gift. I will share this with other's, including my kids school teachers. This would make a terrific school project too!

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  55. This is just genius! Looks so beautiful. Love this salad!

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  56. pinning this if you don't mind.

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