Micro-Greens For Salads

Growing your own Micro-Greens can be as easy as spreading seeds on a wet, folded paper towel. I soaked a mixture of lettuce seeds overnight and poured them over a napkin. Add in cilantro and basil seeds that have bee soaked overnight for a spectacular taste in a salad. Within 7 to 10 days, beautiful little greens are ready to harvest. to harvest, the micro-greens are cut 1/4-inch above the roots with kitchen scissors.   Full of flavor and lots of nutrients, they are great for serving as a garnish, salad or main dish as in the following recipe for Lentils With Mango which was served at BlogHers Conference today in Miami.

Lentils With Mango and Micro-Greens

1 cup lentils
2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
2 cloves garlic, minced
Bay leaf
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped chives
1 ½ cups ripe mango, peeled and diced
¼ cup olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon freshly ground cumin
¼ teaspoon pepper
½ cup fresh mixed cilantro, basil and lettuce micro-greens

Microwave on high, lentils, broth, garlic, bay leaf and salt in a 2 quart microwave dish 10 to 15 minutes or until lentils are tender. Drain excess moisture and discard bay leaf. Stir in remaining ingredients and serve with micro-greens on top or at the side.



  1. Megan’s presentation on your microgreen experiment inspires me to try growing my own!

  2. Anna Hayes

    Thanks for sharing this intriguing information and recipe! Micro-greens seem like a fantastic option that can be grown easily by people in all sorts of locations. Furthermore, I am fond of lentils but have not seen them combined with mango before (or prepared in a microwave!). I will definitely try this dish out soon.

    I have been doing a little searching and have a question — what is the difference between a sprout and a micro-green? Is one grown is soil while the other is grown in water? Also, are different seeds required for each?

    Thank you, Jacque!

  3. Maita Lee

    This is so interesting! I’ve never heard of micro-greens before Intercultural Foods class. I’ll have to research the difference in nutrients.

    It’s nice that they are easy to grow. I’m a salad lover, so I’ll definitely have to look into this. They also look cuter to eat. This seems like the perfect summer dish, especially with the mango. I’m excited to try it out!

  4. Amanda Peterson

    This micro-green recipe looks amazing! Thanks for sharing Jacque. I will defiantly be growing some micro-greens this summer.


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